Player of the Week
In Marquette’s lone game last week, Wilson recorded his second double-double of the season in a 77-66 win over Seton Hall. The senior finished with a season-high 25 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including 4-for-5 from behind the arc. Wilson also grabbed 10 rebounds against the Pirates, along with two assists and two steals. He has had just an average senior season statistically, but over the past 3 games he has hit 9 of 13 from distance and averaged 19.3 ppg.
February has been kind to St. John’s and Harrison, as the team has gone 4-0 while the junior guard is averaging 20 points per game in the month. Harrison also helped St. John’s to its first win over a ranked opponent when they beat Creighton 70-65 on Feb. 9. The Texas native finished the game with 19 points and five rebounds against the No. 12 Bluejays, including 9-for-10 from the free throw line.
The Villanova forward averaged 16.5 points in two Wildcats’ wins last week, including his second double-double of the season against DePaul on Feb. 2. Against the Blue Demons, Pinkston was 5-for-9 from the field, finishing with 14 points. The junior also grabbed 11 rebounds in the 87-62 win. In Villanova’s 70-53 over Seton Hall on Feb. 7, Pinkston was 9-of-11 from the field, finishing with 19 points. He also grabbed six rebounds and two steals against the Pirates.
Seton Hall is on a three-game losing steak entering the weekend, and Gibbs’ decline in performance has been a large factor. The guard averaged 10 points in two games last week, well below his 14-point season average. In losses to Marquette and St John’s, Gibbs was a combined 5-for-20 from the field and 8-of-17 from the charity stripe.
Following his 27-point performance in Creighton’s upset over Villanova on Jan. 20, Wragge has managed to score double-digit points just once in five games. After going 9-for-14 from the field against the Wildcats, the forward has made just 8-of-24 shots. Against St. John’s twice and Butler, Wragge managed to score only 11 points in three games.
DePaul’s Billy Garrett, Jr. continues performing as the premier offensive freshman in the conference, averaging 11.6 points, 3.3 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game for the Blue Demons in just 29 minutes per game. He is also 10th in the conference in free throw percentage, making over 80 percent from the line. Josh Hart is not one of the top options for Jay Wright at Villanova, averaging just over 20 minutes per game, but he has had a solid debut campaign for the Wildcats. The guard is averaging almost eight points and four rebounds per game, while shooting over 50 percent from the field.
Top 5 Shooters
1.Doug McDermott Creighton’s two-time All-American is shooting over 50 percent from the field, including 43 percent from deep. With his size, McDermott draws fouls consistently on the inside, making it crucial to his game that he is a 89 percent free throw shooter.
2.Semaj Christon The sophomore ranks first among guards in the Big East in shooting percentage, converting on nearly 50 percent of his shots. Christon is a great ball-handler but his ability to shoot from deep makes him dangerous all over the offensive end of the court. He is shooting 45 percent from 3.
3.Ethan Wragge Evident by his 9-for-14 shooting performance against Villanova, all from the 3-point line, Wragge is one of the most accurate shooters in the conference. He is averaging 11 points per game on 47 percent shooting, the highest of his career.
4.DVauntes Smith Rivera The Hoyas’ guard is shooting 44 percent from the field, converting almost 40 percent of his 3-point opportunity. The sophomore is also deadly from the charity stripe, making nearly 88 percent of his chances.
5, DAngelo Harrison The St. John's product is htting 37% from 3 on the year and 87% from the line. While considered a borderline NBA prospect at best due to his lack of size, he's a highly efficient college player.
Semaj Christon as the 2nd best shooter in the conference is the dumbest thing I've read on this site. Come on, any and all authoritarial credibility is lost by this statement.. please do some research other than looking at FG percentage which often does not equate to being a good shooter and looking at small sample sizes of 3 pt FG percentages.. Seriously, man.