College Basketball's All-Week 7 First Team: Top Performers at Every Position
This is a regular week in review—an examination of college basketball games, Sunday to Saturday.
In Week 7, there continued to be a lot of impressive single-game performances. We're just about in conference play. The beauty of the holiday weekend is we saw some marvelous three-game sets.
Check out the Buddy system. And the Ivy League even gets some play this week, not to mention a couple of small-conference types who came up big.
Big scoring efforts are always taken into consideration, of course. But we also look at other story lines that made a player's performance special during the last seven days.
In some cases, we looked a little closer at teammates before narrowing it down to one. Playing well against good (ranked) teams always strengthens a particular case.
Picks are by position and include some off-the-bench studs. We admittedly take the inspirational route this week, as there were a couple of really cool stories out of our reserves catalog.
Other great players and performances missed the cut this week, but tell us how you feel in the comments and let us know where we can do better.
On to the weekly highlights...
Point Guard: Kay Felder, Oakland
Dec. 22 vs. Michigan State: 37 points, 9 assists, 3 rebounds
Felder is one of the nation's annual leaders in minutes per game. He only missed two in the overtime defeat to Michigan State, when he fouled out late.
We didn't consider his performance against Washington, because it fell in the previous week's all-star cycle, but it bears noting Felder had 38 points in a win at Washington. He had 75 points in less than 72 hours.
Second Team: Josh Adams, Wyoming
Dec. 21 vs. Marshall: 37 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists; Dec. 22 vs. Houston: 34 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists
It's a bummer to lose a couple of games this way. But we couldn't resist nominating the 6'2" senior, who made 19 of 44 shots. The double-overtime defeat to Houston in Las Vegas especially hurt, as he made just two of his 10 three-pointer attempts. But Adams did make 24 of his 28 free throws in the two games combined.
Shooting Guard: Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
Dec. 22 vs. Washington State: 25 points, 4 rebounds
Dec. 23 vs. Hawaii: 27 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists
Dec. 25 vs. Harvard: 34 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists
Eventually Buddy Hield was going to explode in a one-week period to the top spot. It's deserved after a championship-clinching run of three games in Hawaii. The senior shot 60 percent from the field, 59 percent from three-point range and made all but one of his 22 free-throw attempts.
Hield's Diamond Head Classic title-game showcase was a career high.
Second Team: Bryn Forbes, Michigan State
Dec. 22 vs. Oakland: 32 points, 3 rebounds
It took an absolutely monster week from Hield to keep Bryn Forbes out of the top spot. He did his work replacing Denzel Valentine's production, scoring a career high and knocking down seven of the nine three-point attempts in salvaging a home overtime win against underrated Oakland.
Small Forward (Wing): Abdel Nader, Iowa State
Dec. 22 vs. Cincinnati: 11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals
From the try, try again department: Abdel Nader missed his first four three-point tries before burying one with about 11 seconds left to lift the Cyclones past Cincinnati.
"You've always got to be prepared," the 6'6" senior told reporters afterward.
Second team: Chase Fischer, BYU
Dec. 22 vs. Harvard: 4 points, 2 rebounds; Dec. 23 vs. New Mexico: 41 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists; Dec. 25 vs. Northern Illinois: 26 points, 1 rebound
Chase Fischer is more of a shooting guard, really, but we opened up his eligibility to "wing" after a stellar second game at the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii. He became the first Cougar since Jimmer Fredette in 2009 to hit seven threes in a game. Fischer had nine.
Power Forward: Zena Edosomwan, Harvard
Dec. 22. vs. BYU: 23 points, 17 rebounds, 3 assists
Dec. 23 vs. Auburn: 13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists
Dec. 25. vs. Oklahoma: 25 points, 16 rebounds
Who says Harvard is supposed to be down this year? That view has to change after the way the Crimson played in Hawaii at the Diamond Head Classic, and this 6'9" junior should be in the running for Ivy League Player of the Year after a terrific three-game showing that ended in a loss in the finals. He had a couple of double-doubles and even made half of his 20 shots against the highly ranked Sooners.
Watch for Zena Edosomwan to contend with Columbia's Maodo Lo and Yale's Justin Sears for Player of the Year honors in a better-than-usual Ivy League.
Second Team: Ben Bentil, Providence
Dec. 21 vs. UMass: 32 points, 12 rebounds
Ben Bentil is certainly worthy of a first-team nomination. We just didn't give it because he had a one-game week. But he was stellar, making 11 of his 16 shots and helping the Friars continue to roll in a blowout.
Center: Egidijus Mockevicius, Evansville
Dec. 20 vs. Fresno State: 23 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks
Dec. 22 vs. Alabama A&M: 19 points, 18 rebounds, 3 blocks
The human double-double was all over it during Christmas week. The 6'10" senior was particularly exemplary when the Aces traveled across the country to central California. He had 17 of his points in the second half of an easy win at Fresno State.
Second Team: Jito Kok, San Diego
Dec. 23 vs. Cal State Northridge: 7 points, 6 rebounds, 5 blocks, 2 assists
The stat-stuffing 6'9" senior has produced 14 blocks during his last two games.
Off the Bench: Zach Hodskins, Florida
Dec. 22 vs. Jacksonville: 2 points
You want inspiration? You want to feel good about the world? Check out this sweet slo-mo version of Zach Hodskins scoring his first bucket at Florida.
Second Team: Steve Perpiglia, Boston College
Dec. 22 vs. Fordham: No points, 1 scholarship tendered
We won't take this route with our picks all the time, but talk about cool stuff. The Eagles won their third straight game, and then coach Jim Christian handed a walk-on (who's played some minutes this season) a full-ride offer right before Christmas.