Jan. 2, 2012
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Sophomore Alex Dragicevich (Northbrook, Ill.) has been named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after leading the Irish to a 72-59 win last week over No. 22 Pittsburgh on Dec. 27 in his team’s conference opener. Dragicevich earns the honor for the first time in his career and becomes the third different Irish player to garner a BIG EAST weekly accolade this season.
Sean Kilpatrick of Cincinnati copped BIG EAST Player of the Week honors while Eli Carter of Rutgers was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week.
Jeremy Lamb of Connecticutm, Moe Harkless of St. John’s, Fab Melo of Syracuse; and Darryl Bryant of West Virginia joined Dragicevich on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll.
Dragicevich’s best game in an Irish uniform came against Pittsburgh in Notre Dame’s BIG EAST opener as he scored a career-high 22 points, the first 20-plus point effort of his career. He connected on a career-high eight field goals on 13 attempts that included a personal best four three-point field goals (on seven attempts) and played 33 minutes in the contest, matching a career best. Dragicevich became the seventh different Irish player to score 20-plus points in a game this season.
The 6-7 guard has played in all 14 games this season and earned six starts that includes each of the last four games. Dragicevich has been in double figures in six games overall and in four of Notre Dame’s last five contests. He is averaging 9.3 points and 2.4 rebounds.
His 22-point game against Pittsburgh was two points better than the 20 points he scored all last season in 2010-11 while playing in just 145 games. A year ago in BIG EAST competition, he scored just six points in six games.
Dragicevich and his Irish teammates return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 4 when they travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats in a 7:00 p.m. (ET) tip. It’s the first of two consecutive road games for Notre Dame who will then travel to Louisville for a 4:00 p.m. (ET) tipoff on Saturday, Jan. 7.