Updated Mon, Jan 6, 2014 3:24 pm
Rio Grande junior forward Josh Reagan is the Mid-South Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced Monday.
Reagan averaged 18 points and five rebounds per game last week while leading the RedStorm to three victories.
The weekly honor is the first for a Rio Grande player this season and Reagan.
“It’s a great accomplishment,” head coach Ken French said. “It hasn’t happened very often for individuals in our program. It is an individual recognition but it’s a program award.”
Reagan started his award-winning week with 14 points and five rebounds in only 16 minutes of action in Rio’s 94-92 win over Cincinnati-Clermont on Monday. He added a pair of blocks and shot 7-for-12 from the field in the home victory.
Reagan netted a season-high 20 points and snagged three boards in Rio’s 66-65 win at the Cumberlands on Thursday.
Reagan continued to put up big numbers two days later, matching his season high in the RedStorm’s 79-72 upset over No. 2 ranked Georgetown College. The Cleveland, Ohio, native added seven rebounds, an assist, and a block to lift the RedStorm to the program’s first three-game MSC winning streak.
For the week, Reagan shot 47.7 percent from the field and 73.3 percent from the free throw line.
Reagan is averaging 14.3 points and four rebounds per game in his four games this season.
Rio Grande is tied with St. Catharine for second place in the conference at 3-1 and improved its overall record to 10-5 with last week’s wins.
“This shows that our team had a good week,” French said. “Going on the road and winning two games is tough to do in this league and we were able to do that. Josh had a good week and it’s a great recognition for him and our program.”
Rio Grande will host Shawnee State on Jan. 11. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.