Redshirt freshman point guard Shawn Williams was named American Athletic Conference Rookie-of-the-Week yesterday for the third-time this season after having two dominant offensive performances against the University of Memphis and Tulane University.
Williams scored a career-high 30 points in the 88-85 overtime victory against Memphis Saturday, making 6-for-10 of his three-pointers and scored 10 of the Pirates’ 11 points in the extra period.
On Wednesday against Tulane, Williams helped send the game into overtime with 15 points on 6-for-10 shooting with two rebounds and a steal in a 71-69 loss inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.
Williams was recently named Rookie-of-the week for his 22-point performance against the University of South Florida on Jan. 17 and his 15-point performance at the University of Cincinnati on Jan. 20. The first time he was named Rookie-of-the-week was back on Dec. 4 for his performances against the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and Delaware State University, averaging 13.5 points per game in that week, winning both games.
The point guard is one of two freshmen in the AAC who has won the award three times this season. He is also the first freshman from ECU to win it three times since B.J. Tyson won it four times during the 2014-15 season. The 30-point game against Memphis was the first by any ECU player in an AAC game and first by a Pirate freshman since Steve Richardson in 1990.
The Pirates will return to the court on road, Wednesday at 7 p.m. in what will be a good matchup against AAC opponent Temple University.