PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The BIG EAST Conference has named Providence forward Kadeem Batts and St. John's forward JaKarr Sampson the winners of the league's weekly men's basketball honors for the week-ending Feb. 10.
Batts was named BIG EAST Player of the Week after he scored 25 points and pulled down nine rebounds — both team highs — to lead Providence to a 54-50 win against No. 17/17 Cincinnati in the Friars' only game of the week. He made 10 of his 17 field goal attempts (58.8 percent) and led a defensive effort that limited the Bearcats to a season-low 50 points. Batts has averaged 14.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game and is one of seven BIG EAST players to rank in the league's top 20 in both scoring and rebounding.
Sampson was tabbed as BIG EAST Rookie of the Week for the sixth time after he averaged 19.5 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 58.6 percent from the field (17-of-29) in a 1-1 week for the Red Storm. He had 18 points and six rebounds in a 71-65 win against Connecticut and had 21 points with six boards in a 77-58 loss at Syracuse. Sampson, who has led St. John's in scoring in each of his last three games, has averaged 14.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game this year.
BIG EAST Player of the Week
KADEEM BATTS, Providence, F, Jr.
BIG EAST Rookie of the Week
JAKARR SAMPSON, St. John's, F, Fr.
BIG EAST Honor Roll
SHABAZZ NAPIER, Connecticut, G, Jr.
Averaged 18.0 points and 7.0 assists in a 1-1 week.
OTTO PORTER, JR., Georgetown, F, So.
Scored 19 points with 14 rebounds in a 69-63 win at Rutgers.
CHANE BEHANAN, Louisville, F, So.
Averaged 19.0 points and 11.0 rebounds in a 1-1 week. Had 30 points and 15 rebounds in a five-overtime loss at Notre Dame.
C.J. FAIR, Syracuse, F, So.
Averaged 17.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week.
DARRUN HILLIARD, Villanova, G, So.
Averaged 17.0 points and shot 68.4 percent from the field in a 2-0 week.