Brandon Reed and Ebonie Jefferson win SBC awards

Jonesboro (KAIT) - Monday was a banner day for ASU basketball. Guards on the Red Wolves and Lady Red Wolves were named Sun Belt Player of the Week.

Brandon Reed

ASU freshman guard Brandon Reed has been named the Sun Belt Conference player of the week for his performance in the Red Wolves two conference wins this past week.

He's the first ASU player to win the men's basketball player of the week honor since Adrian Banks won it on February 27, 2007.

Reed scored a career-high 34 points in ASU's win over Denver Saturday night. Reed, who scored at least 20 points in a game for the fourth time this season against Denver, was responsible for the most points by an ASU player since Tevoris Thompson dropped in 41 against Lyon College on Dec. 7, 2002. Against Denver, Reed was 12-23 connecting on 52-percent of his shots from field, was 4-9 from three-point range and 6-7 from the charity stripe.

Earlier in the week, Reed led ASU with 19 points past Louisiana-Lafayette. Reed has led ASU in scoring a team-high nine times this season, including breaking double-digits on 16 occasions.

Over the two-game stretch Reed led ASU averaging 26.5 points per game and 3.0 rebounds per game and broke the 300-point barrier against Denver.

Reed leads the conference in scoring in conference only games averaging 18.9 points per game while leading the Red Wolves in all games scoring 15.2 ppg.

ASU will look to maintain their first-place position in the Sun Belt Standings when they travel to UALR for a matchup on Thursday. Tipoff at the Jack Stephens Center is set for 7:00 p.m.

Ebonie Jefferson

The senior guard from Mississippi has been named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week for her performance in the Red Wolves two victories last week.

She's the first ASU player to win the women's basketball player of the week honor since Adrianne Davis won it on February 12, 2007.

Jefferson posted her second double-double of the season and the third of her career when she scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the Red Wolves' 67-56 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette Jan. 27. She followed that up with a 21-point, six-rebound effort in ASU's 74-58 victory over Denver Jan. 30.  For the week, Jefferson connected on an impressive 16-of-31 (.516) shots from the floor, grabbed 17 rebounds, seven of which were on the offensive end, and added four steals and three assists. 

"Ebonie is very deserving of this recognition," said ASU head coach Brian Boyer.  "I thought she played extremely well this week in all aspects of the game.  She scored, she rebounded the ball extremely well, her defense was outstanding and she made good decisions with the ball."

A preseason All-Sun Belt third-team selection, Jefferson leads the Red Wolves in scoring this season, averaging 15.6 points per game to rank third in the Sun Belt Conference.  She also leads the team with an average of 2.5 steals per game which ranks fourth in the league, and her 6.1 rebounds per game average ranks 17th overall in the Sun Belt. 

Jefferson has scored in double figures in 17 of the Red Wolves' 21 games this season, including five games with 20 or more points.  She scored a career-high 27 points Nov. 27 against Missouri State and has led Arkansas State in scoring in 14 of the Red Wolves' games.  With 963 career points to her credit, Jefferson needs just 37 points to reach the 1,000-point milestone and become the 18th ASU player to do so.

Jefferson and the Red Wolves will travel to Little Rock Wednesday for a 7:00 p.m. contest with UALR.