Jan. 26, 2009
Birmingham, Ala. -
University of Alabama forward JaMychal Green has been named the Southeastern Conference men's basketball Freshman of the Week for the second time this season the league office announced Monday morning.
Green, a native of Montgomery, Ala., helped the Crimson Tide split a pair of SEC games on the week and averaged 13.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks against Ole Miss and Kentucky. Against UK, he scored a team-high 15 points, his second-highest scoring performance of the season and highest in SEC play to date. He connected on 64.3 percent of his shots on the week, including a 4-of-5 outing against Ole Miss, and had three assists and three steals in the two games.
Defensively, he limited opponents’ starting forwards to just 11.0 combined points per game from the field and helped hold preseason first team all-SEC forward Patrick Patterson to a season-low six points in the UK game.
This season, he has established himself as one of the league’s top freshman in the frontcourt as his 6.8 rebounds per game leads all freshman while his 9.2 points per contest ranks 10th. He is also first in blocks (1.5) among freshman, fifth in steals (1.1) and has scored in double-figures in four-straight games and 11 times this season.
Green previously earned the honor for the week ending January 4 when he average 12.5 points and 6.0 points in wins over Quincy and Georgia Tech.
He and the Crimson Tide have another week of SEC action on the docket starting Thursday with an 8 p.m. CST game at Arkansas on ESPN. Two days later, the squad returns to Coleman Coliseum to play host to Georgia on Saturday at 6 p.m.