The field just got a little smaller. Not one, but two players that made big board appearances this season are now lost for the year. Notre Dame's Tim Abromaitis and Minnesota's Trevor Mbakwe each suffered ACL injuries over the last week, leaving behind a mess of uncertainty at their respective programs.
New to the top 20 this week is Robbie Hummel of Purdue and Iona's ultra-productive guard Scott Machado. Hummel's scoring is way up now that he's the unquestioned No. 1 guy for the Boilermakers, and Machado's NCAA-leading 12.8 assists per game made it impossible not to include him. Also make sure to keep an eye on tonight's Xavier vs. Vanderbilt game featuring John Jenkins and Tu Holloway. Both are high-volume shooters that have differed to teammates more than usual this season, and it will be interesting to see which guy ends up with better numbers.
As far as sleepers go, our attention is firmly on Creighton's Doug McDermott at the moment. The 6'7" forward has poured in 20+ in four consecutive games without once shooting below 61% from the field. And while we already know about his 3-point prowess (47 of 116, 40.5% last year), the fact that his rebounding numbers are climbing (7.8 per game) will only help his case going forward.
Week four power rankings after the jump...
||-OSU||Production is up across the board despite a decrease in min/gm.
Off his crutches, but 3-point attempts are way down (2.5/game).
||Sporting an absurd 5.0 assist/turnover ratio. Still hasn't been tested.
||Might not lead every night, but he's UK's anchor. 15+ four times already.
||Took a whopping 174 3-pointers in 2010-11. Has just SIX in three games.
|6||--||Jeremy Lamb-CONN||2.3 steals/game is nice. His 0.70 assist/turnover ratio, however, is not.
||Averaged 15.5 pts and 12.3 rebs vs. Duke/UCLA/Kentucky/G'Town.
||Shooting the ball poorly, but 11.2 rebs and 3.2 asts are elite for a PF.
||Using a higher % of team's possessions and ORating is suffering (117.7)
||Ice cold from the floor since we last checked in (3 gms): 31.9% FGs.
Debuts tomorrow. Still has plenty of time to make noise in 2011.
The Lank Factor: 1.026 per game (158 pts+rebs+blks+stls/154 min)
The Lank Factor: 1.005 per game (172 pts+rebs+blks+stls/171 min)
||Rare to find a 66.5% true shooting percentage in an 18+ppg scorer.
||Screeching back to Earth: 14 ppg, 37.9 FG% as a follow-up to last week.
||Struggled mightily in a showcase game vs. VTech (4 of 14 FGs, 9 pts).
|17||--||Kendall Marshall-UNC||Assists are flowing steadily, but Machado's brilliance is hard to ignore.
||Good luck finding better numbers: 19.8 pts, 12.8 asts, 4.8 rebs, 3.0 stls.
||On pace to set career-highs in shots (15.3) and points per game (19.2).
||Absolutely dominated VCU (21-14). Shaka referred to him as a "monster".|
Five who just missed: Kevin Jones-West Virginia, Doug McDermott-Creighton, Jared Cunningham-Oregon State, Herb Pope-Seton Hall, Jorge Gutierrez-California (LW:19)