As a companion to CHN's National Player of the Week, we will be presenting a Mid-Major Player of the Week as well this season. All non-BCS players are eligible for this award. In the case that the National POY is a non-BCS player, they will be repeated here as well.
Player of the Week
Eric Maynor – VCU
3 Games: 25 ppg, 3 rpg, 5.7 apg, 2.3 spg, 55.8% FG, 47.3% 3P FG
The CAA’s top player put together a banner week in garnering this week’s award. Not only did Maynor have great looking numbers, but he was a devastatingly efficient scorer, something you don’t often see from mid-major scoring machines. After torching Vanderbilt and Western Michigan early in the week, the senior saw his numbers take a bit of a dip, but not enough to prevent him from leading the Rams to a win in their conference opener.
Just Missed Out
Lester Hudson – Tennessee-Martin
2 Games: 23 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2 apg, 2 spg, 41.4% FG
One of last season’s more intriguing character stories, Hudson is having another fine season. He is still quite trigger happy from the perimeter, but he is a versatile scorer as he proved with a pair of twenty point games against Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky. As was the case last year, Hudson is one of the best rebounders for his size in the country, posting his first double-double of the season this week.
Ryan Wittman – Cornell
3 Games: 27.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1 spg, 37.6% FG, 40% 3P FG
Ivy League teams consider this your warning for the season: Ryan Wittman is a gunner. The junior dropped 28, 33 and 21 points on Indiana, Syracuse and Minnesota respectively attempting a ridiculous 45 three-pointers and hitting 40% of them. At 6’6” and with that kind of range he will be an absolute match up nightmare in a conference where most players at that size are banging under the boards.
Diow Lowhorn – San Francisco
3 Games: 23.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 53.3% FG, 63.6% 3P FG
The bruising Lowhorn has picked up right where he left off after his sophomore season, scoring in bunches and hauling down any rebound within in his reach. What the forward has done this year though is add the ability to score from the perimeter. Lowhorn connect on 7 of his 11 attempts from deep this week and is shooting a stellar 50% from that range on the season.
Alex Barnett – Dartmouth
Vs. Vermont: 32 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 12-19 FG, 6-7 3P FG
Sure Dartmouth lost by 17 points to Vermont, but how much fun was it watching Alex Barnett hit everything he threw up at the basket? The senior, though never having been afraid to shoot from outside, has never been a major weapon from this spot on the floor. What a difference a year makes as Barnett has gotten off to a torrid start, hitting 15 of his first 29 three-point attempts. He’ll be another player Ivy League teams need to watch out for in conference play.