Colorado Springs, Colo. --- For the second time this season San José State forward Brandon Clarke is the Mountain West Player of the Week. The award comes on the heels of his career-high 36-point performance which propelled the Spartans to an 89-85 victory on the road at Air Force.
Clarke joins Nevada's Jordan Caroline as the only players to receive the honor twice during the 2016-17 season.
"He's a special kid and a special player," said Spartans' head coach Dave Wojcik. "I'm very thankful that he's on my squad. Hopefully he can continue his play the rest of the season and for the rest of his career."
The sophomore from Phoenix, Ariz., totaled 61 points in 63 minutes during two road games last week (Jan. 9-15). He shot a sizzling 73.0 percent (27-37) from the floor - all two-point baskets - raising his field goal percentage during MW play to a league-best 67.1 percent.
He put in 25 points against San Diego State to begin the week. After foul trouble limited his minutes in the opening period, Clarke played every minute of the second half when the Spartans outscored the Aztecs 38-34.
Clarke followed that up with 36 points, five rebounds, five assists and five blocks at Air Force. His 36 points are the most by a Mountain West player in a single game this year which ended in regulation. He jumped up to second in scoring among all players during league play at 23.6 points per game.
It was also the Desert Vista High School grad's fifth game with at least five blocks. Through 16 games he has already passed his blocks total from all of last year.
Clarke was the game-high scorer in both outings last week, but a spinning assist to teammate E.J. Boyce which helped keep SJSU up five over the Falcons with under two minutes to play was one of his biggest plays.
His performance helped San José State notch its first MW road win since 2014, and the team's first over Air Force on the road since 1997. It was win number nine for San José State, which matches the total from all of last year.
The first of 14 remaining regular season games is Wednesday night when San José State hosts Wyoming for a 7:00 p.m. (PT) tip inside the Event Center. Buy your tickets today at the Spartan Ticket Office, which can be reached by telephone at 408-924-7589.
2016-17 MW Men's Basketball Players of the Week
Nov. 14 Cullen Russo, Sr., F, Fresno State
Nov. 21 Tim Williams, Sr., F, New Mexico
Nov. 28 Emmanuel Omogbo, Sr., F, Colorado State
Dec. 5 Jordan Caroline, So., F, Nevada
Dec. 12 Marcus Marshall, Sr., G, Nevada
Dec. 19 Brandon Clarke, So., F, San José State
Dec. 25 Hayden Dalton, Jr., F, Wyoming
Jan. 2 Chandler Hutchison, Jr., G, Boise State
Jan. 8 Jordan Caroline, So., F, Nevada
Jan . 16 Brandon Clarke, So., F, San José State