Archive - Feb 13, 2011
Player of the Week
Jordan Hamilton, Texas
Hamilton's formula for success is rather simple: He plays the games and hits the shots and grabs the rebounds. When he arrived on campus last season, the sophomore came with baggage that included not having played his final season of high school. He took some time to adjust and most deferred, never really looking comfortable or well adjusted last season. Now, he's the frontrunner for Big 12 Conference player of the year.
Hamilton wins player of the week by default, to a degree. He's the best player on the best team, and it's tough to pick between Kansas' Morris twins or to give the award to LaceDarius Dunn, who scored 50 points in two games this week but went 11-of-26 from the field in a loss to Texas.
No one is playing better than Texas right now, largely because of unbelievable team and individual defensive efforts. But it's Hamilton carrying the load on offense, and without him, his shooting and his rebounding, this team would be far from a national championship contender.
Team of the Week
The 24-1 Jayhawks seem poised to rise to No. 1 this week in the polls, and while Texas has a legitimate gripe after beating Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., on Jan. 22, it's tough to argue with what the Jayhawks have done in February.
This month, their closest game has been a 17-point win against an excellent Missouri team, and they've gained "revenge" with blowouts against Iowa State and Nebraska, two teams that played Kansas closer than expected earlier this season.
The last three wins have been without Josh Selby, who has thrown the Jayhawks out of rhythm at times even prior to his injury. Marcus Morris has 38 points and 19 rebounds this week, while his brother, Markieff Morris, has posted 30 and 18, along with 10 assists.