Archive - Feb 2011
French NBA prospect Evan Fournier (6'6, 18 years old, shooting guard) scored 21 points during the French League game between SLUC Nancy (Top team in the league) and Poitiers. Poitiers won the game 69-61.
Fournier became the youngest player to score more than 20 points in French League history. He did it at a younger age than NBA Players Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs), Roddy Beaubois (Dallas Mavericks), Mickael Pietrus (Phoenix Suns), Nicolas Batum (Portland Trailblazers), and Boris Diaw (Charlotte Bobcats).
Player of the Week
Chandler Parsons, Florida
Parsons' play prior to the New Year was marked by inconsistency and passivity. Frustrating Gator fans and basketball purists alike, he attempted double-digit field goal attempts only twice and hit double figures in rebounds just once. He's flipped the switch on the aggression meter in recent weeks, playing like a man possessed and leading his team to the apex of the loaded SEC East at 7-2. Parsons has recorded four consecutive 10+ rebound games (15, 12, 11, 10) and eyed the rim 46 times during that stretch. In Florida's two nail biting victories over conference stalwarts Vanderbilt and Kentucky this week, he clicked in at 17.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists, shooting 52% from the floor (12 makes) and 50% from downtown (3 makes). At 6'10 220, Parsons is eating up the glass like a man born to bang on the interior (which he's not). He's moved up quite a few spots on the big board from the tail end of the draft to #45.
Reginald Buckner, Mississippi
While most associate highlight reel plays with offensive ingenuity, Mr. Buckner is doing his best to alter that perception. His jaw-dropping rejections are starting to make the social media rounds, and they are bountiful. He's currently 6th in the NCAA in shot blocks, swatting away 3.3 attempts per contest in just 23 minutes of action. Mississippi engineered a 360-degree bounce back performance this week, and Buckner's dynamite play was the preeminent reason for the Rebels resuscitation. In an essential home victory over Kentucky he posted 12 points (6-9), 5 rebounds, 5 blocks and 3 steals. He was far from done, however, putting up 11 points (5-5), 12 rebounds and 8 blocks in a win at Arkansas. The 6'8 sophomore is still an extremely raw product, but his length and athletic prowess make him a force to be reckoned with. He's blocked 5 or more shots eight times this season in 22 games.
Honorable Mention: Jeremy Price, Georgia- 16.5 points, 13 FT makes, 10.5 rebounds, 2 blocks.
Pac-10 “Co-Players of the Week”
Joevan Catron led the Oregon Ducks to an impressive home sweep of the Washington schools. Catron also led the Ducks in scoring and rebounding in each contest and finished the week averaging, 18.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game. He also shot 15 of 26 (57.7%) from the floor and 2 of 5 (40.0%) from the three point line. Catron appears to be healthy again after missing two and a half games with injury. Catron has recorded two double-doubles this season and he’s scored 20 or more points in seven games. His play as a senior has him at the top of the list for Pac-10 “Most Improved Player” honors.
Lamont Jones stepped up and hit big shot after big shot for the Wildcats in their three overtime thriller against Cal. When the dust settled Saturday night Arizona walked away with a 107-105 victory over the Bears thanks in large part to a career night by Jones. Jones tied the game with 16 seconds left in regulation with a three and did the same thing with five seconds on the clock in the second overtime. He finally put the game away with a go-ahead bucket in the third overtime with 1:03 left to play. Jones finished the week averaging, 21 points, one assist and a steal and a half per game, while shooting 13 of 25 from the floor and 14 of 16 from the free throw line.
What’s “Hot” in the Pac-10?
The Cal Bears are trending upward. Winners of four of their last five, the Bears have found their offensive rhythm and appear more confident as a team with each passing day. The Bears began the season as a young inexperienced team and suffered through inconsistent play primarily on the offensive end of the court. However, through Cal’s last five games the Bears are averaging 82.2 points per contest and are receiving consistent double digit scoring performance from Harper Kamp (18.6), Jorge Gutierrez (16.0), Allen Crabbe (15.8) and Markhuri Sanders-Frison (13.2). Cal will be tested again this week with a daunting road-trip to the Pacific Northwest to face Washington and Washington State.