February 25, 2013

File Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell

Athlete photoRICHMOND, Va. -- University of Delaware junior guard Devon Saddler was named the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Player of the Week on Monday following a pair of outstanding performances during the Blue Hens’ 73-71 double overtime win over Drexel and the 79-78 triumph at UNCW.

Saddler, a native of Aberdeen, Md., averaged 27.5 points last week while shooting 55.9 percent (19 of 34) from the field, including 45.5 percent (5 of 11) from three-point range.

Saddler scored 31 points, one shy of his career-high, in Thursday’s victory over the Dragons, going 9 of 14 from the field and connecting on a career-best 11 free throws. He again led the Blue Hens with 24 points Saturday at UNCW, finishing 10 of 20 from the field and scoring nine of UD’s final 10 points of the game.

Saddler leads the CAA and ranks 14th in the country by averaging 20.2 points per game, while his 586 this year are eighth most in Division I. He has reached double figures in 35 consecutive games, the second longest active streak in the nation, and with 1,600 career points he becomes just the fourth Blue Hen to reach that plateau.

Saddler has surpassed the 20-point mark 14 times this season, including seven of the last eight games. He also leads the CAA with 37.7 minutes played per game and is fourth with an 82.0 free throw percentage.

The award was the third of the season for Saddler, who was also named the CAA Player of the Week on Nov. 26 and Jan. 14. Jerome Hairston of Towson and Patrick Holloway of George Mason were selected as the league’s Co-Rookies of the Week.

Saddler and the Blue Hens head to Hofstra on Wednesday at 7 p.m. before closing out their regular season on Saturday with a 2 p.m. home game against George Mason.