Less than 24 hours after being named the BIG EAST Player of the Week and helping his team knocked off a ranked UConn squad in Storrs, Julian Champagnie has doubled up on the hardware, taking home Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Met Player of the Week honors.
The award took into account games played from Jan. 11-17, a stretch that saw the Champagnie average 19.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.5 blocks per game during a 1-1 week for the Red Storm. The Brooklyn native shot 47.4 percent (9-of-19) from beyond the arc.
On Tuesday in the Johnnies’ win over Butler, Champagnie scored 18 points of 6-of-12 shooting, including a 4-for-8 showing from three-point range, as the Red Storm picked up its second BIG EAST victory of the season. He also grabbed five boards, blocked a pair of shots and came away with two steals.
Facing off against Marquette on Saturday, Champagnie looked as if he might be heading for his first “off” night of the season, scoring only two points and going 1-for-10 from the floor in the first 24 minutes of game action. Despite the slow start, Champagnie managed for finish with 20 points. He scored 15 points in a stretch of just three minutes, including a personal 12-0 run that turned a 10-point St. John’s deficit into a two-point Red Storm edge.
Although the game did not count toward his Met Player of the Week Award, Champagnie played a crucial role in the Red Storm’s win over No. 23 Connecticut on Monday in Storrs. The Bishop Loughlin product scored 12 points to finish in double figures for the 13th time in 13 opportunities this season. Champagnie netted seven of those points at the charity stripe, but both of his field goal makes came in huge spots for the Johnnies, as he hit a triple to bring the Johnnies within two late before a laying in a bucket to put the Red Storm ahead by four with 80 seconds to play.
On the season, Champagnie is averaging 20.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. He also ranks among the league leaders in steals (1.7 per game) and blocks (1.2 per game).
Champagnie and the Red Storm will have more than a week off before returning to action at DePaul on Jan. 27.
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