College Basketball's All Mid-Major Team: Mid-Season Edition
It's the most wonderful time of the year—conference play is starting to get underway.
With non-conference play coming to an end, it is time to evaluate the best players competing at the mid-major level. These are the guys who do not necessarily get all the recognition they deserve due to playing at smaller level schools.
This team will consist of five starters and seven bench players.
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Donald Sims, Appalachian State (Point Guard)
22.4 PPG, 4.3 APG, 2.3 SPG
Michael Glover, Iona (Power Forward)
21.7 PPG, 10.4 RPG
Sam Willard, Pacific (Power Forward)
Stats: 16.6 PPG, 10.8 RPG
Chris Fouch, Drexel (Shooting Guard)
Stats: 19.1 PPG, 41.0 3P%
Norris Cole, Cleveland State (Point Guard)
Stats: 21.5 PPG, 4.7 APG, 38.3 3P%
Orlando Johnson, UC Santa Barbara (Shooting Guard)
Stats: 18.7 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 42.6 3P%
C.J. McCollum, Lehigh (Shooting Guard)
Stats: 21.3 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 2.3 SPG
Ryan Rossiter, Siena (Power Forward, Bench)
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Stats: 20.3 PPG, 13.3 RPG
Rossiter was picked the MAAC Preseason Player of the Year. As of now, Rossiter still appears to be the leader for that honor when the end of the season comes. Rossiter has scored 26 points or more on five different occasions. Rossiter recorded a career-high 21 rebounds against Princeton in late November.
Andrew Goudelock, Charleston (Shooting Guard, Bench)
Stats: 23.5 PPG, 4.0 APG, 40.2 3P%
Andrew Goudelock has been a consistent scorer for the College of Charleston, and he has also been a true leader.
Goudelock has scored in double digits in every game this season and posted a season-high 33 points against Davidson on December 2. Goudelock recorded a double-double in the season opener against Maryland with 27 points and 10 rebounds.
Goudelock has brought his Cougars to an 8-4 record, already with a pair of wins in the Southern Conference.
Adrian Oliver, San Jose State (Shooting Guard, Bench)
Stats: 25.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 37.7 3P%
Adrian Oliver is a pure scorer. The fifth year senior is third in the nation in scoring and recently posted a career-high 42 points on 12-of-15 shooting. Oliver has taken his San Jose Spartans to being a favorite in the WAC with an 8-3 record.
Although Oliver is an outstanding scorer, his other numbers are not where they need to be in order to make the mid-major starting lineup.
Denzel Bowles, James Madison (Power Forward, Bench)
Stats: 18.6 PPG, 8.8 PPG, 62.2 FG%
Bowles has been slightly disappointing this season. The senior, who averaged more than 20 points per game last season, has allowed some of his numbers to fall a little. However, Bowles is still having a great season.
Bowles has posted five double-doubles this season. After a couple of strong outings in the beginning of the season, Bowles struggled for a couple of games. Since James Madison's game against Eastern Michigan, Bowles has been on fire, scoring more than 20 points on five different occasions. Most recently, Bowles exploded for 34 points and 13 rebounds against Marshall.
Xavier Silas, Northern Illinois (Shooting Guard, Bench)
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Stats: 26.2 PPG, 90.1 FT%, 43.2 3P%
Xavier Silas is currently second in the nation in scoring and the No. 1 scorer among mid-majors. Despite having the burden of scoring most of Northern Illinois' points, Silas has done a strong job of not letting his shooting numbers slip.
Silas is shooting 49.7 percent from the field and is averaging 1.63 points per shot.
The guard, in his second year with the Huskies, has scored more than 30 points four times this season. Silas scored 40 points against Illinois-Chicago, where he made 22 of his 24 free throws.
Keith Benson, Oakland (Center, Bench)
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Stats: 16.7 PPG, 10.3 RPG, 3.1 BPG
A few games ago, Keith Benson would probably be the starting center on the mid-major team. However, over the last week and a half, Benson has only averaged 11 points and 7 rebounds per game.
Up until Oakland's game against Michigan, Benson had been averaging more than 20 points per game. So far this season, Benson has recorded nine double-doubles.
Josh Slater, Lipscomb (Point Guard, Bench)
Stats: 18.1 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 4.6 APG, 2.5 SPG
Josh Slater has been a very strong point guard for Lipscomb. The senior from Nashville has scored in double digits in every game and nearly recorded a triple-double against Tennessee-Martin with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists.
As great as Slater has been this year, his assist to turnover ratio has suffered since last season. Last season, Slater had 1.78 assists for every turnover. This year, Slater is only dishing out 1.44 dimes for every turnover he commits.
D.J. Cooper, Ohio (Point Guard, Starter)
Stats: 19.8 PPG, 7.2 APG, 6.0 RPG, 2.9 SPG
D.J. Cooper was outstanding as a freshman last season. This year, he has been counted on to do just about all of the work for the Ohio Bobcats. Cooper seems to have had some trouble taking on all this responsibility, but considering he is just a sophomore, he is doing more than fine.
Cooper had an outstanding performance against St. Bonaventure on December 18. Cooper played all 55 minutes of the triple overtime game and scored 43 points, collected eight rebounds, dished out 13 assists and swiped eight steals.
Unfortunately, since he is counted on to do most of the work for Ohio, he took 41 shots. Since Cooper is only a 5'11" human, he only made 17 of them.
Charles Jenkins, Hofstra (Shooting Guard, Starter)
Stats: 23.8 PPG, 4.4 APG, 48.9 3P%
Charles Jenkins currently stands at No. 6 in the nation in scoring. The senior from Queens, NY recently recorded his 2000th point as a member of the Pride against Manhattan on December 18.
Jenkins leads the CAA in scoring and is No. 5 in assists. Jenkins has a strong ability to drive and remains a threat from the outside with a 48.9 three-point percentage.
Jenkins has scored at least 13 points in every game this season and more than 20 in seven games. Jenkins scored a career-high 40 points against Binghamton, including 31 points in the second half.
Anatoly Bose, Nicholls State, (Small Forward, Starter)
Stats: 25.0 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 38.3 3P%
Anatoly Bose has scored in double digits in 23 straight games. The senior from Australia has been near unstoppable this year.
Bose has good size for his position at 6'6". Bose has been counted on to do most of the work for his Colonels, and he has managed to keep his shooting numbers from slipping too low.
Against Big-Six schools, Bose is averaging 27.3 points per game. The shaggy-haired Colonel dropped 37 points at Oklahoma State.
Kenneth Faried, Morehead State (Power Forward, Starter)
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Stats: 18.3 PPG, 14.3 RPG, 61.3 FG%
Kenneth Faried continues to improve. For the third straight year, Faried is averaging a double-double. The 6'8" forward has already recorded 10 double-doubles this season. He has posted a season-high 20 rebounds twice this year and recorded a 20-20 with 25 points and 20 rebounds against SIU-Edwardsville.
Faried recorded double-doubles against both Florida and Ohio State.
Unlike a few of the other players on this all mid-major team, Faried has support. Although this helps Faried in some ways, it also takes away from his scoring numbers. If Faried was on a team where he was counted on to do more of the scoring, it would not be surprising to see him averaging more than 20 points per game.
Adnan Hodzic, Lipscomb (Center, Starter)
Stats: 20.2 PPG, 8.9 RPG
Adnan Hodzic leads the Atlantic Sun in scoring and is in the top 25 in the nation. The Bosnian Mamba became Lipscomb's all-time leading scorer on December 11 with a 23-point performance at Tennessee Tech.
Hodzic led the nation in scoring in 2009-10 with 22.7 PPG. He has scored in double digits in 67 straight games, with his last single digit performance coming at Samford early in his sophomore season.
Picked as the Atlantic Sun Preseason Player of the Year, Hodzic has not disappointed. The senior has scored more than 20 points on five different occasions and recorded a season-high 33 points against Austin Peay in November.