Huffman is first JSU player to win multiple OVC awards since ‘10
Anchorage’s Brandon Huffman just did something no Jacksonville State University men’s basketball player has done in a decade.
The 6-foot-10 senior was voted Ohio Valley Conference’s Player of the Week and Newcomer of the Week after a 36-point, 8-dunk, 12-rebound performance in a weekend sweep of Morgan State and Austin Peay.
In the first game, he was 7-of-9 from the floor and finished with 16 points and eight rebounds in Jax State’s 85-82 win over Murray State to give the Gamecocks their first ever win inside the CFSB Center.
He followed that up by sinking 9-of-13 shots and scoring a career-high 20 points in a 76-70 victory over Austin Peay.
Huffman, of West High fame, is the first Gamecock to win multiple OVC honors in the same week since Trenton Marshall was named the league’s Player of the Week and Newcomer of the Week on Jan. 11, 2010.
Huffman is now averaging a career-best 10.4 points per game in 16 games with the NCAA D1 team in Alabama. He ranks No. 5 in the Ohio Valley Conference in field-goal percentage (.59%) in large part because of his rim rocking.
He had seven dunks against Austin Peay – a big man’s delight with four flushes in the first half and three throwdowns in the second half.
In Alaska, Huffman was probably the state’s most ferocious dunker of his high school era. A two-handed hammer was his specialty, a part of his game he took to North Carolina and now Jacksonville State.