With the regular season winding down, it’s crunch time for many teams either trying to make the tournament or improve their seeding. Players around the country know that too, as there were outstanding performances this week on the hardwood. Here are the top five players of the week:
Fletcher Magee (Wofford)
In Wofford’s AP Top 25 debut this season, Magee scored 18 points on an efficient 5/7 from downtown in a blowout win over Chattanooga. On Saturday, he put up 36 points, including eight three-pointers, against Samford. It was the senior’s fourth 30+ point performance this season. Magee’s 20.7 PPG have given the Terries a solid opportunity at an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament. Wofford, behind the stellar play of their sharpshooter, is a team that can win a game or two in the Big Dance.
Jessie Govan (Georgetown)
Jessie Govan has played a huge part in the Hoyas’ resurgence in the last few weeks. The senior tallied 26 points and six rebounds in a win over DePaul earlier in the week. Several days later, he put up 21 points and 12 boards in a crucial “bubble” game against Seton Hall. The Hoyas have won three of four, and still travel to Marquette in the season finale. A win over the Golden Eagles could put Patrick Ewing’s team in the tournament.
Carsen Edwards (Purdue)
The junior guard’s solid play has positioned his Boilermakers into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten. Against Illinois, a game where he played all 40 minutes, Edwards played a terrific, scoring 23 points. In an absolute route of Ohio State over the weekend, he finished with 25 points on 4/8 shooting from three-point range. He’s such a lethal threat on offense because he uses his speed to get to the rim, but has unlimited range from deep as well. Edwards’ should be the favorite for Big Ten Player of the Year.
Chris Clemons (Campbell)
Chris Clemons scored 32 points on the road against USC Upstate to start the week. Thanks to Clemons’ 30 points over the weekend, Campbell clinched the Big South Championship in a win over Radford. It was his 13th game this season scoring 30 points or more. The Fighting Camels begin conference tournament play Thursday against the winner of Hampton/Longwood. Campbell is three games away from introducing their star on the sport’s biggest stage.
Lamar Stevens (Penn State)
The Nitanny Lions’ re-emergence in recent weeks is in part due to the play of Lamar Stevens. Penn State has won four of their last six, including a thumping of 17th-ranked Maryland by 17 points. Stevens totaled 24 points and five rebounds in the upset victory. In their loss on the road to Wisconsin, he finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds in a hostile environment in Madison. Penn State’s had a disappointing year, but Lamar Stevens has been a bright spot. Look out for Stevens to have a big senior season next year.
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