By Tyler Ingle
Player of the Week
Irving has not had any trouble adjusting to the college level. He's maintained the same leadership and defensive intensity qualities that made him the top point guard in his high school class. The freshman is already leading the ACC in assists (5.6) and he's been efficient about it (2.3 A/TO ratio). He's also been a hound on defense, showing great intensity and a commitment to shutting his man down. Irving is making open shots (52.2% from the field, 44% behind the arc) and hitting his free throws (88.1%). This week, he torched the 6th ranked Michigan State Spartans with 31 points on 8-12 shooting. This performance against one of the very best teams in the nation shows that Irving (while consistent) is not timid or afraid of stepping up for his team. He's been a great addition for the defending national champions, and will certainly be in the discussion for ACC Freshman of the Year.
Maryland center Jordan Williams is coming off a very promising freshman season, in which he averaged about 10 points and 9 rebounds. Expectations on him were high after Maryland lost their senior trifecta of Vasquez, Milbourne and Hayes. Eight games into the season, and Williams hasn’t disappointed in the slightest. Listed at 6’10” and 260 lbs, Williams utilizes his size very well to establish deep post position. He then uses his footwork to get close to the basket where he converts at a very high clip (57%). He’s rather adapt at drawing contact, but like a lot of young bigs, has some trouble capitalizing on these opportunities (52.5% from the stripe). This week, Williams averaged 19.5 points and 12 rebounds a game. If he can keep this up, he’ll be a force to be reckoned with come January.