WALLA WALLA, Wash. – For the third time in the past month, Whitman College guard Chris Faidley has been named Northwest Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week.
Faidley, a 6-foot-2 junior from Shoreline, Wash., accounted for 44 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists as Whitman split a pair of games last weekend in its annual Wildhorse Resort Classic. Faidley saved his best for last, scoring 23 second-half points as the Missionaries held off NAIA Div. I Montana Tech in the tournament's Sunday night finale.
Faidley, a team captain, continued his all-around play in both games. In addition to his 25 points against Montana Tech, he also contributed seven assists and six rebounds. In a tournament-opening game against Corban, he posted game-high numbers with 19 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
Faidley was one of two Whitman players named to the all-tournament team. The other was Graham Brewer, a 6-foot-9 sophomore post who made 18 of 28 shots in the two games while scoring 39 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Faidley tops all Northwest Conference players in scoring, averaging 28.0 points per game. He ranks sixth in assists (4.71 apg) and 10th in rebounding (6.4 rpg). In his seven games this season, he has scored 20 or more points in a half on four occasions.
Faidley earned his first Player of the Week award in late November after he had 51 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in a pair of games. He made 10 of 18 3-point shots in those two contests. His second award came in early December after he combined a career-high 42 points with seven rebounds and six assists in an 81-67 victory over NAIA Div. I University of Great Falls.
Faidley, who played his prep ball at King's High School in Seattle, earned one NWC Player of the Week award a year ago as a sophomore. That recognition came after he made 16 of 25 3-point shots and scored 52 points in a pair of road games.
Faidley capped his sophomore season by earning All-NWC Honorable Mention recognition. His 16.9-point scoring average ranked him third in the NWC scoring race. He made a total 91 3-point baskets in 25 games, which led the NWC and set a new single-season school record at Whitman.
Whitman, now 3-4 on the season, is idle for the holidays until Sunday, Dec. 30, when it hosts Canada's Thompson Rivers University (Kamploops, B.C.) in an exhibition game. Whitman begins NWC play on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 4-5, with games at Willamette and Linfield.