After combing the headlines and stats from the previous week, we have made our decision. Toronto native and Lafayette forward Jared Mintz is this week's Can Ball Report's NC-Double-Eh Player of the Week.
Player of the Week
Jared Mintz (Toronto) – Soph., Lafayette
Last week, Toronto’s Jared Mintz continues to make his case for best Canadian big man in the NCAA. In two games this past week, Mintz led his Lafayette Leopards to convincing road wins during conference play over Colgate and Navy. He averaged 20 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4 assists while shooting a combined 12-of-17 from the floor and a spectacular 16-of-18 from the line to earn The Can Ball Report’s Player of the Week.
In the Lafayette 95-82 win over Colgate in Hamilton on Jan, 13, Mintz took it to the Raiders going off for 22 points, grabbing 4 rebounds and dropping 5 dimes. He had a brilliant shooting night going 79% from the floor (7-of-10) and 89% from the line (8-of-9).
In the Leopards’ win over the Midshipmen in Annapolis, Mintz had 18 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field and 8-of-9 from the line. He also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists for good measure.
For the season, Mintz is averaging 15.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists while shooting 59.8% from the field and 88.5 from the free throw line. Mintz leads this team in all the aforementioned categories except assists and is tied for 11th in the NCAA in FG% and 28th in FT%.
Honorable Mention: Imad Qahwash, Central Arkansas: 15 pts, 6.5 rbs, 3 asts, 1 stl, 6-of12 FG, 1-of-1 3PT FG, 17-of-20, in 29 mins in over games.
Line of the Week
Shamar Coombs (Toronto) – Sr., Texas AM-Corpus Christi
After a junior transfer season that saw Coombs start the second half of the season for the Aggies, this season may be a little of a letdown. Coombs has not started a game this year and his production is lower than the previous season. In this best game so far, Coombs showed flashes of the player he was last season when given the opportunity.
Coming off the bench, Coombs posted 20 points, 4 rebounds and an assist in 23 minutes in the Aggies win over Northwest State Jan. 16. He went 6-of-8 shooting, including 5-of-6 from the arc and oddly shot poorly from the line going 3-of-6. Hopefully this performance garners more playing time as the remainder of the season goes on.
Honorable Mention: Andy Rautins, Syracuse: 23 pts, 8 rbs, 9 asts, 5 stls, a blk, 7-of-14 FG, 4-of-10 3-PT, 5-of-6 FT, 40 mins vs. Rutgers on Jan13.