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Feb. 1, 2016

BOSTON (MA) -- South Carolina's Michael Carrera earns Lute Olson award national player of the week honors.

The 6-foot-5 senior helped the Gamecocks to a pair of wins last week. Last Tuesday Carrera had a career-high 34 points and matched a career-best with 15 rebounds against Mississippi State. He followed that up with 20 points and 11 rebounds against Alabama.

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.


Week 12 (Feb. 1) Michael Carrera (South Carolina)
Week 11 (Jan. 25) Monte Morris (Iowa State)
Week 10 (Jan. 18) Bonzie Colson (Notre Dame)
Week 9 (Jan. 11) Jack Gibbs (Davidson)
Week 8 (Jan. 4) Kris Dunn (Providence)
Week 7 (Dec. 28) Buddy Hield (Oklahoma)
Week 6 (Dec. 21) Jordan Tolbert (SMU)
Week 5 (Dec. 14) Javan Felix (Texas)
Week 4 (Dec. 7) Denzel Valentine (Wake Forest)
Week 3 (Nov. 30) Denzel Valentine (Michigan State)
Week 2 (Nov. 23) Wes Washpun (Northern Iowa)
Week 1 (Nov. 16) Joey King (Minnesota)

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