Oklahoma Sooners guard De’Vion Harmon leads the Heartland College Sports Men’s Basketball Starting 5 for the games ending Jan. 23.
F Kalib Boone, Oklahoma State
The 6-foot-9 forward had his best game this season in a loss to Baylor, scoring 21 points, to go along with seven rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot. Without Cade Cunningham — who didn’t play in the contest — several Cowboys stepped up, but Boone was the one who loomed the largest, as the Cowboys pushed the Bears for 30 minutes before No. 2 Baylor pulled away.
G Jared Butler, Baylor
After Butler poured 30 points — including seven 3-pointers — on Kansas in the Big Monday game, there was little question he would be on this list. But then he went out and dumped 22 points on Oklahoma State on Saturday to make it a lead-pipe lock. He also had 14 assists in those two games, meaning he averaged 25 points and 7 assists for the week. That’s why he’s a potential first-round NBA Draft pick and a Wooden Award contender.
G Marcus Garrett, Kansas
The Jayhawks aren’t playing well right now. But the senior showed why he’s one of the most versatile players in the conference in last week’s losses. Against Baylor he scored nine points, but produced three rebounds, eight assists and a block. Then, against Oklahoma, he put up a double-double — 21 points and 12 rebounds — to go along with one assist and one steal. The Jayhawks need more of this from Garrett.
G De’Vion Harmon, Oklahoma
The sophomore guard is on a tear, and he’s in our Starting Five for the second straight week. Against Kansas State, Harmon scored 16 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out two assists in a win over the Wildcats. Then, in the win over Kansas, Harmon dumped in 22 points, with four rebounds and two assists. Harmon has now scored at least 16 points in each of his last three games. Oh, and the 22-point performance against Kansas came on his birthday.
G Miles McBride, West Virginia
The Mountaineers played just one game this past week, but McBride shined, scoring 18 points, grabbing three rounds, dishing out five assists and snagging four steals in an easy win over Kansas State. McBride played 37 minutes, leading all players in that game in minutes played. After a two-week COVID pause, McBride played like he hadn’t missed a beat.
THE SIXTH MAN
G Adam Flagler, Baylor
It wasn’t a great sixth man week for the Big 12 (the best sixth man in the conference, West Virginia’s Taz Sherman, moved into the starting lineup). Flagler poured in 10 points off the bench in a tough game against Oklahoma State. He played tough defense in 25 minutes against Kansas, while he only scored five points.
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