Malcoln Kirkland named Sun Belt Player of the Week

JONESBORO, Ark. (ASU) – After leading Arkansas State last week averaging a double-double at 17.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game, senior forward Malcoln Kirkland was named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week for the competition week of Dec. 13-19, announced the league office Tuesday afternoon.

Kirkland led the Red Wolves to a 2-1 record including leading A-State in a pair of career performances setting new career highs of 18 and 30 points against Seattle and Lyon College, respectively.

Against Seattle, Kirkland posted the first double-double of his career with then career-highs of 18 points and 13 rebounds. He then followed up that performance with 12 rebounds and five points at Murray State.

Kirkland broke out against Lyon College, scoring 30 points on 9-12 shooting and went 12-12 from the free throw line leading ASU against the Scots. He also had seven rebounds in just 24 minutes of action. The 30 points was the highest single-game scoring performance of the season for A-State.

On the season, Kirkland leads the Red Wolves averaging 12.1 points per game and ranks second averaging 7.2 rebounds per game. He also leads the Red Wolves with 13 blocked shots.

Kirkland and the rest of the Red Wolves continue action at St. Louis on Thursday.