Sean Singletary – Virginia – SR
20.4ppg, 6.9rpg, 4.4apg
Best game – Nov 14th – Howard – 23 points, 8 assists, 4 boards
Singletary has helped lead the Cavaliers to 6-1 record and an upset victory of Arizona in Tucson. Now if he could only get his turnovers to less than five a game and shoot better than 40% from the field he’d really be cooking.
Tyrese Rice – Boston College – JR
23.4ppg, 6.8apg, 4.0rpg
Best game – Nov 28th – Michigan – 28 points, 8 boards, 5 assists
BC has a knack for replacing departed starts – Craig Smith begat Jared Dudley who begat Tyrese Rice. After a rather soft early schedule, it will be interesting to see if Rice can keep up the blistering pace once conference play kicks off.
Tyler Hansbrough – North Carolina – JR
20.3ppg, 9.6rpg, 1.6spg
Best game – Nov 18th – Iona – 27 points, 9 boards, 3 steals
No surprise here – Hansbrough has been a beast for the top-ranked Tar Heels. Yes, they’re playing a weak schedule out of the gate (no teams currently in the top-25 through their first 14 games), but don’t expect a significant drop off in Hansbrough’s play when he faces the big boys later in the season.
Kyle Singler – Duke – FR
14.1ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.0bpg
Best game – Nov 19th – Princeton – 21 points, 12 boards
On a Blue Devil team lacking quality bigs, the undersized Singler (6’8” 220lbs) has been a godsend, leading the team in scoring and rebounding. Against top-25 competition he is averaging 19ppg and 6.5rpg.
J.J. Hickson – North Carolina State – FR
18.5ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.5bpg
Best game – Nov 28th – Michigan State – 21 points, 10 boards, 4 blocks
It’s been disappointing results in the early going for highly touted NC State with losses to New Orleans and a blowout loss to Michigan State already on their resume. However, Hickson has been all he’s been advertised as plus more, leading the Wolfpack in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots while shooting an unreal 72.9% from the floor.
Next up – the Big 12.