Baylor guard Davion Mitchell’s 31-point game leads the Heartland College Sports Men’s Basketball Starting 5 for the games ending Jan. 30.
G Davion Mitchell, Baylor
Regardless of what happened against Auburn, Mitchell was going to be on this list. Against Kansas State, Mitchell dropped 31 points, including seven 3-pointers, along with two rebounds and five assists. At times, Mitchell is the ‘forgotten’ guard in this starting lineup. But he reminded everyone he’s a quality scorer (he’s averaged 12 points per game this season). On Saturday against Auburn, Mitchell had 13 points and seven assists. He leads the Big 12 in assists and steals.
F Derek Culver, West Virginia
Culver nearly had two double-doubles this past week. Against Florida, a team with significant offensive firepower, Culver was dominant inside, scoring 28 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. He also had three steals and two blocked shots. He wasn’t as pivotal in the win over Texas Tech on Monday, but he nearly got a double-double in that one, too, scoring 10 points with nine rebounds.
G De’Vion Harmon, Oklahoma
Third week in a row? Really? Yep, and if you’re looking a primary driver of OU’s rise in the Top 25, it’s the sophomore from Denton, Texas. The Sooners beat Top 10 teams twice last week — Texas and Alabama. Against the Longhorns, Harmon scored 13 points, with six rebounds. Then, against Alabama, he scored 18 points, with four rebounds and four assists. The Sooners played without two starters against Alabama, including Austin Reaves, and Harmon stepped up.
G Mac McClung, Texas Tech
Another repeat from previous Starting 5’s, McClung had another big week for the Red Raiders. In the loss to West Virginia, he scored 30 points, along with two steals. Then, in the win against LSU on Saturday, McClung scored 22 points and grabbed five rebounds to help the Red Raiders score the final 12 points of the game. In fact, McClung had a steal to set up Terrence Shannon Jr.’s go-ahead basket.
G Mike Miles, TCU
Yes, TCU lost both games last week, but we have to talk about the freshman from Lancaster, Texas. Against Kansas, Miles led the way for the Horned Frogs with 18 points, along with four rebounds. Then, against Missouri on Saturday, he went off, scoring 28 points, along with five rebounds and five assists. The Horned Frogs probably aren’t going anywhere in terms of the postseason beyond the Big 12 Tournament. But Miles is a big part of their future.
THE SIXTH MAN
G/F Terrence Shannon Jr., Texas Tech
The Red Raiders split for the week, but Shannon had a great individual week coming off the bench for the Red Raiders. He wrapped up the week against LSU with a double-double — 23 points and 10 rebounds, along with two steals. Against West Virginia to start the week, Shannon had 15 points, with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block.
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