USF's Collins named Big East Rookie of the Week
USF freshman point guard Anthony Collins has been named as Big East Rookie of the Week after averaging 16 points and 6.5 assists in the Bulls' wins against Villanova and Pittsburgh last week.
Collins had a season-high 22 points in USF's win at Pittsburgh on Sunday, and he's had at least six assists in his last six games, during which USF has a 5-1 record.
Can Collins make the Big East's all-rookie team? The only point guard with comparable numbers is Notre Dame's Jerian Grant -- Collins has one more assist in conference play (5.5 per game vs. 5.4 for Grant), but Grant is averaging 13.0 points per game. Collins is also leading Big East freshmen in free-throw percentage in league play (86.9 percent, 4th in the league overall), while Grant has a superior assist/turnover ratio at 2.6 to 1.
The league's Rookie of the Year could wind up going to one of its top scoring freshmen -- St. John's has two in the conference's top 10 in D'Angelo Harrison (18.4 ppg, 3rd) and Moe Harkless, who ranks in the top 10 in scoring (16.3) and rebounds (8.6). Providence's LaDontae Henton, who had 33 points in a game against USF, is averaging 14.2 in conference games.
Wild as it seems, 14 different men's basketball players have been named as Big East Player of the Week this season, none more than once.