For the star of the past week of college basketball, look to Austin, Texas, where junior guard J'Covan Brown executed a Kemba Walker-like heist of the NCAA scoring lead (29.3 ppg). Brown went from unranked all the way to No. 15 in this week's top 20, but not solely because of the gaudy point totals he's posted. Three games in, Brown is averaging 7.7 assists and 5.2 rebounds per contest, and more importantly, has knocked down 13 of his 27 shots from 3P range. J'Covan's last two opponents, Oregon State and Rhode Island, are hardly slouches, but it's difficult to imagine him, or anyone, keeping up such an unbelievable pace statistically.
In addition to some heavy movement in the 13 to 20 range, this week I'm proud to introduce a brand new stat (if Luke Winn can do it, so can we), The Lank Factor, which has been created specifically to evaluate guys like John Henson and Anthony Davis. The basic idea is to calculate how many points, rebounds, blocks and steals a player produces per minute, meaning we'll add up all those good stats and divide it by the amount of time each guy has been on the floor this season. Pretty simple stuff. Anything above 0.95 should be considered outstanding, but it's important to keep in mind the type of player that fits into the parameters here. To put things in perspective, Thomas Robinson grades out to a 1.07 (with a smaller sample size, however), Sullinger 1.03, Terrence Jones 0.73, and Draymond Green 0.72.
Week three after the jump...
||-OSU|| Ponder this: The not-so-big man is scoring 2.29 points per shot attempt.
|2||--||Harrison Barnes-UNC||Season-low in min (24) & season-high in FGA (16) vs. MSVU.
||Too early? Turnover % last year: 8.7%. Turnover % this year: 4.6%.
||Passing looks good (+1.1 apg), but Xavier's brutal non-con begins now.
||Only 8 FTA through 4 games. This needs to change. 6.4 FTA/gm in '10-11.
|6||--||Jeremy Lamb-CONN||Scored 20+ in 3 of 4 games. Looks surprisingly legit as UConn's No. 1.
||Current 61.4% true shooting percentage represents a career-low.
||Even for a bad game on Tue., posted low-end POY numbers (20 pts, 4 asts).
||Since 'The Carrier': 10.3 pts, 9.3 rbs, 4.0 asts...aaannnd also a 32.3 FG%.
||Scott Drew can't wait to get him back: Bears are 213th in NCAA in def. reb%.
||Only thing that can stop him is foul trouble. Called for one roughly every 6 mins.
||A safe bet to drain 20+ 3Ps this yr. Overall game is vastly underrated.
||The Lank Factor: 1.05 (104 PT/REB/BLK/STL in 99 MIN)
||The Lank Factor: 1.11 (95 PT/REB/BLK/STL in 85 MIN)
||The nation's leading scorer at 29.3 ppg. Is he making a Kemba-type move?
|16||+3||Marcus Denmon-MIZZ||Improved in all facets. Should flirt with elite-level 3P% & efficiency.
|17||--||Kendall Marshall-UNC||His scoring is, to be blunt, nonexistent. Assists keep on flowing though.
||Whoa: Getting to the line TWICE as often as last year (13.3 vs. 6.5 FTA/gm).
||Similar to the NBA version of Jason Kidd. But is 13-6-6 national POY-worthy?
||Talented, but foul-prone. Numbers might not be there - Mitchell is the guy now.
Five who just missed: Jared Cunningham-Oregon St., Robbie Hummel-Purdue (LW: 20), Casper Ware-Long Beach St., Tim Abromaitis-Notre Dame (LW: 18), Scott Machado-Iona