ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Elijah Hirsh of Berry College (Mount Berry, Ga.) was named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division III National Player of the Week for the week ending January 13.
Hirsh, a 6-8 senior forward from Woodstock, Ga., registered a pair of double-doubles in leading Berry (11-4, 4-1) to victories against conference opponents. In the Vikings' 69-64 overtime win against Sewanee on Friday,
Hirsh totaled 19 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks, two assists, and a steal. His final block with less than a minute to play against Sewanee's leading scorer, Luke Smith, helped preserve the victory. Then, on Sunday, Hirsh scored 23 points, collected 11 rebounds, recorded five assists, totaled four blocks, and added an assist as Berry moved into first place and posted its first-ever victory over Centre, 77-68.
For the week, Hirsh averaged 21 ppg, 11 rpg, 4 bpg, 3.5 apg, and 1.0 spg. He shot 52.1 percent (12-of-23) from the field, 57.1 percent (4-of-7) from three-point range and 70.5 percent (12-of-17) from the foul line. For his efforts, Hirsh was also named the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Player of the Week.