Varnado named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week

Published 8:51 pm Monday, January 21, 2019

Troy men’s basketball senior Jordon Varnado has been named the Sun Belt Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week as announced by the league office on Monday evening.

The Brownsville, Tenn., native’s honor marks the first time a Troy player won the weekly award since Alex Hicks took home the accolade on Jan. 15, 2018 of last season. This also marks the third time in Varnado’s career that he has earned this award.

Varnado led the Trojans (10-8, 3-3 SBC) to a 1-1 record this past week after averaging 32.0 points on 64.9 percent (24-of-37) shooting from the field, 9.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 blocks per game.

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On Thursday against Georgia Southern, Varnado recorded his fifth double double of the season with a career-high tying 32 points and 10 rebounds. Additionally, Varnado tallied two assists a block and a steal.

In the win over Georgia State, the senior tallied 32 points with on a career-high tying 12 field goals made along with nine rebounds, three assists and a trio of blocks. Varnado’s 32nd point came with 1.7 seconds remaining as he nailed a deep three-pointer from the top of the key to give Troy the 77-75 win.

In addition to this honor, Varnado was placed on the 2018-19 Lou Henson Award Mid-Season Watch List earlier this season. Prior to the 2018-19 season beginning, Varnado was named to the Preseason All Sun Belt First team as well as listed on the Preseason Julius Erving Award Watch List.