Senior guard Sheldon McClellan led an unranked Miami (FL) squad to a Puerto Rico Tipoff championship this weekend, taking down ranked Utah and Butler in the process. The Houston, Texas native has been named NetScouts Basketball’s National Player of the Week for games from November 16th to November 22nd.
Prior to the Puerto Rico Tipoff, McClellan tallied 16 points, five rebounds, and three steals on 6-of-9 shooting in a 93-77 win over Louisiana-Lafayette. He then scored 17.7 points per contest in the Tipoff, including a 27-point outing against Utah, as the Hurricanes captured the Puerto Rico Tipoff title. On the week, McClellan averaged 17.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 62.2 percent (23-of-37) from the field, 52.9 percent (9-of-17) from three-point range, and 93.3 percent (14-of-15) from the free-throw line.
While Miami (FL) entered the season ranked outside the AP Top 25, the Hurricanes will make their debut in the rankings this week after starting the year 5-0. Led by the strong play from McClellan and Puerto Rico native Angel Rodriguez in the backcourt, Miami (FL) will be a contender in the ACC.
Bahamian Buddy Hield currently leads all Power-Five Conference players in scoring after posting two impressive lines this week. The senior guard has been named NetScouts Basketball’s International Player of the Week for games from November 16th to November 22nd for his play.
Hield, the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year, wasted no time in his return to the hardwood. He started with a 30-point display in a 84-78 win at Memphis before totaling 24 points in just 23 minutes against McNeese State. In the two wins, Hield averaged 27.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 56.3 percent (18-of-32) from the field, 60 percent (9-of-15) from distance, and 81.8 percent (9-of-11) from the stripe.
With the return of the sharpshooting Hield and the dynamic Isaiah Cousins, Oklahoma has high expectations to live up to this season. While Kansas has historically ran the Big 12, the Sooners will try to end Kansas’ reign atop the conference.
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