Player of the Week
Jeremiah Dominguez – Portland State
2 Games: 20 ppg, 4 rpg, 3.5 apg, 3.5 spg, 52.1% FG
In what has to be one of the shock upsets of the season, and the biggest win in program history, Dominguez led Portland State to a 77-70 win over former #7 Gonzaga. The senior point guard did it all for the Viks in the win, scoring 25 points, hauling in 6 boards, doling out 5 assists, and hitting 7 long-range bombs. While Portland State, the reigning Big Sky champs, are no slouches.. its virtually impossible to get a win at the Kennel, where the Zags are now 55-3.
Dane Brumagin – UMKC
2 Games: 30 ppg, 6 rpg, 2 apg, 2 spg, 55.3% FG
The top gunner for the Kangaroos brings home player of the week honors this time around after a pair of big scoring performances in a two game home stand. The undersized forward torched Texas-San Antonio for 26 points on Monday in a tough 4-points loss. Following a five day break, Brumagin showed no rust in lighting up SIU Edwardsville for 34 points on an extremely efficient shooting night, going 12-19 from the field. The second performance was the seniors best of the season and Brumagin has now topped 20 points in five games this year.
Jahmar Young – New Mexico State
2 Games: 24 ppg, 4 rpg, 3.5 apg, 9-15 3P FG
The second year player out of Baltimore, Maryland has been lighting up opponents out west this season and this may have been his best week yet. Young started with a solid 18-point showing in a loss to rival New Mexico before exploding for 30 points in a homecoming of sorts on the road at Loyola (MD). Young shot an impressive 7 of 9 from beyond the arc in that game, upping his perimeter shooting percentage to 45%.
Robert Vaden – UAB
2 Games: 17 ppg, 4 rpg, 2.5 apg,
Overall it was a slow week for college hoops due to the Christmas holiday, so most weeks with numbers like these Vaden may have not cracked the finalists group, but 22 points against Louisville is worth recognizing. The senior marksmen has seen his shooting numbers take a tumble this year, with his most dangerous weapon being the three, taking a 4% drop from 40 to 36. Perhaps most confusing though has been the huge drop off in Vaden’s production at the free throw line. After shooting a lights out 86% at the charity stripe last year, he has fallen to a rather average 71% this season.
Ahmad Nivins – Saint Joseph’s
Vs. Cornell: 26 points, 16 rebounds, 10-13 FG
The A-10’s most formidable frontcourt player had another dominating performance in the Hawks close call win over Cornell. The senior dropped 26 points on 10-13 shooting from the field and hauled down a game high 16 rebounds, including 9 on the offensive glass. Nivins has recorded six double-doubles this season and has a couple of more non-conference opponents to toy with before delving into the conference schedule.
- All non-BCS players are eligible for CollegeHoops.net's Mid-Major Player of the Week.