Kyle Collinsworth does not look like a player who had an ACL injury just nine months ago. Remember when he was laying on the floor in Las Vegas?
BYU fans knew at the time how much of a loss this was to any hope for the Cougars to go far in the postseason. Without the point man, BYU fell against Oregon without much of a fight in the NCAA Tournament. It was an upset special that never had a change to be special.
Collinsworth seems to be making up for lost time this season. After already having won the Mid-Major Madness Player of the week after a triple-double performance against Hawaii (that win is looking pretty good now), and a strong showing in a close loss to Utah, he did it again.
The junior rolled off an 18 point, 15 rebound game in an 77-71 win over Massachusetts, in which he played 39 minutes. He added four assists and three steals.
He then followed that with his second triple-double of the season: 13 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, in a tough loss against Gonzaga on Saturday in the WCC opener for both teams.
If he keeps this type of performance up, more than just Cougar fans will know who he is by the end of the season, and BYU can be that upset special in the NCAA Tournament this year.
Also considered: Ameen Tanksley, Hofstra; Shonn Miller, Cornell; A.J. English, Iona; David Laury, Iona; Brad Waldow, St. Mary's; Jerome Hill, Gardner-Webb; Jameel Warney, Stony Brook; Jeffrey Short, Norfolk State; Alex Harris, Cal State Fullerton; Alan Williams, UCSB; Youssou Ndoye, St. Bonaventure; Karrington Ward, Eastern Michigan; Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga; Tyler STrange, Gardner-Webb; Stephen Maxwell, Cal State Northridge; T.J. Wallace, Pacific; Juan'ya Green, Hofstra; Jordan Price, La Salle.
If Isaac Fleming hadn't fouled out against Wichita State, we might be talking about Hawaii a little bit more this Monday. Fleming was 7-for-9 from the field against the Shockers, and hit 3 of 4 from beyond the 3-point line in the 80-79 overtime loss for Hawaii during the Diamond Head Classic.
If there was a big shot to take in that game, Fleming was getting the ball, and he certainly delivered.
But it wasn't just during the semifinals when Fleming shined brightly. Over the three games, Fleming averaged 15 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists for the Warriors.
The opener against Nebraska was the only game of the three where he shot under 50 percent from the floor, while the third place game against Colorado might have been his best showing, even eclipsing his performance against the Shockers.
He finished with 18 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals against Colorado, as Hawaii won 69-66.
That is why he is this week's Freshman of the Week, among a strong class of candidates that just keep getting better.
Also considered: Shevon Thompson, George Mason, Pascal Siakam, New Mexico State; Elijah Bryant, Elon; Isaiah Jackson, George Mason; Willie Rodriguez, Binghamton.