NWC Men's Basketball Student-Athlete of the Week for Jan. 23-29

David Michaels
Whitman, Senior
Las Vegas, Nev./Valley HS
After matching his career-high (from earlier in the season) with 31 points Friday night at Lewis & Clark, Michaels erupted for 40 points to carry Whitman past George Fox Saturday night in what was a battle for a share of second place in the standings. With his team trailing 42-41 early in the second half against Fox, Michaels scored Whitman's next 22 points over a nine-minute span to lift the Missionaries into a 63-50 lead. He was eight of eight from the field (4-4 from 3pt) and two of two from the free throw line during the run, which also saw him grab two rebounds and make one of his game-high seven steals. In conference games only, Michaels is averaging an NWC-best 22.2 ppg while shooting nearly 60 percent from the floor and 3-point line, and over 82 percent from the free throw line. 

Honorable Mention:
Felix Friedt (Whitworth, Sr. - Düsseldorf, Germany/Humboldt-Gymnasium)
Taylor Mounts (Willamette, Sr. - Kailua, Hawaii/Iolani School)
Cameron Schilling (Pacific Lutheran, Jr. – Federal Way, Wash./Decatur)
Anthony Gittens (Puget Sound, Sr. – Tacoma, Wash./Tacoma CC)
Sean Atkins (George Fox, So. - Longview, Wash./Mark Morris HS)
Andrew Batiuk (Linfield, Fr. – Lake Oswego, Ore./Horizon Christian)
Ernesto Mayz (Pacific, So. - Caracas, Venezuela/Cascade Coll.)