University of Maine-Presque Isle freshman center Thiago Conceicao (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) has been named both the Association of Division III Independents men's basketball Player of the Week and Maine Men's Basketball Coaches and Writers Association (MMBCWA) Co-Rookie of the Week.
Conceicao was nearly perfect from the field at the 2014 Can-Am Classic, going 22-of-25 (88 percent) from the floor including a perfect 14-of-14 shooting performance against St. John's of New Brunswick, Canada for a game-high 28 points in only 29 minutes of action.
The freshman followed that performance up with a 17-point effort the very next day on 8-of-11 (72.7) shooting from the field in 19 minutes of work. The center also had an impressive showing on the glass during the week securing eight rebounds against 8-1 Eastern Nazarene College in the Owls lone loss of the week and had nine rebounds against St. John's of New Brunswick.
For the week, Conceicao averaged 17.7 points per game in only 23.3 minutes per game, shooting at a blistering 76.5 percent (26-of-34) clip while securing 7.7 boards per game and rejecting 1.7 shots per game as the Owls finished 2-1 and improved to 6-5 on the year. This Marks the second time the UMPI Center has won the MMBCWA Award on the season.