The calendar has turned to January and the Big 5 teams are now focused on conference play. Here are some stats and players to watch for each of the Big 5 teams.
Current Big 5 Player of the Week.
16.1 points per game, 5.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists 1.0 steals, 0.8 blocks.
.520 FGP- Field Goal Percentage .786 FTP- Free Throw Percentage
.424 FGP .804 APG
.496 FGP .685 FTP
Pinkston is beginning to establish himself as apost player. That will spell trouble for Big East opponents. Pinkston would be my choice for Big 5 Player of the Year.
Both Bell and Hilliard have been Big 5 Player of the Week this season. Look how similiar the stat lines are for the three Wildcats. All three can fill in the box score. This is a testament to Jay Wright's all in philosophy this year.
Another interesting note is how Hilliard's rebounds per game are on par with Bell's and Pinkston's. Hilliard plays guard and Bell is a wing player while Pinkston plays in the post.
On a neagtive note, Hilliard needs to improve his free throw shooting.
Langston Galloway 17.0 points per game, 4.9 rebounds 1.3 assists 1.0 steals, 0.4 blocks
.440 FGP .824 FTP
Ronald Roberts Jr 14.6 points per game, 7.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists 0.4 steals, 1.0 blocks
.564 FGP .639 FTP Roberts averages almost 3 assists per game as a front court player. Impressive. Roberts may be the most physical player in the Big 5.
Galloway can be one of the most explosive players on the offensive side. St. Joe's took care of business on the non conference schedule and we will see how they handle the Atlantic 10 schedule.
Tyrone Garland 13.8 points per game, 1.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists 0.8 steals, 0.2 blocks
.351 FGP .750 FTP
Jerell Wright 13.7 points per game, 6.3 rebounds, 0.7 assists 0.2 steals, 0.4 blocks
.571 FGP .592 FTP
Tyreek Duren 13.0 points per game, 3.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.4 blocks
.383 FGP .782 FTP
Duren has the most complete game of the three LaSalle players, while Wright is a classic front court player and Garland is a shoot first guard. Look for the Explorers to have a top 4 finish in the Atlantic 10.
Will Cummings 17.8 points per game, 3.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists 0.9 steals, 0.2 blocks
.473 FGP .808 FTP
Dalton Pepper 16.7 pointer per game, 5.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists 1.3 steals, 0.3 blocks
.484 FGP .850 FTP
Pepper is a two time Big 5 Player of the Week winner and a contender for Player of the Year.
Temple's starters log more minutes per game than any other Big 5 team.
Injuries may derail Temple's season as they begin conference play.
Tony Hicks 14.8 points per game, 2.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists 1,1 steals, 0.0 blocks
.391 FGP .723 FTP
Penn has struggles this year. Hicks is the Quakers best player but needs to be more consistent.
Penn has has trouble with Big 5 opponents and non conference games. Penn begins Ivy League play vs Princeton. I don't see things changing for the Quakers any time soon.