Zane Najdawi has been named Southern Conference Player of the Week, it was announced Tuesday. The sophomore posted two double-doubles in as many games over the weekend and shot 61 percent from the floor.
Najdawi posted his first career double-double on Nov. 11 against crosstown rival College of Charleston, pouring in a career-high 28 points and 12 rebounds. Two days later the Midlothian, Virginia, native picked up right where he left off against the Cougars, going for 26 points and 10 rebounds in just 18 minutes of action against Johnson University on Nov. 13. Najdawi is the first Bulldog to post back-to-back double-doubles since Mike Groselle did so in 2011.
Najdawi has been stellar from the free-throw line so far this season, knocking down 20-of-21 from the charity stripe in the first two games. The 6-7 forward, who currently holds the school’s freshman record for most blocked shots in a season, had four swats in the two games.
This is the first weekly honor for a Bulldog basketball player since Feb. 18, 2014, when Ashton Moore earned the award. It is also the second SoCon Player of the Week award for The Citadel this week after defensive lineman Jonathan King earned football’s Defensive Player of the Week award on Monday.
Najdawi and the rest of the Bulldogs are back in action Tuesday when they host Truett McConnell. Tip is set for 7 p.m. from McAlister Field House. For tickets, visit CitadelSports.com/tickets.