With conference play just getting under way, this is the time of year that men separate from the boys. A couple of youngsters have popped up on the ACC’s All-December list. Will they rise to the challenge in conference play?
Guard – Greivis Vasquez – Maryland – SO
16.7ppg, 6.2apg, 5.2rpg
Best game – Dec 28th – Delaware – 18 points, 8 assists, 6 boards, 3 steals
In a so-so season thus far for the Terrapins, the Venezuelan guard has been a bright light. Vasquez scored in double figures in all his team’s December games, putting up about 18 points, seven assists and five boards for the month.
Guard/Forward – K.C. Rivers – Clemson – JR
16.0ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.6spg
Best game – Dec 20th – PR Mayaguez – 21 points, 11 boards
Despite suffering their first defeat of the year at the hands of Ole Miss, the surprising Tigers keep on rolling – blasting Samford and Alabama in their last two games. Rivers has been the main reason for their early success, as he’s scored in double figures in all of the team’s games to date, and averaged about 17 points, seven boards and two steals in December.
Forward – James Johnson – Wake Forest – FR
13.2ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.6spg, 1.4bpg
Best game – Dec 1st – USC Upstate – 15 points, 11 boards, 4 steals
Another under-the-radar freshman, Johnson cranked his game up a notch in December for Wake. He put up four double-doubles for the month, and ending up averaging around 14 points and 10 boards.
Forward - Tyler Hansbrough – North Carolina – JR
22.2ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.5spg
Best game – Dec 4th – Penn – 29 points, 10 boards, 12-16 FG
The big guy continues to get the job done for the top ranked Heels. Five out of the team’s seven December contests saw Hansbrough post double-doubles. An All-November ACC pick also, Psycho T is heating up just in time for conference play.
Forward/Center – J.J. Hickson – North Carolina State – FR
17.8ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.9bpg, 71.4% FG
Best game – Dec 29th – Western Carolina – 33 points, 13 boards, 3 blocks
You read that right – Hickson is shooting over 70% from the field this season. Another member of the ACC All-November team, the freshman is not cooling off with the weather, as his stat line above versus Western Carolina shows.
- Next up – the Big 10.