Basketball’s Shawn Roundtree wins MAC West Player of the Week


Junior guard Shawn Roundtree dribbles by a defender during a game against the University of Michigan on Nov. 13 at the Crisler Center.

Over the past week, Central Michigan men’s basketball junior guard Shawn Roundtree averaged 15 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game. 

Along with his statistical accomplishments, the 6-foot, 185-pounder led CMU to a championship victory in the Great Alaska Shootout. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. 

Roundtree was named the Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week on Monday. 

In Central Michigan’s 56-53 win over Cal Poly in the tournament semifinal game on Nov. 24, Roundtree logged just 10 points, but three of them came on a game winner.

“(Roundtree) had the opportunity to take it to the basket, but the defense dropped back and gave him the shot,” Davis said. “He came up with a big one.” 

Roundtree’s most impressive game of the previous week came in a 71-60 win over Sam Houston State on Nov. 22. He scored 20 points in 35 minutes of action, adding three rebounds and six assists. 

In the Great Alaska Shootout championship against Cal State Bakersfield, Roundtree played a team-high 36 minutes. He scored 15 points and dished out six assists in a 75-72 win for the Chippewas. 

Across all three games this week, the transfer guard managed to average 35 minutes per game. 

“(Roundtree) is a gamer,” Davis said. “He made the big play when we needed it. He settles the young guys when the ball is in his hands and we know the right play is going to be made more times than not.”

Bowling Green State’s Rodrick Caldwell earned the MAC East Player of the Week, averaging 20.3 points, 6.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds over the course of four games.