by Matt Lincoln
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Meadowbrook product Justin Harper had two huge games last week, and the Atlantic 10 honored him for those efforts on Monday.
Richmond's Justin Harper was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, while Duquesne's T.J. McConnell was honored as Rookie of the Week as announced by the league office on Monday.
Harper averaged 26.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in two games last week as Richmond opened Atlantic 10 Conference play with victories over Charlotte and La Salle. The senior forward shot 65.5 percent from the floor (19-29) including 53.8 percent (7-13) from long range in helping the Spiders to their best start since the 1987-88 season. Harper opened the week scoring a season-high 27 points in the win over Charlotte and then notched his second double-double in the last four games with 25 points and 10 rebounds in Richmond's win at La Salle on Saturday. The Richmond, Va., was also solid from the free throw line connecting on seven of eight attempts. For the season, Harper is shooting 56.5 percent from the field and 51.3 percent from three-point territory, while leading the Spiders in scoring at 16.8 points per game. The weekly honor is Harper's first of the season and second of his career.