High-Major Player of the Week
Jermaine Taylor - UCF
2 Game Averages: 36.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 1.5 blocks
Saturday's 28 point performance on the road at Marshall was somewhat of a disappointment for Jermaine Taylor; it ended a streak of four straight games in which the senior had scored at least 35 points. He saved his best for last though as the scoring machine from Tavares, Florida went for a season high 45 points versus Rice, shooting 14-29 from the field and 12-13 from the charity stripe. Taylor's recent hot stretch has upped his scoring average to 26.1 points, ranking him third in the country in that category. His scoring performances have also gotten his name onto the boards of some NBA scouts, who at the very least will be giving the slightly undersized two-guard a little bit of consideration depending on how he does in workouts.
Charles Jenkins - Hofstra
2 Game Averages: 27 points, 2.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 3 steals, 1 block, 54.5% FG
In just his second year at the college level Charles Jenkins has blossomed into one of the better all-around players in the CAA. The 6'3" guard is averaging better than 19 points, 4 rebounds and just under 5 assists per game, an improvement in each of those categories from his freshman year. Jenkins had his fourth 30-point game of the season on Saturday, going for 35 in a win over UNC-Wilmington in which he also dished out 8 assists and recorded 5 steals. The Pride may not be going dancing in March, but Jenkins is likely to take home some post season hardware.
Ryan Tillema - Green Bay
2 Game Averages: 23 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal, 55.5% FG, 64.3% 3FG
The Phoenix have been a nice surprise in the Horizon League this season, staying hot on the tail of conference leader Butler most of the way. The biggest reason has been the play of 6'8" guard Ryan Tillema who has had a very strong senior campaign. A very gifted perimeter shooter and a match up nightmare at this level, Tillema did the bulk of his damage from beyond the arc this week, netting 27 of his total 56 points on three-pointers. The senior just missed out on his second double-double of the year on Saturday, going for 28 points and 9 rebounds in a one point loss to conference foe Wright State.
Last Week's Winner: Brandon Ewing (Wyoming)