FRISCO - Sam Houston State senior forward Kai Mitchell has been named the Southland Conference men’s basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.

Mitchell had a monster week for the Bearkats (5-4) by averaging 16.5 points and 14 rebounds in two nonconference games against Division I opponents. This is the second weekly award Mitchell has earned in his two-year career at Sam Houston State.

The Haverstraw, N.Y., native began the week with a double-double by scoring 18 points and pulling down a career-high 19 rebounds in a double-overtime loss at UTRGV on Dec. 3.

He just missed another double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds in the Bearkats’ clutch win over Louisiana Tech at Johnson Coliseum Sunday despite fouling out.

Mitchell hit back-to-back layups in the second half that helped SHSU overcome an 11-point deficit midway through the period against the Bulldogs, and the Bearkats never relinquished the lead to improve to 4-0 at home this season.