OSU's Thompson Jr. selected Pac-12 Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Pac-12 Men's Basketball Player of the Week (1/14/19) - Stephen Thompson Jr., Sr., G, OREGON STATE
SAN FRANCISCO - Oregon State senior guard Stephen Thompson Jr. earns his first career Pac-12 Player of the Week award as voted on by media who cover the league.
• Thompson Jr. averaged 25.5 points on 50 percent shooting (17-34), 8.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists to lead OSU to victories over USC and UCLA to begin Conference play 3-0 for the first time since the 1992-93 season.
• With team scoring leader Tres Tinkle out due to injury, the 6-4 guard from Los Angeles lifted the Beavers past the Trojans in overtime, 79-74, on Thursday with a career-high 34 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Per College Basketball Reference, Thompson Jr. is only the second Division I player this season, and only the 40th in the past nine years, to post at least 34/10/5 in a game.
• Thompson Jr. then followed up with team-high tying 17 points, six rebounds, six assists and two steals in a 79-66 victory over UCLA on Sunday, becoming the seventh OSU player to surpass the 1,500 career points plateau in the process.
• Oregon State, which is off to an 11-4 start for the third time in coach Wayne Tinkle's five-year tenure, will travel to face Arizona State (Thursday, 7 p.m. PT, FS1) and Arizona (Saturday, 4 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Network) this week seeking to match the 5-0 league start from the 1992-93 season.
ALSO NOMINATED: Chase Jeter, ARIZONA; Tyler Bey, COLORADO; Louis King, OREGON; KZ Okpala, STANFORD; Prince Ali, UCLA; David Crisp, WASHINGTON; Isaiah Wade, WASHINGTON STATE.
2018-19 PAC-12 MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK