KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Trey Petty picked up his third and highest weekly honor Tuesday being named the NAIA Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the national office announced Jan. 12. This is the fifth week an NAIA weekly honor has been awarded, including performances between Jan. 4-10.
Petty, who was named the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Player of the Week on Jan. 11, was also named the Black College Sports Network Small Schools Men’s Basketball Player of the Week on Jan. 12, an award presented to student-athletes from Historic Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
The 6-foot-2 senior guard from Huntsville turned in a triple double in Stillman College’s season opener Jan. 5 at Rust College with 38 points, 16 rebounds and 12 assists. It was the fifth triple-double by an NAIA player this season, including one by Shawnee State University’s EJ Onu, who had a triple-double in December to earn NAIA Player of the Week honors on Dec. 15.
Petty is the second Southern States player to receive the national award this season, following Faulkner University’s C.J. Williams on Dec. 1. Prior to this season, the last SSAC student-athletes to earn the NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honor were Stillman College’s Giovanni Bray (Feb. 13, 2019) and Ravion Henry (Jan. 8, 2019).
While helping Stillman College to a 3-0 start, including two wins over William Carey University, Petty averaged 26.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists. He currently ranks No. 3 in the NAIA for scoring among players with three or more games played.
Stillman (3-0) is scheduled to play at the University of Mobile tonight, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m. and will travel to Blue Mountain College this Friday and Saturday.
NAIA Player of the Week Nominees: DeAvion Washington, Rust (Miss.) ; Quinn Vesey, Briar Cliff (Iowa) ; Rodrigue Marthone, Park (Mo.) ; Quincy Minor Jr, Waldorf (Iowa) ; Jalen Behr, Bethany (Kan.) ; Darrin Jenkins, Martin Methodist (Tenn.) ; Donnie Miller, Midway (Ky.) ; Trystan Bradley, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) ; Devin Avent, Wayland Baptist (Texas) ; Jaquez Dickerson, Warner (Fla.) ; Corey Benton, CIU (S.C.) ; Grant Smith, Indiana Tech ; Jake Wadding, Grace (Ind.) ; Zaccheus Darko-Kelly, Providence (Mont.) (Mont.) ; Ke Roberson, Crowley’s Ridge (Ark.) ; Angelo Johnson, Arizona Christian ; John Contant, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) ; Kadavion Evans, LSU Shreveport (La.)