James tabbed Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week
Jan. 18, 2010
IRVING, Texas -- University of Texas senior forward Damion James has been named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. The award is chosen by a panel of media covering Big 12 men's basketball. This marked the second Big 12 weekly honor this season and third career accolade for James. He previously earned the award on Nov. 30, 2009 and during his sophomore season (Dec. 3, 2007).
James averaged 25.5 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game while leading Texas to two victories last week. He recorded 23 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks in a 90-83 win at Iowa State (Jan. 13). During the win against the Cyclones, James became the Big 12 Conference's all-time leading rebounder.
He followed with a game-high 26 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots during Saturday's home win against Texas A&M in the State Farm Lone Star Showdown. James recorded 23 of his 26 points in the second half, including seven in the overtime frame. His three-pointer with 58 seconds left gave Texas the lead (69-67) for good, and he sealed the win with a block of a B.J. Holmes three-point attempt with seven seconds remaining in overtime. James also tied the Big 12 Conference career record for double-doubles (47) in the victory against Texas A&M.
Through the first 17 games, James leads the team in scoring (17.8 ppg) and rebounding (11.2 rpg) and has recorded a team-high 10 double-doubles. He also ranks second on the team in blocks (18) and tied for second in steals (26). In the last eight contests, James has recorded seven double-doubles and is averaging 20.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.
No. 1/1 Texas (17-0, 3-0 Big 12) returns to the court tonight at No. 10/9 Kansas State. Tip is set for 8 p.m. Central, and the game will be televised nationally by ESPN.