USF power forward Augustus ‘Gus' Gilchrist and Pitt forward Sam Young and have been selected for the BIG EAST conference weekly basketball honors on Jan. 26.
"It is a well deserved award," said Heath. "This is another step in his maturation as a player. He continues to improve each day in practice and with each game he plays. He has a very exciting future ahead of him."
This is first time Gilchrist has been selected as BIG EAST Rookie of the Week. Gilchrist averaged 17.0 points and 9.0 rebounds in two games last week. In a 70-61 win against DePaul, Gus recorded a double-double with 16 points with 11 rebounds, and in the 70-61 loss against No. 20 Villanova, Gilchrest scored 18 points with seven boards.
So far this season Gilchrist has played in 13 games with 5 starts and is averaging 10.8 points and 5.0 rebounds.
The Bulls are 7-12 overall and are about to go on a two-game road trip to No. 12/9 Louisville and St. John's.
BIG EAST Player of the Week
Sam Young, Pittsburgh averaged 22.0 points and 6.0 rebounds and shot 61.5 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the free throw line as Pittsburgh registered wins against Syracuse (78-60) and West Virginia (79-67). He scored 19 of his game-high 22 points in the second half against No. 8/8 Syracuse and had 16 second-half points in the win at West Virginia.
BIG EAST Honor Roll
Jeff Adrien, Connecticut, F, Sr.
Averaged 12.0 points and 16.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week. Had double-doubles in wins against Villanova and Notre Dame.
Terrence Williams, Louisville, F, Sr.
Averaged 19.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.5 steals and shot 57.1 percent from the field in a 2-0 week.
Paris Horne, St. John's, G, So.
Averaged 23.5 points and shot 78.3 percent from the field in a 1-1 week. Scored 27 points on 12-of-13 shooting against Rutgers.
Robert Mitchell, Seton Hall, F, Jr.
Averaged 20.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 blocks in a 1-1 week. Had 20 points and seven rebounds in both games.
Da'Sean Butler, West Virginia, F, Jr.
Averaged 24.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in a 1-1 week. Had 27 points and eight rebounds in win at Georgetown and 21 points in loss to Pitt.