CLEVELAND -- The Western Michigan men's basketball team picked up two more Mid-American Conference Male Scholar Athlete of the Week awards to give them the honor for four weeks in a row. The MAC announced winners for the two-week holiday period with junior Alex Wolf winning for the span of Dec. 21-27, 2009 and David Kool winning for the third time this season and fifth time in his career for the week covering Dec. 28, 2009 to Jan. 3, 2010.
Wolf sparked Western Michigan to back-to-back victories in the Hawaiian
Airlines Diamond Head Classic. After scoring only 11 career points in
19 games, Wolf exploded for a career-high 15 points, career-high five
rebounds, one assist and one steal in the Broncos' victory over
Colonial Athletic Association preseason favorite Northeastern, 75-60.
Wolf hadn't made a three-pointer in three career attempts and hadn't
attempted a shot this season before going 4-for-4 behind the arc
against the Huskies. Wolf came back in the next game to hit each of his
first two three-pointers in a victory over Southern Conference
preseason favorite College of Charleston, 66-63. He also added three
rebounds, one assist and no turnovers in 21 minutes. In two games, Wolf
averaged 11.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and one assist per game, while
making 6-of-8 three-pointers and 4-of-6 free throws. Wolf also directed
the offense with just one turnover in 45 minutes of action.
Wolf has a 3.26 grade point average majoring in civil engineering.
It was unclear whether David Kool would be able to play after sustaining a back injury and missing all but one practice leading into Sunday's game vs. Sam Houston State. He responded to the challenge and hit the game-winning shot with 3.9 seconds remaining on his way to 31 points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals against Southland Conference preseason favorite Sam Houston State. Kool also made the game-clinching steal on defense as time expired. Kool scored 17 points in the first half and then added 14 points in the final 10:54 of the game, including eight points in the final 2:03, to help WMU overcome a 15-point deficit with 14:04 to play in the game. Kool scored 30 or more points for the third time this season and led WMU to its third win in a row and fourth this season against a preseason conference favorite.
Kool has a 3.40 grade point average majoring in physical education.
The MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week honor is presented to a MAC male and female student-athlete who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and performs well during the week's competition. The winners are selected by a group of the conference's faculty athletic representatives.
Previous Male Winners
Week 1 (Sept. 11) Dan LeFevour, CMU (football)
Week 2 (Sept. 18) Tim Hiller, WMU (football)
Week 3 (Sept. 25) Dan LeFevour, CMU (football)
Week 4 (Oct. 2) Jacquise Terry, KSU (football)
Week 5 (Oct. 9) Teal Bunbury, Akron (soccer)
Week 6 (Oct. 16) Brandon Bice, NIU (football)
Week 7 (Oct. 23) Jacob Lawrence, BGSU (soccer)
Week 8 (Oct. 30) Josh Violanti, Buffalo (football)
Week 9 (Nov. 6) Tony Jordanek, KSU (cross country)
Week 10 (Nov. 13) Tommy Davis, NIU (football)
Week 11 (Nov. 20) Dan LeFevour, CMU (football)
Week 12 (Nov. 23) Dan LeFevour, CMU (football)
Week 13 (Dec. 4) Bryan Anderson, CMU (football)
Chris Jenkins, EMU (wrestling)
Week 14 (Dec. 11) Kofi Sarkodie, Akron (soccer)
Week 15 (Dec. 18) David Kool, WMU (basketball)
Week 16 (Dec. 23) David Kool, WMU (basketball)
Week 17 (Jan. 8) Xavier Silas, NIU (basketball)
Alex Wolf, WMU (basketball)
Week 18 (Jan. 8) David Kool, WMU (basketball)