By Doug McKinney
It’s not the most wonderful time of the year. And no, I am not talking about Christmas; I love Christmas. When I say it’s not the most wonderful time of the year, I am referring to college basketball.
This part of the season is not sugar-plums by any means. It’s like the part of Christmas when you were a kid and you had just opened up your third consecutive awesome Sega Genesis game. And then, appears the ugly sweater gift. No child wants clothes (other than a jersey). You yearn for the good chunk of presents (or in this case, college basketball action) to come back. Do you ever yearn? I yearn.
At this point of the season if you are a fan of a powerhouse, your school is feasting on cupcakes. If you are a fan of low-to-mid-majors; there is a good chance you are getting your stocking stuffed by one of those powerhouses.
Plus, the first word in the term “student-athlete” comes into play at this time of the season more than any other. College basketball teams go on a hiatus because of exams.
Here are my rankings for this week:
1) Alex Len | SO - C, Maryland
Stat line: 13.9 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 2.6 BPG
*Some draft boards have him as a top 5 or top 10 pick in 2013 NBA Draft … scary thought is Terps big man keeps on getting better (and so do the Terps).
2) Otto Porter | SO - F, Georgetown
Stat line: 13 PPG, 6.9 RPG
*While the Hoyas aren’t known for their offense and 13 points per doesn’t stand out to most, Porter is still the glue of the team and in no question one of the best players in the Big East. And oh my goodness, he’s just a sophomore.
3) Erick Green | SR - G, Virginia Tech
Stat line: 24.4 PPG, 89.3% FT
*It was no secret entering this season that as Erick Green goes; so do the Hokies. But I don’t know if anyone could’ve expected this start. The Paul VI product is definitely in the conversation for best guard in ACC.
4) Juvonte Reddic | SO - F, VCU
Stat line: 14.4 PPG, 8.2 RPG
*Reddic is a monster on the boards and can get his points too. He continues the trend of long, athletic VCU bigs that spell trouble for opposition
5) Dylon Cormier | JR - G, Loyola (MD)
Stat line: 17.4 PPG, 5.0 RPG
*Though Loyola (MD) has dropped off a bit since its 7-1 start, Cormier has not. The junior guard has picked up where he left off last season and is – gulp – even better in his junior season.