Gamecock duo receives OVC, national honors

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JSU’s Jason Burnell, left, and Ty Hudson picked up recognition for their performances last week.

Daniel Mayes, Editor-in-Chief

Jacksonville State’s duo of Jason Burnell and Ty Hudson received conference and national honors for their performances in two Gamecock wins last week.

Burnell was named Mid-Major National Player of the Week and Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week by College Sports Madness, a website covering NCAA Athletics. Hudson received OVC Newcomer of the Week honors from the league itself.

CSM named Burnell the player of the week of all Mid-Major conferences, a group that the website classifies as comprising of 17 different conferences.

Burnell followed his 30-point, 10-rebound game against Belmont last Thursday with a 14 and 14 line against Tennessee Tech, overcoming a 3-11 shooting night to lead the Gamecocks to their seventh straight victory and a 6-0 start in OVC games.

“JB is playing phenomenally right now, like the OVC Player of the Year,” Gamecock guard Jamall Gregory said of Burnell’s play last week. “We really feed off of him, and tonight he showed why he’s one of the best players in this league.”

Burnell’s two-game average of 22.0 points and 12.0 rebounds were enough to garner attention from CSM, but the OVC’s official Player of the Week was Murray State’s Ja Morant. The Sophomore sensation guard put up 33.5 points, 10.5 assists, 3.0 steals and 3.0 rebounds per game to keep the Racers in the ranks of the OVC unbeaten as well.

Garnering official OVC honors however was first-year Gamecock guard Ty Hudson.

Hudson scored a crucial, yet unheralded 18 points in the JSU 91-80 win over Belmont, as the point guard’s steady contributions were overpassed by Burnell’s 30 and Gregory’s season-best 25.

The Clemson transfer followed his career-high game with 14 points against TTU, tying Burnell for the team lead. Hudson sported averages of 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.0 blocks per game in the two games.

Hudson shared OVC Newcomer of the Week honors with SIUE guard Tyresse Williford.

The Gamecock duo takes the floor again Thursday night on the road in Berea, Kentucky to face the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, where the Gamecocks can win their eighth straight game and move to 7-0 in the OVC, which would both set new program Division I records.

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