Rookie of the Week
The Atlantic 10 Conference named Butler senior Rotnei Clarke its men’s Basketball Player of the Week and Xavier freshman Semaj Christon its Rookie of the Week Monday. The awards are for games played during the week of Nov. 19-25.
Clarke earned All-Tournament honors, while leading Butler to a 2-1 record and a runner-up finish at the Maui Invitational. He hit the most dramatic shot of the tournament with a 3-point field goal at the buzzer to lift Butler past Marquette, 72-71, in the opening round and cap off a 20-point performance. The guard from Verdigris, Okla., then shared team scoring honors with 17 points in the Bulldogs’ upset of No. 9 North Carolina. Clarke finished his tournament run with a career-high 27 points in the championship game against Illinois. He averaged 5.0 rebounds for the week, including a career-high six against Marquette.
Christon earned All-Tournament honors after he led Xavier in both scoring and assists in all three games of the DIRECTV Classic. Christon averaged 19.0 points and 6.3 assists in leading the Musketeers to a 2-1 week. He opened the week with 18 points and six assists in a narrow loss to Pacific. The guard from Cincinnati, Ohio, then scored a career-high 23 points versus Drexel, tallying six assists and three rebounds. He was 10-of-14 from the field (.714) and a perfect 3-of-3 at the line against the Dragons. His most complete game of the week came in the win over Drake. He scored 16 points, dished out seven assists and pulled down six rebounds in the four-point victory.