From SFA Athletics
FRISCO, TX (Press Release)- Fresh off his latest pair of spectacular performances, Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball senior Thomas Walkup was selected as the Southland Conference Player of the Week in a press release issued by the league office on Monday afternoon.
A two-time SLC Player of the Week last season, the Pasadena, Texas, product hiked his career total of conference player of the week awards to four with this latest selection.
In SFA’s most recent two-game swing, Walkup averaged 26 points per outing on the strength of a 58.8-percent shooting effort from the field. The senior accounted for exactly one-half of the ‘Jacks offensive output at Northern Iowa last Tuesday morning when he slung in a season-best 30 points on 12-of-20 (60-percent) shooting in SFA’s 70-60 ESPN2-televised setback to the Panthers. Those same Panthers toppled number-one ranked North Carolina 71-67 at the McLeod Center on Saturday afternoon.
Making the final William R. Johnson Coliseum debut of his career on Sunday, Walkup led all scorers with a 22-point effort which helped the ‘Jacks secure their first triumph of the 2015-16 campaign. He took to the sky to collect a game and season-best nine rebounds in SFA’s 88-64 triumph over LSU-Shreveport, too.
With the first three games of SFA’s regular season in the books, Walkup has shot up the league’s statistics charts at breakneck speed. Just one Southland Conference student-athlete boasts a higher points per game average than Walkup’s 21.3 and his field goal percentage of 57.1 is the second-best figure in the league, too.
On the national scene, Walkup’s scoring average is the 31st-best when stacked up against all other NCAA Division I men’s basketball players.
Walkup and the remainder of the Lumberjacks’ contingent will be setting up shop in Nashville, Tenn., for the better part of the upcoming week as one of six teams taking part in the second-annual American Sports Network Challenge in Music City. Through the course of their time in Tennessee, SFA will play a trio of games, the first of those coming at 4:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day against Western Michigan.
Southland Conference Release