Connecting the Dots

Player of the Week

Devon Dotson, Kansas

Devon DotsonDevon DotsonKansas is beginning to turn a new page after enduring a slump in the midst of Big 12 action. Freshman point guard Devon Dotson has been one of the driving forces leading the way for the Jayhawks. He played in all 45 minutes in the 82-77 overtime thriller against TCU. He had one of his most productive games of his young career, recording 25 points to go along with 10 rebounds and five helpers. He was also rather efficient with his perimeter shooting, knocking down four three-pointers to complement seven free throws made, which proved to be critical down the stretch. Kansas carried the momentum back to Lawrence, KS, and downed West Virginia 78-53 in the process. The 25-point victory didn't require Dotson to be superman, but he was still one of the catalyst on offense nevertheless. He finished the game tallying 15 points, eight assists, and five boards. Even with a depleted backcourt, Kansas has been able to overcome the subtractions to the lineup and stay in arm's reach of the Big 12 crown. Much of that success should be attributed to Dotson's maturation as of late.

Who's Hot

Thomas Dziagwa, Oklahoma State

Junior guard Thomas Dziagwa has been an assassin from beyond the arc. While Oklahoma State wasn't able to come out of Austin, TX win a victory, Dziagwa's heroics were able to keep the Cowboys within striking range. In the 69-57 defeat to Texas, Dziagwa drilled seven three-pointers en route to 23 points. He remained on fire entering the next contest against TCU, matching his totals from last game with 23 points. Knocking down six from three-point land, Dziagwa was able to avenge the loss versus the Horned Frogs and secure the 68-61 win. While the Cowboys are unlikely to cause noise in the Big 12 this season,
perhaps the ascendence from players such as Dziagwa will help bring them back to relevancy next season.

Who's Not

TCU Horned Frogs

At this point last week, TCU gave itself a puncher's chance to compete for the top seed in the Big 12. That being said, a disappointing slate of performances perhaps soiled its chances of doing so. While Oklahoma is one of the weaker opponents in the Big 12, the Sooners were able to beat up on the Horned Frogs and steal a 71-62 victory on the road. The Horned Frogs weren't able to recover, leading to 68-61 defeat versus Oklahoma State. It appears the team was unable to rally together after suffering a hear-breaking overtime loss to Kansas. TCU now sits with a 5-8 conference record, which means the Horned Frogs are in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament.

Top 5 Point Guards in the Big 12

1) Makai Mason, Baylor

Senior guard Makai Mason is the type of player that demands the ball in his hands when the stakes are the highest. After burning Baylor in the NCAA Tournament as a member of Yale, he transferred to the Bears with the hopes of playing against more elite competition than he was facing in the Ivy League. Mason got what he wished for, and has established
himself as one of the elite players in the Big 12. He's a player who can catch fire at a given moment, but also has the basketball IQ and feel for the game to know when to get teammates involved in the flow of the offense. If Baylor is to secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament, Mason has the abilities to takeover games and carry the
Bears deep into the tournament.

2) Devon Dotson, Kansas

The freshman floor general is growing with every passing game, and is starting to prove why he was one of the top players coming out of high school. Dotson is a blur with the ball in his hands, both in the half-court and in transition. He has a healthy balance of knowing when to defer and when to put the ball in the hoop. He also has a calm demeanor that prior Kansas point guards carried with them during head coach Bill Self's tenure. With hard work and experience, Dotson has a chance to develop into the face of the team down the road, similar to the likes of Frank Mason and [Player: Devonte' Graham].

3) Alex Robinson, TCU

Senior point guard Alex Robinson is far and away the leading assist man in the Big 12. His seven helpers per game puts him as the sole leader in the conference, with the runner-up falling short of five assists per game. His veteran presence has kept the Horned Frogs afloat, especially with backcourt mate Jaylen Fisher missing the majority of the
season. If TCU is to make some noise in the coming weeks, Robinson will need to take his game to another level, something he is more than capable of doing.

4) Tyrese Haliburton, Iowa State

Freshman point guard Tyrese Haliburton leads the offensive attack for Iowa State this season. He's made massive strides during his first go-round in the collegiate ranks, and will prove to be an intricate part of the game plan come postseason action. He's a long, athletic guard who has the agility to keep up with smaller players on the defensive end of the floor. Given time to polish his game and build on his current slender frame, Haliburton has a chance to be a legit NBA prospect in the coming years.

5) James Bolden, West Virginia

Injuries have plagued James Bolden's season, resulting in him being in-and-out of the lineup. Perhaps this proves Bolden's value to West Virginia, as the Mountaineers have had a disappointing season to say the least. The junior point guard is a textbook example of heart over height. He's crafty dribbler, who also possessive shiftiness and great touch around the basket. While his three-point percentages have dipped this season, he's still one of the best shooters West Virginia has to offer. Hopefully for Bolden, his senior year can be more successful than this season.

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Haliburton isn’t even the best point guard on his team

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