Saturday, November 17, 2012

EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week Nominees

Last year we started a tradition, very late in the season, to evaluate and select the one Eagle player from the week whose individual contributions warranted our recognition.  We call this the EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week and with you're help I think we can make that choice.  Typically I will post this much earlier in the week and give a couple days for commenting, this time however I need your thoughts as soon as possible.  We have until just before tip off to decide... so be sure to comment and tell me who you think should be this week's EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week!

This season's first week saw a pair of Eagle's losses to a pair of teams that I think may end up being very good.  Statistically speaking we have two players:  Martin Seiferth (#12) with 29 points, 20 rebounds and 9 blocks, and Justin Crosgile (#5) with 46 points, 12 assists and 9 rebounds that truly jump out and scream to be recognized, but if we dig a little deeper and factor in consistency  into the stats a third name joins the list: Venky Jois (#55) with 18 points, 16 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 blocks.

Stick with me after the break for a more in depth look.
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Martin Seiferth
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Martin Seiferth (#12) scored a school record 7 blocks in the Eagles loss to the Cal State Northridge Matadors, to go along with 27 points and 17 rebounds.  A truly outstanding effort gives the Sophomore an average over two games of 14.5 points, 10 rebounds and 4.5 blocks per game.  In the Eagles first game Seiferth was limited to just 14 minutes of play because of foul trouble.  He scored 2 points, grabbed 3 rebounds and had 2 blocks.  A very uneven performance between the two games, but the stellar second game earned him Big Sky Conference Player of the Week honors.

Justin Crosgile
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Coach Hayford told me that we'll never have to worry about Justin Crosgile (#5) lacking confidence.  In the first two games of the 2012-2013 season, he certainly backed up Coach's words.  Justin scored 46 points and took 38 shots, he added 12 assists, 9 rebounds and 3 steals.  He also had 11 turnovers including 9 in the Eagle's loss to Cal State Northridge.  After two games Crosgile leads the Big Sky Conference in scoring, his 23 points per game ranks him in a tie for 22nd in the nation as well.

Venky Jois
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Venky Jois (#55) didn't reach the highs of either Seiferth or Crosgile this week, but he was very consistent across both games.  After two games Venky leads the team in steals with 2.5 per game, is second in minutes played with 33.5 (Crosgile 36.5), rebounds with 8 (Seiferth 10), and blocks with 2.0 (Seiferth 4.5) and is third in points with 9 (Crosgile 23, Seiferth 14.5).  After getting 4 personal fouls against Washington State, Venky came back and played a clean game against Cal State Northridge with 0 personal fouls, he also scored 12 points, pulled in 7 rebounds, nabbed 3 steals and 2 blocks against the Matadors.  Two very good performances to start the season for the Freshman Forward from Australia.

So those are the three Eagles that I think earned consideration for EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week for the first week of the season.  What do you think?  Tell me who you would choose and why in the comments.  Your votes will determine which of these EWU Eagles is chosen!