The Associated Press national player of the week in men’s basketball for Week 9 of the season:


The senior guard from Memphis averaged 38.0 points in two games last week. Johnson had 36 points, six assists, four steals and four rebounds in an 88-85 win over A&M-Commerce last Monday. He followed that up with 40 points, seven rebounds and three assists in an 83-80 win over A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday. Johnson made 10 of 15 shots, 6 of 7 from 3 and was 14 of 16 on free throws for the sixth-highest scoring game in program history. He is third nationally in scoring with 22.9 points per game.


Dalton Knecht, Tennessee. The fifth-year guard had the second-highest scoring game of his career with 36 points in the sixth-ranked Vols' 85-79 comeback victory over Georgia on Saturday. He also had four rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal. Knecht had 28 points and six rebounds in a 77-72 loss to Ole Miss on Wednesday.


Zach Edey, Purdue; Isaac Jones, Washington State; Xander Rice, Monmouth.


DaRon Holmes II, Dayton. The junior forward had 33 points and 13 rebounds in a 72-62 win at Duquesne after posing 18 points and six rebounds in a 64-60 win over UMass. Dayton has won 10 straight and moved into the AP Top 25 at No. 21 this week.

AP voters: Aaron Beard, Cliff Brunt, Gary B. Graves, Mike Marot, John Marshall, Dave Skretta, Eric Olson, Teresa M. Walker.

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