Teams: Men's Basketball: Press
Monday, December 4, 2006
WEITZEN NAMED NESCAC MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
-- The Tufts University men's basketball team was off to a 50-50
start entering last week with a 2-2 record. The Jumbos built some
momentum, posting victories over Springfield College and MIT. Junior
forward Jake Weitzen (New York, NY/Bronx HS of Science) was
the leader of the team's surge statistically, and today he was named
the New England Small College Athletic Conference's (NESCAC) Player
of the Week.
Weitzen averaged 18 points per game for the week with stellar shooting.
He hit on 13 of 20 field goal attempts (65 percent), four of six
three-pointers (66.7 %) and all six of his free throws during the
week. The 6'3", 265-pounder also grabbed seven rebounds per game
and handed out four assists.
A junior who is poised to score his 1,000th career point this season,
Weitzen did his best work of the week down the stretch in the second half at
MIT. The Jumbos trailed 57-47 with nine minutes left in the game, but
Weitzen's 10 points during the remainder of the half helped them tie the score
at 63-63 to send the game to overtime. His three-pointer with 2:58 remaining
knotted the score at 61-61. He then assisted on a lay-up by teammate
Brian Kumf (Milford, MA/Milford) with 54 seconds left in what would
be the final basket of the second half.
Weitzen finished the MIT game with 21 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. He hit
seven of 14 shots (two threes) and was a perfect five for five from the line.
Against Springfield on Tuesday night, Weitzen contributed to a 77-61 romp with 15 points
and four rebounds in 16 minutes played. He did not miss a shot in six attempts,
including two three-pointers.
For the season, Weitzen is averaging 16 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
Last week broke a mild shooting slump, and he currently has a .486 field goal
percentage (35/72) that includes 11 for 22 on threes. He's missed only three
of 18 free throws for a .833 mark. His 20 assists are third on the team.
Weitzen earns his first NESCAC Player of the Week award for the Jumbos, who advanced to
the NCAA "Sweet Sixteen" last season. He was a major contributor to that
squad, averaging 15 points and 5.4 rebounds while hitting .474 of his
three-point attempts (46/97).
Tufts is 4-2 heading into games against Keene State (Dec. 6), Clark (Dec. 9) and
Plymouth State (Dec. 12) to finish the first semester.