Villanova won two consecutive Big East games for the first time since last season and the performances of two players who are quickly becoming the Wildcats' "go-to" guys, have been noticed. Maalik Wayns was named the Big East Player of the Week, while JayVaughn Pinkston was named the Rookie of the Week for their efforts against Seton Hall and St. John's.
Wayns has been on a tear since scoring just three points against Syracuse on January 11th. Since then he has scored 92 points over three games, including 39 points against Cincinnati, 25 points against Seton Hall and a 28 point performance at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. His 53 point performance over the past week demanded attention and lead to his selection.
After the St. John's game he explained his resurgence following the loss to Syracuse:
"As a leader of this team, as a leader of this program, I felt like I let my team down that game. We came back to practice the next day to get better and my coaches and my teammates have total confidence in me and they told me to put it behind me, just go out there and keep getting better and my teammates, we keep getting better and it's allowing me to play pretty well."
For JayVaughn Pinkston, the past week has been a bit of a coming-out party. The redshirt freshman forward had started the season looking shaky and there were some doubts over his ability to have an impact this season. Over the past two games, however, he has become one of the Wildcats' impact players, compiling a double-double against both opponents in the last week.
Pinkston has raised his averages to 8.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game after scoring 23 and 13 points and 11 and 12 rebounds in the past two games.
Both players will attempt to continue their hot streaks at #21 Louisville (15-5, 3-4 Big East) and at home against #22 Marquette (16-4, 5-2 Big East) this week.