NIACC's Matthews earns national player of week honor

NIACC's Wendell Matthews is the NJCAA Division II player of the week for the week of Nov. 26-Dec. 2.
NIACC's Wendell Matthews is the NJCAA Division II player of the week for the week of Nov. 26-Dec. 2.

MASON CITY - NIACC freshman forward Wendell Matthews was selected as the NJCAA Division II men's basketball national player of the week for the week of Nov. 26-Dec. 2 on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the St. Paul, Minn. native was selected as the ICCAC player of the week for the week of Nov. 26-Dec. 2.

Matthews scored 19 points with 12 rebounds in the Trojans' 101-65 victory over No. 16 DCTC. He also scored a career-high 30 points with nine rebounds against Northeast CC at the Great Western Shootout in Fort Dodge.

Matthews is averaging 17.3 points and 8.3 rebounds (2nd in ICCAC) per contest.

Matthews is the first NIACC men's basketball player to earn the NJCAA Division II national player of the week award since Al Davis was honored in February of the 2014-15 season.

NIACC (8-2 overall) begins ICCAC play Saturday at No. 2 Southwestern. Game time is slated for 3 p.m. in Creston.