Rock Valley's Burnell shoot his way to NJCAA Player of the Week honors

(Images courtesy of NJCAA & Rock Valley College Athletics)
(Images courtesy of NJCAA & Rock Valley College Athletics)

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has named Rock Valley College's Charles Burnell the Men's Basketball Division III Player of the Week for November 11-17 (Week 2). The award is the first such honor for Burnell, and the first this season for the Golden Eagles.

Burnell, a 5'10" guard from Rockford, Illinois, averaged 28.5 points and 2.5 rebounds, while shooting an impressive 71.4% from beyond the three-point arc as the Golden Eagles went 1-1 during the week. In a narrow 90-88 loss at McHenry County College, Burnell scored a career-high 42 points on 14 of 21 shooting that included a 2 for 2 effort from long range. He also added a 12 for 17 tally at the free throw line, while securing four rebounds, one steal, and one block. Burnell followed that up with a 15-point performance in an 88-77 home win over Lorain County Community College (OH) that featured a 3 for 5 showing outside the arc.

For the season, Burnell is averaging 21.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and shooting 55.2% from distance. He and the Golden Eagles are 3-4 to start the season.