Seaview Orthopaedic Week 1 Player of the Week

Luke Braaten, Brick Memorial

After missing last season due to a back injury, Braaten was one of the Shore Conference’s major difference-makers through the first week-plus of the season.

Facing a new-look Jackson Memorial team in his team's first two games, Braaten posted a pair of double-doubles, going for 19 points and 12 rebounds on opening night and following that up with 13 points, 10 rebounds and four assists two nights later as Brick Memorial swept its two-game set with the Jaguars.

After making the most of his first week back on the court, Braaten hit another roadblock in his high-school career when he suffered an ankle injury against Lakewood Wednesday that will likely end his season, according to Shore Sports Network's Kevin Williams. Brick Memorial will now lean on its mix of seniors and sophomores to try and build on its 3-0 start as the Mustangs prepare for two important games vs. Howell next week.

Braaten edged out Southern's Luke Infurna for the first Player of the Week award of 2021, beating the Rams senior guard by just one percent (33-32) and a total of 15 votes. All Player of the Week winners receive a gift card to Jersey Mike's.

Brick Memorial junior Luke Braaten. (Photo by Matt Manley)