January 15, 2008 5:38 pm ET by Kyle Whelliston
Our most recent MMBOW has the distinction of being the only Division I player named after a state of the union -- the 11 Washingtons don't count -- and one of a very select few players in history with a nickname derived from a U.S. Postal Service abbreviation. Arizona "AZ" Reid is our tenth Mid-Majority Baller of the Week.
The 6-5 senior forward's week began with a non-D1 tuneup for the Big South season, in which he helped the Panthers destroy hapless Florida Christian 124-43 by scoring 29 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. But the real reason for his selection this week is his 19-point, 14-rebound performance on Saturday in a remarkable 62-61 victory over Winthrop.. He hit two 3-pointers midway through the second half to help stave off an Eagles rally, and, as mentioned in yesterday's Boubacar, ripped his jersey off while the crowd stormed the floor. After he put his clothes back on, the ever-humble Reid said, "I didn't play well, but I played hard."
Reid's huge year so far is no surprise -- he was selected Big South Preseason Player of the Year after completing a junior season in which he was the postseason selection for Big South Player Of The Year. He's the sixth-leading scorer in the nation at 23.9 ppg, has not dipped into single digits all year, and leads his conference in rebounds at 10.8 per game. No surprise, then, that he has 10 double-doubles so far, and has narrowly missed that mark twice more with nine-rebound performances. He didn't miss this particular double-digit distinction, though -- congratulations to "AZ" for being our tenth weekly honoree here at The Mid-Majority.
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