Thames Earns MW and National Player of the Week Honors
Dec. 2, 2013
SAN DIEGO -
San Diego State senior guard Xavier Thames has been named the Mountain West Player of the Week and the national player of the week by CBSSports.com and NBCSports.com. The awards are the first of his career.
The Sacramento, Calif., native made conference and national headlines for his effort at the DIRECTV Wooden Legacy in Orange County. In helping the Aztecs win the tournament, Thames averaged 21.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals. Shooting-wise, Thames was nearly unstoppable, hitting 56.3 percent of his field-goal attempts (18-32), a remarkable 73.3 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc (11-15) and 81.0 percent of his free-throw attempts (17-21).
In the opener vs. College of Charleston, Thames was one of four Aztecs in double figures, scoring 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting, including a 2-for-4 performance from three-point distance. Thames shared the team lead with two assists, had a game-high-tying two steals and grabbed three boards.
The next day in the win over No. 20/18 Creighton, Thames carried the Aztecs by knocking down 7-of-10 shots, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. From the free-throw line he was nearly flawless, hitting 8-of-10 en route to a career-high 26 points. After SDSU found itself down, 14-2, Thames drained a three that ultimately led to 13 first-half points and a 10-point halftime lead. Late in the game when San Diego State led by only three points with 42 seconds left, Thames made both free throws to extend the Aztecs' lead to five with 36 seconds to play to help seal the win.
In the championship game against No. 25/rv Marquette, Thames was almost perfect from the three-point arc, making 5-of-6 attempts. Thames also made eight out of nine from the charity stripe to set a new personal-best for scoring with 27 points. Down the stretch when Marquette took a two-point lead with 6:11 to play and its first since the 16:16 mark in the first half, Thames hit a three to help SDSU reclaim the lead for good. Then with 37 seconds left and the Aztecs up four, Thames made both free throws and later made two more to secure the victory.
Among all the tournament participants, Thames, who was named the Most Outstanding Player, shared the Wooden Legacy lead for points (64), scoring (21.3) and three-pointers made (11), and led all players with his 73.3-percent accuracy from three-point distance (min. 10 3FGM). Thames was also second in field goals made (18) and three-pointers made (11).