Western Kentucky University basketball 2018-19
Courtesy WKU Athletics

Another dominant week earned WKU center Charles Bassey his second straight Conference USA Men’s Basketball Freshman of the Week award Monday.

The 6-foot-11, 245-pound native of Lagos, Nigeria, was named to the All-Tournament Team for the Myrtle Beach Invitational after averaging 15.3 points and 10.3 rebounds in WKU’s run to the championship game.

This makes two Freshman of the Week awards for Bassey in as many weeks to open his college career.

Bassey shot 51.7 percent from the field and netted 15 of 25 free throws during three games in the tournament, while also recording five total blocks and four steals.

He had 13 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in Friday’s semifinal against top-25 West Virginia, winning the post battle against First Team All-Big 12 center Sagaba Konate.

In Sunday’s title game loss to UCF, Bassey scored a career-high 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting with 10 rebounds. He scored WKU’s first 11 points of the game, including his first 3-pointer, and had 18 points before the break while going up against 7-foot-6 UCF center Tacko Fall.

Through five games, Bassey is averaging 14.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per contest. Coming into Sunday, he ranked third in the country among freshmen for rebounds per game.

WKU returns to action at Indiana State at 1 p.m. CT Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind.

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Zach Greenwell

Associate Director

WKU Athletic Communications/Media Relations


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