Wednesday, November 26, 2014

EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week, week 2 2014-2015

This week represents one of the most difficult decisions I've faced in choosing the POW.  The Eagles had 4 players who were completely deserving of the award and frankly I could make the argument for a couple more!  They are playing great team basketball right now and despite the disappointment of the loss at SMU, we will always get to remember the historic take down of Indiana at Assembly Hall.  So before the break and this week's POW, take at look at this video from EWU Athletics Vimeo account.

EWU Men's Basketball Historic Win Over Indiana from EWU Athletics on Vimeo.

As I said before, this was a tough, tough decision.  I did not receive any tweets to #EAGLEEYEPOW or comments on the page, but I trust next week I'll get more help!

But without further ado, the EWU Eagle Eye POW of Week 2 2014-2015 is....

Venky Jois blocks Troy Williams to set up Drew Brandon's
play to take the lead for good
photo from
Venky Jois, the Junior Guard from Boronia Australia, played nearly 100 minutes of basketball in 3 games more than any other Eagle.  He scored 50 points with 29 rebounds, 8 assists, 6 steals and 6 blocks including 5 against Indiana.  Playing against top competition, SMU and Indiana, Venky delivered two double-doubles, amassing 33 points, 24 rebounds, 6 blocks, 5 steals and 1 assist in 72 minutes.

Already the career leader in blocks for Eastern Washington University, Venky is a critical component of this team on defense and offense.  He is responsible for 35% of the Eagles made 2 point baskets, 31 % of the teams blocks, 25% of the teams rebounds, 30% of offensive rebounds and 21% of defensive rebounds.  That means that this season he represents roughly a third of the statistical production in several key categories.

If the Eagles are going to make a run at the Big Sky Conference, Venky Jois will need to continue to play a big part going forward.
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