PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The BIG EAST Conference has named Providence forward Marshon Brooks and Marquette guard Vander Blue the winners of the league's men's basketball honors for the week-ending Dec. 12.
Brooks was named BIG EAST Player of the Week after he averaged 31.3 points and 8.7 rebounds in a 2-1 week for the Friars. He shot 53.2 percent from the floor and 43.5 percent from 3-point range. Brooks scored 33 points twice, in wins over Alabama (82-70) and Brown (91-64). In an 88-86 loss at Boston College, he recorded 28 points and 10 rebounds. For the season, the native of Stone Mountain, Ga., is averaging 22.9 points, which is second in the BIG EAST, and 8.7 rebounds.
Blue was tabbed as BIG EAST Rookie of the Week after he averaged 14.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals in a 1-1 week. In the two games, he shot 64.7 percent from the floor and 83.3 percent from the foul line. In an 86-50 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Blue netted a career-high 21 points. For the season, Blue, who is from Madison, Wis., is averaging 9.2 points.
BIG EAST Player of the Week
MARSHON BROOKS, Providence, G, Sr.
BIG EAST Rookie of the Week
VANDER BLUE, Marquette, G, Fr.
BIG EAST Honor Roll
Chris Smith, Louisville, G, Jr.
Coming off the bench, he averaged 14.0 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 62.5 percent from the floor in a 2-0 week. He was MVP of the Billy Minardi Classic when he posted 17 points and six boards in a 77-69 victory over previously unbeaten UNLV.
Dane Miller, Rutgers, G, So.
Averaged 14.5 points, 10.0 rebounds in a 2-0 week which included a 63-43 win over Auburn in the SEC-BIG EAST Invitational when he had 17 points and 10 boards.
Jordan Theodore, Seton Hall, G, Jr.
Averaged 20.5 points and 6.5 assists in a 1-1 week. He had a career-high 24 points in a 71-62 loss to Arkansas and finished with 17 points and eight assists in a 104-79 victory at Massachusetts.
Rick Jackson, Syracuse, C, Sr.
Averaged 17.5 points and 13.0 rebounds in a 2-0 week. Had 17 points and 16 rebounds in a 72-58 win against Michigan State.
Corey Stokes, Villanova, G, Sr.
Averaged 25.0 points in a pair of Philadelphia Big Five road wins, including a 34-point effort in a 65-53 victory at Pennsylvania.