For the second time in as many weeks, a member of the St. John’s Red Storm has been named the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Met Player of the Week, as Posh Alexander garnered his first career recognition from the organization on Tuesday morning.
Last Tuesday, St. John’s sophomore and fellow Brooklyn native Julian Champagnie was named the Met Player of the Week.
Alexander averaged 19.0 points, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals in a 2-0 week for the Red Storm that featured a ranked road win against then-No. 23/RV Connecticut. The Brooklyn native shot 53.8 percent (14-of-26) from the floor and 45.5 percent (5-of-11) from three-point range in those two victories.
On Jan. 18 against Connecticut in front of a national broadcast audience on FOX, Alexander keyed the Red Storm to a win in its first meeting with the Huskies since 2013. He finished with game-highs of 18 points and six assists, helping the Red Storm erase a UConn lead that reached as many as 14 in the opening stanza and stood at eight with just under nine minutes to play in the game. 15 of his 18 points and four of his six helpers came after the intermission. With his team facing that eight-point deficit near the midway mark of the second half, Alexander scored five points and picked up an assist on a 10-2 run to tie the game at 59.
Alexander eclipsed the 20-point plateau for the first time in his St. John’s career in the team’s non-conference finale against Utah Valley on Saturday, scoring exactly that number on 8-of-15 shooting from the floor.
Alexander registered three steals apiece against UConn and Utah Valley, maintaining his league-leading average of 2.5 per game in that category. Through games played on Sunday, Alexander is tied for 11th overall nationally and first among freshmen in steals per game. His 4.4 assists per game rank fifth in the BIG EAST overall and eighth nationally among freshmen.
Alexander and the Red Storm return to action on Wednesday, traveling to Chicago for a 9 p.m. contest with the DePaul Blue Demons. The game will air live nationally on FS1.
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