Ederaine Wins Big Sky Player of the Week Award
Eagle senior honored after leading Eastern to victories over Hawai’i and UC Davis
After leading Eastern to a pair of victories, senior forward Cliff Ederaine has been selected as Big Sky Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday (Nov. 29). The 6-foot-7, 205-pound senior forward from Moreno Valley, Calif., averaged 20.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and two blocks per game as the Eagles notched a road win over Hawai’i (89-72), and topped UC Davis (79-59) in Cheney.
Most recently, Ederaine recorded career highs of 23 points and seven assists for his second-straight huge outing at home in EWU’s win over UC Davis on Nov. 27 at Reese Court. Ederaine made 8-of-9 shots from the field, including his first trey of the season and only the second in 35 career games. A 45.6 percent free throw shooter a year ago, he made 6-of-9 for the line against the Aggies to make him 20-of-26 so far this season – 76.9 percent.
To add to his night, Ederaine also added eight rebounds, three blocked shots and a steal. Ederaine scored 11 points in the first 6:24 of the game as Eastern held early leads of 13-4 and 17-9. He had 11 points, five boards and five assists in the second half alone. “We were running stuff through the high post and big Cliff put the team on his shoulders,” said Eastern head coach Jim Hayford.
In Eastern’s other home game this season – a 70-61 win over South Dakota on Nov. 15, Ederaine had 15 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals. One game earlier in EWU’s 89-72 upset at Hawaii on Nov. 19, Ederaine scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half. For the season, he is averaging 12.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists while making 60 percent of his shots from the field.
“Ederaine has been our most consistent player for five games,” said Hayford. “He’s just had some big nights and played an amazing second half at Hawaii. We need to get him playing in the first half like he’s been playing in the second half.”
His performance against South Dakota was his second career double-double, with his first coming against New Hope last year when he had 12 points and 17 rebounds, as well as his previous career high for assists with four. He had 10 double figure scoring performance and seven with at least 10 rebounds in the 2010-11 season.