Kansas City, Mo. – For the second time this month, Saint Xavier University sophomore guard Brad Karp (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) has been named the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Division I Men's Basketball Player of the Week when the final honor of the 2011-12 season was released by the national office Tuesday afternoon. Karp averaged 24.5 points and 8.5 rebounds over SXU's two games last week, which included a huge 99-91 win over No. 3 ranked Robert Morris University (Ill.) Saturday. It was the first time the Cougar men's basketball team has knocked off a NAIA top five ranked foe since defeating No. 3 Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.), 78-68, in the second round of the 2005 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship on March 18, 2005, in Kansas City, Mo. He is the first basketball player in the history of the program to win two of the national weekly awards in the same month.
Karp scored 31 points and pulled down nine rebounds in Saint Xavier's big upset win over the Eagles Saturday afternoon at the Shannon Center in Chicago. In last Wednesday's 94-72 road win over rival University of St. Francis (Ill.), he finished with 18 points and eight rebounds. On the week, Karp shot an impressive 67 percent (20-for-30) from the field. In the NAIA, he ranks third in scoring (23.8 ppg), 11th in field goal percentage (.596) and 22nd overall in rebounding (8.6 rpg). He currently leads the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) in scoring and is second overall in rebounding. Karp also sits atop the conference in field goal percentage (272-for-456). The CCAC has been well represented nationally in the month of February with Karp winning the award on February 7 and 28 and Olivet Nazarene University senior guard Antonio Marshall securing the honor on February 21.
Saint Xavier (22-8 overall/2-1 CCAC) takes the No. 3 seed into this year's CCAC Tournament, which begins this evening. The Cougars host No. 6 seed Roosevelt University (Ill.) in first-round action at 7 p.m. at the Shannon Center in Chicago.
Click here to see the official NAIA Player of the Week release