This week’s Player of the Week award really came down to three guys: Hofstra’s Juan’ya Green, Providence’s Ben Bentil and Oregon’s Elgin Cook.
I’m going with Juan’ya. And what a name! Bentil was big-time in Providence’s road win at No. 4 Villanova, and Cook stepped up to help Oregon push its way to a national ranking in Monday’s polls, but Green had the best overall performance across two games. And he’s playing for a good team, too.
Hofstra is now 14-6 overall and fighting atop the CAA with UNC Wilmington and James Madison. All three teams are tied at 6-2. Green — who was picked as the preseason player of the year in the league- – had a huge week in keep the Pride (but seriously, this team’s moniker should still be the Flying Dutchmen) in the chase for the Colonial title. Hofstra beat Northeastern in triple OT on Thursday night, then absolutely romped William & Mary 91-63. All the more impressive considering Bill and Mary were in the thick of the CAA chase.
Green went for 23 points and a career-best 14 assists in the Northeastern game. He was even better in Sunday’s William & Mary tilt, scoring 30, grabbing eight boards, dishing seven assists and swiping four steals. On the week Green averaged 26.5 points, 10.5 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals. And his team didn’t slip in a tight league race. Big-time stuff.
It’s unlikely that Green will wind up as a national All-American on a second or third team list, but we see what he’s doing. And if Hofstra wins the CAA, he’ll be among the biggest impact players for any team come the NCAA Tournament.
Previous winners this season of the CBS Sports Player of the Week:
Week 1: Grayson Allen, Duke
Week 2: Denzel Valentine, Michigan State
Week 3: Kyle Collinsworth, BYU
Week 4: A.J. English, Iona
Week 5: Troy Williams, Indiana
Week 6: Brice Johnson, North Carolina
Week 7: Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
Week 8: Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa
Week 9: Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
Week 10: Shawn Long, Louisiana-Lafayette