Commodores collect player of the week awards at record pace

Monday, December 6, 2010 at 2:24pm
Staff reports

Vanderbilt center Festus Ezeli was named the Southeastern Conference’s player of the week, the league announced on Monday.

The Commodores have claimed the honor three out of the four first weeks of the season, becoming the first school to achieve that feat since the inception of the award in 1985.

The 6-foot-11 Ezeli scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against Belmont on Saturday. It was the second career double-double for the redshirt junior, who also shot 10-of-14 from the free throw-line against the Bruins.

That effort came two days after the redshirt junior was 7-of-7 from the field and scored 14 points against Western Kentucky on Wednesday despite dealing with back spasms.

Ezeli, a native of Nigeria, is second on the team with 13.3 points a game.

Vanderbilt guard Brad Tinsley won the season's first award last month after posting the school’s first triple-double in the season opener. Guard John Jenkins picked up the honor the next week after he averaged 21.7 points during the three games of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

The Commodores (7-1) are on the cusp of being ranked in the Associated Press’ Top 25 poll. In the latest rankings released on Monday, Vanderbilt received 52 votes putting them at 27th, right behind league rival Florida.

Vanderbilt plays next at No. 15 Missouri (6-1). The Tigers lost to Georgetown, now ranked 10th, in overtime last week.