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.
G John Gillon, Syracuse
Gillon was phenomenal against Duke, scoring 26 points including the clutch dagger above. Gillon was an iron man for the Orange on Wednesday – he played all 40 minutes – and it only took him 14 shots to score those 26 points. He hasn’t missed a free-throw since Jan. 28 against Florida State, and Gillon gets to the line fairly often – the senior is averaging a healthy 3.3 attempts per game.
As a whole, Syracuse hasn’t had the season it hoped for. But Gillon has been solid all year long.
G Monte Morris, Iowa State
One of the most underappreciated players in college basketball, Morris is balling once again this year, and he just had himself a heck of a week. The Cyclone floor general averaged 20 points and 6.5 assists per game in two Iowa State wins – one of which was against No. 9 Baylor.
Without Georges Niang and Jameel McKay, Morris has been asked to do more this year, but his efficiency hasn’t waned. The senior is shooting almost 47 percent from the floor, and he’s up to 39 percent from distance. The Cyclones are hot right now, and Morris is a major reason why.
F Allonzo Trier, Arizona
Arizona dropped a tough one to UCLA over the weekend, but with Trier back in the fold, the Wildcats are a different team. Trier is a foul-drawing machine that can score from all three levels – in two games this past week, he scored 55 combined points on 25 shot attempts.
Perhaps most importantly, Trier is a much better shooter as a sophomore than he was as a freshman. He’s shooting 42 percent from 3-point land, and he sunk seven 3s in two games this week. Arizona is dangerous, and it Trier gives it a legitimate go-to guy.
F Eric Mika, BYU
For those that thought Gonzaga would go undefeated this season – Eric Mika has other ideas. The BYU forward was brilliant on Saturday night, scoring 29 points and snaring 11 rebounds in the Cougars’ huge upset win. Mika also blocked two shots and got to the free-throw line 13 times; Gonzaga doesn’t have many holes, but it didn’t have any answer for Mika.
The sophomore was excellent in BYU’s Thursday game against Portland, too; Mika scored 19 points in a Cougar win. It was an excellent week for an excellent player.
C Angel Delgado, Seton Hall
America is learning just how good this guy is. Delgado is the nation’s leading rebounder, and he’s a beacon of consistency – the last time Delgado didn’t record a double-double was on Jan. 16 against Villanova.
This week, it was more of the same. Delgado averaged 20.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in two Pirate wins, and he’s keeping Seton Hall in the NCAA tournament conversation. Josh Hart is the first player you think of out of the Big East, but in terms of sheer impact, Delgado isn’t far behind.