Alabama’s Trevor Releford and Diasha Simmons were named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week in men’s and women’s basketball, respectively, the league announced Monday.
Releford, a 6-foot 195-pound point guard from Kansas City, Mo., earned the honor after averaging 18 points, three assists and 1.5 steals in leading the Crimson Tide to the 2k Sports Classic championship with wins over Oregon State and Villanova last week. For his efforts, Releford was selected as the Most Outstanding Player of the event.
In the semifinals against Oregon State, Releford connected on 6-of-10 field goals and recorded 14 points and five assists without a turnover, to lift the Crimson Tide to a 65-62 victory.
In the championship game against Villanova, Releford, making his first start of the season, went for a career-high 25 points on 8-of-10, shooting from the floor and an impressive 5-of-5 from three-point range in the 77-55 victory over the Wildcats.
Simmons guided the Crimson Tide to a pair of wins last week against Houston and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. In Tuesday’s game against the Cougars, the Jersey City, N.J., native drained a career-best 22 points, hitting four of her six three-pointers and all six of her free throws. Simmons also had a stellar all-around performance in the win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, contributing 10 points, seven steals, five rebounds, five assists and three blocks.