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UND BASKETBALL: Quinton Hooker receives national award

After one record-setting performance and a follow-up performance nearly as good, UND junior guard Quinton Hooker earned national recognition on Monday.CollegeInsider.com officials named Hooker the Lou Henson Award National Player of the Week. Hoo...

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UND guard Quinton Hooker has had quite the week, racking up 72 points on 26-of-32 shooting in his past two games. He also shot 8-of-11 from 3-point range and 12-of-13 from the free-throw stripe. Now, the honors are coming in. (Jesse Trelstad, Grand Forks Herald)

After one record-setting performance and a follow-up performance nearly as good, UND junior guard Quinton Hooker earned national recognition on Monday.
CollegeInsider.com officials named Hooker the Lou Henson Award National Player of the Week.
Hooker also earned Big Sky Conference player of the week honors as well, the second time in three weeks he received the honor.
Hooker scored a UND Division I-record 38 points against Portland State and followed that with a 34-point showing two days later against Sacramento State.
UND won both games and now is tied for third place in the Big Sky with two games to play.
UND is seeking a top-four finish in the league’s regular-season standings, which will result in a first-round bye during next week’s Big Sky tournament in Reno, Nev.
UND is tied for third with Idaho, Idaho State and Eastern Washington. All are 10-6 in the conference. All have two games to play.
“Q had a tremendous week and is deserving off all the honors and awards,” said UND coach Brian Jones. “It is nice to see all the of the hard work that he has put in start to pay off in ways like, especially since he has been playing through an injury all season.
“He obviously had some big scoring games, but he still has a pass-first mentality and when your top player possesses that mindset, it starts to rub off on your teammates. I think that is what we are starting to see more and more from this team and why we played so well at home last week.”
Hooker averaged 36.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals in wins over Portland and Sacramento.
He shot at an 81 percent clip from the field  (26-of-32), 73 percent from 3-point territory (8-for-11) and 92 percent from the free-throw line (12-of-13).
Hooker currently ranks second in overall Big Sky scoring (19.9 ppg), sixth in assists (4.1 ppg) and second in steals (2.0 spg).
In Big Sky games, Hooker leads the league in 3-point percentage (46.9), is third in scoring (21.3 ppg), eighth in field-goal percentage (53.3), second in steals (2.2 spg) and tied for seventh in assists (4.4 apg).
UND closes out the regular season with games Thursday at Montana and Saturday at Montana State.

Related Topics: UND BASKETBALL
Wayne Nelson is the sports editor at the Herald.


He has been with the Grand Forks Herald since 1995, serving as the UND football and basketball beat writer as well as serving as the sports editor.



He is a UND graduate and has been writing sports since the late 1970s.



Follow him on Twitter @waynenelsongf. You can reach him at (701) 780-1268 or wnelson@gfherald.com.
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