The following are NetScouts Basketball Players of the Week for the week ending December 9, 2013.
CJ Leslie (NC State) 6’9 JR F – CJ Leslie averaged (17.5 ppg and 10.5 rpg) in the two wins against Connecticut and Cleveland State. He had 16 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists in the 69-65 win against Connecticut.
Elizabeth Williams (Duke) – Williams averaged 20.5 points, 9 rebounds and 5.5 blocks in the two wins against Georgia Tech and St. John’s. She had a huge game (25 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 blocks) in their ACC opening game win against Georgia Tech. The 25 points was a career high.
Brandon Paul, Illinois, 6’4″ G, Sr.- Paul averaged 24.5 ppg and 2.5 apg in convincing wins over Gonzaga and Western Carolina, including an amazing 35 point performance versus Gonzaga. The senior point guard has really thrived in first-year coach John Groce’s wide-open offense, scoring at-will in transition and in the half-court set, while collecting points via outside shooting, penetration, and the free throw line (10-of-11 during the week). Paul isn’t just limited to scoring, contributing to Illinois’ surprising 10-0 start by distributing the basketball, rebounding, and playing opportunistic defense.
Maggie Lucas, Penn State, 5’9″ G, Jr.- Lucas has been one of the more prolific scorers in the country, leading the Big Ten in scoring (27.2 ppg and 3-point shots made). During the past week, she scored a career-high 39 points in a win versus Georgetown that included 7-of-13 from behind the 3-point arc and an incredible six steals. Overall, she averaged 27.0 ppg/4.5 rpg for the week that included a hard-fought loss to Connecticut. For the season she has hit 3-pointers at an impressive 55% clip and has been near-perfect from the charity stripe (90.2%).
Seton Hall 6’6 junior Fuquan Edwin is the Big East Player of the Week. Edwin averaged 23.0 points and 8.5 rebounds while leading his Pirates to a 2-0 week. On Tuesday, the Pirates beat NJIT with Edwin contributing a double-double with 22 points and 10 boards. Saturday, at Wake Forest, Edwin poured in 17 points during a second half comeback from a 14 point deficit in the second half. He finished the game with 24 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 steals in the 71-67 victory. Edwin leads Seton Hall (7-2) in scoring at 19.0 ppg and is second in rebounding with 6.6 rpg.
Kayla Alexander, a 6’4 senior led Syracuse to two easy victories in which she averaged 27 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Alexander out-scored the entire Wagner team with a career-high 34 points in a 66-28 victory. She added 13 rebounds and 3 blocks to the stat sheet. On Saturday, Alexander again had 13 rebounds and 3 blocks, also adding 20 points as Syracuse defeated Loyola 83-48. Alexander has fivedouble-doubles on the year and is leading the Orange to a 9-1 record. She is second in the Big East in scoring (21.0) and 4th in rebounding (9.4).
Brock Motum, a 6’10, senior from Washington State is our Men’s Player of the Week. Although the Cougars fell to #10 Gonzaga 71-69, Motum was solid with 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocks. WSU followed that game with a victory over Fresno State 59-50 as Motum added another 23 points, 8 rebounds and two assists.
Micaela Pickens, a 5’8 senior guard from Arizona State is our Women’s player of the week. Pickens led the Sun Devils to a 2-0 East Coast trip averaging 14.5 points, 3 assists, and 2.5 rebounds in wins over Providence and Boston College. She shot 8-of- 13 from three-point range for the week.
Kevin Dillard, Dayton, Sr., 6’0 guard. Dillard led the Flyers with 25 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds in an 81-76 upset win at Alabama. He followed that up with 15 points and 4 assists in a 83-61 win over Miami(OH).
Daress McClung, Butler., Jr., 6’0 forward. McClung led the Bulldogs with 21 points and 12 rebounds in a 59-56 win over Indiana. She also had 9 points and 13 rebounds in a 67-47 loss to Bowling Green.
6’5 Kansas freshman Ben McLemore is our Big 12 Men’s Player of the Week. McLemore led the Jayhawks, in their only game of the week, to a 90-54 stomping of a good Colorado team with 24 points and five rebounds. It was his second straight 20+ point effort.
Baylor’s Brittney Griner is our Women’s Player of the Week for the second straight time.. Griner posted 24 points, 14 rebounds 3 blocks in a 73-61 road win at #5 Notre Dame.
Laurence Bowers, a 6’8 senior from Missouri is our Men’s Player of the Week. Bowers led the Tigers to wins over SE Missouri State and Tennessee State averaging 22 points and 9.5 rebounds. He scored a season-high 26 points in the 81-65 SE Missouri State win.
DeNesha Stallworth, a junior center from Kentucky is our Women’s Player of the week. Stallworth led the Wildcats to wins over DePaul and Middle Tennessee averaging 16.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists.