What’s going on everyone? Hope you all had a great holiday, I know I did. The best time of the year when the season starts is with the holiday tournaments and this year’s edition of Feast Week did not disappoint. We saw top teams get upset, underdogs send statements and big time players show up when it matters most. Check out some of the highlights!
Freshmen big men put up numbers during Feast Week
- Deandre Ayton came up big but Arizona struggles. The Big man averaged 22 points, 12 boards and shot 62% from the field in Arizona’s three games over the Holiday.
- Marvin Bagley was good as advertised as he lead Duke to The PK 80 Championship game over Florida. Bagley was impressive as he put up 27 points and 15 rebounds through three games. With Michael Porter done for the year, Bagley is trying to separate himself as the clear cut number one prospect for the NBA draft.
- Wendell Carter provided Duke with nice production as well alongside Bagley. He was huge on the glass and was vital as a member of the back-end when Duke plays their 2-3 zone.
- Mo Bamba struggled to find his offense but showed he’s a force on the glass and defensive end As the season progresses, he’ll find a rhythm and assert himself more on offense.
Top teams struggle
- No 2 ranked Arizona lost all three of their games at the Battle for Atlantis in shocking fashion. Sean Miller’s group desperately need Rawle Alkins out there as they’ve been carved up on the defensive end.
- Duke got off to slow starts in their tournament games but big performances by Marvin Bagley III helped them overcome first half deficits.
Early March Madness Stars emerge
- Colin Sexton scored 17 of 40 points while his team played 3 on 5 versus Minnesota in one of the craziest games of the season.
- Trae Young for Oklahoma scored 43 points which is the most since Buddy Hield dropped 46. The Freshman guard plays just like Steph Curry and could potentially be a name to watch come March if the Sooners make the tournament.
- Tremont Waters from LSU is small in stature but his game is big time. With 39 against Marquette and 21 against Michigan, the Freshmen was able to make the Maui Invitational All-Tournament team.
- Egor Koulechov from Florida is a grad transfer who gets inserted into a talented and deep Florida roster. Shooting nearly 50% from three, is skilled scorer who will get the chance to showcase his skills on the big stage for a team prime to replicate their success last season.
- Kerwin Roach from Texas had one of the best plays from Feast week with a monster dunk against Duke. Roach is an athletic guard and the best perimeter defender for the Longhorns. Never takes a play off and I believe come March, he’ll put someone else on a poster!
That’s all I have, I look forward to more great action all season long. Be on the look out for an update on the players I highlighted in my last post, “Players to look out for“.