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Joaquim named WAC Player of the Week

Hawai’i junior Vander Joaquim was selected as the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday. It is the second time this season that the 6-foot-10 center has earned the honor.

Here is the official release from the WAC:

DENVER – Hawai’i’s Vander Joaquim has been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 9-15. The honor marks the second career WAC Player of the Week award and second this season for Joaquim.

Joaquim, a junior center from Luanda, Angola (College of Eastern Utah), led Hawai’i to a 1-1 record last week with a 74-68 overtime win at Fresno State and a 77-74 setback at Nevada. On the week, Joaquim averaged 22.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per game. He shot 73.9 percent (17-of-23) from the field and 61.1 percent (11-of-18) from the free throw line.

Joaquim scored a season-high 23 points, while adding 16 rebounds and three blocks for his fifth double-double of the season in the overtime win at Fresno State. Joaquim helped UH to the win after scoring his team’s final two baskets of regulation, including the game-tying field goal with five seconds remaining. He then scored 10 of UH’s 16 points in overtime to secure the victory. Joaquim recorded his third-straight 20 point game with 23 points in a near-upset at Nevada. He also added seven rebounds and a career-high seven blocks. The seven blocks were one short of the UH school record.

Joaquim and the rest of the Rainbow Warriors (10-7, 2-1 WAC) host a pair of league games this week when they face Louisiana Tech on Thursday, Jan. 19 and New Mexico State on Saturday, Jan. 21.

Other nominees included: Fresno State sophomore guard Kevin Olekaibe … Idaho senior guard Deremy Geiger … Nevada sophomore guard Deonte Burton … New Mexico State senior forward Wendell McKines … Utah State senior guard Brockeith Pane.


  1. Keep it up big guy, If he keeps improving and comes back for his senior season and gets even stronger I could see him getting drafted.

  2. This guy’s an animal when he plays. Terrific honor. Vander, you deserve it.

  3. Way to Go, Vander !

    Probably Already the Best Big Man in the League (we’ll see…)
    i think it’s Great the Way You Challenge, Frustrate and Get the other teams’ Big Men into foul trouble … AND Finish, making the shot, making the free-throws — my perceptions is your free throw mechanics are solid enough to focus and get up into the 70’s maybe 80% range …

    Get those Quick Passes back out to Zane, Hauns & Shaq and you’ll become a Factor in the Assists category as well …

    Keep On Improving and eventually Play for Pay !

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