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Penava Tabbed for Conference USA Player of the Week Honors

Dec. 18, 2017

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – After posting a stat line of 33 points, 15 rebounds, nine blocks and three steals against Ohio, Marshall men’s basketball junior forward Ajdin Penava has been named Conference USA’s Player of the Week, the league announced.

“Nobody believed me when I told everyone that Ajdin was going to be good one day,” D’Antoni said. “He has proven everyone wrong. He’s grown so much since he has been here and he has turned into a heck of a player. He’s playing the best ball of his life, so you should expect more awards like this, this season.”

It is the first time Penava has earned league honors in his career. With the award, he has become the first player from Europe to claim the honor since Rice’s Egor Koulechov did during the 2016-17 season.

Marshall is the lone school to have two different players be named player of the week, as Jon Elmore has done it twice this season.

As it stands, the junior leads the nation in blocks (53) and blocked shots per game (4.82). Penava is fourth in the league in scoring (19.1 points per game), but leads the league in rebounding (9.9) and field goal percentage (65.2 percent).

Marshall is currently 8-3 and on a four-game winning streak. It will look to claim another win when it goes on the road to take on Xavier on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m. The game will be televised on Fox Sports 1.



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