Bassey awarded record tying sixth C-USA Player of the Week award

Western Kentucky University junior Charles Bassey (23) attempts to dunk the ball during Friday nights game in E.A. Diddle Arena on Jan 15, 2021. The WKU Hilltoppers defeated the Marshall University Thundering Herd 81-73.

Kaden Gaylord

WKU men’s basketball big man Charles Bassey has been named Conference USA Player of the Week for the sixth time in nine weeks, tying the league record.

The C-USA award is Bassey’s third consecutive honor. In the nine weeks of play so far this season, a Hilltopper has been named C-USA Player of the Week seven times while the award has been given out 12 times.

Bassey is now tied with Kenyon Martin (Cincinnati, 2000) for the C-USA record for Player of the Week awards in a single season.

Bassey continued his dominance over C-USA foes after posting back to back double-doubles in the wins against ‘100 Miles of Hate’ rival Middle Tennessee. 

In the two games at Middle Tennessee Bassey averaged 19.5 points, 13 rebounds and 4.5 blocks on 64% shooting. 

His presence on the court has continued to make an impact, helping WKU have its best start in 19 years, since the 2001-02 season. 

As of Monday, Bassey leads the country in rebounds (195), blocks (55), tied for double-doubles (11) and dunks (43). He’s also second nationally in blocks per game (3.4), third in rebounds per game (12.2) and eighth in field goals made (114).

Men’s basketball beat reporter Kaden Gaylord can be reached at [email protected]. Follow Kaden on Twitter at @_KLG3.