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Player of the Week unveiled

By Nick Gerhardt, SportsEngine, 01/07/18, 12:00PM CST


See who was voted the top performer for Dec. 25-30

Player of the Week winner

Nathan Hendler, Holy Family Catholic: Hendler hit five three-pointers and finished with a season-high 28 points in a 73-50 victory over Belle Plaine on Dec. 27. He nearly matched the total the following night, scoring 27 points in an 88-55 win against Glencoe-Silver Lake.

Player of the Week candidates

Matthew Hurt, Rochester John Marshall: The junior set a new season-high with 51 points in an 83-75 victory against Robbinsdale Armstrong on Dec. 28. Hurt is averaging a state-leading 38.9 points per game for the No. 9-4A Rockets.

Calvin Wishart, Delano: Wishart twice narrowly missed the 30-point mark as Delano split two games at the Granite City Classic. The senior scored 27 in a 69-56 loss to St. Cloud Apollo, and he had 29 as the No. 6-3A  Tigers beat Lakeville South 65-42.

Matt Todd, Monticello: Todd put together monster games on back-to-back nights at the Buffalo Invitational, leading Monticello to a pair of wins. In an 88-74 victory over Stillwater on Dec. 28, he made 12 of 22 shots from the field and went 16-for-16 from the free-throw line to finish with 43 points. Todd also added eight rebounds, eight assists and eight steals. The following day, he scored 31 as the Magic defeated Pipestone 84-81.

Jake Kettner, Minnesota Valley Lutheran: Kettner had memorable run at the Bethany Lutheran Tournament with a trio of sensational performances. Kettner opened the event with a 31-point game in a 70-42 win over Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial on Dec. 27. The next night, he had 28 points in an 81-58 loss to St. Croix Lutheran, and the junior saved his best outing for the final game, finishing with 32 points in a 70-69 loss to Maple River on Dec. 29.

Jayden Ruberg, Two Harbors: Ruberg is averaging 27.4 points per game this season for the Agates and just missed reaching the mark in a 73-64 loss to Lakeview Christian on Dec. 27, finishing with 26 points.

Tre Jones, Apple Valley: Jones poured in 36 points against No. 5-4A Park Center in a 62-59 victory on Dec. 29. He shot 13-for-24, including making three three-pointers, and pulled down 10 rebounds for the No. 6-4A Eagles (6-3, 1-0).

Ean Thomsen, Nicollet: Thomsen posted back-to-back 35-point games to lead Nicollet to a 2-0 record at its own tournament on Dec. 27-28. He shot 15 of 24 against New Ulm Cathedral in a 90-85 win and was 15-for-22 in an 85-63 win over Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart the next night.

Zeke Nnaji, Hopkins: Nnaji scored 26 points in an 84-77 victory over St. Thomas Academy. Nnaji is averaging 19.6 points per game for the No. 2-4A Royals (10-1, 1-0), who have won 10 straight games since a season-opening loss to Cretin-Derham Hall.

Henry Abraham, Cambridge-Isanti: Abraham had 27 points in an 85-68 victory over Minneapolis Patrick Henry on Dec. 29, and the sophomore posted a 24-point game in an 80-77 loss to Chanhassen the following night.

*Stats and records as of Dec. 31

Players are considered for the Player of the Week poll only if their stats are entered on the MN Basketball Hub by 10 a.m. on Sundays. If any coaches or members of their coaching staff would like to be set up to enter stats, please email eric.oslund@sportsengine.com.

The MN Basketball Hub poll is based on opinion and only for entertainment.

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