Team basketball is a sight to behold, but when an individual player is in a zone, sometimes the best strategy is simply to get the heck out of his way and let him dominate.
Across the country, we see these kind of epic performances on a nightly basis. It’s part of what makes college basketball so great — talented student-athletes showing off their spectacular abilities in front of millions.
Each week at NCAA.com, we’ll select a college basketball All-Week team. Comprised of five positions, the squad is selected based on games and performances from the week prior. Let’s get to this week's edition.
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G DeAndre Harris, Nicholls
The scoring prowess of Nicholls’ guard DeAndre Harris was on full display this week as the senior from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, tallied back-to-back career-high scoring efforts with 35 and 42 points, respectively, in the Colonels’ two wins. He currently sits fourth in the Southland in scoring at 18 points a ballgame, but he’s doing it in just about 20 minutes of floor time a night.
Harris, who stands at 6'3" and 200 lbs, has the quickness to maneuver around bigs as well as the size to finish through contact on smaller defenders. Combine that with a remarkable scoring pace and it's a mix that could come in handy in the slog through the Southland slate.
G Jalen Brunson, Villanova
G/F Dwayne Bacon, Florida State
F Dillon Brooks, Oregon
The defending Pac-12 champions have reeled off 11 straight victories following a 2-2 start to the year, which should have Oregon faithful resting easy about their squad’s prospects heading into the meat of Pac-12 play. It’s early of course, but the key piece to that puzzle has been Dillon Brooks (14.8 ppg) and his return to top form. After missing the first three games of the year due to injury, Brooks is getting back to his normal self by doing what he does best — scoring the basketball.
Part of the increased efficiency is the supporting cast around Brooks, but that shouldn't belie the fact that after another year at the college level means he is likely just making better decisions and reads both on- and off-the-ball. The numbers may be down a bit, but Brooks still boasts a flair for the dramatic moments. Case in point, the game-winning 3-pointer he drilled against UCLA on Wednesday to knock the Bruins from the unbeaten ranks. And if the last two games against UCLA and USC (51 combined points) are a sign of things to come for the Canadian-bred forward, then there will be some fun matchups to watch on the Pac-12 slate.
F Nick Ward, Michigan State