Archive - Feb 2011
Villanova Senior point Corey Fisher guard embodies the toughness of the area of NYC he comes from, the Bronx. On Saturday, Fisher went off for 34 points, knocking down a game tying 3 pointer in the closing seconds and willing the Wildcats to victory in overtime. We caught up with Fisher to discuss his start his season, his game and his future. We previously interviewed Fisher in August after his incredible 105 point Summer League game.
Player of the Week
Kemba Walker AKA The One Man Band was up to his old tricks this week, dropping 31 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds on Georgetown, ending the Hoyas 8 game win streak. He was unstoppable getting to the basket, making it easier for Walker to create separation on jumpers off the dribble. Earlier in the week, Walker put up 22 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds against Providence on 7-10 shooting, including 3-4 from downtown and only 1 turnover. As his assist numbers continue to rise, so will his stock as an NBA point guard.
*** Check out Walker deciding the backboard was a better option than a teammate - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBiR9UwAPSk
Marshon Brooks, G, Providence - This dude just can't be contained. His arms are so long I've seen him finger roll from the free throw line (Brent Barry style though, foot halfway across). He's averaging 30 points and 7.7 rebounds per game over his last four.
Dwight Hardy,G, St. Johns - Hardy is averaging 25 points per game over his last six, including 17 for his last 33 from downtown. St. Johns goes as far as Hardy can take em'.
Brandon Triche, G, Syracuse - Triche's confidence is sky high, and as a result he's playing the best basketball of his career. He's scored 20 and 21 in the last two games respectively, looking comfortable shooting the ball and finishing after contact.
Jonathan Mitchell, F, Rutgers - Mitchell is in the zone, scoring over 21 points in four consecutive games. Nailing 16 of his last 27 three point attempts (59%), Mitchell has found a groove for a team that lacks any real appeal.
With the regular season winding down, it's time to update the top 100 Big Board.
Pac-10 “Player of the Week”
After ending up on the NBADraft.net’s Pac-10 “Cold List” last week Thomas and the Huskies responded with home wins against the Cal Bears and Stanford Cardinal. Washington remained undefeated at home and Thomas once again proved that he enjoys playing against Cal. He scored 23 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished out 9 assists against the Bears this week. In Washington’s two games against California this season Thomas is averaging 25 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists per game while shooting 55.6 percent from the floor, 52.9 percent from the three point line and a perfect 11 for 11 from the foul line. Thomas added 22 points, 2 rebounds and an assist this week against the Stanford Cardinal.
In Washington’s wins
Thomas - (50.2% FG) (42.7% 3PT) 18.5 PPG / 4.2 RPG / 6.1 APG / 2.4 TOs / 1.5 SPG
In Washington’s losses
Thomas - (32.1% FG) (23.5% 3PT) 13.4 PPG / 2.6 RPG / 4.7 APG / 4.4 TOs / 0.9 SPG
What’s “Hot” in the Pac-10?
Green is struggling with consistency this season and was particularly unimpressive through the first half of Pac-10 Conference play. Green who was touted as Stanford’s best offensive player entering the season was averaging just 11.6 points per game through the first half of the conference schedule. In those games Green shot 31.7 percent from the floor and 32.1 percent from behind the three point arc. He shot the ball well from distance (43.8 percent) during the non-conference schedule, but only eclipsed the 40 percent mark once through the first nine games of the conference slate. However, the second time through the conference schedule is proving to be more to Green’s liking. In the four games since the half way point, Green is averaging 23 points per game and recorded his first double-double of the season. He is also shooting the ball well from the floor (52.7 percent), from three (55.6 percent) and from the foul line (86.4 percent).