While last week’s Player of the Week decision was a no-brainer – Kansas State’s Michael Beasley had 62 points and 38 rebounds in the first two games of his career – it wasn’t the same this time. There were some noteworthy single-game performances, like Beasley going off for 28 and 22, Cincinnati’s Deonta Vaughn hit nine three-pointers and had 36 points and Tennessee-Martin’s Lester Hudson had a quadruple-double. However, the one player who had several consistently good games was Washington’s Jon Brockman. The 6-7 junior forward was very impressive in his first week without lottery pick Spencer Hawes, who went to the NBA Draft early after last season.
He kicked things off with a solid 12-point, nine-rebound performance in only 21 minutes against NJIT, but followed it with a mammoth effort in a win over Utah. Brockman finished with 31 points and 18 rebounds, and thoroughly outplayed 7-1 center Luke Nevill, Utah’s star big man. Brockman played 37 minutes, committing only one foul and holding Nevill scoreless for a stretch of 14 and a half minutes. Brockman wasn’t done, though, scoring 26 points and grabbing eight rebounds in a victory against Eastern Washington on Sunday. All in all, Brockman had a terrific week, averaging 23 points and 11.7 rebounds in three games.
It will be interesting to see how Brockman does in the next couple of weeks when he faces better competition on a more consistent basis. This week, he faces DeAndre Jordan and Joseph Jones of Texas A&M on Wednesday, and also goes up against Oklahoma State and Pittsburgh in the first eight days of December. The Huskies are expected to finish in seventh or eighth in the Pac-10, leaving them squarely on the bubble heading into Selection Sunday.
2007-08 Collegehoops.net Players of the Week
November 11th - Michael Beasley, FR, F, Kansas State
November 18th - Jon Brockman, JR, F, Washington