Prairie Farms Student-Athlete of the Week

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE Athletics has joined with Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc., to take time each week to honor a Cougar student-athlete who excels both in competition and in the classroom.

This week's honoree is men's basketball student-athlete Michael Messer.  A sophomore guard from Wildwood, Mo., Messer is a business administration major at SIUE and currently holds a 3.39 grade point average.  He was named to the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll for the 2011-12 school year.

Messer started 23 of the Cougars' 27 games during the 2012-13 season.  He finished the year ranked fourth on the team in points per game (8.9) and rebounds per game (4.4).

The sophomore scored a season-high 18 points against Eureka on December 17.  He also dropped 15 points in games against Robert Morris-Springfield on December 19 and against Central Arkansas on February 23.