FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas junior point guard Gary Ervin has been named the Southeastern Conference’s Player of the Week following last week’s victories over Tulsa and No. 8 Alabama.
In Saturday’s win over the Crimson Tide, Ervin scored a career-high 18 points and had his first double-double at Arkansas with 11 assists. He also had six rebounds and three steals while making seven-of-eight shots.
In Tuesday’s victory over Tulsa, the Brooklyn, N.Y., native had 14 points, six assists and two steals with no turnovers.
For the week, he averaged 16.0 points, 8.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals while making 12-of-17 shots (.706) and six-of-seven free throws (.857). He had just one turnover in 68 minutes played.
Ervin sat out last year after transferring from Mississippi State. As a sophomore in 2005, he recorded two double-doubles with 11 points and 10 assists against Jacksonville State, and 15 points and 11 assists against Ole Miss.
His previous scoring high was 15 against Ole Miss and at Xavier.
For the season, Ervin is averaging 9.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists. He is third in the SEC in assists and 11th in free throw shooting (.736).
He has helped the Razorbacks get off to a 12-3 start, including a 1-0 mark in the SEC. Arkansas is ranked No. 10 in the latest RPI rankings on CollegeRPI.com while playing the fifth-toughest schedule in the nation.