Kris Joseph soars off the bench for the 4th ranked Orange. (Dennis Nett)
Playing well off the bench last week for the 4th ranked Syarcuse Orangemen, Kris Joseph has earned this week's Can Ball Report's NC-Double-Eh Player of the Week ...
- we apologize for the delay in awarding the player of the week award. it will never happen again ... maybe -
Player of the Week
Kris Joseph (Montreal) – Soph., Syracuse
Montreal native Kris Joseph has been steadily playing well through his second season as a member of the Orange. Primarily used off the bench by Coach Boeheim, Joseph has seen his minutes double this year and with that his production. Always capable of a break out game, he had a great week off the bench averaging 15 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals to go with 50% from the floor (9-of-18) and 82.8% from the line (9-of-11) in the two Syracuse wins to earn this week Player of the Week honors.
In the Syracuse blowout 73-56 win over the 11th ranked Georgetown Hoyas Jan 25 at the Carrier Dome, Joseph would play 33 minutes off the bench and score 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor and 5-of-6 from the line. He also added two rebounds, two assists, three steals and a block for good measure.
In the narrow 59-57 win over DePaul in Chicago five days later, Joseph would mirror his point total with 15 on 5-of-11 from the floor, including hitting a three ball, and 4-of-5 from the stripe. He also grabbed seven rebounds, dished for two assists and had three steals.
For the season, Kris Joseph is averaging 11 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals while shooting 52.7% from the floor and 72.9% from the line in 26.5 minutes for the most past off the bench for Syracuse who are currently 4th in AP rankings. Joseph is currently the Orange’s second leading scorer, third leading rebounder and third in steals.
Honorable Mention: Jared Mints, Lafayette – 19.5 pts, 4.5 rbs, 2 asts, a stl, 11-of-18 FG, 17-of-21 FT, 27.5 mins, in two games.
Line of the Week
Jared Mintz (Toronto) – Jr., Lafayette
Now I am sure that Jared Mintz is a good player. I’m also sure that he’s going to be a better player. How do you people suppose I know? Well, it is due to games like the one he had against Army Jan 27. In that game he played 24 minutes, due to foul trouble I assume, but he still managed to put up 20 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the floor as well as going a perfect 10-of-10 from the line. He also added six boards, two assists and two steals to his stat line in the 77-68 win. Mintz averages about 27 minutes a game and in the Patriot League every game has rivalry level intensity making his numbers more impressive. Could you imagine how much better he would have done if he played another seven minutes?
Honorable Mention: Will Archambault, Davidson – 24 pts, 5 rbs, 3 asts, a blk, 8-of-9 FG, 4-of-5 3PT FG, 4-of-5 FT, 33 mins vs. College of Charleston Jan 28.