DENVER – Hawai'i's Vander Joaquim has been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 9-15. The honor marks the second career WAC Player of the Week award and second this season for Joaquim.
Joaquim, a junior center from Luanda, Angola (College of Eastern Utah), led Hawai'i to a 1-1 record last week with a 74-68 overtime win at Fresno State and a 77-74 setback at Nevada. On the week, Joaquim averaged 22.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per game. He shot 73.9.4 percent (13-of-23) from the field and 61.1 percent (11-of-18) from the free throw line.
Joaquim scored a season-high 23 points, while adding 16 rebounds and three blocks for his fifth double-double of the season in the overtime win at Fresno State. Joaquim helped UH to the win after scoring his team's final two baskets of regulation, including the game-tying field goal with five seconds remaining. He then scored 10 of UH's 16 points in overtime to secure the victory. Joaquim recorded his third-straight 20 point game with 23 points in a near-upset at Nevada. He also added seven rebounds and a career-high seven blocks. The seven blocks were one short of the UH school record.
Joaquim and the rest of the Rainbow Warriors (10-7, 2-1 WAC) host a pair of league games this week when they face Louisiana Tech on Thursday, Jan. 19 and New Mexico State on Saturday, Jan. 21.