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Big East Weekly Awards: James Bell named to honor roll, Big 5 Player of the Week

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Villanova senior guard, James Bell, has been named to the Big East Conference's weekly honor roll, the conference announced Monday morning.

Bell averaged 17.5 points and four rebounds in two contests resulting in wins for the No. 9 Wildcats. Bell tallied 19 points in Saturday's Big 5 clash with Temple University. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound, Orlando, Florida native has been the central cog to Villanova's balanced attack in recent weeks following a slew of games where Bell fouled out.

The off-guard leads the squad in scoring with 15.3 points per game and is second on the team in rebounding behind Daniel Ochefu with 5.7 boards per contest. Bell, an active perimeter defender, ties the team lead for steals per game as well with 1.3 per game.

The Big 5 Conference announced on Monday that Bell and Saint Joseph's Halil Kanacevic were named Co-Players of the Week. Bell helped Villanova finish a perfect 4-0 in Big 5 Conference play and Kanacevic had 18 points during the Hawks upset of No. 21 UMass.

Bell, who shoots 37.7 percent from deep, was named the Big 5 Conference's player of the week last week and has been named to the honor roll three times in 2014.

McDermott, Curington named players of the week

Creighton Senior, Doug McDermott, was named the Big East Player of the Week for his most dominant scoring performance in Big East play all season, the conference also announced on Monday.

McDermott scored 39 points, the highest scoring total of any player in the Big East all season, and sank the game winning three-poiner with 2.5 seconds remaining to beat St. John's 63-60 on Tuesday night. McDermott leads the Big East in scoring this season.

DePaul's R.J. Curington was named the Big East Rookie of the Week for his team-high 22 points and five rebound performance in a 77-72 loss to Providence. Curington averages 4.7 and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Blue Demons.

Georgetown's Markel Starks, Providence's Bryce Cotton, St. John's D'Angelo Harrison and Seton Hall's Fuquan Edwin were also named to the Big East's Weekly Honor Roll for their respective performances.