Cameron Ridley earns Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honors

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IRVING, Texas — University of Texas senior center Cameron Ridley was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. The voting was conducted by a panel of media covering Big 12 men's basketball.

This marked Ridley's second career Big 12 weekly accolade, as he previously earned the honor during his sophomore season on Jan. 27, 2014. In UT's two wins this past week, Ridley posted a pair of double-doubles and averaged 14.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 6.5 blocks per game while converting 14-of-26 (.538) field goals.

In Tuesday's home victory against Appalachian State (Dec. 15), he nearly recorded the second triple-double in program history (Reggie Freeman in 1996) with 19 points, 11 rebounds and school single-game record 9 blocks. The 9 blocks topped the previous game mark of 8, shared by Chris Owens (Nov. 15, 2000) and Chris Mihm (Feb. 5, 2000). During Saturday's win at Stanford (Dec. 19), Ridley tallied 10 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots.

For the year, Ridley leads the team in rebounding (10.0 rpg), blocks (37, 3.4 bpg) and field goal percentage (.632, 60-of-95) and ranks second in scoring (12.7 ppg). He has posted five double-doubles through the first 11 contests. Ridley ranks nationally in several individual stat categories through games of Dec. 20: fourth in total blocks (37), sixth in blocked shots per game (3.36), 19th in field goal percentage (.632), 20th in total rebounds (110), 21st in both double-doubles (5) and offensive rebounds per game (4.0), 27th in rebounds per game (10.0).

Ridley and the Longhorns (8-3) return to action with a home game against Connecticut on Tuesday, Dec. 29. Tip is set for 8 p.m. Central at the Frank Erwin Center, and the game will be televised nationally by ESPN2.

James Schleicher

James Schleicher is the publisher of Horns Illustrated magazine. He's also a fifth generation Texan and lifelong Austinite. Follow @HornsIllus twitter to keep up with all things Horns Illustrated.

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