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NEW YORK - Overlooked in the preseason, senior Desi Rodriguez (198-F-96) (Bronx, N.Y.) has let his game do the talking, and after his two-game performance in leading Seton Hall past two nationally ranked opponents, he has been named BIG EAST Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. Rodriguez, a preseason All-BIG EAST honorable mention, averaged 26.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in two Seton Hall victories, shooting 55.9 percent from the field and making 19 of 34 attempts.

This is Rodriguez's second career BIG EAST Player of the Week award. He also nabbed the honor back on Jan. 9, 2017. This is the 11th time a Pirate has captured the award under head coach Kevin Willard.

Against No. 22 Texas Tech at Madison Square Garden, he posted a game-high 24 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the field, 3-for-6 from three-point range and 7-for-7 from the free throw line. He also added in four assists and seven rebounds in the victory.

At No. 17 Louisville on Sunday, Rodriguez went off for a season-high and game-high 29 points on 12-of-18 shooting from the field to go with eight rebounds and two assists. He scored 19 of his 29 points in the first half to help the Pirates to a halftime lead. Then he connected on the game-winning layup with 7.5 seconds remaining in the second half to break a 77-77 tie and lead The Hall to a 79-77 win over the Cardinals, the program's first win in Louisville since Feb. 25, 1952.

Rodriguez has now scored 20 or more points in three consecutive games and for the fourth time this season. Seton Hall is 6-0 this year when he is the team's leading scorer and 27-8 all-time when he scores at least 15 points in a game. Rodriguez is averaging 20.0 points and 4.9 rebounds while shooting 53.1 percent from the field this season.

Rodriguez and the Pirates are 7-1 this season with four wins over teams from "Football Five" conferences and are currently in the KenPom top 20. They will take on VCU on Saturday, Dec. 9 at Prudential Center at 3 p.m., as part of the Never Forget Tribute Classic, which benefits the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund.


Tim Duncan
The 20th ALL Virgin Islands Hoops Classic - 9 days ago
Like everything else the Sun Stroke All VI Hoop Classic was affected by IrMaria. However, this Saturday the Annual High School All Star game will celebrate its 20th Anniversary with a BANG. Saturday August 11th at 7:30 p.m. in the UVI Sports & Fitness Center some of the best players to ever play in the High School Showcase will participate in an exhibition game alongside the greatest Power Forward in basketball history, Tim Duncan (211-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest). The Home Boys will f...   [read more]

Ivan Aska
Kolossos H Hotels add Aska to their roster - 10 days ago
IVAN ASKA Kolossos H Hotels (A1) added to their roster 28-year old Virgin Islander international forward Ivan Aska (201-104kg-90, college: Murray State). He is a dual citizen owning also U.S. Virgin Islands passport. Aska played this summer at Team Challenge ALS (The Basketball Tournament) in the U.S. The last season he played at Sluc Nancy in French ProB where in 36 games he recorded 10.8ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.5apg. Aska has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League...   [read more]

Cincinnati Bearcats Basketball Wins Exhibition Game in Ottawa - 10 days ago
Junior transfer Rashawn Fredericks(198-G-97) (St. Croix, Virgin Islands/Motlow State CC) saw the most action of UC's trio of newcomers as the University of Cincinnati men's basketball team tipped off its three-game exhibition slate in Canada with an 85-57 victory over Ottawa on Sunday at College Jean de Brebeuf. The 6-foot-5 swingman contributed 10 points and six rebounds. Playing under mostly FIBA rules, the Bearcats led 54-44 after three quarters before pulling away in the last 10 minu...   [read more]

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