This week we honor a player who came out of a slump and had his best two games of the year which included career highs. Helping his team to two wins, Santa Clara's Marc Trasolini is our latest NC-Double-Eh Player of the Week ...
Player of the Week
Marc Trasolini (Vancouver) – Junior, Santa Clara
Last week, Santa Clara’s Marc Trasolini seemed to break out of his funk and he came out gunnin’. In helping his team close out the season on a high note with two wins, he put together the best back-to-back games of his season. In the Broncos’ two games, Traz averaged 26 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2 assists and a block in 36.5 minutes. He shot 17-of-30 from the floor and 18-of-21 from the line to earn the final regular season West Coast Conference Player of the Week honors for the season. It’s his great performances that we too will honor Traz as the NC-Double-Eh Player of the Week.
In Santa Clara’s victory over Loyola-Marymount, Traz was nothing short of spectacular. He would play 43 minutes in the Feb. 25 94-88 double overtime win over the Lions scoring a career high 31 points to lead all scorers. He added 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks to go along with shooting 7-of-15 from the field and an incredible 17-of-20 from the foul line, also a career high, in the contest.
In the Broncos’ second game last week just two days later, Traz was again brilliant. This time coming off the bench, he would lead the team in scoring with 21 points in the 71-68 win over Pepperdine. He added 6 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal in 30 minutes of action while going 10-of-15 from the floor and making his only free throw attempt.
For the season Trasolini is averaging 12.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and a block a game in 25.9 minutes. He’s shooting 54.6% from the field, 75.2% from the line and 31.6% from behind the arc. He’s currently the team’s second leading scorer and rebounder and is leading the team in FG%. Traz’s numbers currently have him ranked among the West Coast Conference leaders in points per game (15th), rebounding (11th), FG% (2nd), blocks (5th) offensive rebounds (14th with 1.7) and defensive rebounds (9th with 4).
Honorable Mentions: Tyler Murray, Wagner – 18 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 3 apg, 1.5 spg, 14-of-33 FGs, 2-of-9 3-PT FGs, 6-of-8 FTs, 36.5 mpg in two games.
Rookie of the Week
Tristan Thompson (Brampton, ON) – Freshman, Texas
Tristan Thompson had another great week in Big 12 Conference play. In Texas’ two games, he averaged an un-rookie like double-double of 16.5 points and 11 rebounds along with 2.5 assists and 2 blocks in 34.5 minutes per game as the Longhorns split the pair. He also shot 13-of-23 from the floor and 7-of-15 from the stripe to earn yet another NC-Double-Eh Rookie of the Week.
In the Longhorns’ game on Feb. 22 against Iowa State, Thompson was absolutely dominant. In the 76-53 win, he registered 17 points and 14 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season. He also had 2 assists and 3 blocks in 31 minutes while shooting 8-of-12 from the floor and making 1 of his 6 free throws.
In Texas’ upset loss at Colorado four days later, Thompson was excellent in defeat. He played 38 minutes in the 91-89 loss scoring 16 points, grabbing 8 rebounds to go with 3 assists and a block. He shot 5-of-11 from the field and 6-of-9 in the losing cause.
For the season, Thompson is averaging 12.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1 steal and 2.2 blocks in 30.4 minutes per game. He’s also shooting 52.8% from the field. He’s the Longhorns’ second leading scorer and currently leads the team in blocks and is tied for the team lead in both rebounds and steals. His stats place him among the Big 12 Conference leaders in scoring (17th), rebounding (3rd), blocks (1st) and offensive rebounds (1st with 3.6).
Honorable Mention: Christian Kabongo, New Mexico State – 16.5 ppg, 4 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1 spg, 9-of-15 FGs, 1-of-5 3-PT FGs, 14-of-18 FTs, 29 mpg in two games.
Line of the Week
Rob Sacre, Gonzaga / Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure
Now I have always thought that if you’re a certain height, you should be able to do certain things. Like for instance, if you are over 4’0", you should be able to ride the rollercoaster. Of if you’re over 5’8", you should have no trouble reaching into the top cabinet of most standard homes. But when it comes to basketball, if you are over the height of 6’9" and over, you should definitely be able to grab rebounds. Well that certainly wasn’t the case this week for both Gonzaga’s Rob Sacre and St. Bonaventure’s Andrew Nicholson. You should all be very familiar with these two names already either on this site or some other media outlet. These two tall and athletic big men had some incredible rebounding games.
Starting with Sacre, in his team’s 68-31 thrashing of a hapless San Diego team this past Saturday he had zero rebounds in 20 minutes action. Zero! He had more blocks (2) and assists (1) than rebounds. That is pretty incredible since the Zags shot 48% and the Toreros shot 25.5% so there had to be opportunity somewhere. Someone as big and mobile playing in against a team that had no one to match up physically against him should have been able to do more on the glass.
In Nicholson’s case, I’m going to steal a line from the Toronto’s Sun’s Ryan Wolstat and say that he had a Bargnani rebounding week. In Nicholson’s two games, he had a total of 3 rebounds. To be exact, that is 2 rebounds in 18 minutes in the 82-63 win over Fordham on Feb. 23 and 1 rebound in the loss to Saint Joseph’s on Feb. 26. Now, he did score 16 and 28 points in those games and it’s why I say he had a Bargnani week. Nicholson is not the physically overpowering guy that Sacre is but he’s more athletic than him. There should be no reason to not have had more rebounds, or at least total a lot more boards (3) than assists (2) and assists are hella hard to register.
These two guys are great talents and I’m not knocking them at all but at this time of the year, they definitely need to step up their board game. They are both being looked at as potential NBA prospects and they both have had been tagged as soft in the paint and they’ll need to get in the trenches and grab more rebounds because the League is really not looking for another Eddy Curry.