This week’s NetScouts Basketball Players of the Week and International Players of the Week (Major Conferences).
Big East Co-Players of the Week
Darryl Bryant, West Virginia, 6’2 G, Sr. – Truck averaged 27.0 points enroute to earning co-Player of the Week. He poured in 29 points in an 85-64 win against Rutgers and then dropped 25 on #9 Georgetown.
Jordan Theodore, Seton Hall, G, Sr. – Theordore helped “The Hall” to two wins this week including a huge victory over UConn. He averaged 16.5 points. 10.0 assists and 4.5 steals & scored 19 points to go with 11 assists in a 75-63 win against the then #8 Huskies.
ACC Player of the Week
Maryland’s Alex Len (7’1 C Fr.) – The young Ukrainian big man is the ACC Player of the Week, Freshman of the Week, and Co-International Player of the Week as chosen by NetScouts Basketball. Len averaged 13.5 points, 10 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks on the week for the Terps. His presence will positively effect the Terrapins throughout ACC play.
7’0 Clemson Center, Catalin Baciu (Romania), is the ACC Co-International Player of the Week thanks to his 9 points, 5 boards, and 2 blocks against Florida State including some key plays in a big Clemson run that sealed the win.
Pac-12 Player of the Week
6’5 G Carlon Brown of Colorado is the Pac-12 Player of the Week after averaging 23 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in a sweep over the Washington schools. The Buffs are a surprising 3-0 (11-4) and leading the league.
Brown will surely face our International Player of the Week Jorge Gutierrez of Cal in their looming match-up this weekend and a big game in the race for a conference title.
Indiana’s 6’11 freshman Center, Cody Zeller, is the conference Player of the Week. He averaged 14 points and 4 boards for the Hoosiers in two wins including 18 in their home win over Michigan. His presence has totally transformed IU which is why we selected him over some guy from Ohio State who also had a decent week.
Kansas junior Travis Releford (6’6 205 SF) has been named NetScouts Basketball’s Big 12 Player of the Week. Releford averaged 22.0 points in two wins last week, leading the Jayhawks to a 2-0 start in Big 12 play with wins over rival Kansas State (67-49) and at Oklahoma (72-61). He had 16 points & 11 rebounds versus KSt., his first career double-double. Then dropped 28 points on the Sooners.
Canadian Freshman guard Myck Kabongo of Texas led the Longhorns in scoring with 15 points against Oklahoma State. Kabongo, who attended Findlay Prep in Las Vegas, is the NetScouts Basketball Big-12 International Player of the Week.
Vanderbilt Back Court Shares Player(s) of the Week Honor
6’7 Swedish SF, Jeffery Taylor (12.5 points, 4.5 boards), 6’4 SG John Jenkins (19.0 points), and 6’4 PG Brad Tinsley (12 points, 6.5 assists) become the first ever trio from the same squad to share the SEC Player of the Week award. Vandy is 12-4 and 2-0 in SEC play thanks to their outstanding guard play. They won three games this last week.
Tinsley sets the stage and hits open shots, Jenkins is the shooter/scorer, and the athletic Taylor does a little of everything and is good attacking the basket in transition.
Taylor is also the International Player of the Week, an honor that his mate Festus Ezeli won many times in 2010-11.