WKU's Bassey named Conference USA Freshman of the Week

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Western Kentucky freshman Charles Bassey has garnered his first weekly honor in his young college basketball career.

The 6-foot-11, 245-pound center was named Conference USA Men’s Basketball Freshman of the Week Monday by the league office.

This is WKU’s first weekly award since Taveion Hollingsworth was named Freshman of the Week on Feb. 12 of last season.

The Lagos, Nigeria, native posted 11 points and 12 rebounds in his first college outing Tuesday at No. 25 Washington.

Bassey was the first Hilltopper to record a double-double in his first game since Steve Miller in 1984-85. His 12 rebounds were the most by a WKU freshman in his debut since 1975 and the most by any freshman overall since 2012.

In Saturday’s home opener against UT Martin, Bassey was a rebound shy of his second straight double-double, finishing with 15 points, nine rebounds, and four blocks.

The Hilltoppers will participate in the Myrtle Beach Invitational, starting against Valparaiso at 4 p.m. Thursday.