Northwestern State’s DeMarcus Sharp wins third Southland Men’s Basketball Player of the Week award of season

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Demarcus Sharp
DeMarcus Sharp (center) had a career-high 34 points in Thursday’s win against Stephen F. Austin (Photo: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services).

NATCHITOCHES – Fittingly after a perfect week from beyond the 3-point arc, Northwestern State senior guard DeMarcus Sharp picked up his third Southland Conference Player of the Week award Monday afternoon.

Sharp paced the Demons’ 2-0 week by averaging 26 points, six assists, 5.5 rebounds and three steals per game while shooting 63.3 percent from the field and hitting all six of his 3-point attempts in wins at Houston Christian and Lamar.

A 6-foot-3, 180-pound product of Charleston, Missouri, Sharp extended his run of 20-point scoring games to three straight, giving him five 20-plus-point outings in his past six games.

Sharp had 29 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals in this past Thursday’s win at Houston Christian. He added 23 points on 8-of-11 shooting and seven assists in the win at Lamar. His two free throws with less than 2 seconds to play iced the Demons’ sixth straight win.

Sharp became the first player to earn three SLC Player of the Week honors this season and notched the fifth award earned by a Demon this season. Guard Ja’Monta Black has twice been named SLC Player of the Week.

Sharp’s earlier honors came on Nov. 21 and Dec. 5.

The Demons return to action Thursday when they travel to new Southland member Texas A&M-Commerce. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. in the Field House.


Player of the Week: DeMarcus Sharp, Northwestern State – Sr. – Guard – Charleston, Mo. (Charleston HS)
Sharp extended his run of 20-point games to three straight, scoring 29 at HCU and 23 at Lamar, as the Demons extended their win streak to six. He hit all six of his 3-pointers this week and has made 8 straight from distance, while also posting a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. He sank two key free throws with 7.7 seconds left in NSU’s win at Lamar and scored or assisted on all 11 points of an 11-0 first-half run at Lamar that gave the Demons a 10-point lead. He now has eight 20-point games this season, with five in SLC play.

2022-23 Southland Men’s Basketball Players of the Week
Date Player of the Week
Nov. 14 Isaac Mushila, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Nov. 21 DeMarcus Sharp, Northwestern State
Nov. 28 Latrell Jones, Nicholls
Dec. 5 DeMarcus Sharp, Northwestern State (2)
Dec. 12 Ja’Monta Black, Northwestern State
Dec. 19 Latrell Jones, Nicholls (2)
Jan. 2 Bonke Maring, HCU
Jan. 9 Demarcus Demonia, Texas A&M-Commerce
Jan. 16 Brycen Long, HCU
Jan. 23 Ja’Monta Black, Northwestern State (2)
Jan. 30 Terrion Murdix, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Feb. 6 DeMarcus Sharp, Northwestern State (3)

Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.

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