McDonald collects second Horizon League Player of the Week honor

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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. For the second time this season and third time in his career, Northern Kentucky’s Drew McDonald has been named the Horizon League Nike® Co-Player of the Week after he led the Norse to a perfect 2-0 weekend, which included posting just the second triple-double in school history in NKU’s win at Morehead State.


The native of Cold Spring, Kentucky, averaged 16.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists, while shooting 61.1 percent (11-of-18) from the floor and 55.6 percent (5-of-9) from 3-point range.


McDonald had a big week last week. He started by earning a spot on the Lou Henson Award watch list, which is given to the nation’s best mid-major player, and then followed with the second triple-double in Norse history when he stuffed the stat sheet with 12 points, 14 rebounds and career-high 11 assists at Morehead State.


On Friday, McDonald was named one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. He responded with a game-high 21 points and five rebounds in NKU’s resounding 78-60 win over UMBC later that night.


The senior forward continued his climb in Northern Kentucky’s record books as well, moving up to seventh all-time on the career scoring charts with 1,602 points. He is also poised to take the top spot as NKU’s all-time leading rebounder, needing just 10 boards to eclipse LaRon Moore’s program record, 859.


McDonald shares the award with Green Bay’s ShanQuan Hemphill.


NKU’s senior forward also claimed the honor two weeks ago after leading the Norse to a perfect 3-0 record en route to the KEMI Northern Kentucky Basketball Classic title and earning tournament MVP honors.


Northern Kentucky is 8-1 overall, its best start in the DI era and will play at Cincinnati on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. The game is scheduled to air on FOXSports Ohio and can be heard on FOXSports1360 on the radio.

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