Player of the Week: Michael Beasley

January 14th, 2008

When it comes to doing a Player of the Week, it is often very difficult to find the one player that was truly the best player during that week. Players from smaller conferences get overlooked at times, and players that put up huge numbers in losing efforts don’t even get much of a glance. When choosing one, we like to look at players who put up big numbers in multiple games throughout the week; did it against good competition; and helped their team win. However, with that criterion, it often knocks several deserving players out. Clemson’s Trevor Booker and Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin both had huge weeks, but their teams both lost a game. This week came down to Indiana’s D.J. White, Georgetown’s Roy Hibbert and Kansas State’s Michael Beasley. Although it may seem like the easy way out, the choice for this week was Beasley over the other two star big men.

Beasley, who began his career with a bang earlier this season when he jumped out of the gate with a 32-point, 24-rebound effort in his debut, is the first repeat winner of CHN Player of the Week honors. This week, he averaged 28.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and two blocks per game, as he helped lead the Wildcats to wins over Savannah State and Oklahoma. Sure, Savannah State isn’t a very good team by any stretch, but KSU held them to just 25 points in a dominating performance. Against Oklahoma, Beasley out dueled fellow rookie Blake Griffin, and hit a game-winning shot with 2.3 seconds left to pull off the upset on the road. Furthermore, Beasley shot a phenomenal 76 percent from the field in the two games. On the season, the 6-9 freshman is averaging 24.8 points and 13.1 rebounds.

As the season gets deeper into conference play and more towards March and Selection Sunday, it will be interesting how Beasley plays in the Big 12. He did very well against Oklahoma, obviously, but will he be able to sustain the unbelievable 25 and 13 he is averaging? Against arguably the four toughest teams on the schedule, Beasley is averaging a more pedestrian 16.8 points and 12 rebounds per game. Of course, he is one of the best players in the country, but going against guys like Darrell Arthur and Darnell Jackson, Damion James and Gary Johnson, Joseph Jones, Aleks Maric, etc. are going to be tough tests for the newcomer.

2007-08 Players of the Week
January 6th - Shan Foster, SR, Vanderbilt
December 30th - Brian Butch, SR, Wisconsin
December 23rd - Dwayne Curtis, SR, F, Mississippi
December 16th - Gary Forbes, SR, F, UMASS
December 9th - Joe Alexander, JR, F, West Virginia
December 2nd - Jerryd Bayless, FR, G, Arizona
November 25th - DJ Augustin, SO, G, Texas
November 18th - Jon Brockman, JR, F, Washington
November 11th - Michael Beasley, FR, F, Kansas State