Cambridge, Mass.- Gerardo Suero has been voted as this week's America East Conference Player of the Week, which was voted on by the conference office. In UAlbany's 1-1 record last week, Suero totaled 50 points, 17 rebounds, and 10 assists while going 13-of-16 from the free throw line to total 106 free-throws made which is second in the nation. Of the 13 free throws that he hit last week, his last free-throw came on a three-point play at the end of the Mount St. Mary's game that gave UAlbany its eighth non-conference win of the season.
Suero, a Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native, is finding it easier and easier to score on a game-to-game basis as he averaged 25.0 points in two games last week. In the game against Maryland in the Comcast Center, he arguably had his best performance by scoring 22 points on 9-of-23 shooting, grabbing seven rebounds, five of which were offensive, and dished out eight assists. Then against Mount St. Mary's in Knott Arena, he one-upped his last performance by recording his first career double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds, while going a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line, and converting a three-point play with 38 seconds to go to give UAlbany the lead,65-64, and the eventual eighth non-conference win.
The 6-foot-4 junior guard is flourishing at the Divison I level as he has climbed as high as fourth in the nation in scoring with 22.0 points per game. Suero has been able to put up 20-plus points on 10 different occasions and has hit 20-plus in the last six games. How he has achieved his scoring at a consistent mark is not only his ability to slash to the basket but by finishing his play. Suero has hit 106-of-128 free throws on the season, which puts both numbers in the top two of the nation with free throws made second and free throws attempted first.