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Player of the Week

DAngelo Harrison

D'Angelo HarrisonD'Angelo HarrisonIt appears that D'Angelo Harrison figured this whole "offense" thing out. He's scoring in volume and doing it consistently. He put up 24 and 25 points consecutively before dropping 36 in a wasted effort at Villanova. He's proven lethal on the perimeter, whether it's with the quick-trigger transition three or off the bounce en route to the rim.

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Russ SmithRuss SmithRuss Smith, Louisville

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Maalik Wayns, Villanova

Maalik WaynsMaalik WaynsWayns played well this week, going for 18 and 8 assists in a win over DePaul, and 26 and 5 in a tough loss to Cincy. He shot a combined 8-13 from downtown during the stretch, and if the Wildcats could stop anybody from scoring, they might have gotten two wins this week instead of one.

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Jae Crowder, Marquette

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Player of the Week

Jae Crowder

Jae CrowderJae CrowderCrowder has made a late season push for conference player of the year honors, after scoring 29 in a road win over UConn, 27 in a blowout over Rutgers, and just recently 26 in Marquette's best conference road-win of the year at West Virginia.

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Player of the Week

Jack Cooley, Notre Dame

Jack CooleyJack CooleyCooley is averaging 20 points and 14 rebounds on 73% from the floor over his past three games, leading the Irish to three more wins and an 11-3 conference record.

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Player of the Week

Kris Joseph

Kris JosephKris JosephJoseph had his best week of the season, knocking down big shots in crunch-time and stepping up when called upon.

The senior swingman scored 29 in a win over Georgetown, converting on a career high six three point makes that allowed the Orange to squeak by in overtime. Joseph looked sharp in catch and shoot opportunities, sporting a quick and fluent release with clean mechanics. When he sets his feet and steps into his shot, you can see it dropping from the second it leaves his fingertips.

He shot 3 for 4 from three against Connecticut, making him 9 for 15 from downtown on the week. Joseph is also attacking the rim with purpose, causing defenders to hesitate when attempting to close on him as a shooter.

His three-point shot is such an important aspect of his overall prospect package. If he can prove to be a true threat as a spotup shooter with range, he'll maximize his value and increase prospective interest.

When Joseph started his career, he got by thanks to athleticism and physical tools without a true feel for the game. Now, he's starting to fill the mold of an inside/outside off the ball stretch-slasher with enough substance to justify a 20-25 minute/game NBA role. He's averaging 14 points on 37% from three on the year.

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Player of the Week

Travon Woodall

Travon WoodallTravon WoodallWoodall has really excelled with the ball in his hands, not only as a playmaker but as a scorer alongside Ashton Gibbs. He dropped 29 points, 6 boards and 5 assists in a win over Villanova after finishing with 24 in a huge win over West Virginia.

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Player of the Week

Moe Harkless

Moe HarklessMoe HarklessMoe looks to be turning a corner after going for 30 and 13 in a loss to Duke.

Harkless has the potential to be really, really good. He’s got power forward size and small forward length, athleticism and mobility. Moe’s becoming more comfortable operating on the perimeter, showing impressive footwork and body control attacking the rim.

He made West Virginia look like a bunch of silly old men, lighting them up for 23, 13 and 3 blocked shots in a 16 point beatdown at the Garden. With promising shooting mechanics we can only expect steady improvement from the 18 year old combo-forward.

Harkless clearly has top five pick potential, and could maximize his stock by staying for college year number two.

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Gorgui Dieng C, Louisville

This kid needs some love. Pitino doubled his playing time and Dieng has doubled his production, averaging 10 points, 9.7 rebounds and a league leading 3.4 blocks a game.

Dieng is moving well on the interior, and does a nice job of anticipating and reacting off the ball. During Louisville’s three game winning steak he’s averaging 12 points, 13.6 boards and 4 blocks a game, which is becoming an every night line for the 6’11 center from Senegal.

Like Syracuse’s Fab Melo, Dieng is the rim protector and anchor of the Louisville interior, only he doesn’t have the surrounding weapons of the Orange defense and attack. Without Dieng, the Cardinals would not be the threat that they present to other talented and more skilled offensive teams.

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Player of the Week

Kevin Jones

Kevin JonesKevin JonesThough not the sexiest player of the week pick considering the frequency of his appearances here, it would have been irresponsible to choose anyone else.

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Player of the Week

Jordan TheodoreJordan TheodoreJordan Theodore, Seton Hall

I would love to have a friend like Theodore. He's become one of the best sharers in the conference, consistently fulfilling his duties as a senior point guard.

Theodore has been averaging 18 points and 8.8 assists over his last five games. He has defined the term "floor general", wisely picking and choosing when to score and distribute with great efficiency. His leadership and poise have helped transform Seton Hall from being a break on the schedule to an unpleasant matchup.

He leads the Big East in dishes at 7.4 per game.
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Vincent Council PG, Providence

Council was fantastic against Louisville, slicing through their pressure defense for 15 points and 14 assists, turning it over just twice in 40 minutes. He added 8 boards in one of the most complete performances given from any point guard in the conference this year.

Maalik Wayns PG, Villanova

Though Nova lost, Wayns had a career night against Cincinnati, finishing with 39 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and only 2 turnovers. Wayns has improved as a scorer, but remains questionable as an orchestrator. 39 points from your point guard is never a good sign.

Kevin Jones PF, West Virginia

Another day at the office for Jones. 24 points, 14 rebounds in a cakewalk over Rutgers. Man does he look good.

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