Jan. 15, 2007
Notre Dame, Ind. – For the second time in three weeks and third time this season, Irish forward Luke Harangody (Schererville, Ind.) has been named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week after averaging 11.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in Notre Dame’s two victories over No. 21 /21 West Virginia (61-58) and Seton Hall (88-76).
Senior guard Russell Carter (Paulsboro, N.J.) was named to the league’s weekly Honor Roll for the third time this season as he averaged 21.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, in addition to shooting 51.6 percent (16-31) from the field. It also marked the fourth conference accolade for Carter this season as he also garnered player-of-the-week accolades in December.
Harangody, who has scored in double figures in 13 of 17 contests this season, scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds while playing a career-high 22 minutes against the Pirates as he made his first collegiate start. In the victory over the Mountaineers, he finished with 11 points and five rebounds in leading the Irish to their third win over a ranked opponent in 2006-07. Harangody is Notre Dame’s fourth-leading scorer at 12.0 points per game and is second in rebounding at 5.6 rebounds per game. He also is shooting 52.1 percent from the field (76-146).
Only Harangody and Eugene Harvey of Seton Hall have earned rookie-of-the-week honors three times in ’06-’07.
Carter leads the Irish in scoring at 18.0 points per game and is the only player who has scored in double figures in all 17 contests. In the victory over West Virginia, Carter scored 19 points and grabbed three rebounds and then followed that up with his first double-double of the season (and second of his career) in the win against Seton Hall as he finished with 24 points and 10 boards. The 24 points he scored versus the Pirates marked his seventh 20-plus point performance of the season.
Dominic James of Marquette was named league’s player of the week, while Terrence Williams of Louisville, Aaron Gray of Pittsburgh, Kentrell Gransberry of USF and Demetrius Nichols of Syracuse joined Carter on the Honor Roll list.
Notre Dame currently is 15-2 and 3-1 in BIG EAST play and ranked 20th in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today rankings.