By Daniel Whitehead
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—Following a successful week on the court, Southern Virginia University men's basketball junior Preston Eaton was named the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Men's Division I Basketball Player of the Week Tuesday afternoon in Newport News, Va.
The Mapleton, Utah, native averaged 24.5 points in two games from last week in addition to averaging four rebounds, 2.5 steals and shooting 55.6 percent from the floor, including 80 percent from the free-throw line.
His 28 points last Saturday against St. Joseph's (Brooklyn) was a season high for the transfer from Central Wyoming Community College, helping the Knights to a 69-54 win for their first victory of the season.
"Preston had a really good week and we're proud of his efforts," said Southern Virginia head coach Tony Caputo. "He's doing a good job of picking and choosing his spots. I liked his shot selection last week. After he got going last Saturday, the team did a great job of looking for him at the right time and helping him to be successful. It's a credit to Preston but also the rest of the team. He also did well in the other areas of the game, playing good defense and disrupting passing lanes, grabbing rebounds and doing more than just scoring."
Against St. Joseph's, Eaton shot 10-for-15 from the field and 4-for-6 from three-point range as well as grabbing five boards, two assists and a steal in 37 minutes of play.
In a close 83-82 loss to Marymount last Tuesday, the junior led the team in points with 21 in the program's first ever Capital Athletic Conference game.
The Knights face CAC opponent Christopher Newport Wednesday night at Knight Sports Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. shortly following the women's game.