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Russ Smith Named Big East Player Of The Week, Andre Drummond Rookie Of The Week

LOUISVILLE, KY - DECEMBER 17:  Russ Smith #2 of the Louisville Cardinals dribbles the ball during the game against the Memphis Tigers  at KFC YUM! Center on December 17, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - DECEMBER 17: Russ Smith #2 of the Louisville Cardinals dribbles the ball during the game against the Memphis Tigers at KFC YUM! Center on December 17, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Big East announced its player of the week and rookie of the week awards along with the weekly honor roll players. The conference release found here is below.

Providence, R.I. -- The BIG EAST Conference has named Louisville guard Russ Smith and Connecticut center Andre Drummond the winners of the conference's weekly men's basketball honors for the week-ending Dec. 18.

Smith was named BIG EAST Player of the Week after he helped the Cardinals defeat Memphis 95-87 by scoring a career-high 24 points and making seven steals. It was only his third start in his collegiate career. His scoring total was double his previous career high and his steal total tied for the third best in school history. The game against Memphis was Louisville’s only contest of the week.

Drummond was tabbed as BIG EAST Rookie of the Week after he posted game highs of 24 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots in a 77-40 victory against Holy Cross. It was the Huskies’ only game of the week. The Preseason BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, Drummond is averaging 9.4 and 6.2 rebounds this season. He leads the BIG EAST with a 3.0 blocked shot average.

BIG EAST Player of the Week

RUSS SMITH, Louisville, G, So.

BIG EAST Rookie of the Week

ANDRE DRUMMOND, Connecticut, C, Fr.

BIG EAST Honor Roll

Cashmere Wright, Cincinnati, G, Jr. Averaged 18.5 points, 7.0 assists and 4.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week. Shot 57.7 percent from the field.

Todd Mayo, Marquette, G, Fr. In his first start, posted a game-high 22 points, five rebounds and four assists in a 93-72 win over Northern Colorado.

Herb Pope, Seton Hall, F, Sr. Posted 24 points and 17 rebounds in an 80-77 overtime victory against Mercer.

Dion Waiters, Syracuse, G, So. Coming off the bench, scored a team-high 22 points and added three assists in an 88-72 win at NC State. He shot 9-of-14 from the field.

Kevin Jones, West Virginia, F, Sr. Recorded 22 points and eight rebounds in an 84-64 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. He shot 11-of-16 from the floor.