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.
ICYMI: Last week's team
G Jordan Woodard, Oklahoma
Oklahoma Sooners guard Jordan Woodard is now in his fourth and final year under head coach Lon Kruger, so he’s going to have to pack all the fun he can into the swan song that is his senior year. Well, this past week was certainly entertaining if you are a member of the Sooners faithful.
Woodard and the boys made some clutch plays to pull off the road upset last night. Relive some of the best buckets from late in the game. pic.twitter.com/gevN1KyKqD— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) January 19, 2017
G Rob Edwards, Cleveland State
It’s been a rough first half of the year for the Vikings of Cleveland State, but that hasn’t stopped sophomore guard Rob Edwards (averaging 15.9 points per game, 6th in the Horizon League) as he looks to help his team make some inroads in the conference standings (6-14 overall, 2-6 in the Horizon). This past week the Vikings showed some real fight in a pair of road trips to play at Oakland and Milwaukee.
G/F Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina
Since Sindarius Thornwell returned to the starting five for head coach Frank Martin, it’s been smooth sailing for the Gamecocks of South Carolina (5-1). Sure, the most recent outing saw South Carolina fall by 16 against Kentucky in Rupp Arena, but few make it out of Kentucky’s friendly confines with fond memories. Thornwell will though as he dropped a career-high 34 points in the loss, but there's a bigger picture here. In other words, if your plan is making the NCAA Tournament then you are allowed a few minor hiccups along the way.
F Johnathan Motley, Baylor
Baylor’s Johnathan Motley has been at the forefront of the college basketball discussion since his team’s hot start to the year. And despite a brief stay at No. 1 for Baylor, Motley continues to garner attention as one of the nation’s most consistent and exciting big men to watch. His blend of athleticism and strength is matched by a happy-go-lucky demeanor on the court that would have most college basketball faithful smiling. And his head of hair could stand with the best in the game — bar none.
F Jonathan Isaac, Florida State
Last but certainly not least, the big man controlling the paint for Florida State — Jonathan Isaac. If there is any player that has benefitted from FSU’s six-game slog against teams in the AP Top 25, it’s been the 6’10” freshman from Naples, Florida. No better way to get used to the rigors of the college game than to be thrown right into the fray, and in the ACC there’s likely to be a quality opponent on a night-to-night basis. After a minor slip against North Carolina, wins against Notre Dame on Wednesday and Louisville on Saturday has Florida State right back to their winning ways (18-2 overall, 6-1 in conference).