UCLA Bruins' Norman Powell earns Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honor

February 2, 2015

In what has otherwise been a down season for the UCLA Bruins Men's Basketball program, one bright spot has been senior guard Norman Powell.  For the second time this season, Powell today was named Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for his play from January 26-February 1, the Conference announced in a vote of media who cover the Pac-12.

Powell, a slashing swingman and an athletic defender, led UCLA in scoring in both of the team's victories last week, averaging 22.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals, and 2.5 assists per game.  For the weekend, the senior shot 59.3 percent, connecting on 16 of 27 shots and making 12 of 14 free throws.

Powell, who is from San Diego, scored a team-high 23 points on 9-for-16 shooting with a 5-for-6 mark from the free-throw line in the Bruins’ 69-59 upset win over No. 11 Utah on Thursday. He followed that with a 22-point game two nights later versus Colorado, going 7-for-11 from the field and 7-for-8 from the charity stripe. Powell also registered five rebounds, four assists and five steals in the 72-59 win against the Buffaloes.

Powell is averaging a team-leading 16.1 points per game this season.

The honor marks Powell’s second-career weekly award, and UCLA’s 59th weekly selection all-time.

Other nominees included: T.J. McConnell, Arizona; Tyrone Wallace, Cal; Askia Booker, Colorado; Elgin Cook, Jr., Oregon; Malcolm Duvivier, Oregon State; Chasson Randle, Stanford; and Josh Hawkinson, Washington State.

The Bruins head to the Bay Area this week, playing at Stanford on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m., and then at California on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 5 p.m. PT.

2014-15 Pac-12 Players of the Week

Nov. 17: Tyrone Wallace, Jr., California
Nov. 24: Norman Powell, Sr., UCLA
Dec. 1: Stanley Johnson, Fr., Arizona
Dec. 8: Tyrone Wallace, Jr., California
Dec. 15: Delon Wright, Sr., Utah
Dec. 22: Elijah Stewart, Fr., USC
Dec. 29: Anthony Brown, Sr., Stanford
Jan. 5: Chasson Randle, Sr., Stanford
Jan. 12: Kevon Looney, Fr., UCLA
Jan. 19: Stanley Johnson, Fr., Arizona
Jan. 26: Gary Payton II, Jr., Oregon State
Feb. 2: Norman Powell, Sr., UCLA

By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services

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