Mid-Major Player of the Week
Jamal Barney – Loyola (MD)
3 Games: 27.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.7 spg
Jimmy Patsos may have been the one making waves for the Greyhounds earlier in the season, but Jamal Barney was the one doing it this week. The sophomore guard feasted on the three opposing defenses he faced, topping the 20-point mark in all three games. He torched NJ Tech for 40 points, getting to the line an impressive 22 times. The Baltimore native was able to help his team in other ways as well, hitting the boards hard and leading his team two a pair of conference wins.
John Bryant – Santa Clara
2 Games: 13.5 ppg, 16.5 rpg, 1 bpg, 11-23 FG
It’s about time that one of the nation’s most underrated big men gets a little love. Bryant has had a stellar senior season, continuing his consistent scoring while posting career bests in rebounding and assists. The Broncos may be in the midst of a tough six-game skid, but it is no fault of their star center. Bryant played solidly in a loss at Gonzaga and followed that up with a season high 22 rebounds on the road at Portland.
Kenneth Faried – Morehead State
3 Games: 14 ppg, 13.7 rpg, 2 apg, 2.3 spg, 1.3 bpg, 16-30 FG
Another frontcourt player who hasn’t been getting his due is Kenneth Faried. The New Jersey native was quietly one of the nation’s top rebounders as a freshman last year and guess what, he is right back near the top of that list. Faried had a pair of double-doubles this week and put together two of his best shooting performances of the season.
Seth Curry – Liberty
Vs. VMI: 35 points, 6 rebounds, 10-15 FG, 11-11 FT, 4-6 3P FG
The younger Curry has been the most explosive scoring freshman in the country this season, and the family shooting prowess was on full display in a Liberty win over VMI. The rook had a season high 35 points and was lights out from everywhere on the floor, including his perfect showing at the charity stripe. Expect plenty more games like this as his career progresses.