Player of the Week
Truck has been brilliant as of late, scoring at least 25 points in three of West Virginia's last four games (prior to UConn). He's been instrumental in the team's success, acting as a true veteran lead guard who could be counted on for needed production. In the three games that Bryant scored 25, 29 and 34, West Virginia beat Georgetown, Rutgers and Villanova respectively, all in convincing fashion. He's been a terror off the dribble, even getting to the line an impressive 35 times in the past four games.
With Bryant playing at a high level, West Virginia is really one of the better teams in the conference. Veteran groups who can rebound, defend and get scoring production from their guards are excellent Cinderella candidates come March. Look out for the Mountaineers.
He's averaging 21 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game over his last five, playing more aggressive following the departure of Nurideen Lindsey. Harrison is fun to watch because of his energy and ability to score, and has emerged as St. John's go-to guy on offense.
Why is Wayns stock dropping? He failed to record an assist in Villanova's embarrassing loss to South Florida. Sunday he finished with 3 assists and 6 turnovers against DePaul. If he doesn't improve his efficiency as a facilitator, there won't be many suitors for the ultra-quick yet frustrating point guard.
Top Five Freshmen
1. Andre Drummond
Visions of his potential have begun to flash, as Drummond is adjusting to his positioning on the floor. If given just a few inches of room, he'll use his explosiveness to launch himself at the rim, elevating high above the cylinder and throwing down with unstoppable power. He's using his body under the boards and making his presence know defensively, altering shots at the rim and swatting others. With a soft touch, quick feet and ideal physical tools, Drummond has the chance to become the most dominant interior force in the country. He scored 20 points on 9-11 in a good comeback win against West Virginia, while grabbing 11 boards and blocking 3 shots. Look for him to continue to improve with every game.
2. Moe Harkless 6'8 F, St. Johns
Moe is averaging 15 points, 8 rebounds and almost 2 blocks a game, using every inch of his length to contribute in numerous facets of the game. He has a real nice touch around the basket, and has proven capable of knocking down jumpers out to 21 feet. He tipped in the game winner over Cincinnati this past weekend, and continues to show promise as an NBA prospect.
3. Eli Carter, 6'2 G, Rutgers
Carter has become the man for Rutgers, averaging 23 a game over his last four. He's got a real scorer's touch, converting both inside and outside the arch. Carter's play has been the main reason for Rutgers success, specifically wins over Florida and most recently Connecticut.
4. Otto Porter 6'8 SF, Georgetown
Porter just has a good feel for the game. He excels as a pick and pop player with a reliable midrange game and a lengthy frame. He's given Georgetown some productive minutes, contributing both on the scoreboard and on the glass. Though his numbers aren't eye-popping, his skill-set is desirable for an NBA prospect.
5a. DAngelo Harrison
The fiery guard has really come on as of late, giving St. Johns a much needed spark from their depleted backcourt. He's a combo guard with a scorer's mentality, averaging 16 points per game over the course of his freshman year. Though he still needs work as a playmaker, his ability to put the ball in the hole should lead to a lot of points scored over his college career.
5b. Chane Behanan 6'6 F, Louisville
Behanan is Louisville's most skilled post player, with a soft touch and sound footwork. Physically he sports a strong upper body with broad shoulders, and possesses a nice mix of power and finesse. In 24 minutes of action he's averaging 8 points and 7 rebounds, however I don't think he's used enough in Louisville's uninspiring offense.
Ryan Boatright, UConn
DeAndre Daniels, UConn
Todd Mayo, Marquette
God'sGift Achiuwa, St. Johns
LaDontae Henton, Providence
Myles Mack, Rutgers
- Dion Waiters' stock is rising. Best player on the best team in the country.
- Kevin Jones and Darryl Bryant has become the top 1-2 scoring punch in the conference. Really like West Virginia.
- UConn, Pittsburgh and Louisville all stinkin' it up. I think UConn will bounce back. Not so sure about Pitt or Louisville.