Frank Eaves(Page HS/Appalachian State) named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season

*****This is the same Frankie Eaves that grew up here in Greensboro and now he is leading Appalachian State to Sun Belt bests up on “The Mountain”…..*****

NEW ORLEANS – Frank Eaves(Page High School/Greensboro, N.C.) has been named the Sun Belt Conference men’s basketball Player of the Week for the second time this season, the conference office announced on Monday.

Eaves led the Mountaineers to a perfect 3-0 record last week in road wins at Texas State (Jan. 24) and Troy (Jan. 19) and a home victory over South Alabama (Jan. 22). The junior guard averaged 25.0 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while shooting 51.1 percent (24-of-47) from the floor, 52.2 percent (12-of-23) from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent (15-of-19) at the charity stripe.

In last Monday’s win at Troy, Eaves set a career-high with 29 points, 14 of which came in the opening 10 minutes of the 69-64 triumph over the Trojans. He followed that up with 15 points and a career-high-tying seven rebounds in a 64-53 win over South Alabama on Thursday.

Eaves finished off the week with the performance of his career as he posted career-highs in scoring (31) and rebounds (8) in Saturday’s 64-58 win at Texas State. He also set a career-high with 10 field goals in the game.

On the week, Eaves scored 75 of Appalachian’s 197 points (38.1 percent) and moved into fourth place in the Sun Belt and 49th nationally in scoring average (18.1 ppg). In nine league games, he is averaging 20.1 points per game and is connecting from beyond the arc at a clip of 42.6 percent (26-of-61).

He joins UL Lafayette’s Shawn Long as the only players in the Sun Belt to earn Player of the Week honors twice this season. In addition, Eaves is the first Mountaineer since Omar Carter and Donald Sims in 2010-11 to earn multiple conference Player of the Week honors (both Carter and Sims earned Southern Conference Player of the Week twice).

Eaves previously earned Sun Belt Player of the Week on Nov. 25 after scoring the game-winning bucket in an upset of Virginia Tech on Nov. 22 and posting 25 points in a win over Hampton on Nov. 24.

The Mountaineers look to extend their Sun Belt and overall winning streak to five games when they travel to Statesboro, Ga. on Thursday night to square off with arch rival Georgia Southern at 7:30 p.m. at Hanner Fieldhouse.

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