Jan. 6, 2003

NORMAN, Okla. - University of Oklahoma senior guard Ebi Ere was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, the league office announced today. Ere averaged 20.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 3.0 steals in wins over UNC Asheville and No. 14 Michigan State last week.

Against UNC Asheville, Ere scored a game-high 19 points and added six rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals. This past Saturday against Michigan State in the All-College Classic, the Tulsa, Okla., native registered a game-high 21 points, five rebounds, an assist and a career-high-tying four steals. He was named the All-College Classic's MVP. Ere shot .593 from the field (16-for-27) on the week, .500 from three-point range (4-for-8) and 1.000 from the free throw line (4-for-4).

Ere, last year's Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, leads the team and ranks third in the league with his 18.8 points per game and also averages 5.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 steals. He is shooting .504 from the field (last year he shot .427). Ere has led the Sooners in scoring in seven of their 10 games.

A three-time Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week honoree last season, this is the first Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week honor for Ere.