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College Hoops Player of the Week: Otto Porter Jr., Georgetown

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Player of the Week: Otto Porter Jr., Georgetown

Georgetown had a major week, going into South Bend and knocking off No. 24 Notre Dame before taking down No. 5 Louisville at home. The Hoyas have now won four of their last five games since losing Greg Whittington to suspension.

Porter, easily the most talented player on the Georgetown roster, was the biggest reason for their success this week. He finished with averages of 18.0 points and 10.5 boards, gathering three steals and three blocks while shooting 52.2% from the floor and 5-9 from three.

Georgetown had been struggling when they lost Whittington, as their offense had seemingly remained in neutral throughout much of the early part of the season. But Porter has taken on the role of go-to guy of late, averaging 19.2 points and 9.8 boards while shooting 54.1% from the floor over the last five games.

The All-They-Were-Good-Too Team:

G: Shane Gibson, Sacred Heart: Gibson is one of the nation’s leading scorers, but he had his best week of the season. After scoring 26 points to lead the Pioneers to a win over previously-undefeated Bryant, Gibson went for 33 points in a win over Monmouth as Sacred Heart remained a game out of first place in the NEC.

G: Trevis Simpson, UNC-Greensboro: Simpson, whose claim to fame this season was spraining his ankle when he got scared by an automatic door, showed people why that injury was such a big deal this week. After going off for 30 points in a win over Samford, Simpson followed that up with a 41 point performance to lead UNCG to a win over Chattanooga.

G: Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss: Henderson scored 24 of his 28 points in the second half to beat Tennessee on Thursday and followed that up with the game-winning free throws — and this epic GIF afterwards — against Auburn.

F: Carrick Felix, Arizona State: Jahii Carson is the highlight reel and Jordan Bachynski is the big man in the middle, but the most consistent — and under-appreciated — player for Arizona State is Carrick Felix. He led the Sun Devils to win over USC and UCLA this week, averaging 19.5 points and 10.5 boards in the two games.

F: Murphy Burnatowski, Colgate: Burnatowski led the Raiders to wins over Navy and Army this week while averaging 32.0 points in the two games. He went 25-41 from the field and 8-16 from three.

Bench: Travis Bader (Oakland), Tommy Brenton (Stony Brook), D’angelo Harrison (St. John’s), Darrun Hilliard (Villanova), EJ Singler (Oregon)

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Syracuse receives mixed news on sanctions appeals

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Wednesday the NCAA made its ruling on two appeals of sanctions made by Syracuse University, with the news being mixed for the men’s basketball program.

On the positive side the NCAA ruled that Syracuse will be docked two scholarships per season for the next four years, as opposed to the original ruling of three. As a result Jim Boeheim’s program only has to account for the loss of eight total scholarships, meaning that they’ll have 11 to fill in each of the next four seasons as opposed to ten.

One scholarship may not seem like a big deal, but in a sport where you only get 13 (when not dealing with sanctions) getting that grant-in-aid back really helps from a recruiting standpoint.

As for the negatives, they both concern Boeheim. Not only has there yet to be a ruling on Boeheim’s appeal of his nine-game suspension that goes into effect when ACC play begins in January (that appeal is being heard separately), but the appeal to reinstate the wins that were vacated as part of the sanctions was denied. As a result Boeheim officially has 868 wins instead of 969 (not counting today’s game against Charlotte).

And with Mike Hopkins set to take over as head coach in 2018, the denial means that college basketball will have to wait quite some time before anyone threatens to join Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski in the 1,000 wins club.

While not having the wins officially reinstated does hurt, getting a scholarship back for each of the next four seasons is a bigger deal when it comes to the long-term health of the Syracuse program. Also of great importance will be the ruling regarding Boeheim’s suspension, as a suspended coach is not allowed to have any contact with his players or coaching staff while serving the penalty.

And with the original ruling due to take up half of Syracuse’s league slate, not having Boeheim (or the chance to speak with him) is a big deal when it comes to this current team.

St. John’s forward Kassoum Yakwe cleared by NCAA

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St. John’s forward Kassoum Yakwe has been cleared by the NCAA to play this season and will be eligible immediately, the school announced on Wednesday.

Yakwe is a 6-foot-8 forward that reclassified and enrolled at St. John’s this fall. He attended the same high school as Kansas forward Cheick Diallo, who was also cleared by the NCAA to play today.

St. John’s played in the Maui Invitational this week, and Yakwe did not take part. His first game with the Johnnies will be on Dec. 2nd against Fordham if the program plans to play his this season.

The question that must be asked, however, is whether or not he will suit up or simply redshirt. The Johnnies are in the midst of a serious rebuild and will be without their other elite recruit this season, Marcus Lovett. Lovett was ruled a partial qualifier. Would it make sense to burn a year of eligibility on what make amount to a wasted season, or will head coach Chris Mullin opt to save that year for down the road?