Valdosta Daily Times

January 30, 2013

Diop earns second straight Player of the Week honor

The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — For the second straight week, Valdosta State's Patrick Diop has been named the Gulf South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, as announced by the league office Tuesday.

Diop earned the honor after leading Valdosta State to a pair of GSC victories last week. The junior opened the week with 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals in the Blazers' 68-60 upset of Christian Brothers Thursday and followed with 20 points, including the final 10 of the first half that gave VSU the lead for good, four rebounds, five assists and four steals in VSU's 60-54 win over Delta State Saturday.

On the week, Diop averaged 18.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 4.0 steals a game and shot 50.0 percent from the field as he connected on 14-of-28 field goal attempts.

Diop's honor marks the fifth time in 10 weeks that a Valdosta State player has earned the league's weekly honor.

Valdosta State returns to action this Thursday at 8 p.m. when it hosts Union in The Complex before hosting North Alabama at 8 p.m. Saturday evening.