NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Philadelphia University men's basketball forwards TJ Huggins (Alexandria, Va./TC Williams) and Eric Long (Bronx, N.Y./Marianapolis Prep) were recognized by the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) on Monday for tremendous performances last week. Huggins was named as the CACC player of the week and Long earned the CACC co-defensive player of the week award.
Huggins—who picked up his second player of the week honor of the season—averaged a double-double consisting of 18.5 points, on 58.3 percent shooting, and 11.5 rebounds in two Philadelphia wins.
The highlight of Huggins' week was a career-high 29-point, 11-rebound performance in a 79-75 victory over Bloomfield on Jan. 30. In the victory, Huggins shot 11-of-17 from the floor and a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line. He opened the week with eight points, 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and two blocked shots during Philadelphia's 71-58 triumph over Wilmington (Del.) on Jan. 26.
Huggins is ranked first in the CACC in minutes per game (39.7), second in rebounding (9.1 per game), and sixth in assists (75). He is adding 12.2 points per game.
Long—who shares this week's award with Nyack's Frank Martin—is now a two-time CACC defensive player of the week. He blocked a career-high five shots and grabbed five defensive rebounds in the win against Wilmington. In Saturday's win, Long posted eight defensive rebounds, three blocked shots, and a steal.
In the CACC, Long sits fifth in blocked shots (39) and sixth in rebounding (8.4). Long is also contributing 7.0 points per game.
Philadelphia (18-4, 11-2 CACC) heads to Dominican (N.Y.) for a CACC showdown on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m.