Jan. 2, 2007
Notre Dame, Ind. – Luke Harangody (Schererville, Ind.) has been named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week for the second time this season. The 6-8 forward averaged 15.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in leading the Irish to wins over Rider (101-51) and Stony Brook (95-66) last week.
Guard Russell Carter (Paulsboro, N.J.) was named to the league’s weekly Honor Roll after averaging 19.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.5 steals. It marked the second straight week that the Irish guard has been selected for Honor Roll honors.
Harangody was 12-20 (.600) from field in the two contests last week while averaging 17.5 minutes per game. Against Rider, he played 19 minutes and finished with his fourth double-double of the season as he scored 18 points (matching a career-high) and grabbing 10 rebounds and then followed that up with by scoring 12 points and grabbing five rebounds against Stony Brook.
Harangody has played in all 13 games and is averaging 12.4 points (fourth on the team) and 5.9 rebounds (second on the team). He has scored in double figures in 10 of those contests and grabbed 10-plus rebounds on four occasions.
Carter leads the team in scoring with a 17.8 scoring average. In the two games last week, he scored 17 points against Rider, in addition to grabbing seven rebounds, dishing off a season-high five assists and making five steals. He topped the 20-plus point mark for the sixth time this season with a 23-point performance versus Stony Brook as he connected on a career-best seven three-pointers.
Notre Dame is 12-1 on the season and has won 11 straight heading into Wednesday night’s BIG EAST opener at home against Louisville. The Irish are 17th in the Associated Press poll and 22nd in the ESPN/USA Today ranking.
Sammy Mejia of DePaul was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week. Joining Carter on the Honor Roll team were: Wesley Matthews (Marquette), Demetrius Nichols (Syracuse), Curtis Sumpter (Villanova) and Frank Young (West Virginia).