Mid-Major Player of the Week: Ben Woodside

    
December 14th, 2008
Player of the Week

Ben Woodside - North Dakota State
2 Games: 45.5 ppg, 5 rpg, 9 apg, 1 spg

If someone comes up with a better two game performance this season than Woodside had this past week, it will have to go down as one of the greatest offensive displays of the past decade. All the senior guard did was drop 91 points in back-to-back games, including a mind boggling 60 points against Stephen F. Austin on Friday. It's hard to really pick what was more impressive in the midst of Woodside's scoring spree, the fact that he went 41-47 from the free throw line or that he managed to dish out 18 assists while torching the nets.

Finalists

Stephen Curry - Davidson
2 Games: 34 ppg, 4 rpg, 8 apg, 2.5 spg

Believe it or not, this is Curry's first time making the list this season. Let's be honest, on a run down of the best performers by non-BCS players each week, Curry might as well have a permanent spot; for the sake of the other players on the fringe, I'll try to keep his appearances to a minimum unless completely warranted. This week was one of those weeks. The junior came to play on basketball's biggest stage at Madison Square Garden, dropping 27 points and dolling out 8 assists versus West Virginia in the Jimmy V Classic.

Kaleo Kina - Navy
2 Games: 22 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 5 apg, 1.5 spg

The Midshipmen's do everything senior had an impressive week, coming within a few assists of recording a triple-double in a loss to Virginia Tech at the BB&T Classic. Kina may have struggled shooting the ball from beyond the arc but he continued to show a great ability to rebound the basketball for a smaller perimeter player.

Ken Horton - Central Connecticut State
2 Games: 22 ppg, 9 rpg, 2 apg, 1 spg, 1 bpg

Almost a month into the season Horton has looked to be the most impressive player in the NEC so far. In all, the second year man had a very efficient week, connecting on 50% of his field goal attempts and 40% of his shots from beyond the arc. He was a handful for URI, posting 23 and 8, but the Blue Devils came up short, losing 77-69.

Worth Taking Note

Michael Bramos - Miami (OH)
2 Games: 27 ppg, 3 rpg, 12-17 3P FG

Bramos already made a name for himself earlier in the season with a big showing against UCLA, but his numbers this week were too good to deny some recognition. The sharpshooter continued his torrid perimeter shooting, upping his season percentage to 53% from beyond the arc in wins over Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Valparaiso.

Note: Dionte Christmas was CHN's National Player of the Week and was not eligible for this award.