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USMMA Nabs Two Player of the Week Honors

The Landmark Conference has named U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men’s basketball player Reed Buck and men’s field athlete Chris Cook players of the week for their respective sports.

Buck, a sophomore forward, has been the most consistent scorer for the Mariners all season. He’s led the team in scoring in 19 of their 22 games and is one of only four Landmark players to record a 30-point game this season; a feat which he accomplished twice.   

“He’s by far the most improved player on our team,” said Head Coach Danny Nee of Buck’s performance this season. “He’s excelled tremendously in all facets of the game. Shooting, passing, rebounding… I’m astonished by the leaps he’s made.”

In a recent road sweep of back to back conference opponents, Buck averaged 19.5 points per game and added 11 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals over the course of the two games to power the Mariners to victory.

Cook, who has been a standout track and field athlete in his first season with USMMA was honored for his exceptional performance at the Ducharme Invitational at Dickinson University in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Cook produced three top-three finishes for the Mariners competing among a field of 16 teams. His long jump of 6.64 meters was good enough to not only be the top mark of the day, but also bested the top mark recorded by any Landmark Conference athlete this season. Cook also added a third place finish in the triple jump with a best mark of 12.91 meters. On the track he raced to victory in the 300-meter dash with a time of 37.63, helping USMMA place third as a team at the meet.