It’s that time of year when the exploits of young players in grassroots tournaments will gain more attention, as players are looking to improve their profiles and fan bases are wondering “who’s next” in the recruiting world. One player people will likely hear more about in the coming years is 2020 guard Kyree Walker, who made multiple highlight shows with the dunk he threw down this weekend.
On the break Walker threw the ball off the backboard and converted a one-handed dunk over an opponent. Not sure just how old Walker is (one site listed him as being 14, with another having him as 15 years old), but this is a quality finish nonetheless.
No. 2 Oklahoma made a run at No. 2 Villanova to start the second half, closing to within eight, but just like that Jay Wright’s Wildcats regained control of the game. One of the plays that helped: Mikal Bridges going deep for a pass over the Oklahoma press and dunking on forward Jamuni McNeace.
Just as good as the dunk is the pass by Kris Jenkins, who hit Bridges on the money with a baseball pass thrown flat-footed.
And the questions of how NRG Stadium would impact the teams’ shooting haven’t applied to the Wildcats, who halfway through the second half were shooting 70 percent from the field.
California’s been one of the hotter teams in college basketball in recent weeks, as they entered Sunday’s home game against USC having won their last six games. The win streak coincides with the return of senior guard Tyrone Wallace, who missed time with a broken right hand, and the Golden Bears’ lone scholarship senior celebrated “Senior Night” in style.
Wallace was able to turn the corner on two USC defenders at the left elbow, getting the head of steam needed to throw down an impressive one-handed dunk over USC forward Nikola Jovanovic. The play summed up the night for Wallace and his teammates, who grabbed control of the game late in the first half and didn’t look back.
Cal won by the final score of 87-65, moving their win streak to seven games with Wallace being one of five Golden Bears in double figures with 12 points. Freshman Jaylen Brown and Ivan Rabb scored 18 apiece to lead the way.
No. 15 Duke won the the sixth time in the last seven games Thursday night, as they beat Florida State 80-65 in Durham. Brandon Ingram was one of the key contributors for the Blue Devils, as he finished with 16 points, six rebounds and two assists. Ingram did not register a blocked shot in the win, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t try.
Unfortunately for Ingram, Florida State freshman guard Malik Beasley was up to the challenge in the first half. Beasley took advantage of his mismatch, with Marshall Plumlee attempting to stay between him and the basket, and Ingram was a step too late in rotating over to challenge Beasley at the rim.
Ingram didn’t get the blocked shot, but he and his teammates got the win at the end of the night.
Northern Iowa’s pulled off some major upsets this season, beating both North Carolina and Iowa State, but they haven’t been able to maintain the level of consistency needed to threaten Wichita State in the Missouri Valley. Wednesday night the Panthers knocked off Evansville 57-54, with senior guard Wes Washpun being a key contributor in the win.
Washpun, who was a handful against both the Tar Heels and Cyclones, finished the game with a team-high 14 points and four assists. Two of those points came in impressive fashion, as he turned the corner on a ball screen and threw down an emphatic one-handed dunk on Evansville big man Egidijus Mockevicius.
Yeah, Wes can get up.
BYU senior guard Kyle Collinsworth has racked up more triple-doubles than any player in the history of Division I college basketball, as he has ten such games to his credit. In addition to being able to impact games in a variety of ways he can also finish with some power, as Loyola Marymount was reminded Thursday night.
No LMU defender looked to close off Collinsworth’s lane to the basket, resulting in the final defender between the BYU guard and the basket getting dunked on and being called for the blocking foul.