INDIANAPOLIS (USBWA) Isaiah Brown of SUNY Potsdam (Potsdam, N.Y.) and Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda of Emmanuel College (Boston, Mass.) were named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division III National Players of the Week for the week ending February 16.
Brown, a 6-6 sophomore forward from Queens, N.Y., averaged over 37 points and recorded a pair of double-doubles as SUNY Potsdam (18-5, 13-3) faced two conference foes last week. In a 93-88 road loss to Cortland on Friday, Brown scored 33 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and added two blocks. He came back the next day to score a career-high 42 points at Oswego State, just one less than the program record, as the Bears defeated the Lakers 76-62. Brown added 15 points, an assist, steal, and block in the contest. For the week, he averaged 37.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 0.5 assists, and 0.5 steals while shooting 58.7 percent (27-of-46) from the field, 84.6 percent (11-of-13) from the foul line and 47.6 percent (10-of-21) from three-point range. For his efforts, Brown, was also named the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Athlete of the Week for the fourth time in the last five weeks.
Ramirez-Tejeda, a 5-8 senior guard from Cambridge, Mass., recorded a pair of double-doubles as Emmanuel (17-7, 8-2) posted two conference victories last week. On Wednesday, she scored 25 points (nine in the fourth quarter), grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out three assists, and added two steals as the Saints won at Albertus Magnus, 73-71. Then, in Saturday's 81-40 win against St. Joseph's (Maine), Ramirez-Tejeda totaled 18 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, and three steals. For the week, she averaged 21.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.5 steals while shooting 58.8 percent (20-of-34) from the field and 50 percent (3-of-6) from the foul line. For her efforts, Ramirez-Tejeda, who is tied for the NCAA Division III lead with 18 double-doubles this season, was also named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Player of the Week for the third time this season and for the ninth time in her career.
Each Tuesday, the USBWA is selecting men's and women's Division III National Players of the Week. This is the sixth season that the USBWA will recognize national players of the week from Division III.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA and its award programs, contact executive director Malcolm Moran at 814-574-1485.
2019-20 USBWA Division III National Players of the Week
Week ending Nov. 10: Nate Schimonitz, Nebraska Wesleyan University and Tessa Zamolyi, Misericordia University
· Week ending Nov. 17: Jake Ross, Springfield College and Leah Porath, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
· Week ending Nov. 24: Matthew Mancuso, University of Scranton and Katelyn Pickunka, Smith College
· Week ending Dec. 1: Hunter Martineau, Hilbert College and Sydney Kopp, DePauw University
· Week ending Dec. 8: Jared Wagner, York College and Amina Wiley, Mitchell College
· Week ending Dec. 15: Eric Demers, Gordon College and Alexis Jones, Augustana College
· Week ending Jan. 5: Tyler Frederick, La Roche University and Katie Garrish, Southern Virginia University
· Week ending Jan. 12: Chris LaBelle, Centenary University and Olivia Nagy, John Carroll University
· Week ending Jan. 19: Sam Jefferson, Colby College and Dejah Terrell, Albright College
· Week ending Jan. 26: Nate West, LeTourneau University and Taite Anderson, Bethel University
· Week ending Feb. 2: Brian Cameron, Wesley College and Abbey Lawrence, Case Western Reserve University
· Week ending Feb. 9: Jake Ross, Springfield College and Katie McShea, Marymount University
· Week ending Feb. 16: Isaiah Brown, SUNY Potsdam and Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda, Emmanuel College
· Week ending Feb. 23: Nate West, LeTourneau University and Shyla Osmond, Albertus Magnus College
· Week ending March 1: Gabriel Leifer, Yeshiva University and Kelly Williams, Randolph-Macon College