Archive - Jan 2011 - Article
The Power 16 was shaken to its core last week as 12 teams suffered at least one loss. We witnessed several surprises in the Big East as Pitt, UCONN, Villanova and Syracuse all lost to teams outside of last week’s Power 16. Ohio State strengthened its hold on the top spot after throttling Purdue and pulling out a close win at Northwestern. Last week also produced a legendary game out of the Mountain West Conference as two top 10 teams squared off and Jimmer Fredette became a household name.
Providence Senior wing Marshon Brooks is having a breakout senior season, currently 6th in the nation and second in the Big East in scoring at 23.4 ppg. Showing tremendous versatility, his 7.5 rpg is also good for 5th in the Big East. Brooks is considered a potential first round pick for the 2011 draft.
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This year's draft is shaping up to be a very interesting one as there is no clear-cut No. 1 pick. Much like 2006, this is a weaker draft without any immediate franchise changers or great depth. Projecting the first round is much more challenging with the level of talent down from most years.
We have some movement in the top 10 of this week’s Power 16 following several big conference match ups. Texas let the nation know that they are a serious Final Four contender after two wins versus two Power 16 opponents. Pitt also showed that they are a legitimate top four team after its impressive victory against undefeated Syracuse. We should learn more this week as #1 Ohio State puts its unblemished record on the line against #11 Purdue and #8 San Diego State travels to #9 BYU. Can Ohio State separate itself from the pack?
Maryland's 6'10 260 lb power forward Jordan Williams has quickly become one of the most productive bigmen in the Nation and has jumped on the radar of many NBA scouts as a potential first round pick for the 2011 NBA draft.
NBADraft.net: What do you make of the season so far both personally & individually?
We finally have a new #1 following Duke’s loss at Florida State. Despite some recent struggles, the Ohio State Buckeyes lay claim to our top spot. Kansas moves to #2 despite recent struggles of their own. Expect to see more movement this week as four games feature two top 10 teams. Now it’s time for the rankings:
Malcolm Lee is a junior combo guard at UCLA. He was a McDonald's All American and highly acclaimed recruit and currently averages 12.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.7 assists. Despite having some ups and downs through his college career, some scouts remain extrtemely high on his NBA potential.
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By Michael Lemaire
The talent level was kicked up a notch at the Spalding Hoophall Classic on Sunday, the event's third day and second day of fielding the nation's elite boys' basketball programs. Here's a look at how some of the top prospects did Sunday in Springfield, Mass.
By Michael Lemaire
The Spalding Hoophall Classic had a lot of talent on display Saturday. Here's a roundup of the top players.
F/C Kevin Johnson, 6'10'', 240 pounds, 2011, Taft (Ca.), Uncommitted