Maura named Men's Basketball Player of the Week

Maura named Men's Basketball Player of the Week

OCALA-- It didn't take long for Kevin (K.J.) Maura to make on an impact on the state.

The College of Central Florida point guard earned FCSAA State Player of the Week for his efforts in leading his team to a 2-0 record to start the season.

A transfer from Abilene Christian University, Maura finished with 13 assists in his debut with the Patriots, an opening night rout of ASA College.

From there, Maura had 11 assists in a win over St. Petersburg College, which marked the 11th win in 12 games for the Patriots over the Titans.

CF also gained a measure of revenge for its loss to the Titans last season in the opening round of the state tournament.

Maura averaged 8.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 10.5 assists. He also showed he could score the basketball when needed.

Against SPC, Maura buried a pair of three-pointers to help the Patriots race out to an 11-0 lead.

For the week, Maura made 5-of-8 shots, aided by a 4-of-6 effort from 3-point range.

The double digit assist efforts for the CF point guard made an impact in terms of recent team bests.

Maura became the first CF player to register double figures in assists in a game since Rasham Suarez dished out 10 in an 84-68 win over Hillsborough Community College on December 4, 2013.

The 13 assists for Maura in the ASA game were the most by a CF player since Suarez had 15 assists in the regular season opener of the 2013-14 season.

The game that Suarez finished with the 15 assists was the same game which saw Javonte Douglas have the dunk heard around the world, which was spotlighted on ESPN.