UTEP sophomore forward Paul Thomas was named the Conference USA Player of the Week on Monday.
Thomas put together back-to-back double-doubles in leading UTEP to a pair of road victories last week. He averaged 20.0 points and 12.5 rebounds, shooting 68 percent (17-for-25) from the field and 85.7 percent (6-for-7) from the line. He also collected five assists, a block and four steals over 69 minutes (34.5 mpg) of action.
First, Thomas established career-highs for points (23) and rebounds (14), making 10-of-16 shots in a 77-71 victory at North Texas Feb. 16. He added four assists and two steals while playing 40 minutes in the overtime game. Thomas led UTEP in scoring for the first time in his career, and became the second Miner to lead the team in points, rebounds and assists in a game this season.
Two days later, he scored 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting, and pulled down 11 rebounds with two steals over 29 minutes in a 79-71 triumph at Rice. Thomas scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half against the Owls. This is the first C-USA Player of the Week honor for Thomas.
He is the third Miner to be honored as Player of the Week this season, joining Dominic Artis (Nov. 21) and Matt Willms (Jan. 30).
UTEP will play at Florida Atlantic Thursday and at FIU on Saturday.