LEXINGTON, Va. - Basketball's Keith Gabriel has been named VMI Athlete of the Week, for the time period ending Jan. 25.
Gabriel averaged 31.0 points and 5.5 points with 81.2% free throw shooting (13-16) in two games last week that VMI split. Entering the week off a 28-point and career-high eight rebounds against Radford January, Gabriel kept the scoring pace going with 29 points in a win over High Point Jan. 19 and nailed 9 of 17 shots from the floor, three of nine 3-point tries and 8 of 9 from the free throw line while dishing out five assists.
The senior topped that scoring output two days later at Campbell with 33 points and matching his career high again with eight rebounds. The 33 points output was second only to his career-high mark of 34 points set three times previously. Over the last three games, Gabriel is averaging 30.0 points and 6.3 rebounds while shooting 52% from the floor and hitting 19 of 24 from the free throw line for 79.2%. Gabriel owns the top four scoring games by a VMI player in 2011-12.
2011-12 VMI Athletes of the Week
Jan. 25 - Keith Gabriel (Basketball)
Jan. 11 - Matt Brock (Wrestling)
Jan. 4 - Stan Okoye (Basketball)
Dec. 14 - Jennifer Sing (Track and Field) and Quinton Upshur (Basketball)
Dec. 9 - Andrew Embree (Wrestling) and Antonio Wood (Track and Field)
Nov. 18 - Kevin Jones (Men's Rifle)
Nov. 2 - Dallas Disbro, Meghan O'Halloran and Mackenzie Perkins (Swimming and Diving)
Oct. 27 - Stephen Lloyd (Men's Swimming and Diving)
Oct. 21 - Taylor Feuerstein (Men's Soccer) and Felix Kitur (Cross Country)
Oct. 12 - Noah Hagos (Cross Country)
Sept. 22 - Tracy Hairston (Football)
Sept. 15 - Amanda Berrios (Women's Soccer) and Noah Hagos (Cross Country)
Sept. 8 - Sarah Strand (Women's Soccer)