Lee Cummard, men's basketball player of the week (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
The Top Performers of the Week feature highlights the top athletes of each sport currently in play. Check back each week to see which athletes are standing out in Cougar sports.
Lee Cummard, Men's Basketball - Sophomore; Mesa, Ariz.
Lee Cummard shot 80 percent (8-of-10) from the field and from three-point range (4-of-5) and was perfect from the free-throw line (3-of-3) while averaging 11.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals in BYU's two games last week. He went 7-for-9 from the floor, including 4-of-5 three-point accuracy, at UNLV to total a career-high 18 points to lead BYU. He added a game-high, career-tying five assists as well as five rebounds against the Rebels. Cummard was perfect from the floor and the line against TCU in his 24 minutes. He hit his only field goal attempt and was 3-for-3 at the charity stripe while scoring five points and adding three rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals in the Cougar victory.
Kylee Draper, Gymnastics - Junior; Payson, Utah
Draper was named the Cougar of the Meet for her performances against Texas Woman's. The junior recorded a 9.825 to tie for team-high honors on bars Friday night. Her score was also tied for first place on the event.
The Payson, Utah, native also set a career high on floor with a 9.800 after not competing on the apparatus the previous week.
Kelly Furr, Women's Track and Field - Senior; Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Senior Kelly Furr found a win this weekend and matched her previous best performance. Furr wasted no time in getting qualified for nationals as her 3.95 meters jump on Saturday was good enough to qualify provisionally for the NCAA National meet in Arkansas. This was the first meet of the season and she is already at her best mark of last year. Furr looks forward to a strong senior year.
Chip Hand, Men's Tennis - Senior; Placentia, Calif.
Despite a troubling ankle injury incurred over the winter break, Chip Hand played No. 3 singles and doubles and dominated the Weber State competition in the team's first match of the season. He beat Mario Schnabl in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2 and teamed with Jonathan Sanchez to beat Chris Williams and Dave Hintze 8-2. The two wins combined to give Hand the largest margin of victory of all the Cougars in their sweep of the Weber State Wildcats.
Jennie Keele, Women's Basketball - Senior; Syracuse, Utah
Jennie Keele's half-court shot with :02 seconds left in the game lifted the Cougars 55-52 over Wyoming at home on Saturday afternoon to improve BYU's record to 12-4, and 3-0 in conference play. With :15 seconds left in the contest, Keele missed the front end of a 1/1 from the line, but came back 12 seconds later and got the team win.
She is the fourth leading scorer on the team averaging 6.9 points and 3.9 boards a game. She ranks third in steals and in assists on the Cougar squad. Keele is also one of two co-captains on the team.
Keele played the final 5 minutes of the game with a broken nose from an accidental elbow from a Wyoming player.
The 11 points she scored in the Cowgirls game mark the fifth time she has scored in double figures this season.
Ivan Perez, Men's Volleyball - Junior; Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Perez led BYU to two consecutive weekend sweeps over No. 3 UCLA. He led BYU in kills (27), kills per game (4.50), block solos (two) and led outside hitters with six total blocks. Perez hit .525 on the week and recorded double-digit kills in each of the two weekend matches. On the season, Perez currently averages 4.08 kills per game while hitting at a .506 clip.
On Saturday, Perez recorded 16 kills and a .542 hitting percentage (16-3-24). He also recorded four digs and a block. Friday, Perez had 11 kills while hitting .500 (11-3-16). Perez also recorded four digs and a team-best five total blocks, including two block solos. BYU hit .500 as a team on Friday thanks in part to Perez's hot hitting. The .500 team hitting percentage is in the top-10 all time in school Rally Scoring history.
Mike Rose, Men's Basketball - Senior; Houston, Texas
In BYU's two games last week, Mike Rose averaged 11.5 points while making six three-point shots. He reached double figures in back-to-back games for the first time this year with 11 points vs. TCU and 12 points at UNLV. He has made a three-pointer in nine straight games, just one game short of his career record. Rose has come on strong for BYU as of late, scoring 68 points in the last nine games (7.6 ppg) after scoring just 11 points in the first eight games (1.4 ppg).
Jonathan Tavernari, Men's Basketball - Freshman; Sao Bernardo, Brazil
Freshman forward Jonathan Tavernari averaged 12.0 points and 3.5 rebounds last week in 14.5 minutes off the bench. He made 8-of-11 (.727) three-point shots, including six consecutive makes against TCU before missing his final attempt. His six straight makes in a single game tied a school record. He finished with a career-best 18 points and a team-leading six rebounds vs. TCU in 20 minutes of action.
Matt Weirich, Men's Track and Field - Junior; Fredericksburg, Texas
At the BYU Indoor Invitational junior Matt Weirich from Fredericksburg, Texas qualified for nationals by clearing 17'0.75 inches in the pole vault, the height the established by the NCAA as the cut off point for nationals. The 6 foot junior is already a foot above where he was last year at this meet.
In high school Weirich set a new Fredericksburg High School pole vault record at 16'08.75 inches. He now is climbing to new heights at BYU.