By Julia Speace
Andre Drummond is a phenom. In the college basketball landscape today, he is considered unmatchable in pure athleticism, size, and knowledge of his post game. His expertise in the center position alone is deep enough to launch him into the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft as a young 18-year old freshman.
However, where the battle remains with Drummond is not in his body, but instead, in his mind. He is the type of player to read into things too much, think about mistakes too much; simply, to care too much. If Drummond is to make the one-and-done leap into the NBA, which many say he will, he needs to develop the all-important professional athlete trait of amnesia.
After rattling off a string of uber-impressive games, the 6’11”, 275-pound center seemed poised to lead the Huskies into a successful Big East campaign. In the game versus the Fighting Irish, Drummond scored 10 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. In the outing against the Mountaineers, Drummond registered 20 points to go along with 11 rebounds. (more…)
By Michael Almonte
As the college basketball season enters into February keep your eye on three teams who will be making a strong push for an incredible tournament run come March.
The Georgetown Hoyas are poised to raise havoc not only in the Big East Tournament but the NCAA tournament as well. The Hoyas currently ranked No. 10 with a 16-3 record sit in second place in the Big East behind Syracuse with a month left to go in the season. The Hoyas are led by senior guard Jason Clark who is averaging 15.9 PPG and junior forward Hollis Thompson who ranks second on the team in scoring with 14.0 PPG. A date at Syracuse awaits the Hoyas on (more…)
By Julia Speace
By Tim Donohoo
We have reached the midway point in the 2011-12 college basketball season and five players stand out in the Big East Conference, having made significant progress this season.
Gorgui Dieng, Louisville, 6-10 sophomore center (Senegal):Leads the conference with 3.2 blocked shots per game and 9 rebounds a contest. Last season he averaged 5 points and 4 rebounds a game. He had 3 blocks or more in 6 games a year ago. He stepped in and played admirably as a freshman for the Cardinals. He is a force defensively and is maturing on the glass as well as handling the ball. He has picked up his game from a year ago and is blessed with considerable skills. He is also avoiding the silly fouls this season, a problem in 2010-11 for Coach Rick Pitino’s club.
Dion Waiters, Syracuse, 6-4 sophomore guard (Philadelphia):A solid wing player who has the potential to be a fine all-around player. Waiters is a dynamic offensive player who possesses outstanding upper body strength. Can take the ball to the glass with authority and draw the foul in a crowd. Averaged 6 points and a rebound per contest as a freshman. Has stepped up his numbers this season for the Orange with 12 points per game in just 22 minutes a game. Has hit the double figure mark in scoring 15 times in 2011-12 including a 22 point outing versus North Carolina State. Distributing the rock well, evident in a 7 assist game against Marquette. He is shooting 53 percent from the field and is a big reason why Syracuse is playing “lights out” this year. (more…)
By: Julia Speace
By Michael Almonte
The difference between superstars and good players is consistency throughout a player’s college career. Two players who had spectacular years a year ago have suddenly vanished and disappointed from the spotlight.
Kentucky’s sophomore Terrance Jones who was awesome a year ago had huge expectations coming into this year and so far has not lived up to the hype. The scary part is Jones has to time to find his groove for the No. 2 ranked Wildcats and if he can rekindle his magic from a year ago, then the Wildcats are certainly one of the favorites to win it all. The numbers don’t lie for Jones who averaged 15.7 PPG and 8.8 RPG a year ago for a team that reached the Final Four. This year Jones is averaging 11.3. PPG and 6.6 RPG for a team that has a record of 12-1. His minutes are even down from a year ago where he played 31.5 to this year where is averaging 28.3. Jones even missed two games this year after dislocating his pinky on his left shooting hand. Sometimes in sports it’s not how you start its how you finish. The advantage Jones has is time to fix his game and reach the potential he has. (more…)