Ian Hummer from Gonzaga Prep (Washington, D.C.), has been picked as this week's ESPN RISE National Boys Basketball Player of the Week.
The 6-foot-7 senior forward sparkled on both ends of the floor and changed the outcome of a key game against nationally-ranked DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.). Hummer had 32 points (6 of 6 free throws), 15 rebounds and three blocked shots in a 86-76 victory over DeMatha. Hummer's slam dunk helped ignite the win. In two games, he totaled 41 points (9 of 10 free throws), 27 rebounds and six blocks. For the season, Hummer averages 15.2 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks on a balanced team.
The wins vaulted the Purple Eagles into first place of the ultra-competitive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. They also moved up to No. 13 in this week's ESPN RISE FAB 50 national rankings. The DeMatha rematch is Feb. 20, closing out the regular season.
Hummer, who has a 3.5 grade-point average at a top-notch academic school and will attend Princeton, has tremendous bloodlines. His father, Ed, played on Princeton's Final Four team in 1965 and had a pro tryout but opted for law school. His uncle, John, played for six years in the NBA.
Here are the rest of this week's ESPN RISE regional basketball players of the week:
East Region Region Boys' Basketball Player of the Week
Ian Hummer (Gonzaga, Washington, D.C.)
Also named ESPN RISE National Player of the Week.
Southeast Region Boys' Basketball Player of the Week
Chris DuPont (Quachita Christian, Quachita, La.)
The reported scoring leader in Louisiana at more than 28 points per game was above his average twice last week. The 6-foot-2 senior guard first scored 31 points in a 53-51 triumph over Cedar Creek (Ruston), then came on strong with 35 points to lead his team past Grambling, 66-59.
Midwest Region Boys' Basketball Player of the Week
Jerrod Polson (West Jessamine County, Nicholasville, Ky.)
The 6-foot-1 junior guard scored 87 points in two wins on back-to-back nights last weekend. He converted 10 of 12 goals and 30 of 37 from the free throw line for 51 points in a 102-92 upset victory over Lexington Catholic. He also was credited with six assists and four rebounds. A night earlier, he scored 36 points to spark a 90-81 victory over Mercer County of Harrodsburg, Ky.
Southwest Region Boys' Basketball Player of the Week
Tyler Griffey (Lafayette, Wildwood, Mo.)
He connected for 36 points to lead Lafayette to a 75-64 victory over Hickman (Columbia). Griffey, a 6-foot-8 senior who has signed with Illinois, is averaging 21.1 points per game. He's considered one of the top 25 power forwards in the ESPNU 100.
West Region Boys' Basketball Player of the Week
Corey Hawkins (Estrella Foothills, Tucson, Ariz.)
The son of former NBA player Hersey Hawkins has been on a scoring rampage in recent weeks. Hawkins, a 6-foot-1 junior guard who has committed to Arizona State, had 35 points against Chino Valley and 40 against Kayenta Monument Valley to push his scoring average to nearly 30 points per game. Earlier this season, Hawkins poured in 30 points in one quarter and had 45 in a half during a game against Parker.