Catch up on how our Centre of Excellence athletes are faring at colleges around the USA.
Deng Adel: After missing eight of the first ten games of the season with the Louisville Cardinals, Adel has scored double-figures in three of his past seven matches. His best performance came against Boston College on February 6 when he recorded 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals. The Cardinals are 22-6 and sit third in the ACC.
Abiola Akintola: The University of Denver Pioneers are 14-14 with Akintola still yet to have a run on the court in his freshman year.
George Blagojevic: Blagojevic was at his best for the University of Hartford Hawks last week, hitting a season-high 23 points on 6-9 shooting to bump his season average to double-digits. He is shooting 40% from the three-point line but the Hawks are just 8-21 on the year with only a 4-12 home record.
Xavier Cooks: Moving to 20-7, the Winthrop Eagles have won four in a row with Xavier Cooks stuffing the stat-sheet. The sophomore is averaging 14.7 points per game including 20 in his past five games at 56% shooting from the field. He has six double-doubles for the season and is also proving to be a strong rim protector with 1.6 blocks a game.
Josh Derksen: Derksen is becoming a solid bench player for Bellarmine University, averaging 7.2 points in 13 minutes a game. The Knights are racing through their season with a 22-4 record while they are also unbeaten at home and the depth that Derksen provides is a big part of that run.
Anthony Drmic: Moving into fourth all-time in points scored for the Boise State Broncos, Drmic is closing in on the number one spot. He is continuing to shoot at a high percentage, with a season high 30 points coming against New Mexico on February 17 despite a slight demotion to a role as sixth man.
Nicholas Duncan: Averaging almost a steal per game, Duncan is combining a strong defensive game 11.4 points per content, three points above his career average. An 11-point, five rebound match against Nevada on January 13 was capped with a game-sealing three-pointer inside the final minute, helping to maintain his 37% long-range shooting clip as he plays alongside Drmic for the Broncos.
Felix von Hofe: A couple of relatively quiet nights from Von Hofe have not stopped the Eastern Washington Eagles train from rolling on as they moved to third in the Big Sky Conference. Seven wins from their past eight have turned things around for the side and Von Hofe is shooting 44% from the three-point line in that time.
Isaac Humphries: A controversial technical foul on Humphries in Kentucky’s recent loss to the Wildcats has sullied an otherwise impressive run from the freshman who has played in the side’s past six games. He collected six points and 12 rebounds in that overtime loss to the Wildcats while his four blocks against Georgia on February 9 helped bump his average up to a rejection a game.
Jordan Hunter: Saint Mary’s are flying with a 22-4 record to lead the WCC by 2.5 games. In his freshman year, Hunter has now recorded minutes in 21 of those 26 games.
Jackson Hussey: As a 192cm guard, Hussey has no fears of crashing the boards and is collecting almost an offensive board per game to go with 3.7 total rebounds and 9.6 points. His perimeter defence is just as important to the Updike Bears, with 35 total steals in 27 games placing him second on the team.
Jack McVeigh: The Nebraska Cornhuskers’ uneven season continues after an overtime loss on February 20 handed them a sixth defeat from their last eight games. They now sit at 14-14 and ninth in the Big Ten standings but McVeigh has pulled out his two best performances of the season in the past week. He shot 55% from the field on February 17 for 17 points before hitting five three-pointers for 16 points three days later.
Gerard Martin: The Grand Canyon University Antelopes are rolling in the WAC with a 24-4 record and in his freshman year, Martin is enjoying a lot of success. His minutes have increased solidly since the start of the season, regularly contributing over 20 minutes a game since the New Year. In his most recent outing, he recorded 13 points on perfect 4-4 shooting.
Emmett Naar: A star at both ends of the court for Saint Mary’s, Narr leads the club in points per game (13.4), assists (6.1) and steals (1.3) while shooting a very impressive 51% from the three-point line and 64% overall. He has scored in every game this season and is more than doubling his career average in points.
Dane Pineau: A beast in the paint for Saint Mary’s, Pineau is leading them with eight rebounds per game and 1.4 blocks as his rim protection has helped the club lose just four games for the season. He is no slouch at the offensive end though, collecting six double-doubles with his best performance coming against Portland on January 23 when he had 20 points on 10-11 shooting with 13 boards.
Ben Simmons: Louisiana State University are in a bit of a slump recently, losing four of their last five games to drop to fifth in the SEC with a 16-12 record. Aside from a controversy regarding an “academic issue”, Simmons continues to astound with 19.4 points, 11.4 rebounds and five assists. His 1.8 steals and a block per game are also team highs and he is shooting 56% from the field.
Cade Towers: Georgia Southwestern’s record has been hurt by a poor away record but at 11-15, their season is still salvageable. In a stretch of six games through January, Towers became a starter but he has been brought back to the bench recently with his average hovering around two points and two rebounds a game.
Louise Brown: A victory on February 21 put an end to a nine-game losing streak for the Washington State University Cougars and can hopefully bring their season back on track. Brown’s defence is a big part of the Cougars’ structure, sitting third in the team for blocks and second for steals while an offensive rebound per game is also helping the side.
Stephanie Collins: A blocking machine for the Southern Methodist University Mustangs, Collins has almost double the amount of blocks compared to any team mate with 2.6 a game. After recently breaking Alicia Froling’s club record for blocks in a season, she broke the games record with seven rejections in a clash with Tulsa.
Alicia Froling: Alongside Collins in the Mustangs front court, Froling is averaging a 12.7 point, 11 rebound double-double this season while starting 24 out of 26 games. Her work on the glass means the Mustangs win the rebound count in most contests but they have struggled to string together a win streak.
Keely Froling: The third Australian member of the Mustangs, Froling is finding her feet in her sophomore year and although she has only hit 22% from long range, her 93% shooting stroke from the free-throw line proves her offensive prowess. Having started two of her 16 games this season, Froling can hopefully finish strong leading into the 2016/17 season.
Carly Turner: Turner’s minutes are low for Saint Mary’s but she makes the most of her time off the bench as one of the side’s best defenders while she is averaging an impressive 7.8 points a game in just 18 minutes.
Nicole Seekamp: Earning her fourth Summit League Player of the Week award for the season, Seekamp is starring for the University of South Dakota Coyotes. She sits in the top ten for assists with 6.5, recording a double-double of 21 points and 10 assists in her last game against South Dakota State on February 20.
Demi Skinner: On the back of seven straight wins, the Chipola Athletics have moved to 23-4 with Skinner having scored in 18 of those games. She has a season high of 23 points on December 11 while she shot 3-7 from downtown for 15 points on January 23.
Alanna Smith: Setting a career high in blocks with four earlier in the year, Smith’s defence is helping Stanford University hold a 22-6 record while they are 11-2 at home. Shooting at 42% from the field, she is averaging 5.5 points a game this season.
Kristy Wallace: Baylor University are flying with their only slip-up for the season coming on December 30. They own a 28-1 record and have won 15 straight with Wallace starting 20 of those 29 games. She is recording 7.8 points a game and sits third for the club in steals.