NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball freshman Nick Muszynski (Pickerington, Ohio) has been named OVC Freshman of the Week, the league office announced Monday.
The 6-11 center averaged 23.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 blocked shots per game on 72 percent shooting this past week.
Muszynski had 23 points, six rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots in the Bruins' 92-74 victory over Tennessee State Jan. 19. He has tied or eclipsed his career-high in scoring three of the past four games.
The Pickerington, Ohio native had 23 points and five rebounds at Jacksonville State Jan. 17.
He ranks among OVC leaders in six statistical categories, including sixth in scoring (15.1).
In addition, Muszynski leads the OVC and ranks 18th nationally in blocked shots per game (2.47).
This marks Muszynski's fourth OVC Freshman of the Week award; he was also honored Nov. 19, Dec. 10 and Jan. 14.
Belmont (13-4) returns to game action Thursday at Murray State.
Belmont University men's basketball has earned postseason invitations 12 of the last 13 seasons, including seven automatic berths to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have won 16 conference championships since 2006 - third-most nationally over that span (Gonzaga, Kansas). Belmont is one of only six NCAA Division I programs outside the Power 5 to post Top 100 RPIs eight consecutive seasons (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's (CA), San Diego State, Wichita State). Belmont is one of only nine NCAA Division I programs to win 19 or more games 13 consecutive seasons (BYU, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, San Diego State). Belmont University men's basketball boasts an NCAA-leading 16 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections since 2001 and is one of only three NCAA Division I programs to make the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll every year of existence.