Week four of the CIS BasketballBuzz Top 10 performers is here with some familiar names and newcomers to the list. This week we have five new names including a freshman making their first appearances in the Top 10 with well earned performances.
Jelane Pryce (G 6’7″, 200 lbs, 4th year) – Winnipeg Wesmen
Jelane Pryce was a nightmare for the UBC Thunderbirds. The Winnipeg Wesmen forward showed off his impressive offensive game with two monster games. Pryce erupted for 21 first-half points to complete the sweep of the struggling Thunderbirds. The Wesmen have gone 3-1 since Pryce was inserted into the starting line-up, earning wins over Saskatchewan & UBC.
Greg Faulkner (G 6’5″, 205 lbs, 4th year) – Queens Gaels
Greg Faulkner just missed the cut last week. This week Faulkner made sure his name appeared in the Top 10 with a career-high and CIS best 40-point outing versus the Brock Badgers. The former Carleton Raven also dominated the glass by pulling down a total 29 boards for Queens.
Josh Wolfram (F 6’10”, 229 lbs, 4th year) – Thompson Rivers Wolfpack
Josh Wolfram continues to put-up big numbers for the Wolfpack. The Kamloops, BC native has racked-up six straight double-doubles to open the season and leads the country in rebounding at 12.7 RPG while also ranking in the top ten nationally in scoring at 21.7 PPG.
Javon Masters (G 6’3″, 190 lbs, 2nd year) – UNB Varsity Reds
Javon Masters is doing just about everything for the red hot UNB Varsity Reds. The second-year guard from Waterloo, Ontario has scored over 20 points per game in all but one game thus far. The only thing not going right for Masters is his three-point shooting, with a sub-par 25.5% from behind the arc.
Johnny Berhanemeskel (G 6’3″, 175 lbs, 5th year) – Ottawa Gee-Gees
Berhanemeskel becomes the first player to earn a spot on the Top 10 performers list for the third consecutive week with yet another 30-plus point outburst. The fifth-year captain has proven that he’s more than just a three-point threat by dishing out 5 or more assists in the past four outings.
Nov 14. @ Waterloo Warriors W, 89-48: 15 points (5/11 FG, 3/5 3PT, 2/2 FT), 5 assists, 5 rebounds
Nov 14. @ Laurier Golden Hawks, W, 113-95: 34 points (8/22 FG, 1/8 3PT, 6/6 FT), 6 rebounds, 7 assists
Tyler Scott (G 6’2″, 185 lbs, 2nd year) – UPEI Panthers
The country’s top scorer stayed hot with a near perfect road win over the Memorial Seahawks and finished with a double-double (or triple-double – 10 turnovers) in a close defeat to the same Seahawks. With two more solid outings Tyler Scott continues to make a case for the premier shooting guard in the country.
Johneil Simpson (G 6’5″, 185 lbs, 1st year) – Brock Badgers
It’s rare to see freshmen make appearances in the Top 10 but its hard to ignore Johneil Simpson and his 6’5″ athletic frame. The rookie point-guard exploded for a career-high 33 points and 13 rebounds in the shoot-out win over the Queens Gaels. Simpson is currently averaging 22 points and 5.8 rebounds per game and currently stands as the leading candidate for CIS Rookie of the year honors.
Dadrian Collins (F 6’6″, 205 lbs, 5th year) – Saskatchewan Huskies
What do you do or say when a guy goes 8-for-8 from the downtown? Dadrian Collins was lights-out for the Huskies in their 2-0 weekend sweep of the previously unbeaten Victoria Vikes.
Nick Tufegdzich (F 6’7″, 215 lbs, 4th year) – York Lions
Nick Tufegdzich has improved each year with the Lions. The 6’7″ forward put up some numbers as York earned a well deserved split with a win over the Guelph Gryphons. Tufegdzich found himself at the charity stripe a total of 33 times during the weekend
Jared Baker (G 6’2″, 182 lbs, 3th year) – Lethbridge Pronghorns
We have the first triple-double of the 2014-15 season! Jared Baker dropped a 20-point, 11-assist and 10-rebound performance over the Regina Cougars to earn himself a spot in the weekly top 10. The Alberta guard has been an integral part of the Pronghorns 5-3 start by averaging 10.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.
Chris McLaughlin – (F 6’10″, 235 lbs, 4th year) Victoria Vikes
The Victoria Vikes need to find a way to get Chris McLaughlin more touches, we would love to see what his productivity would look like at 17-19 shots per game. McLaughlin added two more double-doubles, bring his total to four in six games. The 6’10” senior is averaging 19.9 points, 9.5 rebounds per game and shooting an efficient 59.7% from the floor.