Baylor's Motley Named Big 12 MBB Player of the Week

IRVING, Texas – Baylor junior forward Johnathan Motley has been voted Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the second time in his career, the league office announced Monday.

 

Motley’s award extends Baylor’s streak to six straight seasons with a Big 12 Player of the Week honoree. He was previously honored on Feb. 20, 2016, after leading BU to a pair of wins over ranked opponents. The Bears have had 17 different players honored 30 total times, and half of those 30 awards have come in the last six seasons.

 

Motley was named 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis MVP after leading the Bears to the tournament title with wins over VCU, No. 24 Michigan State and No. 10 Louisville. He averaged 20.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 31.0 minutes per game.

 

The Houston native connected on 22-of-42 field goal attempts (52.4%) and 15-of-18 free throws (83.3%). His 60 points tied for fifth-most in tournament history, and his 22 field goals made tied for second-most in the six-year-old event.

 

Motley began the tournament with a double-double, posting 19 points, 10 rebounds, one assist and one block in Baylor’s win over VCU. He scored 20 first-half points on his way to 26 points, six rebounds and three assists in the win over No. 24 Michigan State. Motley then helped the Bears rally from a 22-point deficit to knock off No. 10 Louisville in the championship game with 15 points, six rebounds, two assists and one block.

 

BU trailed at halftime in all three games at Atlantis. The Bears fell behind VCU 36-28 at the break, trailed Michigan State 33-30 and faced a 15-point halftime deficit at 39-24 against Louisville. Baylor out-scored all three opponents by at least 16 points in the second halves, with the Bears posting 43, 43 and 42 points, respectively, while limiting VCU to 27 points, Michigan State to 25 points and Louisville 24 points.

 

Baylor returns to action with a pair of home games this week. The Bears host Sam Houston State at 8 p.m. CT Wednesday on Fox Sports Southwest and host No. 9 Xavier at 2:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2. Tickets for both games are available for $5 through a Cyber Monday ticket special at www.BaylorBears.com/tickets (use promo code DEAL).

 

BAYLOR BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOREES

1997 – Patrick Hunter (2/17)

1998 – Patrick Hunter (1/4)

1998 – Brian Skinner (1/11)

1999 – Kish Lewis (11/24)

2000 – Terry Black (1/3)

2001 – Terry Black (2/19)

2003 – Lawrence Roberts (2/17)

2008 – Curtis Jerrells (11/19)

2008 – Kevin Rogers (12/24)

2008 – Curtis Jerrells (1/28)

2008 – Kevin Rogers (3/3)

2010 – LaceDarius Dunn (11/16)

2010 – LaceDarius Dunn (1/4)

2010 – Ekpe Udoh (1/11)

2010 – LaceDarius Dunn (2/15)

2012 – Perry Jones III (12/19)

2012 – Perry Jones III (1/16)

2013 – Cory Jefferson (11/12)

2013 – Pierre Jackson (1/28)

2013 – Pierre Jackson (3/10)

2014 – Cory Jefferson (12/2)

2014 – Isaiah Austin (2/17)

2014 – Cory Jefferson (2/24)

2014 – Kenny Chery (3/9)

2015 – Rico Gathers (1/26)

2015 – Rico Gathers (2/9)

2016 – Rico Gathers (11/16)

2016 – Taurean Prince (12/7)

2016 – Johnathan Motley (2/22)

2017 – Johnathan Motley (11/28)


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