Rafael Araujo earned his second consecutive Mountain West Conference Player of the Week award averaging 21.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in BYU's wins over Western Oregon and USC. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
Senior Garners Honor for Third Time in his Career
COLORADO SPRINGS -- BYU senior center Rafael Araujo captured Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week honors for the second consecutive week after leading the Cougars to victories over Western Oregon (92-56) and Southern California (85-61). This is Araujo's third career player of the week honor.
In two games last week, Araujo, a Sao Paulo, Brazil (Arizona Western) native, averaged 21.5 points and 12.5 rebounds, while shooting 64 percent from the floor. He scored 15 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked two shots in just 25 minutes of action against Western Oregon. In the 14-point victory over USC, Araujo netted 28 points, 11 boards and two steals. He hit 10-of-15 field goals, including a career-best two three pointers.
Araujo has recorded five consecutive double-doubles, tying the Mountain West record held by former Wyoming Cowboy Uche Nsonwu-Amadi. Nsonwu-Amadi recorded five in a row from the last game of the 2001-02 season through his first four appearances in 2002-03.
Araujo is the first MWC player to record five double-doubles in one season and in five consecutive games. During his current five-game double-double streak, Araujo is averaging 26 points and 13.6 rebounds.