Big Week Gets Taylor Conference USA Award

Special to HNN Provided by Herd Zone

IRVING, Texas – After nearly averaging a double-double over a two-game week of Conference USA matchups, Marshall freshman forward Ryan Taylor (Indianapolis) was recognized for his play by being named C-USA Freshman of the Week for the second time this season, the league office announced Monday.

The weekly awards are chosen by a media panel representing the 16 member schools.

In a road win against Rice (Jan. 23), Taylor tied for the team lead in scoring with 18 points, while having added eight rebounds. His long-range efficiency helped the Thundering Herd as he finished 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Before a near-sold out crowd at Louisiana Tech (Jan. 25), Taylor posted the sixth double-double of his freshman campaign on 17 points and 11 rebounds to finish as the team leader in both categories in a losing effort.

On the week, Taylor averaged 17.5 points and 9.5 rebounds with a 10-of-19 mark from the field (52.6 percent) and a 12-of-16 showing from the charity stripe (75 percent).

This marks the 15th C-USA Freshman of the Week honor in the history of Marshall men’s basketball. Freshman guard Kareem Canty (Harlem, N.Y.) has received the honor three times this season (Dec. 2, 9 and 16). Five Freshman of the Week awards in a season marks the second most in a season for the Herd, with the most having been six (2009-10).

On the season, Taylor ranks second on the Marshall active roster in points (13.9) and first in rebounds (7.5). His six double-doubles are also a Marshall best this season.

Marshall will return to action against FIU on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Cam Henderson Center.

In-game Twitter updates @HerdMBB, results and a recap from the night’s action will be available at

C-USA Player of the Week
Nov. 11: Elijah Pittman, Marshall / Rakeem Buckles, FIU
Nov. 18: Louis Dabney, Tulane / C.J. Washington, UAB
Nov. 25: Chad Frazier, UAB
Dec. 2: Chad Frazier, UAB
Dec. 9: Pablo Bertone, Florida Atlantic
Dec. 16: Shawn Jones, Middle Tennessee
Dec. 23: Jonathan Stark, Tulane
Dec. 30: John Bohannon, UTEP
Jan. 6: Alex Hamilton, LA Tech
Jan. 13: John Bohannon, UTEP
Jan. 20: Michael Craig, Southern Miss
Jan. 27: Neil Watson, Southern Miss / Kenneth “Speedy” Smith, LA Tech

C-USA Freshman of the Week
Nov. 11: Matt Willms, UTEP
Nov. 18: Jonathan Stark, Tulane
Nov. 25: Sean Obi, Rice
Dec. 2: Kareem Canty, Marshall
Dec. 9: Kareem Canty, Marshall
Dec. 16: Kareem Canty, Marshall
Dec. 23: Jonathan Stark, Tulane
Dec. 30: Vince Hunter, UTEP
Jan. 6: Ryan Taylor, Marshall 
Jan. 13: Jonathan Stark, Tulane
Jan. 20: Vince Hunter, UTEP
Jan. 27: Ryan Taylor, Marshall

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