LOGAN -- Utah State men's basketball player Tai Wesley has been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference player of the week, it was announced by the league office Monday.
It is the second time this year and fourth time in his career that Wesley has been named WAC player of the week.
Wesley, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound senior forward from Provo, led Utah State to a pair of Western Athletic Conference home wins last week against Hawaii (74-66) and San Jose State (80-71).
Against the Rainbow Warriors, Wesley posted his fourth double-double of the season and the 13th of his career as he tied his career-high with 27 points to go along with 13 rebounds. Wesley, who played a career-high 38 minutes in the game, was 8-of-12 from the field and a perfect 11-for-11 at the free throw line tying a single-game school record for free throw percentage. Against the Spartans, Wesley added 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots as he was 5-of-6 from the field and 6-of-8 at the free throw line.
For the week, Wesley averaged 21.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.0 assist and 2.0 blocks per game, while shooting 72.2 percent from the field (13-18) and 89.5 percent at the free throw line (17-19).
Wesley currently ranks first in the WAC in field goal shooting at 65.5 percent. He also ranks third in the league in rebounding (8.6), fifth in blocked shots (1.20), sixth in scoring (14.8), and 13th in assists (2.67) and free throw shooting (.716).
Utah State (13-2, 2-0) returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 8 when it plays at Nevada (4-10, 1-0) at 2 p.m. (MT) in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPNU.