DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics
Sean Tarver has been singled out as the top male athlete in Canadian university sport this week.
A fifth-year forward for the Winnipeg Wesmen men's basketball team, Tarver was named the U Sports male athlete of the week Wednesday one day after being named the Canada West conference's first star of the week.
It is the first national honour for the native of Baltimore.
Tarver posted a pair of career-highs on back-to-back nights as the Wesmen men's basketball team split its home-and-home series with the Brandon Bobcats. On Friday in Brandon, Tarver grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds and scored 24 points in 40 minutes of a double-overtime loss.
The next night, Tarver scored 24 points in the second half alone and helped cue a Wesmen surge that turned a tie game into a 20-point win. He scored a career-high 33 points and, with 13 rebounds, recorded his fifth double-double of the season. For the weekend, he averaged 28.5 points and 15.5 rebounds while shooting 53% from the field and 54% from three.
It was Tarver's fifth double-double of the season.
"Sean has played a major role in our success this season and his efforts last weekend were significant," Wesmen head coach Mike Raimbault said. "On any given night, Sean has given us a variety of contributions and he has become a player that every team knows they'll have to account for when they play us. We're very proud of this U Sports accomplishment and we congratulate him on it."
Now in his third season in Winnipeg after transferring from the Community College of Baltimore County-Dundalk, Tarver is averaging 19.5 points and a team-leading 9.3 rebounds per game through 12 conference games.