Archive - Feb 2012

February 24th

Mock Draft Tracker

Fri, 02/24/2012 - 12:51pm


Draymond Green, 6'6 SF, Michigan State

Draymond GreenDraymond GreenGreen will probably hear 30 names called before his, yet play 10 years getting regular rotational minutes.

Big Ten Blog

Player of the Week

Matt Gatens, Iowa

Matt GatensMatt GatensLights out.

In two games, the senior guard has taken the Hawkeyes from looking like the Big Ten’s cellar-dwellers to the middle of the pack and a shot at an NCAA Tournament berth. He’s played for three coaches in four years and never has experienced a winning season in Iowa City, but the hometown kid brought the Hawkeyes a step closer with 30 points Sunday against No. 18 Indiana and 33 in a win vs. No. 16 Wisconsin — each at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Each were career highs.

How did he follow up a 10-for-18, 7-for-10 performance from 3 vs. the Hoosiers? Went 12-for-18 and matched the 7-of-10 to lead the Hawkeyes to a sweep of the Badgers for the first time since the 1994-95 season. Gatens had never made more than nine field goals or five 3-pointers in a game before the last pair.

But this is what was most impressive about the past two wins for Iowa (15-13, 7-8 Big Ten): Gatens hit 12 consecutive shots from downtown, three short of the NCAA Division I record of 15 set by Northwestern’s Todd Leslie in 1990. In the last four games, he’s 22-of-32 from 3-point range (68.8 percent). Iowa now sits in seventh place in the Big Ten, and on the NCAA Tournament bubble with two wins apiece over the Badgers and Minnesota, and victories over ranked foes Indiana and Michigan. It finishes the season with games at Illinois and Nebraska before hosting Northwestern.

February 23rd

Pac 12 Blog

Player of the Week

Justin Cobbs, PG, California Golden Bears

Justin CobbsJustin CobbsThe sophomore Cobbs has established himself as an integral piece of the Bears perimeter attack which also features a pair of pre-season all conference candidates in defensive specialist combo guard Jorge Gutierrez and sharp shooting wing man Allan Crabbe. Cobbs is a skilled pg who can get all the way to the rim and has size to finish. He has an excellent mid range game with the ability to break his man down off the dribble and a has a smooth shot with good hang time to hit over contesting defense. He is gaining confidence with his freedom to attack on offense and is becoming more assertive. This past week in wins over Colorado and Utah, Cobbs averaged 19 points, 10.5 assists and had more steals then turnovers helping improves Cal's record to 22-6 overall. I mentioned Justin in the last blog as an under the radar sophomore to keep an eye on who could break out next season, but if he can keep up his current play, there might be no need to wait till next season before he emerges and makes a name for himself, possibly this March when it counts the most.

Heating up

David Kravish, PF, Cal Bears

It was not my intention to make this a Cal basketball-centric week, but I have to bring up yet another Golden Bear who has stepped his game up as of late in freshman big man David Kravish. Kravish has been given a larger role following the suspension of big man Richard Solomon due to academic issues about a month back, and he has done his best to alleviate the loss. David has a very nice touch around the paint and does a good job keeping the ball up high and not bringing it down low allowing for smaller players to reach in. He doesn't provide much of a physical presence as he needs to add quite a bit of weight to his frame, but the offensive skills and his confidence level at that end of the court are intriguing. He averaged 15 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in a pair of wins over the Oregon schools this past week. He also posted an impressive 18 rebound performance just two weeks ago versus the USC Trojans. His improvement gives the Bears an inside player who can provide points and keep defenses honest.

February 22nd

ACC Blog

Player of the Week

February 21st

Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky Comeback Against Mississippi State

(Matthew Stevens/

It was 41-28 in a half that saw Kentucky with their greatest deficit this season and Mississippi State PG Dee Bost controlling the game. After halftime, freshman Mike Kidd-Gilchrist was given the assignment to stop Bost. Like he has done in the past big games for #1 Kentucky, he performed brilliantly. Kidd-Gilchrist finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, with Bost only scoring 5 points in the second half. Kentucky ended up winning the game 73-64.

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Big East Blog

Player of the Week

Jack Cooley, Notre Dame

Jack CooleyJack CooleyCooley is averaging 20 points and 14 rebounds on 73% from the floor over his past three games, leading the Irish to three more wins and an 11-3 conference record.