The following NetScouts Basketball Player of the Week honors are for the week ending January 20, 2013.
Atlantic Coast Conference
North Carolina’s Reggie Bullock scored a career-high 24 points in a 62-52 win over Maryland. The junior had 21 first-half points and shot 7-of-15 from the floor, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range and pulled down five rebounds in the win.
Maryland junior forward Alyssa Thomas repeated as our Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. Thomas averaged 23 points and 8.5 rebounds in two Maryland wins. In a 66-57 win at Georgia Tech she scored a game-high 28 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. In a 82-62 win against NC State, Thomas scored 18 points to go along with seven boards and six assists.
Men: Darien Brothers – Richmond
Brothers scored 39 points to lead Richmond to an 81-61 victory over Charlotte, handing the 49ers their first Atlantic 10 Conference loss of the season on Saturday. He scored the Spiders first 17 points pacing Richmond to a 17-7 lead in the first half. Earlier in the week the senior guard scored 12 points in a 62-47 loss to Butler.
Women: Duquesne’s Wumi Agunbiade averaged 23.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in two Duquesne wins. The Canadian native scored 23 points in the 68-41 victory over Saint Louis. She then had another 23 points, eight rebounds and two steals in Duquesne’s 65-45 win over Temple. Agunbiade shot 61 percent (20-of-33) from the floor for the week.
Kansas State guard Rodney McGruder is our Big 12 Men’s Player of the Week. McGruder logged 20.5 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists and led the Wildcats in wins over TCU and Oklahoma.
Baylor center Brittney Griner is our Women’s Player of the Week. Griner averaged 27.5 points, 11 rebounds, and two assists along with six blocks. She came close to a triple-double en route to a victory over West Virginia with 26 points, 15 rebounds, and nine blocks.
Men: Cincinnati Bearcats guard Sean Kilpatrick is the Big East Player of the Week. In the Bearcats two wins during the week, Kilpatrick averaged 27.0 points and 5.0 rebounds. He had 18 points and six rebounds in a 75-70 win against DePaul. Against Marquette, Kilpatrick scored a career-high 36 points including the game-winning basket in the 71-69 game with 4.3 seconds left in overtime.. Kilpatrick’s 36 points were the most points scored by a Cincinnati player in Big East history. Kilpatrick is 4th in the Big East in scoring averaging 18.3 points per game.
Women: Stefanie Dolson is the Women’s Big East Player of the week. Dolson, a junior center for UConn, averaged 20.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and shot 63 percent from the field in two victories. She shot 8-of-11 from the floor against #15 Louisville scoring 16 points and added 9 boards. Dolson then poured in a career-high 25 points to go along with seven rebounds and six assists in a victory against Syracuse later in the week.
Men: Tim Hardaway, Jr., Michigan, 6’6″ G, Jr.- Hardaway, Jr. played only one game last week, Michigan’s road win versus Minnesota, but he was nearly flawless, scoring 21 points on 7-for-8 shooting (4-for-5 from three-point range). He added five rebounds, three assists, and three steals. For the season, Hardaway, Jr. is second on the team in scoring (16.4 ppg) and is one of four Wolverines that are averaging over five rebounds per contest (5.4 rpg).
Women: Sam Ostarello, Purdue, 6’2″ F, Sr. – Ostarello capped-off a two-win week for the Boilermakers by notching double-doubles in each contest. In a triple-OT win versus Ohio State, she scored 22 points with 19 rebounds, and scored 19 points with 14 boards against Minnesota. While the rebounding wasn’t much of a surprise, averaging 10.2 rebounds on the season, the 20.5 point two-game average was a far cry from her 10.3 scoring average.
Arizona senior guard Mark Lyons scored 24 points to go along with three rebounds, three assists and three steals in a 71-54 win at Arizona State. Lyons shot 8-of-15 (.533) from the field and was a perfect six-for-six from the free throw line. He scored fifteen of his points in the second half which helped the Wildcats break the game open. On the year Lyons is averaging 15.2 points, 1.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.
In two home wins over USC and UCLA, Stanford’s Chiney Okwumike averaged 27 points and 14.5 rebounds. In a hard-fought 75-66 win over USC, Ogwumike had game highs of 29 points and 16 rebounds, scoring 23 of her points in the second half. Earlier in the week, in an easy win over UCLA she had 25 points and 13 rebounds.
Men: Nerlens Noel, Kentucky, Freshman. The 6-10 freshman averaged 11 points, nine rebounds and 6.5 blocks per game. Noel is really starting to make major improvements after an average start to the season. As the season goes on, expect Noel to continue getting better, which should strike fear into upcoming SEC opponents.
Women: A’dia Mathies, Kentucky, Senior. A big week from Mathies fueled Kentucky as they extended their home winning streak to 33 games in a row. She averaged a team high 22.5 points per game while shooting 60 percent from the field.