(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
COLORADO SPRINGS -- BYU junior center Rafael Araujo has been named Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week. It is Araujo's first player of the week honor of his career.
Araujo, from Sao Paulo, Brazil (Arizona Western), averaged 20.5 points and 12 rebounds in two games last week as BYU earned a 1-1 record. He also shot 61.3 percent (19-of-31) from the field and averaged two steals per game.
In the 84-72 loss at San Francisco last Monday, Araujo recorded his first Division I double-double with career-highs of 24 points and 17 rebounds in 28 minutes of action. He went 11-for-20 from the field (55 percent) and registered a career-high three steals. The 17 boards and 11field goals are both currently tied for the second-highest output by an MWC player this year. Araujo led the Cougars in scoring for the second straight game with 17 points on 8-of-11 field goals and seven boards in the 93-60 win over Southern Utah.
2002-03 Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Players of the Week:
Nov. 25 -- Brian Greene (Sr., F), Colorado State
Dec. 2 -- Marcus Banks (Sr., G), UNLV
Dec. 9 -- Ruben Douglas (Sr., G), New Mexico
Dec. 16 -- Dalron Johnson (Sr., F), UNLV
Dec. 23 -- Ronnie Clark (Sr., F), Colorado State
Dec. 30 -- Rafael Araujo (Jr., C), BYU