LOGAN, Utah Utah State men’s basketball player Tai Wesley has been named the Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference player of the week it was announced by the league office Monday. Wesley was also named the America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week, which is voted on by a state media panel, for the period ending on Sunday, Dec. 27.It is the first time in his three-year career that Wesley has been awarded the league’s top weekly honor. As for USU Athlete of the Week honors, it is the second-straight week and fifth time overall that Wesley has garnered USU’s top weekly individual honor.Wesley, a 6-7 junior forward from Provo, Utah (Provo HS), was named the lost Valuable Player of the Basketball Travelers Invitational hosted by Utah State last week as the Aggies defeated Morehead State (79-72), Cal State Fullerton (83-60) and Weber State (85-73). Against the Eagles, Wesley had 18 points, eight rebounds and three steals, as he was 6-of-8 from the field and 6-of-9 at the free throw line. Against the Titans, he scored 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting to go along with seven rebounds, three assists and had a season-high three blocks. And against the Wildcats, he scored 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field and 7-of-9 shooting at the free throw line, to go along with eight rebounds and a season-high six assists.For the tournament, Wesley averaged 16.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.7 blocks per game, while shooting 65.4 percent from the field (17-26) and 69.6 percent at the free throw line (16-23).On the season, Wesley is averaging 14.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, and is shooting 58.2 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. He currently ranks sixth in the WAC in field goal shooting, is ninth in rebounding, 10th in blocked shots (0.92) and 13th in scoring.Utah State (9-4, 0-0) will host Western Oregon (6-2) on Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 7 p.m., before beginning Western Athletic Conference play on Saturday, Jan. 2 at New Mexico State (6-6, 0-0) in a game that will start at 9 p.m. (MT) and be televised nationally on ESPNU.Nominees from other sports for USU Athlete of the Week honors include:WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Junior guard Alice Coddington (Canberra, Australia) led Utah State to a pair of in-state wins last week against Weber State (72-51) and at Southern Utah (53-44). Against the Wildcats, Coddington set a Western Athletic Conference and Utah State single-game record with 13 steals, and just missed tying the NCAA record of 14 steals. She also scored 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting and had three rebounds and three assists in the game. Against Southern Utah, Coddington scored eight points to go along with six assists, five rebounds and four steals. For the week, she averaged 10.5 points, 8.5 steals, 4.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 44.4 percent from the field (8-18), 33.3 percent from three-point range (2-6) and 75.0 percent at the free throw line (3-4).2009-10 Utah State Athlete of the Week WinnersAug. 31 Lauren Hansen, SoccerSept. 7 Liz McArthur, VolleyballSept. 14 Liz McArthur, VolleyballSept. 21 Diondre Borel, FootballSept. 28 Robert Turbin, FootballOct. 5 Benjamin Schilleman, GolfOct. 12 Natalie Norris, SoccerOct. 19 Emily Kortsen, VolleyballOct. 26 Walter McClenton, FootballNov. 2 Brian McKenna, Cross CountryNov. 9 Diondre Borel, FootballNov. 16 Amber White, Women’s BasketballNov. 23 Bobby Wagner, FootballNov. 30 Robert Turbin, FootballDec. 7 Jared Quayle, Men’s BasketballDec. 14 Pooh Williams, Men’s BasketballDec. 21 Tai Wesley, Men’s BasketballDec. 28 Tai Wesley, Men’s Basketball -USU-
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