December 20, 2010

Watt Named Southland Player of the Week

CORPUS CHRISTI - Senior forward Demond Watt of the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's basketball team has been named Southland Conference Player of the Week, it was announced today. It is the first weekly honor in the Chicago native's career, and the first conference recognition for an Islanders player this season.

The power forward earned the laurels for his efforts in the Islanders' 81-78, overtime victory over Houston on Saturday. It is the first Player of the Week award for a Texas A&M - Corpus Christi player since Kevin Palmer earned the distinction on Jan. 25, 2010.

Watt played a key role in the Islanders' momentous win over Houston, the first for the Islanders in five all-time games against the Cougars. Watt filled the stat sheet with 17 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in 41 minutes - all game highs for both teams - and added three assists and two steals. Much of his good work came in crunch time, as he opened the OT period with a steal-and-layup and followed with a pivotal block in the closing minute of the extra session.

Watt currently leads the Southland Conference in rebounding (10.1), is fourth in scoring (16.6) and field goal percentage (61.0) and is fifth in blocks (1.4). He has four double-doubles this year, the top mark in the conference, and is the only Southland player to be averaging a double-double for the year. He has scored at least 20 points in all four of his double-double efforts.

The Islanders will take on No. 18 Memphis Monday night at FedEx Forum. Game time is set for 7 p.m. CT and the contest will be televised on SportsSouth. Steven King will have the local radio call on SportsRadio Corpus Christi (1230 AM, 96.1 and 103.3 FM).