BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Navy senior forward Tyler Nelson collected Patriot League GEICO Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the first time when the League office announced accolades on Monday. Loyola Maryland freshman guard Deon Perry claimed his second rookie of the week honor.
Nelson earned GEICO Men’s Basketball Player of the Week after averaging 18.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists to help Navy sweep its two-game week with wins over Bucknell (71-65) and Army West Point (70-53).
Perry was named GEICO Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week for the second time. The freshman guard averaged 22.5 points in two games, including a career-high 28 points in a 91-82 victory at Lehigh on Saturday.
Boston University graduate student forward Walter Whyte, Colgate senior forward Keegan Records, Holy Cross freshman guard Will Batchelder, Lafayette senior forward Leo O’Boyle and Lehigh sophomore guard Keith Higgins Jr. all received honorable mentions for their performances last week.
The Patriot League men’s basketball players of the week are selected in a vote by League media members and each school’s sports information director, who are not eligible to vote for their student-athletes.
2022-23 Patriot League Men’s Basketball Standings (as of 2.13.23)
|School ||Patriot League ||Pct. ||Overall ||Pct. |
|Colgate! ||13-1 ||.929 ||19-8 ||.704 |
|Lehigh ||9-5 ||.643 ||14-11 ||.560 |
|Navy ||8-6 ||.571 ||15-11 ||.577 |
|Army West Point ||8-6 ||.571 ||14-13 ||.519 |
|American ||7-7 ||.500 ||15-10 ||.600 |
|Lafayette ||7-7 ||.500 ||9-18 ||.333 |
|Holy Cross ||6-8 ||.429 ||9-18 ||.333 |
|Boston University ||5-9 ||.357 ||12-15 ||.444 |
|Loyola Maryland ||4-10 ||.286 ||9-18 ||.333 |
|Bucknell ||3-11 ||.214 ||10-17 ||.370 |
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PATRIOT LEAGUE MEN’S BASKETBALL GEICO PLAYER OF THE WEEK Tyler Nelson, Navy, Sr., F, Monroe, N.C./Metrolina Christian Academy *Nelson averaged 18.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals to help Navy go 2-0 last week with wins over Bucknell (71-65) and Army West Point (70-53). *He stuffed the stat sheet with 23 points, nine rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocked shots to lead the Mids over the Black Knights. Nelson connected on 9-of-15 from the floor. *On Wednesday, the senior forward finished with 14 points, four rebounds and two assists in Navy’s win over the Bison.
PATRIOT LEAGUE MEN’S BASKETBALL GEICO ROOKIE OF THE WEEK Deon Perry, Loyola Maryland, Fr., G, Baltimore, Md./Our Lady of Mount Carmel *Perry averaged 22.5 points, connecting on 56 percent (10-of-18) from 3-point range to help the Greyhounds split two games, including a 91-82 victory over Lehigh. *The freshman guard scored 19 of his career-high 28 points in the second half to help Loyola Maryland erase a double-digit deficit. He connected on 6-of-11 from beyond the arc. *He finished with 17 points, two assists and two steals in a loss against Army West Point on Wednesday.
HONORABLE MENTIONS Walter Whyte, Boston University, Gr., F, New Haven, Conn./St. Luke’s School *Whyte averaged 18.0 points and 5.5 rebounds to help Boston University split a pair of games last week, including a 60-54 victory over American. He posted 16 points and five boards against the Eagles on Wednesday before finishing with 20 points and six boards against Lafayette on Saturday.
Keegan Records, Colgate, Sr., F, South Kingstown, R.I./St. Andrew’s *Records led the Raiders with 18.0 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 75 percent (15-of-20) from the floor in victories over Lehigh (81-53) and Bucknell (76-56) last week. He led the team with 19 points and nine boards in 20 minutes against the Mountain Hawks.
Will Batchelder, Holy Cross, Fr., G, Newburyport, Mass./Governor’s Academy *Batchelder averaged 23.0 points on 52 percent (12-of-23) shooting from long distance to help Holy Cross split a pair of games, including a 60-54 win over American. He scored a career-high 28 points against Lafayette, tying a League season-high eight made 3-pointers against Lafayette. He finished with 18 points in a win over the Eagles.
Leo O’Boyle, Lafayette, Sr., F, Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep *O’Boyle averaged 11.5 points while shooting 55 percent (6-of-11) from the floor and 56 percent (5-of-9) from 3-point range to help Lafayette go 2-0 last week with wins over Holy Cross (72-58) and Boston University (69-65, OT). He scored 17 points and connected on 4-of-7 from deep in the overtime win against the Terriers.
Keith Higgins Jr., Lehigh, So., G, West Hills, Calif./Chaminade Prep *Higgins Jr. averaged 16.5 points and 2.5 rebounds while shooting 64 percent (13-of-24) from the floor and 50 percent (4-of-8) from long range. He led the Mountain Hawks with 23 points in a loss against Loyola Maryland on Saturday.
GEICO Men’s Basketball Player of the Week 11.14 – Walter Whyte, Boston University, Gr., F 11.21 – Tucker Richardson, Colgate, Sr., G 11.28 – Evan Taylor, Lehigh, Sr., G 12.5 – Xander Rice, Bucknell, Sr., G 12.12 – Johnny O’Neil, American, Jr., F 12.19 – Matt Rogers, American, Jr., F 12.26 – C.J. Fulton, Lafayette, So., G 1.3 – Gerrale Gates, Holy Cross, Sr., F 1.9 – Jalen Rucker, Army West Point, Jr., G 1.16 – Jalen Rucker, Army West Point, Jr., G 1.23 – Keegan Records, Colgate, Sr., F 1.30 – Tucker Richardson, Colgate, Sr., G 2.6 – Daniel Deaver, Navy, Sr., F 2.13 – Tyler Nelson, Navy, Sr., F
GEICO Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week 11.14 – Braeden Smith, Colgate., Fr., G 11.21 – Coleton Benson, Army West Point, Fr., G 11.28 – Geoff Sprouse, American, Fr., G 12.5 – Geoff Sprouse, American, Fr., G 12.12 – Austin Benigni, Navy, Fr., G 12.19 – Coleton Benson, Army West Point, Fr., G 12.26 – Braeden Smith, Colgate. Fr., G 1.3 – Braeden Smith, Colgate, Fr., G 1.9 – Will Batchelder, Holy Cross, Fr., G 1.16 – Deon Perry, Loyola Maryland, Fr., G 1.23 – Will Batchelder, Holy Cross, Fr., G 1.30 – Josh Rivera, Lafayette, Fr., F 2.6 – Ethan Roberts, Army West Point, Fr., F 2.13 – Deon Perry, Loyola Maryland, Fr., G
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