INDIANAPOLIS (USBWA) Brian Halums
of the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (Fort Smith, Ark.) and
Hailey Diestelkamp of Drury University (Springfield,
Mo.) were named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association
Division II National Players of the Week for the week ending
Halums, a senior guard, claimed his first Division II National
Player of the Week honor of the season after averaging 41.5 points
and 9.5 rebounds as UAFS split a pair of Lone Star Conference games
last week. Halums led the Lions to a dramatic 83-82 win over Angelo
State with a 45-point effort, and he also scored 38 points with
12 rebounds in a narrow 69-67 defeat to Lubbock Christian.
His 45-point effort against Angelo State was the highest single-game
output in the Lone Star Conference this season and was the sixth-highest
single-game mark in Division II this season. In the final minute
against Angelo State, Halums led UAFS back from an 82-77 deficit,
recording an assist on a three-pointer that cut the lead to two,
followed by a block, a steal, and the game-winning three-pointer
on the Lions' final offensive possession.
For the week, Halums shot 53 percent (30-for-57) from the field,
including 47 percent (9-for-19) on three-pointers, adding 14-of-15
free throws (93 percent). He averaged 41.5 points, 9.5 rebounds,
3.0 assists, 2.0 blocks, and 2.0 steals to lead the Lions, who are
now 11-13 overall and 7-11 in LSC play this year.
Halums, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound guard, has eight 30-point games
this year, including a trio of 40-point performances. He ranks second
in Division II in scoring, averaging 28.0 points per game, and he's
averaging 31.7 points over his past 12 games.
Halums is the second player from the Lone Star Conference to
earn USBWA Mens Division II National Player of the Week honors
Diestelkamp, a senior forward was named the Great Lakes Valley
Conference Player of the Week after setting Drury's single-game
scoring record with 43 points in the Lady Panthers 98-67 win at
William Jewell last Saturday.
The Owensville, Mo., native added 10 rebounds, four assists,
two steals and a block against Jewell, shooting 16-of-24 from the
field, including 3-of-4 from three-point range, and was 8-of-9 at
the free-throw line.
Diestelkamp began the week with 21 points, 10 rebounds, three
steals, two assists and two blocks in a 103-60 win at Rockhurst.
For the week, she averaged 32 points, 10 rebounds, three assists,
2.5 steals and 1.5 blocks, while shooting 59 percent from the field
and 72 percent (13-of-18) at the free-throw line.
Diestelkamp ranks 19th in NCAA Division II with 19.8 points per
game and has helped Drury to a 25-0 record. This is her second career
USBWA Women's Division II National Player of the Week honor, having
also been selected once during the 2018-19 season.
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