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Feb. 26, 2018

BOSTON (MA) -- Middle Tennessee's Nick King earns the Lute Olson award national player of the week honors.

The 6-foot-7 senior helped the Blue Raiders pick up another conference win last week. King finished with 22 points and six rebounds in the school's first-ever game as ranked team. Middle Tennessee entered the game ranked No. 24 in the AP Top 25.

The Lute Olson Award is presented annually to the nation's top Division I player who has played at least two seasons with his respective team. Freshmen and first-year transfers can be named to the All-America team, but are not eligible to receive the Player of the Year honors.

The award is named in honor of coaching great Lute Olson, who won 780 games in 34 seasons, 24 of which were spent at the University of Arizona. During that stretch he led the Wildcats to 11 Pac-10 Conference titles, 23 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, four Final Four appearances and a National Championship in 1997.

2017-18 Lute Olson National Player of the Week

(Feb. 26): Nick King, Middle Tennessee
(Feb. 19): Terry Maston, Baylor
(Feb. 12): Shamorie Ponds, St. John's
(Feb. 5): Brian Beard Jr., FIU
(Jan. 29): Jordan Howard, Central Arkansas
(Jan. 22): Jock Landale, Saint Mary's
(Jan. 15): Jeremiah Martin, Memphis
(Jan. 8): Markus Howard, Marquette
(Jan. 1): Kelan Martin, Butler
(Dec. 25): Cameron Jackson, Wofford
(Dec. 18): Kyle Washington, Cincinnati
(Dec. 11): Jock Landale, Saint Mary's
(Dec. 4):  Devonte' Graham, Kansas
(Nov. 27): Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame
(Nov. 20): Grayson Allen, Duke
(Nov. 13): Kendrick Nunn, Oakland

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