Weems Named SEC Player of The Week

FAYETTEVILLE — Consistency escaped Arkansas senior Sonny Weems early this season.

"He was a little bit up and down maybe in our nonconference schedule," first-year coach John Pelphrey said Monday.

Not anymore. Weems has scored in double figures in 12 straight games, and his last two outputs earned him Southeastern Conference Player of the Week honors on Monday.

Weems scored a team-high 17 points in Arkansas' 80-61 victory over No. 22 Florida on Saturday. And he tallied a team-high 22 points in the Razorbacks' 78-58 win over Mississippi State on Wednesday.

Just this past week, Arkansas climbed from two games back in the SEC Western Division into a first-place tie, and Weems is a central reason why. The Razorbacks received the 29th-most votes in both polls released Monday after the West Memphis native averaged 19.5 points in the two victories. He drained 15 of his 29 shots, including eight of his 14 3-pointers.

And the 6-foot-6 senior triggered the Mississippi State victory with a personal 10-0, 66-second run in the first half.

"He's played very, very well here," Pelphrey said. "Somewhere around Baylor, a little bit before that, Sonny Weems has been playing like that all-league player we thought he had a chance to be."

Weems didn't look like an all-SEC candidate at all in Arkansas' 2007 games. He scored three points against Providence, eight against Delaware State, seven against Missouri State and five against Texas-San Antonio.

But recently, Weems has asserted himself offensively. Last week, Weems attirbuted the increase in scoring to "letting the game come to him" and "being aggressive but not forcing things."

And his recent numbers reveal that his approach is working, that a run at all-SEC is quite possible for Weems. In conference games, Weems ranks first in the SEC in 3-point percentage (50.0) and fourth in points per game (19.1).

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