North Carolina State point guard Lorenzo Brown, the likely leader for ACC Player of the Year, went down with an injury while another contender stepped forward once again for Miami in another fascinating week of ACC basketball.
C.J. Leslie was sort of benched and played some of his best hoops in a while. James Michael McAdoo continues to develop, Seth Curry continues to be Seth Curry and Joe Harris is just darn good no matter what.
So, with respect to N.C. States Richard Howell, Virginias Akil Mitchell, Clemsons Devin Booker, Boston Colleges Joe Rahan, Ryan Anderson, and Olivier Hanlan, Georgia Techs Kammeon Hosley, North Carolinas Marcus Paige, Dukes Quinn Cook, Wake Forests Travis McKie and Devin Thomas, Marylands Dez Wells and Logan Aronhalt, Florida States Michael Snaer, Miamis Kenny Kadji, Durand Scott, and Reggie Johnson, Virginia Techs Erick Green and Jarrell Eddie, here are this weeks Big Men on Campus:
Big Men On Campus
Joe Harris, Virginia: Harris scored 22 and 18 points in a win over N.C. State and loss at Georgia Tech, respectively. He also grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out five assists on the week. As usual, Harris value goes beyond his statistical production, as few players in the nation have better floor games.
C.J. Leslie, N.C. State: Leslie didnt start this past week coach Mark Gottfrieds decision but he sure played well when on the floor. Leslie totaled 38 points and 26 rebounds in losses at Virginia and at home to Miami. Leslie is clearly having some issues again, but at least he posted terrific numbers, which might be a sign that Gottfrieds message has been received.
Seth Curry, Duke: Gimpy leg and all, Curry continues to produce. Despite hitting just one 3-pointer at Wake Forest, he still totaled 21 points in the victory, and then put 21 on the board hitting 5-of-7 3-point attempts in a rout of FSU on the road. He just gets the job done.
James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina: The 6-foot-9 sophomore had a very nice week by scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in a win at Boston College and then going for 22 and 10 in a home victory over Virginia Tech. McAdoo played with passion and intensity versus the Eagles and displayed a much-improved jump shot against the Hokies zone.
Mason Plumlee, Duke: The senior big man had an awesome performance scoring 32 points and pulling down nine rebounds in a five-point win at Wake Forest, and then was unselfish in attempting just four shots in a demolition of FSU in Tallahassee. He knew that day was about the other guys producing and Plumlee didnt mind.
Disappointment of the Week
N.C. State: Two losses and suddenly a 5-4 ACC mark with a game at Duke coming up isnt exactly how the red and white envisioned this season playing out. It didnt help that Lorenzo Brown got hurt in last Tuesdays loss at Virginia, and he also missed the one-point loss to Miami.
Player of the Week
Shane Larkin, Miami: Second week in a row the Hurricanes sophomore point guard gets the nod. This past week he scored 38 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out eight assists, but also because he continues to run a team of much older players as if theres no age difference and is becoming a leader. If Larkin plays well, Miami can beat anyone anywhere.
Coach of the Week
Roy Williams, North Carolina: The Hall of Fame coach had his team ready to battle Boston College on the road, and while North Carolina was a bit flat at home versus Virginia Tech, his constantly rotating defenders on national scoring leader Erick was a reason Green scored just 16 points and UNC won.