NetScouts Basketball has selected our National Players of the Week for the week ending on December 25, 2011.
Stanford forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike is our Women's National Player of the Week. Ogwumike, a 6-2 senior from Cypress, Texas, scored 42 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead the No. 5 Cardinal to a 97-80 win over No. 6 Tennessee Tuesday. On Thursday she only played 13 minutes in a 90-48 home win over Cal State Bakersfield in which she had eight points, four rebounds and four assists. Ogwumike leads the Cardinal (9-1) with a 24.0 points per game and 11.0 rebounds per game.
Creighton forward Doug McDermott is our Men's National Player of the Week. McDermott, a 6-7 sophomore from Ames, Iowa, averaged 31.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists as Creighton picked up wins over Tulsa and Northwestern. McDermott shot 70.3 percent from the field (26-37), connected on 5-7 shots from three-point range (71.4 percent), and was perfect in five free-throw attempts.
He began his week with a career-high 35 points on Monday as the Bluejays handed Tulsa its worst home loss (83-64) since 2005-06. On Thursday against a 10-1 Northwestern team, McDermott had 27 points, five rebounds and a career-high five assists in an 87-79 win.
Our Men's International Player of the Week is Gerardo Suero of Albany, a 6'4 junior guard from the Dominican Republic. In victories over Dartmouth and St. Francis (NY) Suero averaged 24.0 points, four rebounds and three assists. Suero is currently 6th in the nation in scoring at 21.5 ppg.