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BURLISON: Hatten grabs Top Five honor

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Frank Burlison

 
   
 
Let¿s face it: During most weeks this season it would have been simple to just go ahead and tab (Kansas), T.J Ford (Texas), (Wake Forest), Camelo Anthony (Syracuse) or (Xavier) as the FOXSports.com National Player of the Week. In fact, all of those players, save for Anthony, have been so honored this season. Each played well enough during last week to merit serious consideration for the final Player of the Week designation of the regular season. And each did get said consideration before it was decided that ¿none of the above¿ was the appropriate answer. That¿s because we went with , the slender senior guard who helped St. John¿s snap a four-game losing streak and win its final three regular-season games. The Red have momentum heading into a Big East Conference tournament game against Wednesday afternoon in Madison Square Garden. Hatten, who scorched and Miami defenders for a total of 71 points last week, got his most serious comp from Howard. Hatten¿s fellow Big East star, Anthony, established a conference freshman scoring record while settling for third for the week, just in front of junior center of and senior forward of . And Hatten¿s selection means there was a different FOXSports.com Player of the Week for each of the 17 regular-season weeks in 2002-3. A closer look at the week¿s Top Five:

1. : 6-1, Sr., St. John¿s

What he did: Dropped a Big East season¿s best 44 points on in Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. Two days later in Miami, the product of Baltimore added 27 as the Red weathered the host Hurricanes. Comment: This may be my most biting back-handed compliment of the season — He¿s the most dangerous guard in the country who shoots less than 30 percent (.292) on 3-point attempts.

2. : 6-6, Sr.,

What he did: Totaled 51 points and 17 rebounds as the Demon Deacons wrapped up their ACC regular-season championship with victories against North Carolina and . Comment: Will the coaches even bother to vote for the ACC Player of the Year? This should be one of those ¿by acclimation¿ kind of deals.

3. : 6-8, Fr.,

What he did: Scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Tuesday night as the Orangemen edged host , 92-88. On Sunday afternoon he went for 30 and 14, and sprinkled in six assists for good measure as his team wrapped up a 17-0 Carrier Dome record this season by rallying past , 83-74. Comment: If the Big East coaches don¿t vote him their conference¿s Best Player, he should hit them all with ¿anti-freshman bias¿ lawsuits.

4. : 7-0, Jr.,

What he did: Grabbed a career high 22 rebounds to go with 39 points Saturday night in a Mid-American Conference victory at . Three nights earlier he had 19 points and 14 rebounds to help him team beat visiting . Comment: For three games in March, he¿s averaging 29.0 points, 16.3 rebounds and 4.3 blocked shots. Those are what are commonly referred to in basketball circles as ¿impressive numbers¿.

5. : 6-9, Sr.,

What he did: Played a big part in the team¿s most important two-game sweep of the season, totaling 41 points, 22 rebounds and nine assists as the Sun Devils beat Pac-10 opponents Oregon and in Tempe. Comment: It is performances like those that re-enforce the notion that he has more seldom-tapped potential than any other senior in the conference.

Best of the Rest

(UNC-Wilmington), (Kansas), (Illinois), (Troy State), (Texas), (Arizona), (Providence), (Wisconsin), (Rice), (Georgia), (DePaul), (Creighton), (Austin Peay), (North Carolina), (Connecticut), (Wisconsin-Milwaukee), (Pittsburgh), (Saint Louis), (Tennessee), (North Carolina-Asheville), (6-4, Jr., ), (Virginia), (Xavier), (Duke) and (UCLA).

Previous Players of the Week

  • Feb. 25-March 2: (Marquette)
  • Feb. 17-24: (Clemson)
  • Feb. 10-16: (Tennessee)
  • Feb. 3-9: (Xavier)
  • Jan. 27-Feb. 2: (Kansas)
  • Jan. 20-26: (Oklahoma)
  • Jan. 13-19: (Wake Forest)
  • Jan. 6-12: (Illinois)
  • Dec. 30-Jan. 5: (Georgia)
  • Dec. 23-29: (Maryland)
  • Dec. 16-22: (Pittsburgh)
  • Dec. 9-15: (Mississippi State)
  • Dec. 2-8: (Notre Dame)
  • Nov. 25-Dec. 1: (North Carolina)
  • Nov. 18-24: (North Carolina)
  • Nov. 14-17: (Texas)
  • Frank Burlison can be reached at his e-mail address, fburlison@foxsports.com.
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