Utah Valley redshirt sophomore guard Jake Toolson was named the Western Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 12-18. The award marks Toolson's second WAC Player of the Week honor of the season and of his career.
The Gilbert, Arizona native averaged 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.0 steals in a pair of wins last week to move the Wolverines into a tie for second place in the WAC standings, one game out of first place. Toolson opened the week with 14 points, six rebounds and five assists in Utah Valley's 86-79 win over NM State. The win snapped the Aggies' 11-game win streak and handed them their first loss in WAC play this season. He knocked down 5-of-6 shots from the field, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range. He also hit 2-of-2 free throws. In Saturday's win over UT Rio Grande Valley, Toolson scored 16 points to go along with eight rebounds, three assists, one block and a steal. He connected on 6-of-9 shots from the field and went 3-for-3 at the charity stripe. For the week, Toolson shot 73.3 percent from the field, 60 percent from 3-point range and was perfect from the free-throw line.
Other nominees included: Justin Davis of CSU Bakersfield who finished with 15 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and two steals in a win over Grand Canyon; Chicago State's Deionte Simmons who posted his third double-double of the season with a career-high 25 points and 10 rebounds to go with two steals and a blocked shot; Jordan Gilesof Kansas City who tallied 17 points, six rebounds and one assist in a victory over Chicago State; NM State's Zach Lofton who averaged 22.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals in a pair of losses; Jordan Hill of Seattle U who averaged 15.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals in a pair of wins last week; and UT Rio Grande Valley's Nick Dixon who averaged 19.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 1.5 assists in a pair of losses.
Jason Erickson works in the communications office at the Utah Valley University athletic department. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit GoUVU.com.