Araujo Selected Sporting News National Player of the Week

Rafael Araujo drives for two of his career-high 32 points in BYU's win over No. 25 Oklahoma State Saturday at the Delta Center. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO, Utah -- BYU has learned that Cougar center Rafael Araujo has been selected National Player of the Week by the Sporting News for the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2003.

The Sao Paulo, Brazil native averaged 31.5 points and 15.5 rebounds, while shooting 71.4 percent from the floor and 76.7 percent from the free throw line in BYU's victories at Boise State (75-69) and against 25th-ranked Oklahoma State (76-71). The 6-foot-11 senior also earned Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week honors for his outstanding play in BYU's two victories last week.

In the win at Boise State, Araujo scored 31 points and pulled down 14 rebounds. He made 10-of-13 attempts from the field and earned 14 trips to the free throw line, knocking down 11. In the victory over Oklahoma State at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Araujo scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. He made 10-of-15 field goals and 12-of-16 free throws on the day and scored 26 of the Cougars' 40 second half points. His 17 rebounds, one shy of the entire OSU team, led the way for BYU as it dominated the boards against the Cowboys, 44-18.

Araujo's double-double efforts were his second and third straight double-doubles of the season. He has 11 double-doubles in his two-year Division I career. A preseason All-MWC pick and MWC Player of the Year candidate, Araujo was a third-team all-league selection last year after transferring from Arizona Western, where he earned second-team NJCAA All-America accolades.

This season Araujo is averaging 21.6 points and 11.0 rebounds while leading BYU to a 4-1 start.