Men's Basketball

Harris Earns ESPN's National Player Of Week; A-10 Player Of Week

Ricky Harris averaging 20.1 points per game this season.

Ricky Harris averaging 20.1 points per game this season.

Jan. 20, 2008

AMHERST, Mass. - After his tremendous week, UMass' Ricky Harris was named the ESPN Weekly Watch National Player of the Week. Here is what ESPN's Andy Katz had to say. Harris was sensational in averaging 23 points in a critical 2-0 week for UMass. The Minutemen had two of the biggest wins of the young A-10 season, winning at Dayton and then taking out Charlotte at home.

UMass knocked off the two teams that hadn't suffered a loss yet in the A-10.

Harris scored a combined 46 points, making 11 of 22 shots and 9 of 18 3s. He made a career-high five 3s in the win over the Flyers.

It's not like this was a fluke for Harris. He has put up 20 or more points in 10 of the Minutemen's 17 games and is a regular double-figure scorer.

While Harris didn't have that one game that blows you away, he was as consistent as any player in the country this week. And he helped the Minutemen win two games that could ultimately put them in position to contend with any of the other top teams -- Dayton, Xavier, Charlotte, Rhode Island or Saint Joe's -- for the conference title. The wins also keep the Minutemen on track for a possible NCAA at-large berth.

UMass sophomore guard Ricky Harris (Baltimore, Md.) was named the Atlantic 10 men's basketball player of the week after he averaged 23.0 points in the Minutemen's 2-0 week. Harris led UMass in scoring in its win at No. 14 Dayton and against Charlotte on Saturday. Harris connected on 9-of-18 shots from 3-point range. It was UMass' third weekly honor in 2007-08 (Gary Forbes was honored twice).

Overall, Harris scored 46 points on the week with 22 at Dayton and 24 vs. Charlotte. He shot 50 percent from the floor (11-for-22) and knocked down 9-of-18 attempts from beyond the arc in a pair of victories for the Minutemen. He tied his career high with five 3-pointers on Jan. 16 in Massachusetts' 82-71 win at Dayton as he added five rebounds and two assists.



Harris has scored at least 20 points in ten of Massachusetts' 17 games this season. He has been in double-figures in every game this year and is second to Forbes (20.3 ppg) in scoring (20.1).


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