HADLEY, Mass. – Junior guard Jordan Bonner of the 14th-ranked Wesleyan University men's basketball team was named the NESCAC Player of the Week for his stellar performance during a 3-1 stretch that included back-to-back conference wins over Bates and Tufts, respectively. Monday's announcement by the league office marks his second weekly honor this season.
Bonner averaged 18.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game as the Cardinals played four games in six days last week. The junior from Houston, Texas shot 51.0-percent from the floor and 43.3-percent from three-point range. In an 86-71 win over Farmingdale State, he scored 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting while hitting 5-of-8 shots from downtown. Bonner also scored 16 points and grabbed eight boards in a 68-50 win over Bates, and dropped 13 points and pulled in seven rebounds in a 60-52 victory against Tufts. In Wesleyan's lone loss on the week, Bonner hit a pair of clutch free throws with six-tenths of a second left on the clock to even the score at 68-68, but SUNY Purchase hit a nearly impossible buzzer-beater three to upset the Cardinals.
Bonner has played a pivotal role in Wesleyan's success this season, in which the Cardinals boast a 16-4 overall record and 5-2 NESCAC mark. He currently ranks seventh in the conference in scoring (16.2 points/game), while his 82.4-percent free-throw shooting is second-best and his 46 three-pointers made are fifth-most.
The Cardinals are back in action Friday, Feb. 2 and will play at in-state rival Trinity. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.