Uadiale's 23 points, 7 boards earn USA South Rookie of the Week honors

Uadiale's 23 points, 7 boards earn USA South Rookie of the Week honors

Maryville College's Felix Uadiale was tabbed the USA South Rookie of the Week following his career-high performance on Saturday.

Uadiale – a McDonough, Ga. native – posted a career high 23 points to spur a second-half rally by the Scots in a 91-90 loss at Emory & Henry College.

"It was great," Head Coach Raul Placeres said. "The great thing about it is that it's not surprising to me. I know how capable he is and how he's going to be in his career here. It's something that we needed. We're just really happy to see it out on Saturday."

Uadiale scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half, as he helped the Scots overcome a 17-point deficit at with 16:13 left in the game.

MC outscored the Wasps, 58-48 in the second half, as a late free throw was the difference. Brice Martin drained a trey with one second left for the final margin.

Uadiale led a group of five double-figure scorers, as he went 10-of-15 from the floor. The 6-foot-6 post added seven rebounds – four of those offensive boards – as he tallied a pair of steals.

He helped MC to 18 second-chance points and 23 points off 17 Wasp turnovers.

"Funny thing about is, I need more from him," Placeres laughed. "He's off to a good start. Like I said, it can only get better for him as he continues to work. He's one of the hardest working players that we have. With more experience, he's going to continue to get better."

This Eagle's Landing Christian Academy product ranks tied for the lead on MC's squad with 13.0 points per game alongside senior Joshua Brooks. Uadiale's shot 53.3 percent from the floor, while averaging seven rebounds and nearly an assist per contest.

He's scored double figures in two of the Scots' three games this year, while having seven rebounds in each of his three games. He also have five blocks in his short Maryville career.

The Scots will look to Uadiale as they host the Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 1.

"It's a tough weekend for us," Placeres said. "We've got a tough Oglethorpe team coming in here, and then we have a top-5 team in the country on Sunday in Emory. We're just trying to get better each and every game in this young season. We need contributions from everybody – not just Felix."

On Saturday, Pfeiffer University will take on Emory University at 2:00 p.m., before the Scots will face Oglethorpe University at 4:00 p.m. Sunday's contests will see Johnson University take on Oglethorpe University, as MC will host the sixth-ranked Eagles. Game times for Sunday will also be 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.