FoxSports Jeff Goodman has the story
on USCs other freshman, 68 Davon Jefferson
. Coming off an injury Jefferson has forced his way into the Trojan starting lineup, outplaying turnover prone OJ Mayo with strong games against Southern Illinois, Oklahoma and Kansas. Jefferson has gotten to the foul line 29 times the past three games.
ESPNs Fran Fraschilla had interesting observations on my two favorite unheralded freshmen, Villanovas Corey Fisher
and NC States J.J. Hickson
The most impressive player to me (in the Old Spice Classic), however, was 6-1 freshman Corey Fisher
, who is mature beyond his years. The Bronx native is a playground legend whose nickname is "Fisher Price" for the way he toys with people.
NC State's team is top heavy with frontline players with the addition of 6-9 McDonald's All-American JJ Hickson. He reminds me of the Timberwolves' Al Jefferson
at the same stage. The presence of Hickson allows 6-10 sophomore Brandon Costner
to roam the perimeter and shoot threes.
Hickson reminds me more of Peter Warrick, but regardless, he is extremely talented and commands double teams.
Butler made the Sweet 16 last year, is 7-0 this year, has beaten Michigan, Texas Tech and Virginia Tech and somehow doesnt seem to be talked about nationally. Saturday they had their best performance of the year holding Ohio State to 16 second half points
. Its unfortunate they only have one game left against a BCS conference school, Florida State.
Michigan losing to Harvard and ex-coach Tommy Amaker by 11 Saturday was so embarrassing; the whole Big 10
should be ashamed.
For those who were intently watching every Texas game last year to watch Kevin Durant
, it seemed that Damion James
was a limited player. While that is all he did to beat number one UCLA
with his dunk with eight seconds remaining Sunday night, the rest of his game has shown dramatic improvement. He now has a face up jumper to go along with his athleticism which he displayed in the second half where it seemed only James and DJ Augustin could score against the vaunted UCLA defense.
What a week, first Bob Knight
has a taped incident in which Knight and friends were accused of shooting shotguns at a neighbors home, then he leaves his team at halftime feeling ill and his teams ends up losing to the nations smallest Division I team
Gonzaga appears to have some serious competition in the West Coast Conference. After St. Marys upset Oregon last week they handedly beat
Seton Hall, except St Marys to join the top 25 shortly.
Fanhouse blog discusses Eric_Gordon's dominating performance
on Saturday and a FoxSports blogger
makes his case for Gordon being the best freshman in the country. Personally, I still think its Michael Beasley
Bob Gibbons of Scouts Inc on UCLAs number one recruiting class, which will probably be joining Kevin Love
Steadfast at the top of our 2007 Top 25 recruiting classes is UCLA, with four top-30 rated signees. As coach Ben Howland said after his four newcomers had officially signed, You got a happy coach in Westwood because I feel like we have a great recruiting class. Not only in terms of their abilities because you have four of the best players in the country, but also all of them are great kids from great families."
The Bruins' best class since the Wooden era includes No. 5-rated 6-4 G/F Jrue Holiday
(North Hollywood, Calif.), No. 24-rated 6-5 G/F Malcolm Lee
(Riverside, Calif.); No. 29-rated 6-9 PF Drew Gordon
(San Jose, Calif.) and No. 36-rated 6-3 PG Jerime Anderson
One player people should pay more attention to is Cals Ryan Anderson
, who scored 36 points against Nevada last week and has had three straight double doubles. He is in a rare breed of big men who can average over 20 points, 10 rebounds and shoot over 50 percent from the field and 80 percent from the line. Last season Devon Hardin
s injury allowed Anderson to shine, however, this season Andersons play has people almost forgetting about Hardin.