Simpson Named Pac-12 Player Of The Week
BOULDER – University of Colorado sophomore guard KJ Simpson has been named the Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for his efforts during the league's opening week, the conference office announced on Monday.
Simpson, a native of West Hills, Calif., averaged 17.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in three games last week. He shot 41 percent from the field (17-42) and 72 percent from the free throw line (13-18).
Simpson recorded his first career double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds, leading the Buffaloes to a 78-66 win over then No. 11 ranked Tennessee on Nov. 13. Both figures were career highs for Simpson as was his seven field goals made. Coming off the bench, he had 15 points, seven rebounds and hit 7 of 9 free throws in the second half alone.
An honorable mention to the Preseason All-Pac-12 team, Simpson also led the Buffaloes in the Grambling State game, on Nov. 11, with 16 points and a season-high four assists. He scored 14 points on 50 percent shooting (5-10), with three assists and two steals in the opener against UC Riverside on Nov. 7.
The Player of the Week honor is the first for Simpson, and first for Colorado since McKinley Wright IV on March 1, 2021, his last of four that season. Simpson was a two-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week in 2021-22. Simpson was a two-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week in 2021-22.