2.) The name Brian Conklin. For those not dialed in on Billiken hoops, the 6-foot-6 freshman is getting better with each game (10.2 points, 5.2 rebounds) and has been a model of efficiency for a newcomer. Conklin is averaging an incredible 1.96 points per shot; shooting better from the field (73%) than the stripe (72%).
3.) Jarhon Giddings is providing quality senior leadership at Richmond. After seeing his minutes decrease in both his sophomore and junior seasons, Giddings has been a nice surprise for the Spiders this season. The senior is averaging 8.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 55% from the field and 81% from the stripe.
4.) St. Bonaventure’s Andrew Nicholson is for real. Featured last week in a CCT exclusive, the 6-foot-9 freshman is averaging 10.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in just twenty-two minutes of action. There will be nights where the young fella struggles, but the Bonnies have found a player down low to build around.
5.) Aaron Jackson of Duquesne is the most productive (and most underappreciated) guard in the conference. Competition aside, save for Duke, Jackson is leading the young Dukes while boasting an incredible stat line of 16.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 3 steals per game.
6.) Don’t be fooled by La Salle’s unremarkable record. The Explorers took UConn and Florida State - two teams with a combined 13-0 record - to the wire before falling. Things are improving in the turnover department. Now, the Explorers just need Vernon Goodridge (4.6 fouls per game) to stay on the floor.
7.) GW is receiving scoring from its backcourt. Noel Wilmore (12.0 points per game) and freshman Tony Taylor (9.3 points per game) are combining for over six points more than GW’s backcourt averaged last season. Wilmore is shooting an exceptional 48% from long range, while Taylor is a solid 38% from beyond the arc.