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PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Villanova’s Josh Hart

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We talk about it all the time: If you’re going to be college basketball’s National Player of the Year, you have to have the performances – or, in some cases, the individual play – to justify that title in the games when the entire sport is watching.

If this was college football, we’d call them Heisman Moments.

In college basketball, there are a half-dozen Player of the Year awards, so we don’t have a catchy moniker to label what Josh Hart did on Saturday afternoon.

In the biggest game of the first Saturday without college football on TV, Hart had the most dominating performance of his career. He scored 37 points on 10-for-14 shooting, grabbing 11 rebounds and handing out four assists for good measure as he single-handily kept No. 1 Villanova among the ranks of the undefeated, leading them to a win over No. 23 Notre Dame. Think about it like this: Hart scored as many points on Saturday as his teammates did combined.

Considering the opponent, the moment and the performance, it was the best game we’ve seen from an individual player this season.

And, as a result, Hart should top just about everyone’s Player of the Year rankings heading into Christmas.

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THEY WERE GOOD, TOO

  • Jeremy Morgan, Northern Iowa: Morgan put together one of the most impressive halves of basketball you’ll ever see, scoring all 38 of his points after halftime as the Panthers landed a come-from-behind win over North Dakota. Earlier in the week, Morgan had 17 points, eight boards and seven assists in a win over South Dakota State.
  • Marquise Moore, George Mason: Moore had an incredible game of his own on Saturday, finishing with 17 points, 16 boards and 10 assists in a win at Penn. That’s only the third time that’s happened since 2010 and it’s only the seventh 15-15-10 games in the last 20 years. Oh, and Moore – a 6-foot-2 guard – also had 25 points, 13 boards and five assists in a win at Penn State this week.
  • Jayson Tatum, Duke: Tatum wasn’t the best player on the floor for Duke in either of their wins this week – Luke Kennard and Amile Jefferson were against Florida and Grayson Allen was against UNLV – but Tatum gets the mention here for the simple fact that we can mention his name. He’s back.
  • Marcus Marshall, Nevada: Marshall scored 32 points on Sunday night, outplaying Markelle Fultz and hitting the game-winner with 0.2 seconds left to beat Washington in Seattle.
  • Dedric Lawson, Memphis: Lawson finished with 24 points, 10 boards and eight blocks for the Tigers as they picked up a much-needed come-from-behind win over UAB.

Five-star Memphis commit to reclassify to the Class of 2015

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Dedric Lawson plans to reclassify to the Class of 2015 and join his brother, K.J., at Memphis for the 2015-2016 season, according to a report from the Memphis Commercial-Appeal.

Dedric is the No. 11 prospect in the Class of 2016. His brother is the No. 54 prospect in the Class of 2015 already. The brothers’ father, Keelon, was hired this summer by Josh Pastner as an assistant coach.

Making things all the more interesting is that Memphis has a real chance of landing a commitment from Skal Labissiere, the No. 4 prospect in the Class of 2015. That would give the Tigers one of the best classes in the country, right up there with Louisville and Arizona.

Both of the Lawson brothers — they aren’t twins — are similar players. Long, athletic and versatile forwards that either play the three or the four.

CBT Quotables Part IV: The Lawsons, Stephen Zimmerman, Malik Monk

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Over the course of July’s live recruiting period, we at College Basketball Talk will be posting anonymous quotes from coaches about the prospects that they are watching and recruiting. With coverage from the EYBL Finals at the Nike Peach Jam and the UA Finals, the second open period of the month has provided coaches more opportunities to see their recruiting targets in competitive settings.

Here’s what the coaches had to say, with quotes cobbled together from a handful of conversations we had:

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WF Keelon Lawson, No. 57 Class of 2015, and WF Dedric Lawson, No. 8 Class of 2016: “Today was my first time seeing those guys play. I can see why Josh [Pastner] hired their Dad to be an assistant coach. Those guys are good.”

C Stephen Zimmerman, No. 7 Class of 2015: “I see him dropping in some national rankings, but I would still take him for my team in a heartbeat. You can’t teach of some of the high-IQ plays that he brings to the table.”

CG Antonio Blakeney, No. 16 Class of 2015: “Blakeney really shoots it. He’s a pure scorer that can hit tough shots because he’s got a high release thanks to his elevation. He’s streaky, but he’s a stud.”

PF Deyonta Davis, No. 24 Class of 2015: “He’s almost always the most talented dude out there, but he disappears too much. Get in the weight room, improve his assertiveness. [Tom] Izzo will help that. Remember, he’s still new to the game.”

PF Cheick Diallo, No. 5 Class of 2015: “That guy goes hard. What a competitor. And people don’t seem to mention his skill level, but he’s a pretty good passer and has improved his post game since last summer.”

SG Malik Monk, No. 6 Class of 2016: “Have you seen some of the performances this guy has had? Remarkable scorer. Once he gets another summer and season in the weight room, he might be completely unguardable.”

Five-star 2016 forward Dedric Lawson commits to Memphis

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Memphis picked up a major commitment on Sunday when five-star Class of 2016 forward Dedric Lawson pledged to head coach Josh Pastner.

Lawson confirmed the commitment to NBCSports.com following a semifinal victory from his Team Penny grassroots team at Peach Jam.

Lawson’s father Keelon, was named an assistant coach on Josh Pastner’s staff on Wednesday. In October, Dedric’s older brother, K.J. — the oldest of the four brothers — committed to Memphis, as well.

“It’s going to be a blessing,” Lawson said to NBCSports.com. “Just to be able to [be with family] on a high collegiate level. We’ve been doing it my whole life, so it will be nothing new. It’s just a blessing for us to be able to do it one more time.”

Regarded as the No. 8 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, according to Rivals, the 6-foot-8 Lawson is a major grab for Memphis. Dedric confirmed that his father becoming an assistant coach helped him make his decision.

“What really pushed the issue was my Dad getting the coaching job,” Lawson said. “With him being on staff, there’s no other college I would rather go to.”

Playing in his hometown of Memphis is also a very appealing prospect to Lawson.

“The best thing about Memphis, it’s a great environment,” Lawson said. ” Coach Pastner, he’s a great guy. It’s a great feeling playing in front of your home crowd. It’s just nothing but love in Memphis.”