Junior forward Matthew Mancuso (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) of The University of Scranton men's basketball team is enjoying an outstanding season, leading the Royals to seven straight wins to open the season. On Tuesday, his efforts were recognized across the country as he was named the National Jesuit Player of the Week.
Mancuso joins an elite list of players earning the award which presented by the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight, a website that promotes basketball and education at Jesuit institutions. Last week's winner of the award was Zach Norvell Jr. of Gonzaga, which was the top-ranked NCAA Division I team in the country at the time.
Mancuso had another huge game last Wednesday, posting his fifth double-double of the season to lead Scranton to an impressive 87-68 victory at York (Pa.). He tied for a team-high with 20 points, going 7-for-10 from the field and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
Additionally, Mancuso, who was named The University of Scranton Athlete of the Week, corralled a game-high 13 rebounds, matching a career-best, while leading all players with three steals on the night and tying for a game-high with a pair of blocked shots.
This season, Mancuso leads the Landmark Conference in scoring, rebounding, and blocked shots as he is averaging 19.9 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per contest. His 58.8 field goal percentage and 82.7 free throw percentage both rank in the top-10 in the league.
With his five double-doubles this season, Mancuso is 17th in the country while also ranking 22nd in total rebounding and nine in defensive rebounds per game with 8.7. He is a two-time Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week and was the MVP of the Hilton Scranton Invitational in November.
Mancuso and the Royals return to the hardwood on Monday afternoon when they host Manhattanville in a non-conference game starting at 3 p.m. in the John Long Center.
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