This is an odd time in college basketball.. the pre-season tournaments already seem in the distant past, and hyped events like the ACC/BigTen challenge have also been completed. Outside of this week's Jimmy V Classic (featuring our Player of the Week), we begin the slow descent into the Christmas lull when students are on break, and teams mostly begin to gear up for conference play. But do not despair, there were still more than enough big-time games and superstar players in action who managed to put up some All-American type performances.
In two season-changing wins over
ranked teams, Ohio State was led by sophomore Evan Turner who averaged
23.5 points per game against Miami and Notre Dame. Michigan's DeShawn Sims
broke personal highs by scoring 28 points and 12 boards in a win over #4 Duke
(we won't mention the OT debacle against Savannah St). Meanwhile, senior guard
AJ Abrams came up clutch with 31 points in a hard-fought win over #8
UCLA. The Longhorns sharphooter is now hitting threes at a 44% clip. Lastly, our
Mid-Major Player of the Week, Eric Maynor, lit it up all week
averaging 25 ppg in 3 games.
But this week's top honor goes to Davidson's Stephen Curry. The Wildcats only played one game this week, but they needed all 44 of the junior's points to outlast in-state rival North Carolina State. Curry tied his career-high of 44, set earlier against Oklahoma, by hitting 15 of 33 shots (both career-highs as well). On the season, he's averaging a whopping 31.3 ppg, which includes a scoreless game in which the opponent decided to double team him the entire time. Even though Curry unloads shots at an Allen Iverson-like pace, his efficiency is impressive as his field goal % remains at .504. As Curry's point totals continue to rise, the diminutive guard's NBA Draft stock continues to grow as well. Once thought of as being to short and skinny to perform and the pro level, scouts are beginning to realize that this kid can simply play.
CollegeHoops.net Player of the Week Archive
- Dec 8: Stephen Curry, Davidson
- Dec 1: Jonny Flynn, Syracuse
- Nov 24: Blake Griffin, Oklahoma