Metcalf earns ASC East Division Player of the Week

Monday, January 4, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist || jbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – UT Tyler senior Demarcus Metcalf has earned American Southwest Conference East Division Player of the Week for the first time in his career after leading the Patriots in scoring and rebounding in a pair of victories at last week’s Christmas Classic at the Herrington Patriot Center. A forward from Dallas, Metcalf matched his career-best with 23 points against Texas Lutheran and has now recorded seven or more rebounds in four of the past five games coming into tonight’s 7:30 p.m. game against LeTourneau.

“DeMarcus’ combination of length, athleticism, and skill that makes him really tough to guard for opposing teams,” UT Tyler head coach Jamon Copeland said. “He is our leading rebounder for the season, and does it from the guard position. He is a great kid who works extremely hard and deserves any of the recognition that he gets.”

Metcalf led the Patriots to a pair of non-conference wins last week averaging 20 points and eight rebounds per game in victories over No. 25 Texas Lutheran and Southwestern. Metcalf opened the week with a season-high 23 points after hitting three 3-pointers and shooting 8-of-14 from the field against the Bulldogs to go along with seven rebounds before going for 17 points, nine rebounds and three steals against the Pirates. Metcalf finished the two-game week shooting 51.9 percent from the field in addition to five steals. Metcalf is currently averaging 12.6 points and leads the Patriots with 6.4 rebounds per game through 10 games this season.

Metcalf recorded a double-double earlier this season when he had 10 points and 14 rebounds in a win over Howard Payne, and grabbed seven boards against McMurry, Hardin-Simmons and TLU. He is coming off the 17 point and nine rebound performance against Southwestern after also going for 16 points and eight rebounds against the Pirates in the first meeting of the season back on Nov. 21 in Georgetown.

Metcalf is currently 16th in the conference in rebounding with his 6.4 rebounds per game.