Austin Claunch Named UAA Basketball Co-Player Of The Week
Emory University junior Austin Claunch
(Cypress, TX) has been selected by the University Athletic
Association as Basketball Co-Player of the Week after helping the
Eagles to a win over No. 14-ranked Rochester. He shares the award
with D.J. Glavan of New York University. It marks the third
time this season and fourth in his career that he has been selected
for the honor.
In what proved to be the team’s final game of the campaign after not being selected for an at-large berth to the NCAA D-III Tournament, the 5-foot-9 Claunch keyed the 83-72 win over the Yellowjackets that boosted the team’s record to 20-5, the first 20-win campaign for the Eagles since 1989-90. Claunch totaled a team-high 24 points, dished out nine assists, grabbed nine rebounds and contributed four steals in the contest that helped Emory finish the UAA portion of the schedule with an 11-3 mark, the second-highest league win total in school history. Claunch sank nine-of-13 from the floor, including both three-point field goal attempts, and went four-of-four from the charity stripe as he recorded his 22nd double-figure scoring game of the campaign and sixth of 20 or more points.
His steals total marked his 13th outing of two or more thefts and his nine assists upped his total to 186, tops on the school’s yearly ladder. He established a school seasonal record in assists per game (7.4 apg).
Claunch finished the regular season ranked among the top 10 performers in the UAA in six statistical categories and was first in assists (7.4 apg), free throw percentage (.875), steals (1.9 spg) and minutes (36.3 mpg).