BOONE, N.C. — After leading App State men’s basketball to a pair of Sun Belt road victories, junior guard Justin Forrest has been recognized for his performance on the court this weekend with three Player of the Week awards.
Forrest was named the Lou Henson Award National Player of the Week. The Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the top Mid-Major player in Division I college basketball and is named in honor of Lou Henson, who retired after a spectacular coaching career that lasted 41 years. When he left the game in 2005, he was sixth all-time in career Division I wins with 779. He is the winningest coach at both Illinois and New Mexico State. He is one of only 12 coaches in the history of the game to take two schools to the final four.
Forrest was named Sun Belt Player of the Week by the conference. It marks the second time the junior guard has earned the honor from the Sun Belt, also winning the award during the 2017-18 season.
He also was tabbed as the Sun Belt Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.
Forrest put together a pair of strong performances, helping the Mountaineers defeat South Alabama 81-71 on Thursday and Troy 70-65 on Saturday. In those two games, he averaged 28.5 points on 54.3 percent (19-of-35) shooting, 4.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.0 steals.
In Thursday’s win against South Alabama, Forrest poured in a season-high 32 points on 10-of-17 (58.8 percent) shooting, while adding four rebounds, a career-high tying six assists and a career-high tying four steals.
He followed that up with 25 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in App State’s come-from-behind victory at Troy on Saturday. The Mountaineers outscored the Trojans 21-4 down the stretch in their five-point victory.
On the season, Forrest leads the team and sits third in the Sun Belt in scoring, averaging 17.8 points. He has reached double figures in scoring in 10 of 12 contests, including 20 or more five times.
App State stands at 8-4 on the season and 2-0 in conference play. The Mountaineers are off to their best start through their first 12 games since the 2006-07 season, when the Black and Gold started 9-3.
The Mountaineers return to action on Sunday at NC State at 4 p.m. on ACC Network in their non-conference finale. App State then returns to the High Country for three consecutive Sun Belt home games, beginning on Jan. 2 against Georgia State. Season tickets and single game tickets for the 2019-20 season are on sale and can be purchased by calling the App State ticket office at 828-262-2079.