Patriot League Announces Anaconda Men's Basketball Weekly Awards

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Lehigh junior guard C.J. McCollum
Lehigh junior guard C.J. McCollum

Feb. 13, 2012

Center Valley, Pa. - Lehigh junior guard C.J. McCollum and Holy Cross freshman guard Justin Burrell have been honored with Patriot League Anaconda Men's Basketball awards for their performance during the week of Feb. 6-12, it was announced on Monday.

McCollum extends his Patriot League record with an 11th career Player of the Week award after averaging 26.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals in two games for Lehigh. Burrell put together 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in a pair of victories for the Crusaders to claim the Rookie of the Week award.

Patriot League Anaconda Weekly Awards (Feb. 6-12)

Anaconda Player of the Week
C.J. McCOLLUM, LEHIGH Jr., G, 6-3, 185; Canton, Ohio/Glen Oak
McCollum filled the stat sheet again for the Mountain Hawks, scoring 30 points with nine rebounds in a 71-62 loss to American on Thursday before finishing with 22 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five steals in Saturday's 89-69 victory over Colgate. The outing against the Raiders marked McCollum's 17th career double-double, and third in the past five games. McCollum is averaging 24.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.3 steals in Lehigh's last six games, while committing only six turnovers in that span. He leads the Patriot League in scoring (21.7) and steals (2.6) per game, ranking in the top 10 nationally in both categories. McCollum also moved to fourth place in Patriot League history with 1,872 points. He earns the Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week award for the fifth time this season, and extends his League record to 11 career honors.

Anaconda Rookie of the Week
JUSTIN BURRELL, HOLY CROSS Fr., G, 5-9, 165, Dumfries, Va./Potomac
Burrell led Holy Cross to two key wins with a pair of strong performances last week. He scored a career-high 17 points to go with four rebounds and four assists in a 64-52 victory at Navy on Wednesday, and finished with eight points, three rebounds and three assists in Saturday's 59-52 win over American. Burrell made 4-of-5 three-pointers and 9-of-12 free throws in the two games. He stands second in the Patriot League with 3.8 assists per game, and has led the Crusaders in the category 16 times this season. Burrell earns his second Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week award.

Honorable Mention
MIKE MUSCALA, BUCKNELL Jr., C, 6-11, 235; Roseville, Minn./Roseville
Muscala averaged 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds to lead Bucknell to two more Patriot League wins last week, putting the Bison one game away from clinching the No. 1 seed in Patriot League Tournament.

ELLA ELLIS, ARMY Jr., F, 6-7, 185; Houston, Texas/Eisenhower (USMAPS)
Ellis had 26 points and 10 rebounds on Wednesday against Lafayette and averaged 21.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Black Knights that included a 69-63 win in double overtime against Navy on Saturday.

TONY WROBLICKY, AMERICAN So., C, 6-10, 210; Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola
Wroblicky had career highs of 18 points and 17 rebounds to lead American to a 71-62 win over Lehigh on Thursday.