Archive - Dec 20, 2011
Player of the Week:
Dion Waiters 6'4 G, Syracuse
Waiters has taken his game to the next level, scoring 19 in a blowout over GW and 22 in a potential trap game at NC State. When he gets going he's really fun to watch, bobbing and weaving between defenders and exploding through the tiniest of openings. He took over the game against NC State, converting at the rim and out to 26 feet away.
Waiters is your classic combo-guard, who can beat his defender off the dribble or spot up off the ball on the perimeter. He's a good ball-handler and a willing passer, and should be capable of handling point guard responsibilities throughout stretches of a game. He's creeping up our draft board, and should begin to generate some more buzz as the most prolific scoring guard on the top team in the country.
Herb Pope 6'8 PF, Seton Hall
He's scored at least 23 points in 4 consecutive games, including a 17 rebound game in a win over Mercer and a 14 rebound game in a win against Wake Forest. Pope is this year's Marshon Brooks, having a monster breakout season in his senior year. He's averaging 22 and 11 through 10 games.
The 3-ball is starting to fall. He's made 8 from behind the arch in his past two games, in which he scored 20 and 16 back to back. With Yancy Gates out, Kilpatrick has seen his role increase within the offense.
Bryce Cotton, 6'1 G, Providence
Cotton dropped 34 on Saturday, shooting 11-16 from the floor and 10-10 from the line. He's come out of nowhere to become one of the Friar's most dynamic offensive players.
Moe Harkless 6'8 F, St. Johns
Three consecutive double-doubles for the rook. Easily St. John's most promising freshman prospect.
After what many deemed as a disappointing start to his freshman season, Connecticut's latest 77-40 victory showed why people have high expectations for Andre Drummond. Granted, the victory came against the now 4-7 Holy Cross Crusaders, but Drummond finally seems to be coming into his own and had his best game as a collegian. This was the second game Drummond has played without a protective mask he had to wear due to obtaining a broken nose, with his being a much more effective offense force in both Connecticut wins.
With Baylor ahead of home team BYU by 3 points, PF Brandon Davies 6'9 lined up for a potential game tying long range shot. Unfortunately for Davies, 5'10 Pierre Jackson swooped in to block the attempt as Baylor left Utah with an 86-83 win to move to 9-0 on the season. Perry Jones III was the star of the contest with a career high 28 points, showing a lot more aggression this season as Baylor's go-to offensive player. Brady Heslip also chipped in 18 points on 6-10 3PT while Jackson added 13 points, 7 assists and the monumentally clutch rejection.
Not to be outdone by Andre Drummond's coming out game, Anthony Davis continued to impress during his freshman season at Kentucky. Davis scored 14 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and swatted 5 shots in an 87-62 win over Chattanooga. Doron Lamb and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 24 and 17 respectively, but Davis has been the Wildcat that people are dying to talk about.
The Crossroads Classic first contest was an incredible success as the inaugural showdown at Conseco Fieldhouse featured a down to the wire classic between Purdue and Butler. With the Boilermakers up 64-56 with 6:40 remaining in the game, they looked like they were thoroughly in control of the offensively challenged Bulldogs. However, with great defense and some smart play calling, Butler eventually took the lead 65-64.
Indiana freshman Cody Zeller may not be the NBA prospect that some of his fellow first year big men are, but it is hard to say that any freshman has been more impactful on his team. Zeller had 21 points, 8 boards and a couple blocks to keep the Hoosiers a perfect 10-0 in their 69-58 victory over Notre Dame in the second match-up of the Crossroads Classic. While Notre Dame kept the game close, it seemed they had no answer for the freshman big man, who leads the team in scoring, rebounding, blocks, steals and field goal percentage.
In yet another major weekend performance by a freshman, Todd "OJ's Brother" Mayo scored a team high 22 points as the Marquette Golden Eagles crushed Northern Colorado, 93-72. The Golden Eagles were without leading scorer Darius Johnson-Odom, who was suspended one game for breaking team rules. Mayo has been a major spark plug off of the bench for Marquette and seems to be making a name for himself, beyond his famous older sibling. Golden Eagles senior PF Jae Crowder was his usual solid self with 19 and 11 in the win.
The Kansas State Wildcats continued their solid early season play with a 71-58 victory over the ranked Crimson Tide of Alabama. NBADraft.net forum legend JNixon-Iggy9 is a notorious fan of Frank Martin's team and had to be loving this victory in getting the Wildcats some credibility after losing some key players from last season. 7 foot junior Jordan Henriquez had a career performance with 17 points and 9 rebounds, while senior Jamar Samuels triggered a late run that helped K-State survive a tough shooting start.
After a disappointing early season loss to Akron, Mississippi State held on for their 10th win in a row over Detroit, 80-75. The Bulldogs imposing front court combination of junior Arnett Moultrie and Renardo Sidney did damage, with 17/13 for the former and 16/7 for the latter. Bulldogs Freshman Rodney Hood made a key jumper near games end to put things out of reach. Mississippi State has some solid guards and athletes, but if they expect to compete with the nations best, their size with Moultrie and Sidney will be their greatest attribute.
The Washington Huskies continued their string of erratic play in a 93-72 home loss to the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. The Huskies were burned by Jackrabbits guard Nate Wolters, who had 34 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the 10-4 teams "upset" over the now 5-5 UW. Wolters played the entire game and did not commit a single turnover, garnering high praise from the opposing coach.