PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The BIG EAST Conference has named St. John's guard Dwight Hardy and DePaul forward Cleveland Melvin the winners of the league's weekly men's basketball honors for the week-ending Jan. 2.
Hardy was named BIG EAST Player of the Week after he averaged 20.5 points and 6.0 rebounds, shooting 52.2 percent from the field (12-of-23) and 100 percent (14-of-14) from the free throw line, to help St. John’s to a 2-0 start in BIG EAST play with a pair of road wins. He scored 20 points with six rebounds in an 81-71 win at West Virginia and had 21 points and six boards in a 67-65 win at Providence. Hardy leads the Red Storm in scoring at 16.3 points per game.
Melvin is the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week for the second straight week after he averaged 26.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in a pair of games against teams that are a combined 26-2 this season. He had 24 points with eight rebounds in a 76-60 loss to unbeaten Cincinnati and had a career-high 29 points with seven rebounds and two blocks in an 86-75 loss at No. 9 Georgetown. Melvin has bettered his career high in scoring in each of his last three games.
BIG EAST Player of the Week
DWIGHT HARDY, St. John’s, G, Sr.
BIG EAST Rookie of the Week
CLEVELAND MELVIN, DePaul, F, Fr.
BIG EAST Honor Roll
Kemba Walker, Connecticut, G, Jr.
Averaged 27.5 points in a 1-1 week. Scored 31 points in a 78-63 loss at Pittsburgh and had 24 in a 66-61 overtime win against USF.
Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh, G, Jr.
Scored 21 points and matched his career high with seven assists in a 78-63 win against previously unbeaten Connecticut.
Jae Crowder, Marquette, F, Jr.
Averaged 18.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals and shot 75.0 percent from the field in a 1-1 week..
Kris Joseph, Syracuse, F, Jr.
Averaged 22.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in a 2-0 week. Had a career-high 27 points in an 81-74 win against Providence.
Corey Stokes, Villanova, G, Sr.
Averaged 23.5 points in a 2-0 week. Scored 24 points in a 78-74 win against No. 25 Temple and had 23 points — including 21 in the second half — in an 81-65 win against Rutgers.