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HCA: CJ Elleby named Player of the Week

This is the second award for the Sophomore

NCAA Basketball: Washington at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Washington State Sophomore CJ Elleby was named Pac-12 Basketball Player of the Week on Monday after scoring a career high against the Huskies on Sunday. This is his second Player of the Week award this season. The 79-67 victory over the Huskies stops a four game skid against their Rivals.

Following the game, head coach Kyle Smith announced that the team has already been invited to play in the College Basketball Invitational - their first post season tournament since 2012 where they finished as the runner up to Pittsburgh in the same tournament.

Elleby is the first WSU underclassman to win two honors in a single season since Klay Thompson did so in 2009. Brock Motum achieved the honor in 2012-13 as a Senior. Elleby previously won the award the week of January 20th following the Cougars wins over #8 Oregon and Oregon State.

The Cougars had just one game this past week and Elleby made it count with a career high 34 points. He went 9-of-16 including going 6-of-9 from deep and 10-of-10 from the line. He added 10 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 1 steal to help lead the Cougars to their 14th win of the season and their fifth conference win. The loss for the Huskies dropped them to 12-12 and just in 2-9 in conference on the season.

The Cougars will take on the California schools in the next two weeks, heading to UCLA Thursday and USC on Saturday before hosting California and Stanford the following week for their final two home games of the season. The Cougars and the Huskies will meet up again February 28th in Seattle as the Cougars try to sweep the season series for the first time since 2017. The remainder of their games will be played on Pac-12 Networks.



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