Gueye named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week
SAN FRANCISCO – Washington State Men's Basketball freshman Mouhamed Gueye was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the week ending on Nov. 21, the conference office announced Monday. Gueye is the first Coug to earn a weekly award in 2021-22 and the first WSU freshman to take the newcomer award since Efe Abogidi took top freshman honors Dec. 27, 2021. Gueye is the first Coug to take home a weekly award since Noah Williams was named Pac-12 Player of the Week Feb. 21, 2021.
The first year forward put together a solid week in the post for the Cougs helping lead the team to wins over UC Santa Barbara (73-65) to start the week and at Idaho (109-61) to end the week. Against the defending Big West champs, Gueye dominated the paint as the young 6-11 forward came up with eight points and a team-best nine rebounds in 23 minutes of action. It was the first time Gueye had led the Cougs in rebounding as he went to work on the offensive glass grabbing six boards to give the Cougs a second chance to score.
Three days later, Gueye showed off his skills and athleticism against an overmatched Vandal interior as he scored a season-best 13 points on a nearly perfect 6-for-7 shooting to go along with a team-best six rebounds. Gueye did his work in just 13 minutes of action as the Cougs blew out their Palouse rivals by 48 points, the largest margin of victory in the 125-year old rivalry. The double-digit scoring effort was the second of the year for the freshman and first on the road away from Beasley Coliseum.
On the young season, Gueye is averaging 9.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while efficiently shooting 57.7% from the floor. In addition, Gueye has come up with four steals and one block on the defensive end while averaging 18.3 minutes per contest. Gueye has started all four of the Cougs' contests to begin his career.
Gueye becomes the 24th different Cougar all-time to receive conference weekly honors and the 34th overall award for WSU since 1986.
The Cougars look to continue their winning ways tonight, Monday, Nov. 22 when they host Winthrop at 6 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network.