INDIANAPOLIS (USBWA) – TJ Crockett
of Lindenwood University (St. Charles, Mo.) and Breanna
Locke of Emmanuel College (Franklin Springs, Ga.) were
named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division II
National Players of the Week for the week ending Feb. 21.
Crockett, a senior guard, scored a school and conference record
54 points in a 116-109 double-OT victory over McKendree on Feb.
20. Crockett’s 54-point outburst is the highest single-game scoring
performance this season (all NCAA divisions), and the four-time
GLVC Player of the Week is the NCAA Division II national scoring
leader this season with a season average of 28.2 points per game.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior, scored 19 of the final 32 points
in overtime for Lindenwood, surpassing the previous school record
of 46 points in the double-OT victory. Crockett was 18-for-35 from
the field, including 4-of-10 from three-point range, and he sank
14-of-15 free throws. He also registered 6 rebounds and 7 assists
as Lindenwood tied the program’s single-game team scoring record
as the Lions improved to 10-8 on the season.
Crockett is the first USBWA Division II National Player of the
Week from the Great Lakes Valley Conference this season.
Locke, a senior forward was named the Conference Carolinas Player
of the Week after averaging 30 points, 11.7 rebounds and seven assists
per game in helping the Lions to a 3-0 week.
The Flowery Branch, Ga., native began the week with 21 points,
14 rebounds and seven assists in a 70-52 win over Erskine College.
She then tallied 38 points, 16 rebounds and six assists in a 72-64
win over North Greenville University and finished the week with
31 points, five rebounds and eight assists in an 86-55 win over
the University of Mount Olive.
On the week, Locke shot 59.3 percent from the field, including
68.4 percent (13-of-19) from three-point range, and made 13-of-15
Each Tuesday, the USBWA is selecting men's and women's Division
II National Players of the Week. This is the seventh season that
the USBWA will recognize national players of the week from Division
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at
the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some
900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations
in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since
the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA and its award
programs, contact executive director Malcolm Moran at 814-574-1485.
2020-21 USBWA Division II National Players of the Week
Week ending Jan. 10: Chandler Jacobs, Dallas
Baptist University and Sydney Kin, University of Findlay
Week ending Jan. 17: Chandler Jacobs, Dallas
Baptist University and Breanna Diestelkamp, University of Missouri-St. Louis
• Week ending Jan. 24: Parker Fox, Northern
State University and Mayci Sales, Walsh University
Week ending Jan. 31: Cam Martin, Missouri Southern
State University and Lilly Ritz, Wheeling University
Week ending Feb. 7: Patrick Cartier, Hillsdale
College and Zyaire Ewing, Delta State University
Week ending Feb. 14: Isaiah Reddish, Barton
College and Brooklyn Pannell, University of Charleston
Week ending Feb. 21: TJ Crockett, Lindenwood
University and Breanna Locke, Emmanuel College (Ga.)
Week ending Feb. 28: Joel Murray, West Texas
A&M University and Rachel Berry, Fresno Pacific University