The following are NetScouts Basketball’s major conference players of the week ending December 2, 2012.
Atlantic Coast Conference
Erick Green (Virginia Tech) 6’3 Sr G – Green averaged (26 pts, 6 rbs, and 2.5 ast) in the two wins against Iowa and Oklahoma State. In the win against #15 Oklahoma State, Green had 28 pts on 6 of 10 shooting (4-7 from 3-pointer) and 12-13 from the free throw line. Green is the Hokies go to player and this team will go as far as he can take them.
Maryland sophomore forward Alyssa Thomas was named the Women’s Player of the Week. Thomas led Maryland to a 90-71 victory at Nebraska as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Thomas scored 25 points on 9-of-19 shooting, pulled down five rebounds, and added a career-high eight assists and six steals.
Kansas Jayhawks center, Jeff Withey, has been named Netscouts Basketball’s Big 12 Player of the Week. Withey averaged 16.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 7.5 blocks and helped Kansas to a 2-0 record during the week with wins over San Jose State and Oregon State. Withey had a triple-double against San Jose State on November 26, recording 16 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 blocks.
Baylor Bears center, Brittney Griner, was named the Big 12 Women’s Player of the Week. Baylor beat Rice on the road, led by Griner’s 35 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 blocks.
6’3 sophomore Nick Johnson led his Arizona Wildcats to wins over Northern Arizona at home and Texas Tech on the road this week while averaging 14 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2.5 steals, and more importantly…0.5 turnovers. His play is a big reason Arizona is undefeated and a top 10 team.
Stanford 6’3 forward Chiney Ogwumike had another great week as she averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in wins over UC Davis and Gonzaga. She is averaging 20 points and 12 rebounds for the #1 Cardinal
Cleveland Melvin, a 6’8 Jr. Forward for Depaul is the Big East Men’s Player of the Week. Cleveland averaged 25.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in the Blue Demons 2-0 week. Melvin matched his career high with 30 points against Fairfield and matched another career high with 3 assists. Melvin sealed a win with 13 seconds left against Auburn with a steal and hit two late free throws in a 21 point, 10 rebound effort. Melvin shot an impressive .576 from the field in the 2 victories.
Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown, 5’11 G, Sr., is the Women’s Player of the Week. Rodgers averaged 25.0 ppg and 10.5 rpg leading the Hoyas to two wins. Rodgers dominated LaSalle scoring 28 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. In the Hoyas win against George Washington she poured in 22 points and added 6 steals. Rodgers leads the Big East in scoring at 23.5 ppg.
Nik Stauskas, Michigan, 6’6″ G, Fr.- Stauskas averaged 21.0 points off the bench in both Wolverine wins this week, including a career-high 22 points versus Bradley. The freshman sharpshooter has provided instant offense all season with an incredibly smooth stroke, further evidenced by his 67% from behind the arc this week, as well as going a perfect 6-6 at the charity stripe. Michigan has been getting quality minutes from three of their freshmen (Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III are the others), paving the way to a 7-0 start and a #3 ranking in the country.
KK Houser, a 5’6 junior from Purdue is our Women’s Player of the Week. Houser averaged 19 points, 7.5 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.5 rebounds per game while shooting 56 percent from the floor in victories over Georgia Tech and Central Michigan. She had her second career double-double with 19 points and 10 assists in the win over the Georgia Tech in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge