The following are NetScouts Basketball’s conference players of the week through games of January 13, 2013.
Men: 6’5 junior guard Lorenzo Brown of North Carolina State is our ACC Men’s Player of the Week. Brown led the Wolfpack to a 2-0 week as he averaged 16.5 points and 11.5 assists. In a 83-70 win over Georgia Tech Brown led the team with 21 points and 10 assists. He followed that up by directing the Wolfpack to a 84-76 win over then-top ranked Duke with 12 points and 13 assists.
Women: Maryland junior forward Alyssa Thomas averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds in a two Terrapin victories. She scored a team-high 18 points and added eight rebounds and five assists in the 84-62 win over then-No. 24 ranked Miami. She followed that up with an amazing performance at Virginia Tech, Thomas pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds to go along with a season-high 26 points, six assists and three blocks.
Men: Semaj Christon – Xavier
Christon scored 21 points to go along with seven assists as Xavier dominated George Washington for a 71-56, Atlantic 10 Conference victory Saturday. Earlier in the week Xavier topped Temple 57-52, paced by Christon’s 16 points. Christon shot 16-for-28 (57.1%) for the week.
Women: Amber Deane – Dayton
Deane had 18 points and 11 rebounds Saturday and No. 22 Dayton routed Butler 82-39 in the Atlantic 10 Conference opener for both schools.
Men: Kansas guard Ben McLemore is our Big 12 Player of the Week. McLemore helped Kansas to a 2-0 record during the week with wins over Iowa State and Texas Tech while averaging 21.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game.
Women: Britney Griner led Baylor to wins over #25 ISU and #17 Kansas this week. Griner, a 6-8 senior center averaged 28.0 points per game, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in the two victories for the No. 1-ranked Lady Bears. She scored 23 points to go along with four rebounds and three blocks in a 67-39 win over then-No. 25 Iowa State. Griner then led Baylor to an 82-60 victory over then-No. 17 Kansas with 33 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots.
Men: Junior forward, C.J. Fair is the Big East Player of the Week as helped Syracuse go 2-0 for the week. Fair averaged 22.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 4.0 blocks. In a tough game against Providence, Fair had 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 blocks in a 72-66 win. Against Villanova the offense struggled until Fair played a great second half in which he scored 11 points in a six minute span. He finished with a game-high 22 points, 5 rebounds, and another 4 blocks.
Women:Senior forward, Andrea Smith of South Florida is the Women’s Big East Player of the Week. Even though the Bulls lost their two games this week, Smith put up career numbers. In a tough overtime loss against #2 Notre Dame, Smith led USF with 33 points and 11 rebounds. Smith continued her brilliant play in her next game against DePaul scoring a career-high 35 points. She also tallied 10 rebounds which gave her two double-doubles for the week as they fell to DePaul 91-75.
Men: Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State, 6’7″ F, Jr.- Thomas, the Big Ten’s leading scorer at 20.3 ppg, keyed both of the Buckeyes’ victories this week, including a win over undefeated Michigan. The junior forward averaged 21.0 ppg and 5.5 rpg during the week, fueled by hitting over 50% of his three-point attempts. No longer just a scorer, Thomas is averaging 6.6 rpg and has shown a willingness to pass off dribble-drives to the hoop.
Women: Jasmine Hines, Michigan State, 6’3″ C, So.- Hines notched an impressive double-double (18 points/13 rebounds) off the bench in Michigan State’s lone game this week, a victory over Illinois. The sophomore center, a candidate for the conference’s Sixth Person of the Year award, is averaging 10.7 ppg and 5.2 rpg on the season, and gives the team some interior presence on defense.
Men: Washington junior guard C.J. Wilcox averaged 23.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 blocks in two wins for the Huskies. In a 62-47 win at California, Wilcox led the Huskies tallying a game-high 19 points and tied his career-high of 8 rebounds. He followed that up with a game-high 27 points and a new career-high of nine rebounds in the 65-60 win at Stanford. Wilcox scored 11 of the team’s last 15 points in the game.
Women: UCLA’s Atonye Nyingifa led No. 14 UCLA to a pair of double-digit home wins over the Washington schools. In a 78-52 win over Washington State she scored 17 points to go along with seven rebounds, three steals and two assists . In the 85-68 win over Washington she scored 17 points again and grabbed eight rebounds. She shot 73.7 percent from the field (14-for-19) for the week.
Men: Elston Turner, Texas A&M, Senior
Turner, who spent his first two years at the University of Washington, scored 40 points in leading the Aggies to an 83-71 win at Kentucky. The 6’5 Turner burned the Wildcats with 25 first half points and finished 14-of-19 from the field and 6-of-10 on three-pointers. In Wednesday’s 69-51 win over Arkansas, Turner scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds. For the week Turner averaged 27.5 points and seven rebounds over the two contests. He shot 64.5 percent (20-of-31) from the field including 50 percent (9-of-18) from 3-point range.
Women: Meighan Simmons, Tennessee, Junior
Simmons takes the honor of being the first SEC player to win player of the week twice. She led the Lady Vols to an overtime win over the rival Florida Gators on Sunday, shooting 11-of-23 for 27 points. The Lady Vols also dominated Missouri 84-39 with Simmons being a major contributor with 18 points and 5 rebounds.