This week’s ASOR Player of the Week (to no one’s surprise), is Darius McGhee.
The senior superstar had a historic week that was highlighted in the Diamond Head Classic, in Hawaii. Even before Diamond Head, McGhee got rolling against the ECU Pirates in the Hall of Fame Shootout. Against the Pirates, McGhee dropped 27 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 blocks while leading Liberty to a 74-64 victory.
McGhee continued his hot shooting in Hawaii as well. In game one of the Diamond Head Classic against Northern Iowa, McGhee scored 22 points, 4 assists, and added on 2 rebounds. Game two against Stanford was McGhee’s best and an all-time great Liberty performance. Against the Cardinal, McGhee went off for 41 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. 41 points were not only a career-high for McGhee but tied Liberty’s all-time single-game scoring record (at the Division I level). In the final game against BYU, McGhee finished with 29 points and 5 assists.
In Liberty’s previous four games, McGhee has averaged 29.75 points, including scoring a total of 92 points in the Diamond Head Classic, which broke the all-time tournament scoring record. McGhee’s incredible performance earned him the Diamond Head Classic MVP award, despite the Flames going 1-2 in the tournament. On the year, the Roxboro, NC native is averaging 21.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, and 2.9 apg, while maintaining a 45.3% field goal percentage. McGhee leads the team in scoring and steals, while leading the entire nation in three-pointers made.
Darius McGhee is special. With just non-Division I opponent Boyce standing in the way between the Flames and ASUN play, McGhee’s play will be critical as Liberty enters their conference schedule. If McGhee can continue his hot play during the conference schedule, then he could very well win his second straight ASUN Player of The Year award. With McGhee playing at the level he is now, the Flames are primed to have another successful year in the ASUN.