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Houston freshman forward Jarace Walker Repeats as AAC Freshman of the Week

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Houston's Jamal Shead named to the AAC Honor Roll

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POSTED: January 30, 2023 -- 1:45 p.m. CT

For the fifth time this season and the second straight week, University of Houston freshman forward Jarace Walker was named the American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Week.

Walker averaged 21.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists to help No. 3 Houston to a pair of victories. In Houston's come-from-behind win over Cincinnati, Walker led all players and posted a career-high 25 points on 10 for 14 shooting from the field and added a game-high seven rebounds.

Last week, Shead averaged 13.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and a team-best 7.5 assists per game to earn a spot on the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll.


Jarace Walker * Forward * Houston

In two games last week, Walker averaged a team-best 21.5 points and 1.5 blocks per game while hitting 66.7 percent of his shots from the field in wins at UCF and against Cincinnati. He also averaged 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.


Kendric Davis * Senior * Guard * Memphis

Davis averaged 25.5 points, 8.0 assists and 5.5 rebounds as the Tigers won two games last week. Against SMU on Thursday, the senior recorded 25 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds, while he posted 26 points, five assists and four rebounds at Tulsa on Sunday.

Khalif Battle * Sophomore * Guard * Temple

Battle averaged 25.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists while propelling the Owls to two overtime wins last week and stay in second place in The American's standings. In overtime sessions against South Florida and at UCF, the sophomore scored 16 of Temple's 24 total points.


Landers Nolley II * Redshirt-Senior *, Guard, Cincinnati

Nolley was 6-of-10 from 3-point range and scored a team-high 24 points at No. 3 Houston on Saturday.

RJ Felton * Sophomore * Guard * East Carolina

Felton averaged 22.5 points in two games for the Pirates, including 23 in a win over Tulsa on Tuesday.

Jamal Shead * Junior * Guard * Houston

Shead averaged 13.5 points, 7.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds in two games for the Cougars, including four points in the final minute against Cincinnati to seal a victory.

Jalen Cook * Sophomore * Guard * Tulane

Cook recorded 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists in a win at Wichita State on Wednesday.

Craig Porter Jr * Senior * Guard * Wichita State

Porter averaged 16.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists in two contests for the Shockers.

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