Beverley Named SEC Freshman of Week Again
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas freshman guard Patrick Beverley has been named the Southeastern Conference’s Freshman of the Week for the second time in three weeks.
The Chicago native was named to the all-tournament team at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla., after helping the Razorbacks win the eight-team tournament. In wins over Southern Illinois, Marist and West Virginia, Beverley averaged 11.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 3.0 steals and 1.0 blocked shot.
In the first-round win over SIU, he was four-of-six from the field and finished with 12 points, five rebounds and a game-high four steals. In the semifinal win over Marist, he was six-of-six at the line, scored a team-high 15 points, had a game-high four steals, and added five assists and four rebounds.
In Sunday’s championship game win over West Virginia, he had seven points, six rebounds and five assists.
For the year, he is averaging 13.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 3.0 steals while shooting 56.1 percent from the floor (23-41) and 85.7 percent at the line (12-14).
Junior forward Sonny Weems was also named to the all-tournament team after averaging 12.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in the three wins as the Hogs improved to 5-0.
Two weeks ago, Beverley earned the SEC freshman award as well as the Diaper Dandy award from Dick Vitale after scoring a game-high 29 points in 28 minutes in his college debut against Southeast Missouri State. His point total is the most for a Razorback in a season-opener since All-American Sidney Moncrief had 30 as a senior against Oklahoma in the 1979 opener.
Beverley was 11-of-13 from the floor, including six-of-seven on three-pointers. He was five-of-six from the field, all threes, and one-of-two at the line in the first half for 16 points. He was six-of-seven, one-of-one on threes, for 13 points in the second half.
Beverley also had five rebounds, four assists and four steals.
His point total ties for the fourth-highest for a freshman in school history. Scotty Thurman holds the freshman mark with a pair of 34-point games in 1993 against Missouri and Ole Miss. Joe Johnson scored 30 against Mississippi State in 1990, Todd Day had 29 against Houston in 1989 and Sidney Moncrief scored 29 against Texas Tech in 1976.
Arkansas plays at Missouri on Thursday in an 8 p.m. game nationally televised by ESPN2. The Hogs return home on Saturday to play host to Missouri-Kansas City at 12:05 p.m.