PROVO — BYU's Yoeli Childs nearly secured a triple-double during an 84-50 victory over Santa Clara on Saturday, and Monday, the sophomore forward was named West Coast Conference Player of the Week.
Childs scored 22 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out a career-high eight assists, to go along with a pair of blocks, at Santa Clara — on his 20th birthday. He probably would have recorded the triple-double had coach Dave Rose kept him in the game during the final minutes.
"I sure would have loved for him to have stayed in there and get a couple of more assists,” Rose said. “He played great on his birthday, huh? It should be his birthday every night, with the way he played tonight.”1 comment on this story
In an 83-63 win over Pepperdine Thursday, Childs poured in 21 points, pulled down 12 rebounds and had six assists, one block and three steals.
For the week, Childs averaged 21.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals. He shot 63.0 percent (17 of 27) from the field in the two games.
At Santa Clara, Childs helped lead the Cougars to a fast start. He was responsible for all of BYU's first 17 points by scoring 11 and distributing three assists.
Other players nominated for the award were Loyola Marymount's Steven Haney, Jr.; Saint Mary's Jock Landale; Gonzaga's Silas Melson; and Pacific's Mike Reynolds.