PROVIDENCE --- After a 2-0 week that included a road victory at Memphis and a home win over East Carolina, the UConn men’s basketball team swept the American Athletic Conference weekly honors, announced Monday by the AAC league office.
Sophomore swingman Daniel Hamilton (Los Angeles, Calif.), who had back-to-back double-doubles in the wins, was named the AAC Player of the Week, while freshman guard Jalen Adams (Roxbury, Mass.), who averaged double figures, was named the AAC Rookie of the Week.
It is the sixth time in the history of the AAC that teammates have swept the weekly honors and the third time it has been accomplished by UConn, with Hamilton involved in all three. On Nov. 24, 2014, UConn’s Ryan Boatright (Aurora, Ill.) was Player of the Week and Hamilton was Rookie of the Week, while on March 2, 2015, Rodney Purvis (Raleigh, N.C.) was Player of the Week, and Hamilton was again Rookie of the Week.
Hamilton, who was also named Player of the Week on Dec. 28, scored 16 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and handed out 8 assists, barely missing his second triple-double of the season, to lead the Huskies to a 77-57 victory at Memphis on Thursday. In Sunday’s 85-67 win over East Carolina, Hamilton had 12 points, hauled down 16 rebounds, handed out 5 assists, and added 3 steals. With his output this week, the UConn sophomore leads the conference in rebounding both overall (9.0) and in league games (9.9). They were Hamilton’s fifth and sixth double-doubles of the season and the 10th and 11th of his career, not including the triple-double.
It is the first weekly honor for Adams, who averaged 10.5 points, 4.0 assists and 4.0 steals in the two UConn wins. Against East Carolina, he scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half as the Huskies took command. Adams shot 58.8 percent overall in the two games.