University of San Francisco point guard Frankie Ferrari guards a Sonoma State player in a game at War Memorial Gym on Nov. 12, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

USF Dons point guard Frankie Ferrari named WCC Player of the Week

Senior University of San Francisco senior point guard guard Frankie Ferrari, while battling strep throat, led the Dons to another 2-0 week, and for his efforts, has earned the West Coast Conference’s Player of the Week award, the first for San Francisco this season.

Ferrari, a first-team All-WCC selection last season, earned the award once as a junior, on Feb. 19, 2018. His plaudit this season comes as the Dons move to 16-3 overall and 4-1 in WCC play — their best conference start since 2013-14 — with their only conference loss coming to then-No. 5 Gonzaga.

After Ferrari, suffering from the worst of strep throat, scored just seven points and dished out two assists in a win over Pacific on Thursday, head coach Kyle Smith ordered him to stay home from practice on Friday. The senior co-captain did not oblige. Not only did he practice, but he took the court on Saturday and scored 21 points — tying a season-high — and dished out seven assists in an 82-63 win over BYU, snapping an 11-game losing streak to the Cougars. Eighteen of those points came in the second half.

In that game against BYU, Ferrari shot an astonishing 8-for-11 from the field, and went 4-for-6 from 3-point range.

Ferrari and the Dons will next take the court against Portland in WCC action on Thursday at War Memorial Gym at the Sobrato Center. That game tips at 7 p.m. USF has climbed in the new NET rankings, the replacement for RPI, up one spot to No. 38. They’ve been as high as No. 21 this season, and as low as 43.

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