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Archive - Dec 13, 2011

Big East Blog

Player of the Week

Kevin Jones

Kevin JonesKevin JonesJones put up 30 points and 12 rebounds in a win over Kansas State, including the game-tying three-pointer in the closing seconds to send the game into overtime.

Jones looks lighter on his feet this year, doing a much better job under the boards and elevating on his jumper. Even his three with 12 tics left showed improvement, where he used a jab step to create separation before rising and firing over his defender.

He's made huge strides as a senior, improving his scoring and rebounding numbers by an incredible margin despite playing similar minutes (13ppg and 7rpg previous 2 seasons, 20 and 11.4 this season). Still, he could really improve on his efficiency by resisting the urge to drift out to the perimeter, where the 6'8 260 pounder shoots 23% on 4.3 three-point attempts her game. If he could establish himself as a legitimate pick and pop option and an active body in the paint, Jones can provide desirable services off an NBA bench.

Heatin' Up

Herb Pope 6'8 PF, Seton Hal

Pope has emerged as a scoring machine, averaging 24 points per game over his last 3. He's become more of a threat offensively, expanding his game out to almost 20 feet from the rim. He currently leads the Big East in scoring while averaging a double double.

Cleveland Melvin 6'7 DePaul, SF

He went for 30 against Chicago State. Melvin has a tendency to explode, going for at least 25 points three times already this season.

Nasir Robinson 6'9 PF, Pitt

Nas is averaging 16 and 10 over his last 3. He'd get more recognition if he showed up on a more consistent basis. He's really solid player when he's on.

NCAA Daily Links

Tue, 12/13/2011 - 12:17pm

December 13, 2011

No Top 25 teams played yesterday, so I will fill you in on the latest news stories and highlight some under the radar players or rising stars. With 345 NCAA Division 1 schools, there are a lot of players and teams deserving some props, so lets get to some of them in today's NCAA Daily. First, we will start with the new #1 team in the nation:

Syracuse Moves To #1 In Latest AP Poll
(Associated Press/Wall Street Journal)