College basketball once again provided some outstanding performances this past week. I’m not sure there’s been a more consistent player in the country than Zion Williamson. The freshman totaled 59 points in games against Louisville and NC State. So, for the sake of this article, here are the top players from the past week not named Zion:
Devin Dotson (Kansas)
The freshman guard for the Jayhawks came up big for Bill Self, scoring 25 points in a win at TCU. Dotson played every minute in the game, and helped Kansas get a big-time win on the road.
On Saturday, the freshman led the Jayhawks in scoring with 15 points and eight assists in a blowout win of West Virginia. With LaGerald Vick sidelined for personal reasons, expect Dotson’s role to increase significantly.
PJ Washington (Kentucky)
In a surprising loss at Rupp, Washington was a rebound away from another double-double, with 20 points and nine boards. Coming off a loss Washington and the Wildcats came out swinging versus Tennessee. Scoring 23 points on 9/12 shooting, Washington was unstoppable against the Vols, as they had no answer defensively.
If he can continue to produce consistently down low for the Cats, Kentucky can reach yet another Final Four under John Calipari.
Lamar Stevens (Penn State)
They may be in last place in the Big Ten, but the Nittany Lions pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the year by topping Michigan. Lamar Stevens scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the upset win and played all but one minute.
The emotional win seemed to take a lot out of Penn State, as they ran out of gas on the road at Purdue a few days later. In the loss, Stevens added 18 points and six rebounds.
Markus Howard (Marquette)
There may not be a more explosive player in the country than Markus Howard. The junior is averaging 25 points per game and added to that total this past week. In a signature win over Villanova, Howard was red-hot and scored 38 points in a thriller.
He followed that up with a 36-point performance in a road win over DePaul. The Golden Eagles could possibly ride Howard’s dazzling play deep into the tournament come March.
Chris Clemons (Campbell)
In a narrow victory over Hampton, Clemons scored more than half of his team’s points, putting up 48 points, including 22/24 from the free throw stripe. He became the ninth all-time leading scorer in Division I history in the win, passing Larry Bird.
On Saturday, Clemons scored 28 points, with another outstanding performance from the free throw line, going a perfect 16-for-16. Clemons continues to put up big-time scoring numbers night in and night out.