Double-Doubles Catch Eye Of NJCAA
Northwest College sophomore Jeffrey Solarin, a forward from Aurora, Colo., was named the national player of the week in Division I men’s basketball by the NJCAA on Wednesday.
Solarin averaged 25 points and 18.5 rebounds per contest in a pair of Trapper victories over Casper College and Miles Community College.
A product of Aurora’s Rangeview High School, Solarin began his week with a 29-point, 20-rebound performance in a 76-68 victory for Northwest College. The sophomore, who led the state of Colorado in rebounding as a high school senior, had a double-double by halftime of that contest.
On the heels of that performance, Solarin produced a 21-point, 17-rebound night on the road at Miles Community College last Saturday. Seven of Solarin’s 17 rebounds came at the offensive end of the floor as the Trappers rolled to their fourth consecutive victory, 79-68.
Solarin buried 23 of his 32 shots attempted between the two contests.
With his performances, Solarin has recorded double doubles in four of the Trappers’ last six games. For the season, he leads Northwest College in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 14.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest.
This marks the fourth time this academic year that a Northwest College student-athlete has been recognized with national player of the week honors by the NJCAA. Freshman volleyball player Ana Jakovljevic was twice named national player of the week last fall while women’s soccer player Samhia Simao was similarly honored on the pitch
Solarin was one of several players honored Wednesday night on sophomore night as the Trapper basketball teams battled Western Wyoming. The team wraps up its season on Saturday at Gillette before breaking for a week in advance of the Region IX tournament.