Fair, Obekpa Earn Weekly Men's Basketball Honors


PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The BIG EAST Conference has named Syracuse forward C.J. Fair and St. John's center Chris Obekpa the winners of the league's weekly men's basketball honors for the week-ending Jan. 13.


Fair was named BIG EAST Player of the Week after he averaged 22.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks in a pair of wins for Syracuse to keep the Orange atop the BIG EAST standings. He scored 23 points with 11 rebounds and four blocks in a 72-66 win at Providence and had a game-high 22 points with five rebounds and four blocks in a 72-61 win against Villanova. Fair, who is the third Syracuse player to earn BIG EAST Player of the Week plaudits this season, is averaging 13.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game this year.
Obekpa was tabbed as BIG EAST Rookie of the Week after he averaged 10.5 rebounds and a league-leading 5.5 blocks in two games in which St. John's allowed an average of just 62.5 points. He had 10 rebounds and six blocks in a 67-51 loss to Georgetown, improving his season blocks total to 82 and breaking Walter Berry's single-season school record of 76  set in the 1985-86 season. Obekpa leads the nation in blocks with an average of 5.1 per game.
BIG EAST Player of the Week
C.J. FAIR, Syracuse, F, Jr.
BIG EAST Rookie of the Week
CHRIS OBEKPA, St. John's, C, Fr.
BIG EAST Honor Roll
SHABAZZ NAPIER, Connecticut, G, Jr.
Averaged 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals in wins against Notre Dame and DePaul.
Scored 35 points in a 99-78 loss at Connecticut. 
GORGUI DIENG, Louisville, C, Jr.
Averaged 14.0 points and 15.0 rebounds in wins against Seton Hall and USF. 
VANDER BLUE, Marquette, G, Jr.
Scored 22 points with four assists in a 74-67 overtime win at Pittsburgh.
BRYCE COTTON, Providence, G, Jr.
Averaged 23.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and shot 65.2 percent (15-of-23) in a 1-1 week.