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Player of the Week

Romero Osby, Oklahoma

Romero OsbyRomero OsbyIn his first season at Oklahoma last season, he ended the season on fire, scoring no less than 9 points in his last 17 games, including 3 double-doubles. It seems as though Osby is about to do it again this year with his current stretch of great play. He’s averaging 19.2 ppg over his past 5 games on 57.9% from the field, and getting to the line 7.2 times per game on average. He’s been Oklahoma’s best player recently and a big reason why they are currently 3rd in the conference standings.

Who’s Hot

Sheldon McClellan, Texas

It’s in McClellan’s nature to score the basketball, and recently a move to the bench seems to have reinvigorated him into doing just that. His move to the bench hasn’t limited his minutes, but his effectiveness has shot up. In two close losses to two of the conference’s top three teams, he went for 25 and 18, while shooting 10% above his season average in those games. His steals and assists were also above his season averages. Efficiency has been a struggle with him all year, but if he can keep producing like this then Texas won’t be in the conference cellar for long.

HM: Shane Southwell, Jeff Withey

Who’s Not

Elijah Johnson, Kansas

The whole season has been a disappointment for Johnson, but he was never playing bad enough to make the list until now. With his athletic gifts and taking on a more of a role this year, I, along with many others, had very high expectations for him that he has just flat-out not met. For the most part both his bulk and efficiency numbers have dropped from last year and this current stretch of play certainly isn’t helping. While averaging 35 mpg, he’s averaging 7 points 3 assists 4 turnovers per game on 19% shooting recently. Kansas is still playing well and winning, but Johnson has been as big a disappointment as any this year.

HM: Aaric Murray, Chris Babb

Top 5 Scorers at Guard

1. Ben McLemore-The thing with McLemore is that not only is he near the 50/40/90 club and averaging over 16 ppg, but he does it all within the flow of the offense. He’s not one to force the issue, and his ability to score in a variety of ways coupled with his efficiency makes him the conference’s top scorer.

2. Pierre Jackson-Jackson leads the conference in scoring and has the ability to both attack the paint and knock down shots from deep. He lacks great efficiency as a scorer, but he has to do a lot on his own and his size is limiting.

3. Will Clyburn-Clyburn is a bit of a dark-horse NBA prospect because he’s got excellent size and length and the ability to score in multiple ways. He’s a good shooter, and has shown the ability to take his man off the dribble as well. He’s been big of ISU this season.

4. Rodney McGruder-The KSU senior isn’t having his best year, but he’s shown for years that he is one of the better scorers in the country, not just the conference. He’s been a bit cold this year, but he’s still a guy with good size, athleticism, a very good set jumper, and can attack the rim when he needs to.

5. Sheldon McClellan-He’s been ice cold this year, but he’s a really good athlete who up until this year was a pretty solid shooter when he had time to set up. He’s still near the top of the conference in scoring, and he’s starting to heat up.

Conference Standings

1. Kansas 17-1 (5-0)

2. Kansas State 15-3 (4-1)

3. Oklahoma 13-4 (4-1)

4. Baylor 13-5 (4-1)

5. Iowa State 13-4 (3-1)

6. Oklahoma State 12-5 (2-3)

7. West Virginia 8-9 (1-3)

8. Texas Tech 8-8 (1-4)

9. TCU 9-9 (0-5)

10. Texas 8-10 (0-5)