Although the college football season is winding down and conference championship games are just around the corner, college basketball ruled the holiday week. With plenty of tournaments and marquee match-ups on every night, fans who weren’t interested in this season yet definitely had a chance to get in the swing of things. At the same time, there was certainly an abundance of tremendous individual performances, including impressive weeks from the usual suspects: Chase Budinger, Sean Singletary, Tyler Hansbrough, Kevin Love, Eric Gordon, Michael Beasley, among others. But none had the mix of consistent production and big win that Texas sophomore D.J. Augustin did.
Augustin, a 5-11 point guard, played a major role in the Longhorns improving to 5-0 with wins over New Mexico State and No. 7 Tennessee en route to winning the Legends Classic title in Newark, New Jersey. He averaged 24 points and nine assists per contest in the two games, and also pitched in with 3.5 assists and three steals per game. Augustin was also efficient shooting the ball, hitting 62% of his field goals and 50% of his three-point attempts. He did have six turnovers in both contests, but those mistakes were negated by the rest of his game. Texas’ 97-78 dismantling of Tennessee was arguably the most impressive performance by a top 25 team yet this season, and Augustin was the primary reason for it. So far, the transition without Player of the Year Kevin Durant in Austin has been smooth.
Augustin will get a chance to battle against another one of the best point guards in the country next Sunday when Texas heads west to face Darren Collison and UCLA. Bruins coach Ben Howland will undoubtedly have a defense ready to contain Augustin, so it will be interesting to see how the young sophomore reacts as the focal point of the Texas offense. For the rest of the non-conference season, Augustin will also go against Michigan State’s Drew Neitzel, Trevon Hughes of Wisconsin and up-and-coming Patrick Mills of St. Mary’s, who dropped 37 on Oregon this week. There obviously will be no shortage of barometers for Augustin to measure himself against the rest of the way.
2007-08 Collegehoops.net Players of the Week
November 18th - Jon Brockman, JR, F, Washington
November 11th - Michael Beasley, FR, F, Kansas State