Plaisted, Giddens Honored by MWC

Trent Plaisted received his third MWC Player of the Week award this season. He was previously honored on Nov. 26 and Dec. 10. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

BYU's Trent Plaisted and New Mexico's J.R. Giddens Named MWC Men's Basketball Co-Players of the Week

COLORADO SPRINGS -- BYU junior forward/center Trent Plaisted and New Mexico senior guard J.R. Giddens have been named the Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Co-Players of the Week. This is the fourth weekly award of the season for Giddens and the third for Plaisted.

Plaisted, from San Antonio, Texas, recorded back-to-back 20-point games last week to lead first-place BYU to a road win at Colorado State (79-65) and a home victory over UNLV (74-48). He went a perfect 9-for-9 from the field while totaling 21 points in the Cougar win over Colorado State. Plaisted added five rebounds and one steal in his 22 minutes on the court.

The 6-foot-11 junior followed with a game-high 22 points vs. UNLV. He made 8-of-17 field goals and went 6-for-8 from the charity stripe while adding seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and one blocked shot. Plaisted scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half, connecting on 6-of-10 attempts to help BYU maintain its conference lead.

For the week, Plaisted averaged 21.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 assists per game. He shot 65.4 percent (17-for-26) from the field and 60.0 (9-for-15) percent from the free throw line.

Giddens, an Oklahoma City, Okla., native, helped the Lobos to league wins at San Diego State (73-63) and at home against TCU (64-48) last week. He averaged 23.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.5 blocks and 2.0 steals per game, converting 17-of-26 field goals (65.4 percent) and 4-of-5 attempts from three-point range.

At San Diego State, Giddens notched his second straight double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds. He shot 7-for-8 from the floor, including a season-high three three-pointers, while adding four assists, two steals and a career-high four blocked shots. Against TCU, Giddens had game-highs of 25 points, eight rebounds and three assists. He also contributed two steals and a blocked shot.


MWC Men's Basketball Players of the Week:

Nov. 12 Tim Anderson, Sr., G, Air Force

Kyle Spain, Jr., F, San Diego State

Nov. 19 Stuart Creason, Sr., C, Colorado State

J.R. Giddens, Sr., G, New Mexico

Nov. 26 Trent Plaisted, Jr., F/C, BYU

Dec. 3 Brandon Ewing, Jr., G, Wyoming

Dec. 10 Trent Plaisted, Jr., F/C, BYU

Dec. 17 Lee Cummard, Jr., G, BYU

Dec. 24 Kevin Langford, Jr., F, TCU

Dec. 31 Billy White, Fr., F, San Diego State

Wink Adams, Jr., G, UNLV

Jan. 7 J.R. Giddens, Sr., G, New Mexico

Jan. 14 Tim Anderson, Sr., G, Air Force

Jan. 21 Lorrenzo Wade, Jr., F, San Diego State

Jan. 28 Johnnie Bryant, Sr., G, Utah

Feb. 4 Lee Cummard, Jr., G, BYU

Wink Adams, Jr., G, UNLV

Feb. 11 J.R. Giddens, Sr., G, New Mexico

Johnnie Bryant, Sr., G, Utah

Feb. 18 Trent Plaisted, Jr., F/C, BYU

J.R. Giddens, Sr., G, New Mexico