Xavier Cooks was named Big South Conference men’s basketball player of the week for the second straight week, and fourth time this season.
The 6-foot-8 senior from Wollongong, Australia averaged 23.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists as Winthrop beat Longwood and Campbell last week. Cooks also averaged a pair of blocked shots in the two games and shot close to 60 percent from the field.
Cooks is seventh in the league in scoring (16.9 points per game), first in rebounding (nine per game) and second in assists (3.7 per game). He’s also third in field goal percentage (49.8 percent) and blocked shots (1.6 per game).
In much weirder statistical news, Cooks is close to becoming the first player in Big South history with 1,500 career points, 800 rebounds, 200 assists, 175 blocked shots and 100 steals. He’s only the seventh player in league history with 900 rebounds, and is eight blocked shots from becoming just the eighth Big South player with 200 for his career.
Cooks has helped Winthrop (13-8, 7-3 Big South) back to the top of the Big South Conference standings on the strength of six consecutive wins. The Eagles face Liberty Thursday on the road, before returning home for another crucial game against Radford. Liberty and Radford both beat Winthrop in earlier games this season.