December 5, 2006

Stuckey Wins Big Sky Honor Again

Dec. 5, 2006

Up to third in NCAA Division I in scoring this week, Eastern Washington University sophomore Rodney Stuckey has been selected as the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week in men's basketball for the second week in a row.

He scored 62 points in a split of games in the past week as he was honored by the league Tuesday (Dec. 5) for the sixth time in his career. His current scoring average of 27.8 points per game ranks third nationally in NCAA Division I statistics through games played Dec. 3.

In a 90-81 victory over Eastern Oregon and 102-98 loss to Cal State Northridge, Stuckey registered the ninth and 10th 30-point games in his 38-game career. He scored 30 against the Mountaineers and had 32 versus the Matadors.

He also had seven assists in each game, and added six steals and five rebounds versus Eastern Oregon and four steals and six boards versus Cal State Northridge. He played 70 total minutes and had just four turnovers.

Stuckey, one of 50 players selected as a preseason candidate for the men's 2006-07 Wooden Award All-American Team, has now led Eastern in scoring in 35-straight games. Besides his 27.8 scoring average, he is leading the Big Sky in steals (2.5 per game), is second in assists (4.6) and ranks in the top 20 in rebounding (4.4). He has made 48 percent of his field goal attempts, 33 percent from the three-point stripe and a league-best 90 percent from the free throw line.

As a team, Eastern is ranked fourth this week in NCAA Division I in scoring. The Eagles have averaged 90.8 points per game this season for an early pace that, at least for now, is ahead of the school record of 90.0 set by the 1971-72 team.

The Eagles looks for their first road win of the season when they play at Portland and Santa Clara this week. The Eagles take on the Pilots on Saturday (Dec. 9) in Portland, Ore., and the Broncos Monday (Dec. 11) in Santa Clara, Calif. Both games begin at 7 p.m. Pacific time.

Eastern enters action this week with a 4-4 record -- going 4-0 at home and 0-4 on the road so far this season. Portland is just 2-7 and hosts Weber State on Dec. 5 prior to taking on EWU. Santa Clara is 5-3 and will play at Pacific on Dec. 9 before the EWU contest.

 

More on Stuckey . . .

Sophomore Rodney Stuckey, with a career scoring average of 24.9 points in 38 career games, has already had five of the top 20 scoring games in school history. Ten times in his career he has topped 30 points, including four of eight games this season.

He was honored for the fifth time in his career as Big Sky Conference Player of the Week, the league announced on Nov. 28. It was his first honor of the season after he averaged 28.0 points per game while helping the Eagles to a pair of victories and a near-miss of nationally-ranked Washington. He also averaged 5.3 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.

Without even stepping a foot on the basketball floor for the 2006-07 season, Stuckey has attracted national acclaim and attention. Most recently, Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated and CBS recognized him as one of the best NCAA Division I players "under the radar." Last year Stuckey was the Freshman of the Year in NCAA Division I by Collegeinsider.com and won Big Sky Conference Player of the Year accolades.

Stuckey was one of 50 players selected as a preseason candidate for the men's 2006-07 Wooden Award All-American Team as selected by the National Preseason Selection Committee for the John R. Wooden Award. The list is composed of 50 student athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early frontrunners for college basketball's most coveted trophy.

He was also selected by Collegeinsider.com as one of 16 players nationally on its preseason All-America team. Another impressive accolade came from Lindy's Magazine, which ranked him as the third-best shooting guard in all of NCAA Division I. Gary Parrish from CBS Sportsline selected Stuckey as the sixth-best shooting guard in the nation.

Stuckey was named a first team selection on the collegehoops.net All-Underrated Team in September and CHN also ranked him as the 34th-best player in the nation (eighth among sophomores).

He was also recognized by Frank Burlison on Fox Sports.com as a sophomore to watch. Burlison quoted Southern California head coach Tim Floyd - a former head coach at Idaho and the Chicago Bulls - as saying Stuckey was "the best NBA prospect we played against last season." Stuckey scored 15 points and had five rebounds in EWU's 69-51 loss to the Trojans at the Great Alaska Shootout. That, incidentally, was the last time he hasn't led the Eagles in scoring during a streak that has lasted 35-straight games through EWU's game at Cal State Northridge on Dec. 3.

In addition, Stuckey has or will be featured in various collegiate publications and web sites, including Slam Magazine, Basketball Times and numerous daily newspapers.

Playing for a team with just one senior, Stuckey burst onto the scene last year with one of the best seasons by a freshman in NCAA Division I history. His record-breaking season was unmatched in the history of Eastern Washington and by any freshman in the 43-year history of the Big Sky Conference.

The 6-foot-4 guard from Kent, Wash., set seven school records, including a 24.2 scoring average per game that is a Big Sky record for a freshman and the seventh-best overall in the history of the league. His average ranked eighth in NCAA Division I. His 726 total points is fifth-best in league history, the most in the conference in nearly 30 years (since 1978-79) and the most-ever by a freshman in the BSC.

Stuckey became just the 36th player in NCAA Division I to lead his conference in scoring as a freshman. He won league MVP and Freshman of the Year honors, and in the process, became the first player in Big Sky history and the 12th in Division I history to earn league MVP honors as a freshman.

Below is a list of 30-point games by Stuckey along with his ranking in school history.

1. - 45 - Northern Arizona (1-5-06)
4. - 38 - Portland State (3-4-06)
7. - 36 - Montana (1-28-06)
14. - 34 - Boise State (12-29-05)
20. - 33 - Lewis-Clark State (11-18-06)
24. - 32 - Cal State Northridge (12-3-06)
29. - 31 - Washington (11-24-06)
29. - 31 - Portland State (1-14-06)
34. - 30 - Eastern Oregon (11-29-06)
34. - 30 - UC Riverside (12-10-05)
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