INDIANAPOLIS (USBWA) Jhonathan Dunn
of Southern Nazarene University (Bethany, Okla.) and Jamiyah
Johnson of Davis & Elkins College (Elkins, W.V.) were named
the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division II National
Players of the Week for the week ending December 15.
Dunn, a senior guard, claimed his first Division II National
Player of the Week honor of the season after he led the Crimson
Storm to a 77-65 upset victory over No. 14-ranked Southeastern Oklahoma
State on Dec. 14. Dunn scored a season-high 34 points, his fifth
30-point game of the season, along with a career-high 15 rebounds.
He played all 40 minutes in the victory, and he scored 24 of his
34 points in the second half to help Southern Nazarene maintain
a double-digit lead over the final 18 minutes of the contest as
the Crimson Storm improved to 8-3 overall and 3-1 in Great American
Conference play this season.
The double-double was the first of the season for Dunn, a native
of San Antonio, Texas, and it was his sixth career double-double.
He now has nine 30-point games in his career. Dunn currently ranks
second in Division II in scoring (27.5 ppg) and third nationally
in three-pointers made (43).
Johnson was named the Mountain East Conference Player of the
Week after averaging 27.0 points and 21.5 rebounds per game, all
while shooting nearly 73 percent from the field.
The Williamsburg, Va., native opened the week with her fourth
consecutive double-double, scoring 24 points and grabbing 17 rebounds
despite the Senators 70-59 loss to Notre Dame (Ohio) last Thursday.
Johnson, who made 11-of-15 field goals, added three assists, two
blocks and two steals.
In a 75-50 win at Urbana last Saturday, the junior forward tied
her career-high in scoring with 31 points and equaled the school
record with 26 rebounds. Securing her fifth straight double-double
before halftime, Johnson went 13-of-18 from the field and pulled
down 14 offensive rebounds in 36 minutes.
Johnson is third in NCAA Division II with 14.0 rebounds per game
and is also averaging 18.7 points per game.
Each Tuesday, the USBWA is selecting men's and women's Division
II National Players of the Week. This is the sixth season that the
USBWA will recognize national players of the week from Division
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was
formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter
Byers. With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential
organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America
team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA
and its award programs, contact executive director Malcolm Moran
2019-20 USBWA Division II National Players of the Week
Week ending Nov. 10: Andrew Sischo, Daemen College and Brianna Purcell, Saint Michael's College
Week ending Nov. 17: Andrew Sischo, Daemen College and Kayla Marosites, Carson-Newman University
Week ending Nov. 24: Pat Dembley, UT Permian Basin and Kwanza Murray, Lincoln University
Week ending Dec. 1: Hasan Varence, Ohio Dominican University and Shannon Ryan, Saint Anselm College
Week ending Dec. 8: Peyton Wejnert, Pace University and Taisha DeShazo, Catawba College
Week ending Dec. 15: Jhonathan Dunn, Southern Nazarene University and Jamiyah Johnson, Davis & Elkins College
Week ending Dec. 29: Kevin Buckingham, Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Peyton Steinman, Saint Anselm College
Week ending Jan. 5: Jordan Floyd, King University and Mar'Shalia Lollie, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
Week ending Jan. 12: Sekou Sylla, The College of Saint Rose and Sylvia Hudson, Urbana University
Week ending Jan. 19: Jhonathan Dunn, Southern Nazarene University and McKayla Roberts, Le Moyne College
Week ending Jan. 26: Eamonn Joyce, Southern New Hampshire University and Tyra James, Urbana University
Week ending Feb. 2: Winston Hill, Francis Marion University and Alexy Mollenhauer, Anderson University
Week ending Feb. 9: Jordan Floyd, King University and Lilly Ritz, Wheeling University
Week ending Feb. 16: Brian Halums, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith and Hailey Diestelkamp, Drury University
Week ending Feb. 23: Brandon Myer, University of Minnesota Duluth and Shannon Ryan, Saint Anselm College
Week ending March 1: Robbie Heath, West Chester University and Hailey Diestelkamp, Drury University