Terran Petteway has been one of the most underrated players in the country this season and after leading Nebraska to victories over Penn State and Purdue, the native of Galveston, Texas has been named NetScouts Basketball’s National Player of the Week for games through February 23rd.
Petteway finished with 26 points (5-12 FG, 2-5 3FG) and four rebounds in an 80-67 win over Penn State on Thursday. He went on to score 29 points (10-19 FG, 1-6 3FG) in a 76-57 victory over Purdue.
“Not a lot of teams have a guy like him,” Purdue head coach Matt Painter said of Petteway in an article by Nedu Izu of the Daily Nebraskan. “He’s pretty damn good.”
The 6-foot-6 wing is averaging 18 points and 5.2 rebounds per game this season after transferring from Texas Tech. He has proven to be a great scorer with the ability to get to the basket or knock down shots from mid-range. Petteway is shooting 44 percent from the field and 37 percent from behind the arc, but he has a nice looking jump shot that gives hope for even better percentages in the future. He also averages six free throw attempts per game where he’s 81 percent from the charity stripe. To no surprise, Petteway has been Nebraska’s go-to guy this season.
Only a sophomore, Petteway can work on becoming an overall playmaker. He’s only averaging 1.6 assists per game compared to 2.8 turnovers, which may be a cause for concern, but he is also looked upon to carry the Nebraska offense due to the lack of other scoring options. He can get reckless on occasions, but has a chance to be a first round NBA Draft pick at whatever point he declares for the draft.
The Cornhuskers have now won five in a row and will look to finish the regular season strong before the Big Ten tournament. With a 16-10 overall record, Nebraska will likely need to win the conference tournament to avoid playing in the NIT.
Cameron Bairstow was dominant in a pair of victories this week that included a win over sixth-ranked San Diego State. The Australian has been named NetScouts Basketball’s International Player of the Week for games through February 23rd, earning the honor for the second time this season.
The 6-foot-9 forward started with 18 points (8-20 FG), six rebounds, and five blocks in a road win over UNLV, but was most impressive against the Aztecs on Saturday. Bairstow finished with 26 points (11-18 FG) and nine rebounds as the Lobos handled San Diego State in a 58-44 victory.
“We knew what was on the line and what the game meant to us,” Bairstow told the Associated Press after the game. “We wanted to get out to a quick start and we managed to do that. It’s not like this is a signature win that’s going to win the conference. But it is one which puts us even with San Diego State.”
Bairstow has had a breakout senior season for New Mexico, averaging 20.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Head coach Craig Neal has even went as far to call him the “best power forward in the country,” and although this claim may be slightly exaggerated, there’s no denying how well Bairstow has performed this year.
He’s been able to score around the rim or face up and attack from mid-range. Bairstow isn’t an outstanding athlete, but seems to have no problems getting by defenders and finishing. At 6-foot-9 without an outside jumper, Bairstow may be undersized for the NBA, but should have a chance to prove himself this summer.
New Mexico has now won 14 of its last 16 games and is tied with San Diego State atop the Mountain West Conference standings. The Lobos will face the Aztecs again on March 8th to conclude the regular season and the game could very well decide the regular season champion. With seniors Bairstow and Kendall Williams leading the way, New Mexico will certainly be a team to watch heading into March.
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