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Pippen is SBC Player of the Week

December 10, 2001 · MT Media Relations
Middle Tennessee forward William Pippen made a bit of history on Monday, becoming the first Blue Raider to ever be named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week.

The junior from Hamburg, AR, earned the award by averaging 19.3 points per game over the three game span, including two performances in which he netted 20 or more points. He sizzled from the field with a 47.9 field goal percentage over this stretch.

Pippen also averaged 6.0 rebounds per contest during this span. He also averaged 2.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game. Along with those stats, he collected 6 steals against Rice, giving him eighth place all-time in that category.

"I just went out and did what I could for my team," said Pippen. "Without my teammates and coaches giving me the opportunity I could never have achieved this award. I feel like this will be the first of many awards for Middle Tennessee players this year. If I win it this week then hopefully someone else can step up and win it another week."

Pippen, who is the nephew of NBA great Scottie Pippen, leads the Blue Raiders in scoring with a 14.9 per game average and ranks eighth in the Sun Belt. He has tallied 20 or more points three times on the year.

A transfer from Connors State Junior College, Pippen came into the program with outstanding credentials. He averaged 16.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game as a sophomore. He went on to be named the Bi-State Conference defensive player of the year.

Pippen and the Blue Raiders are taking a bit of a hiatus for finals this week, but will return to action on Saturday night against Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, Texas at 7:30 PM.

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