CSU’s Potter, Cougars’ Harris earn weekly newcomer honors

CSU's Armel Potter is Big South men's basketball freshman of the week. Photo provided.

Charleston Southern guard Armel Potter was named the Big South men’s basketball freshman of the week. Potter tallied 18 points in back-to-back games to help CSU start Big South play at 1-1. Potter has scored 18 points in four consecutive games.

Potter scored 12 of his 18 in the second half of the Buccaneers’ 68-61 win at Liberty on Saturday. He hit a pair of jumpers during CSU’s decisive 10-1 run to start the second half. Potter also added four assists and a steal.

Potter nearly led CSU past Winthrop in Wednesday night’s conference opener. He had a pair of three-point plays in the final minute to rally the Bucs from a four-point deficit. The second gave CSU a one-point lead with just 5.8 seconds remaining. Potter chipped in four assists without committing a single turnover.

Potter leads all Big South freshmen in assists and assist-to-turnover ratio, and ranks second in scoring.

College of Charleston freshman Nick Harris, a 6-10 forward, averaged 9.5 points and 5.5 rebounds to help the College of Charleston to a 2-0 record and was named the Colonial Athletic Association rookie of the week. Harris made his first start in the Cougars’ 82-74 win at The Citadel and scored a career-high 13 points, hitting all five of his field goal attempts. In a 70-58 victory over LSU, Harris came off the bench and scored six points and grabbed eight rebounds.