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Nevada’s Grant Sherfield named Mountain West Player of the Week

NCAA Basketball: Nevada at San Diego State Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Nevada Wolf Pack guard Grant Sherfield was named the Mountain West Player of the Week Tuesday, the conference announced.

He joins Desmond Cambridge as the only Pack players to earn the award this season.

In the four games last week — two home sweeps against UNLV and Boise State — Sherfield averaged 20.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 9.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He netted half of his shot attempts while shooting 42.9 percent from 3-point range and 92.9 percent from the free throw line.

Against Boise State, Sherfield posted averages of 24.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 11.0 assists and 2.5 steals — shooting 52.9 percent from the floor and 50.0 percent from deep. He totaled a career-high 29 points on 9-of-18 shooting, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, with six rebounds and eight assists in the team’s 73-62 win Sunday.

The series also featured Sherfield swishing a game-winning fadeaway jumper with 2.9 seconds remaining to earn the 74-72 victory Friday.

Sherfield has continued to etch his name into the Mountain West Player of the Year conversation throughout the season. He leads the Mountain West in win shares (4.2), assists (6.2 apg), assist-to-turnover ratio (2.6) and a tied for the conference’s lead in steals (1.6 spg), while ranking second in scoring (18.9 ppg) and player efficiency rating (25.7).

Sherfield has tallied 11 20-point games — nine coming in conference-play — with two double-doubles.

In conference-only games, the Forth Worth, Texas native leads the Mountain West in scoring (19.6 ppg), assists (6.7 apg), assist-to-turnover ratio (3.13) and free throw percentage (.911). He places fifth in steals per game (1.5 spg).

The Pack are riding a four-game win streak into this weekend, where they take on San Jose State Saturday at 1 p.m. PST in San Jose, Calif. Sherfield has undoubtedly been the best player for Nevada, who is fifth in the Mountain West standings at 9-5 (14-7 overall).