Kansas City, Mo. - Saint Xavier University sophomore guard Brad Karp (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) has been named the NAIA National Division I Men's Basketball Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Karp averaged 31.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists over SXU's two games last week, a big 90-64 win over conference rival University of St. Francis (Ill.) and a hard-fought 99-96 loss to No. 2 ranked Robert Morris University (Ill.). Karp was selected based on his performances from January 30 to February 5 and was chosen out of a pool of conference, independent and unaffiliated groupings. It is the first time that the SXU men's basketball team has had an individual claim national player of the week honors since Julian Scott did it back on February 6, 2008.
Karp scored 23 points and secured six rebounds for the Cougars in the victory over St. Francis last Wednesday night at the Shannon Center in Chicago. He followed that outing by establishing new career-highs in both scoring and rebounding with 39 points and 20 boards in Saturday's tough road loss to the Eagles, who moved up to No. 1 in the latest NAIA Top 25 Poll released Monday. On the week, Karp shot an impressive 68 percent (21-for-31) from the field and 7-for-9 (78 percent) from three-point range. He currently leads the conference in scoring averaging 23.9 points a game and is second overall in rebounding at 8.6 rebounds per game. Karp is third in the entire NAIA in scoring average per game.
Saint Xavier (17-7 overall/3-2 CCAC) takes on Trinity Christian College (Ill.) in non-conference action on Wednesday, February 8, in Palos Heights, Ill. The game is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start.