MSU’s Prim Named MVC Newcomer of the Week

by Rick Kindhart

Missouri State junior Gaige Prim (F, Aurora, Colo.) has been named Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Newcomer of the Week, the league announced Monday (Nov. 25).

Prim, a transfer from South Plains (Texas) College, averaged 19.3 points per game at the prestigious Charleston Classic last week. He converted 24-of-39 (.615) shots overall and 10-of-14 (.714) free throws, all off the bench. Prim led the Bears in scoring all three games in Charleston and also snagged 15 rebounds, dished out 6 assists, blocked 5 shots and snagged 5 steals, all in just 25.3 minutes per game.

In just his second game as a Bear, Prim poured in 18 points off the bench against Miami on Nov. 21, and followed that with 19 points and 5 rebounds in the Bears win over St. Joseph’s on Nov. 22. Prim concluded the tournament against Buffalo with an impressive 21-pount outburst  on 10-of-14 shooting, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.

In just four games this season, Prim ranks second on the club with a 16.5 scoring average while converting 60 percent of his field goal attempts.

En route to All-MVC honors last year, both Keandre Cook and Tulio Da Silva each won the MVC Newcomer of the Week distinction twice during the 2018-19 campaign. Da Silva would parlay his laurels into MVC Newcomer of the Year accolades, becoming the third Bear in four seasons to reach that milestone, while Cook also earned a spot on the MVC All-Newcomer Team last year.

Northern Iowa guard Trae Berhow was named MVC Player of the Week this week.

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