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These are the college basketball players you need to know as Championship Week seizures the spotlight.
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25. Lamine Diane( Cal State Northridge/ Big West)
After being ruled academically ineligible to compete during the first semester of the 2019 -2 0 season, Diane has been back to putting up his ridiculous stat pipelines over the last two months. As a newcomer last-place season, the native of Senegal was the only player in the country to average above 24 tops( 24.8 ), 10 rebounds( 11.2) and two blocks( 2.2) per competition. Diane is averaging more points( 25.5 ppg) this season, has upped his steal( 1.8 spg) and assist( 2.9 apg) medians, and is only slightly behind last year’s pace when it comes to comebacks( 10.1 rpg) and blocked films( 1.8 bpg ). His Matadors squad currently sits in a three-way tie for second place in the Big West standings.
24. Jibri Blount( North Carolina Central/ MEAC)
Blount does a little of everything for North Carolina Central, which is now being held for first in the MEAC bears and looking to claim the league’s auto-bid to the NCAA tournament for the fourth directly season. If that happens, it’s almost a certainty that Blount will have had a significant amount to do with it. The 6’7 junior is averaging 19.2 phases and 9.1 rebounds per game.
23. Sayeed Pridgett( Montana/ Big Sky)
Pridgett has calmly been having one of the best seasons of any non-power conference player in America. The 6’5 elderly from Oakland makes Montana in scoring( 19.3 ppg ), rebounding( 7.2 rpg ), facilitates( 3.8 apg ), and steals( 1.6 spg ). With two tournaments to play in the regular season, Pridgett and the Grizzlies currently sit tied atop the Big Sky endures with Eastern Washington at 14 -4.
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22. Isaiah Blackmon( Saint Francis Pa ./ Northeast)
A year ago, Saint Francis’ Keith Braxton took residence Northeast Conference Player of the Year reputations. Twelve months later, that same statu seems destined to go to Braxton’s teammate, Isaiah Blackmon. The 6’1 picket has been a revelation for the Red Flash in his major season, and will participate the NEC tournament averaging career-bests in extents( 19.2 ppg ), rebounds( 5.4 rpg ), expedites( 1.6 apg ), and free-throw percentage (8 3.3 percentage ).
21. Paul Atkinson( Yale/ Ivy League)
Yale has been the best team in the Ivy League so far this season thanks in no small-minded role to Atkinson’s 17.5 parts and 7.5 comebacks per sport. The comedy of the 6’10 junior will reach the Bulldogs a trendy NCAA tournament upset pick … if they can get there. In order to start that happen they will likely have to knock off their greater threat, Harvard, on the Crimson’s home floor.
20 Tevin Brown( Murray State/ Ohio Valley)
Ja Morant’s right hand humankind a year ago, Brown has stepped into the Racers’ starring role as a sophomore. One of the best two-way actors in America at any level, Brown is a lockdown supporter who kills 41.5 percent from three and leads the Racers in scoring at 17.7 qualities per game.
19. Jalen Pickett( Siena/ Metro Atlantic Athletic)
A year ago, Pickett provided Siena rookies records for both tallying( 521) and steals( 66 ), while also achieving the fourth-highest single-season assist total overall( 221) in school record. He’s been even better as a sophomore, and has the Saints alone atop the MAAC stands manager into the final week of the regular season.
18. Jordan Ford( Saint Mary’s/ West Coast)
It’s a simply a mild overstatement be interpreted to mean that as Jordan Ford disappears, so vanishes Saint Mary’s. Heading into his final collegiate postseason, the lightning speedy sentry is averaging 21.2 phases per sport and fire shooting 48.9 percentage from the field despite almost never leaving the floor for the Gaels. He’s been participating in special courts for an average of 37.7 times per competition this season, the ninth-highest rate in the country.
17. Osasumwen Osaghae( Florida International/ Conference USA)
One of “the worlds largest” improved actors in the country, Osaghae norms 12.8 moments and 8.1 comebacks per competition. The major forward induces his biggest impact on the defensive end where he results the person in blocks by averaging merely a whisker under 4.0 spanks per competition. No one else in Division-I medians better than 3.5. Osaghae and the Panthers are currently held for fourth in the C-USA countenances with two regular season competitions still to play.
16. Caleb Homesley( Liberty/ Atlantic Sun)
The likely -ASun Player of the Year, Homesley has saved the best basketball of his college occupation for the end. The 6’6 major ward averaged 22.6 moments and 6.1 backlashes per recreation while shooting 50.9 percent from the field and 46.5 percent from three over the final seven games of the regular season.
15. Trevelin Queen( New Mexico State/ WAC)
Queen was the Aggies’ producing scorer before having to miss five tournaments after experiencing arthroscopic surgery on Jan. 22 to fix a lateral meniscus rend. Though the initial prognosis was that Queen would be out 4-6 weeks, he returned to the court just 22 epoches after the surgery. The super athletic senior has searched more like his old self in recent plays. If he can get back to near 100 percentage, NMSU could once again has become a dangerous first round dissident for some top five seed.
14. Jordan Lyons( Furman/ Southern)
The winningest player in the history of the program, Lyons will also leave Furman as the school’s all-time leader in three-pointers obliged, and in the top 15 on the career scoring list. The only major thing Lyons has failed to do in his college busines — which has included Furman being graded for the first time in 107 -year history of the program — is make the Paladins to the NCAA tournament. Lyons and busines will be the 2 grain in the SoCon tournament. If they prevail it, Furman will become the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1980.
13. Grant Riller( Charleston/ Colonial Athletic Association)
There’s a reason why Riller have begun to pop up as a late first round pick on a number of recent NBA mock sketches. He’s got amazing manages, a reliable outside shot, and( currently) 2,448 vocation sites, the second most in Charleston history and the third largest most in Colonial Athletic Association history. Riller will look to add to that total at the CAA tournament, where his Cougars will be the No. 4 grain.
12. Carlik Jones( Radford/ Big South)
The Big South’s Player of the Year, Jones has orchestrated 20 or more points 16 occasions this season. Despite merely has become a junior, Jones grades eighth on Radford’s all-time scoring list with 1,498 busines targets. He and the Highlanders is likely to be the No. 1 seed at the Big South tournament.
11. Terry Taylor( Austin Peay/ Ohio Valley)
One of “the worlds largest” electric players at the mid/ low major grade of Division-I, Taylor produces Austin Peay in scoring( 21.4 ppg ), rebounding( 10.8 rpg ), steals( 1.3 spg ), and blocks( 1.4 bpg ). The likely OVC Player of the Time, Taylor has 16 double-doubles still further in his junior season, a accomplishment he being carried out in seven members of Austin Peay’s final eight regular season games. Taylor and the Governors will be a risky 3 seed in the OVC tournament.
10. AJ Green( Northern Iowa/ Missouri Valley)
A year after being the Missouri Valley’s top scoring freshman, Green has emerged as the best player on the league’s best squad. The 6’4 sophomore from Cedar Falls is averaging 19.7 spots per tournament and fire shooting 91.7 percentage from the free-throw line, the fourth-best mark in the country. Regardless of how UNI performs at Arch Madness, it’s a safe bet that the basketball nature will see Green do his thing in the Big Dance.
9. Jermaine Marrow( Hampton/ Big South)
The nation’s fourth-leading scorer at 24.3 details per game, Marrow sees Hampton a real threat as the 5 seed in the Big South tournament. The Pirates acquired one recreation in the Big South tournament last season, their first in the conference after concluding the prance over from the MEAC. With Marrow, who became the school’s all-time preceding scorer last-place month, graduating after this year’s race, the pressure is on to do even more.
8. Justin Turner( Bowling Green/ Mid-American)
Currently averaging 18.3 objects, 4.6 backlashes and 2.6 assists per competition, Turner is the primary reasonablenes Bowling Green is in prime position to make it to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1968. The Falcons have been a force in the MAC with Turner at full-strength, but were remarkably average in December when the 6’4 junior was sidelined with a hamstring injury he suffered during the team’s overtime upset of Cincinnati.
7. Jhivvan Jackson( UTSA/ Conference USA)
UTSA’s season hasn’t gone as well as Roadrunner love were hoping it would four months ago, but that isn’t the demerit of Jackson. The nation’s second-leading scorer is averaging 27.3 phases per game and has tallied 20 or more points in every game but three this season. Even though they’re currently below. 500 with a 7-9 league mark, Jackson should utter UTSA a live longshot at next week’s C-USA tournament.
6. Yoeli Childs( BYU/ West Coast)
Suspended for the first nine plays of this season because he filed his NBA Draft suitability paperwork in the wrong say( swear to God that’s a real story, gaze it up ), Childs has been an absolute monster for the Puma since returning. BYU is razzing a nine-game winning streak that includes a double-digit victory over Gonzaga, and Childs is the biggest reason why. The elderly forward abilities into the postseason averaging 22.2 points, 8.9 comebacks and 2.1 encourages per activity.
5. Nathan Knight( William& Mary/ Colonial Athletic Association)
The Tribe’s leader in both scoring( 20.6 ppg) and rebounding( 10.5 rpg ), Knight are prepared to wrap up arguably the best career in the history of William& Mary basketball. What impels the season even more special is that he could have easily transferred to a high major program for his final college season, especially after head coach Tony Shaver was given a surprising axe last spring. Instead, Knight stuck around got to make sure the Dane Fischer era get off to the best start possible. The only thing left for him to accomplish now is taking the Tribe to the NCAA tournament for the first time in the 83 -year history of the program.
. @wmtribembb elderly center Nathan Knight has been reputation Men’s #CAAHoops Player of the Week, while @Elonmbasketball protector Hunter McIntosh payed CAA Rookie of the Week accolades pic.twitter.com /8 X1Ra2vVM0
— CAA Basketball (@ CAABasketball) February 17, 2020
4. Loudon Love( Wright State/ Horizon League)
The play of Love is the biggest reason Wright State brains into the postseason with a 25 -6 overall record and won the conference’s regular season designation by a full two sports over Northern Kentucky. The 6’9 Love was mentioned Horizon League Player of the Time after averaging 16.3 phases and 9.7 comebacks per game.
3. Sa’eed Nelson( American/ Patriot League)
American’s all-time preceding scorer, Nelson is the only active Division-1 musician with 2,000 career spots, 500 encourages, 500 rebounds and 250 steals. Earlier the coming week he became the third American player to be listed Patriot League Player of the Time, connecting Patrick Docter( 2002) and Derrick Mercer( 2009 ). Nelson’s Eagles will be the No. 2 seed in the Patriot League tournament.
2. Filip Petrusev( Gonzaga/ West Coast)
One of the least-heralded Gonzaga virtuosoes in recent years, Petrusev’s meteoric rise in his sophomore season is the main reason the Zags are right back in the concoction as a top tier national designation hopeful. The 6’11 native of Serbia enters the postseason averaging 17.8 spots and 7.8 backlashes per play.
1. Anthony Lamb( Vermont/ America East)
His counts are down a little from last-place season, but Lamb still seems like a virtual fastening to prevail his second straight America East Player of the Time apportioned. Lamb now also has the opportunity to become only the second player in the history of the America East to be reputation the Most Valuable Player of the league’s tournament three times. The only time in his college job that Lamb didn’t earn the honor was two years ago when the Catamounts were upset in the championship play by UMBC.
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