Hampton picks up second RMAC Player of the Week award
by Chris Day
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.ó For the second time this season, Adams State College senior power forward Rece Hampton (Greenwood, Miss.) has been named as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference/Baden West Division Player of the Week.
The announcement was made Monday by conference officials.
Hampton, who also earned the award on Nov. 26, had a monster weekend averaging 26.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 6.0 steals and 4.0 blocked shots in two road games.
Shooting a combined 66.7 percent (22-33) from the field over the weekend, Hampton finished Friday nightís 71-55 win over the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, with 21 points, seven rebounds, a career-high six steals and a career-high five blocked shots. Despite playing just 21 minutes due to foul trouble, he was 9 of 15 (60.0 percent) from the field in that game and recorded 19 points, six rebounds, six steals and three blocked shots in the second half alone as the Grizzlies broke a half-time 27-27 deadlock to post the 16-win over the Mountain Lions, ASCís 11th straight in the series.
A night later at Regis University, the 6-foot-5, 205-pounder registered 31 points and 15 rebounds, both career-highs, while tallying six steals and three blocked shots. He recorded nine offensive rebounds in that game and 12 on the weekend and was 13-for-18 (72.2 percent) from the field and 2-for-3 from beyond the arc.
He had already clinched his second double-double of the season by halftime as he scored 22 points while grabbing 10 rebounds in the gameís first 20 minutes.
A transfer from Eastern New Mexico and a former honorable mention junior college All-American at Eastfield (Texas) College, Hampton leads the RMAC in field goal percentage (.679), steals (3.11/game), blocked shots (2.11/game) and offensive rebounds (3.78/game). He is also fourth in scoring and sixth in total rebounding averaging 18.6 points and 8.0 boards per game.
The Cedar Hill High School product has been over the 20-point mark four times this young season and has led first-year coach Mark Murdockís team to a 7-2 (1-1 RMAC) start, ASCís best in the NCAA Division II (1992-93/Present) era. He was also named as the MVP of the Grizzly Tip-Off Classic (Nov. 16-17) and as the Co-MVP of the Hyatt Place Mountain Lions Classic, hosted by UCCS a week later.
Away from home for their last seven games, the Grizzlies now return home to Plachy Hall to face Colorado Christian, currently 4-3 (2-0 RMAC), and Metro State (4-6, 0-2 RMAC) this weekend. Saturdayís game with Colorado Christian, led by RMAC/Baden East Division Player of the Week and Preseason RMAC Player of the Year Brian Stamer, will tip off in The Den at 8 p.m. Sundayís game with Metro State will tip off at 6 p.m. and will give the Grizzlies an opportunity to avenge losses to the Roadrunners in the 2007 RMAC Shootout Championship Game and in the quarterfinal round of the 2007 NCAA Division II North Central Regional Tournament.
Both games can be heard on KSPK-FM (103.5 & 104.1 in Alamosa) and via the internet at www.kspk.com.