AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE RELEASE
STORRS, Conn. – Sophomore guard Jalen Adams sparked the UConn men’s basketball team in wins over Memphis and Temple this past week, on his way to being named American Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday.
The Huskies (14-12, 9-5 American), winners of seven of the last eight games, heavily relied on the late-game performances of Adams to push their season-high winning streak to four games.
Adams averaged 16 points, 5.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game, helping UConn earn crucial victories over the Tigers and Owls. He is scoring a team-high 14.9 points per game this season.
On Thursday night against Memphis, Adams scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half to help erase a 15-point deficit on the way to a 65-62 win. He also had six assists in the game, adding to his conference-best total of 6.6 per game. His assist total ranks in the top five in all of Division I.
More late-game heroics on Sunday saved the Huskies against Temple, as Adams’ layup with 2.9 seconds left gave UConn an important 64-63 win over the Owls. He had 13 points, five assists and five rebounds in the game.
In conference play this season, Adams is averaging 12.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He has reached double-figures in scoring on 17 occasions as a sophomore, leading the team in scoring nine times.
He is tied with senior Kentan Facey for a team-high five double-doubles this season, including three against conference opponents (Temple on Jan. 11, USF on Jan. 25 and Feb. 8). His career-high in points is 34, achieved against Oklahoma State earlier this season.
Adams is the first Husky this season to earn Player of the Week, joining freshmen Vance Jackson and Christian Vital as conference award winners. The first-year duo has combined for three Rookie of the Week awards.