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Player of the Week

Bol Bol, Oregon

Bol BolBol Bol7’2 freshman, Bol Bol has been an intimidating presence for the Ducks through the team’s first five games. Against a 15th ranked Syracuse team, Bol went for 26 points, nine rebounds, and an impressive four blocks in the 15 point win. The son of former NBA player, Manute Bol, is also a very efficient player. He shot 11 for 17 from the field including a deep three ball.

Bol used his versatility and size to help Oregon over Green Bay 83-72. Bol recorded 21 points and nine rebounds to go along with a block on the defensive end. He showed consistency in his shooting again has he sunk another deep ball with his 8-12 shooting night. This kid has shown he can help his team in a multitude of ways.

Bol Bol poses as a major problem for future opponents as he can hurt other teams on both ends of the floor, efficiently. Outside of his obvious defensive prowess, he can score the ball a number of ways as well as move without the ball. Having a teammate like junior Payton Pritchard who can really distribute the basketball is really going to help Bol excel at his position for the rest of the season as he makes an early case for his belongingness in the NBA draft lottery in 2019.

Who’s Hot

Arizona State

The Sun Devils are looking at a 4-0 record to start the season after a victorious battle with 15th ranked Mississippi State Monday. The Sun Devils will be a tough team to contend with moving forward if everyone continues to do their part. ASU currently has five of its players scoring in double figures for the season. The freshman guard from Montreal, Luguentz Dort has led the way for this Sun Devil team on both ends of the floor in the scoring department as well as steals per game. A team best 20.5 points per game along with 2.3 steals per game on 40 percent shooting from downtown has allowed Dort to stand out on a rather talented, young roster. Another freshman, Kimani Lawrence made a huge impact in the win over the Bulldogs as he scored 22 points including the shot that ultimately won the game with 33 seconds left in regulation. Expect this Arizona State team to make it very hard on future Pac-12 opponents as multiple players on this team can get hot at any given time.

Who’s Not


California

The Golden Bears have definitely had the weakest start to the season in the Pac-12 with a 1-3 start. Perhaps playing each of those last two games in the Barclay’s Center in New York, which is really far away from southern California, got the better of this Golden Bears team. After a three point, nail-biting loss to St. Johns Monday, the Golden Bears were unable to bounce back the following night and fell to a high paced Temple team 76-59. Despite five of its players scoring in double figures for Cal, no one was able to make a strong enough impact to sway the game in the other direction. With a few smaller programs to face in the coming weeks, maybe Cal. can turn it around and get back over .500.

Top 5 Players in the Pac-12

1. Moses Brown, UCLA

Brown has dominated the glass for the Bruins this season with 12 rebounds per game as well as 3.3 blocks. His rim protection is only the beginning for the seven footer from New York. He is also a terror in the post for opponents as he has scored 17.3 points per game this season on an astounding 78.9 percent shooting. One could only imagine what this UCLA front court would look like if Shareef O’Neal was active this season. Playing alongside Kris Wilkes, who’s also a physical player with size, should also continue to work to the big man’s advantage

2. Bennie Boatwright, USC

The 6’10, 230 lb. senior has a skill-set that you just can’t teach. Boatwright would be an exceptional shooter as a guard, and he is a 6’10 forward. While attempting almost six threes per game, he has managed to shoot 58.8 percent from beyond the arc. Boatwright averages 17.3 points per game this season but has made a positive impact to his team in all facets of the game. If he can keep up this impressive shooting output, this Trojan team could try some different a number things with Boatwright as he can stretch the defense, thus opening up the lane for cutters.

3. Kris Wilkes, UCLA

The sophomore guard from Indianapolis has the tools and talent that translate to the NBA. His 6’8 frame at the guard position allows Wilkes to be a very versatile player on both ends of the floor, especially if the outside shot is falling. Playing off of someone like Moses Brown allows for a number of offensive attacks, especially pick and roll offense. He helps the team in all aspects of the game but if he could focus on improving one thing, shooting should be the main concern. If his three ball starts falling at a higher rate, this could could go almost anywhere on the basketball court.


4. Tres Tinkle, Oregon State

Tinkle has been hot since the start of the season as he’s led the Beavers to a 2-1 record. Although Oregon State fell to Missouri Sunday, Tinkle still had a strong performance as he was only four assists short of a triple double on 50 percent shooting. Through the season’s first three games, the versatile, 6’8 junior from Montana has stuffed the stat sheet averaging 21.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and one steal per game. Expect the Beavers to continue to look to Tinkle to be their leader.

5. Mckinley Wright IV, Colorado

While only standing six feet tall, the sophomore from Minneapolis has been the floor general the Buffaloes need. His absence would without a doubt be felt if he wasn’t there since nobody on the team averages at least two assists other than him with 5.7 per game. Wright is also the lone bright spot for this Colorado team on defense with 1.7 steals per game. Wright has a balanced game but could make an even bigger impact for the Buffaloes if he improves his outside shooting.

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