Stock up/Stock down

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Remy Abell (Indiana): Abell was expected (or well, rated) to be No. 3 of the Hoosiers’ 2011 recruiting class, and while he hasn’t surpassed Cody Zeller by any stretch of the imagination, he shown in spurts that he’s capable of giving solid production down the road. He tallied nine points and five assists against Howard and looked like the best player on the floor when he was out there with Indiana’s second five. His ability to use his length to his advantage on defense will probably get him some decent time at point guard during the Big Ten slate.

Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State): With Jared Sullinger out due to injury, Thomas very much took advantage of the opportunity. He exploded with the scoring ability we knew he had, by tallying 16-, 30-, 23, and 19-point efforts in his last four games. He’s shooting upwards of 60 percent in those games too, which will help him shed his hot-and-cold shooter mantra. Basically, Thomas has given the Buckeyes a solid No. 2 scorer to pair with Sullinger, and that combination should be frightening for the rest of the NCAA.

Andre Drummond (Connecticut): As the most hyped recruit in the 2011 class, Drummond has had an awful lot of weight on his shoulders to produce in an offense that was already fairly loaded with production. He struggled out of the gate, but in his last two games, he’s shot better than 80 percent from the floor and showed himself to be one of the Huskies’ best options down low. He may never live up to his billing, but he’s got some serious talent and he’s starting to use it.


**For obvious reasons, no Indiana player’s stock has gone down enough (or at all) to warrant being listed here**

Purdue’s post players: It’s never good when your leading three rebounders don’t play in the post. And as Butler showed the world last Saturday, Purdue is extraordinarily vulnerable in the post. Travis Carroll and Sandi Marcius have been pretty ineffective down low, and things don’t appear to be looking up for the Boilermakers if they can’t boast even an average level of output from the post. It already cost them against Butler. And my bet is it’ll cost them again.

Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas): The Jayhawks lost to Davidson, 80-74, on Monday, and much of that loss may have had to do with Taylor who has been a turnover machine, despite scoring at a relatively good clip. Against Stephen Curry’s old crew, Taylor turned the ball over five times, which isn’t so bad until you realize its his average over the last five games. In his last three games, he has surpassed 35 percent from the floor, either. Kansas is a talented team, but they need Taylor to get his act together soon.

One comment

  1. Kartje – the last sentence on D Thomas should read “he gives the Buckeyes a solid #3 scorer to combine with Sullinger and Buford, which….”

    Buford has a shot at becoming the all-time leading scorer in OSU history, so I’m pretty sure they already had that #2 scorer role on lock-down. I actually think Thomas is the best offensive player of the three, but the other two have already established their roles on the team.

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