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Markquis Nowell is Naismith Trophy Player of Week

NCAA Basketball: Kansas State at Texas

Kansas State guard Markquis Nowell continued to rack up the awards, as he was named the Naismith Trophy Player of the Week on Monday.

Nowell was awarded the Big 12 Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the second time this season on Monday.


He did so after an incredible week in which Kansas State became ranked in the AP Top 25 for the first time this season and for the first time since the end of the 2018-19 season.

In the process, the Wildcats knocked off three ranked teams in a row to start Big 12 play — West Virginia (then No. 24), Texas (then No. 6), and Baylor (then No. 19).

Nowell scored a career-best 36 points in a school-record 116-103 win over the Longhorns to go with a game-high nine assists and three steals.

K-State’s 116 points tied for the most scored by a team in a Big 12 league game and is the most registered by an unranked team in a win over a Top 10 opponent since 1988.

Nowell followed with the school’s first 30-point/10-assist game in the 97-95 overtime win over the Bears, scoring a game-high 32 points to go with a career-best 14 assists in 43 minutes of play. He tied the school record for assists in a conference game and it was the most assists by a Wildcat in a single game in 40 years.

Kansas State is preparing to host Oklahoma State on Tuesday.

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