Category MMBOW

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MMBOW #1: Jonathan Sanders, St. Mary's

The inaugural anything is tough - there's all that pressure, all those questions. What will the public think? Will this new thing be embraced, accepted? Will it become an iconic institution, or will it join the ranks of such outright flops as Crystal Pepsi, Cop Rock and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays? So...

MMBOW #2: Travis Niesen, Santa Clara

When the Mid-Majority Baller Of The Week award made its debut last week, I never expected that it would be argued about in sports bars across the nation, become the target of intense lobbying by athletic directors, or gain a cherished place in college basketball fans' hearts. At least, not right awa...

MMBOW #3: Jose Juan Barea, Northeastern

Like a young, wet foal bravely attempting to put his legs under him for the first time, the Mid-Majority Baller Of The Week Award made some happy progress this week towards its very first frolic in the meadow. Yes, this week saw the first vote that originated from the TMM-reading public. It was for ...

MMBOW #4: Jaycee Carroll, Utah State

The other day, I was doing something I rarely do - watching SportsCenter. (I'm more of an ESPNews guy.) They were coming in from a commercial break, and they showed a 30-second quick-cut highlight reel of all the Heisman Trophy candidates, set to hot and funky urban beats. There was a repeated loop ...

MMBOW #5: David Moss, Indiana State

Kids sometimes ask me what it takes to be Mid-Majority Baller Of The Week. "Eat your vegetables," I tell them. "And always listen to your parents." After they tell me to go "F" myself, I bemoan the general coarsening of the Great American Dialogue. Then I say that they might achieve their dreams if ...

MMBOW #6: Marcellus Sommerville, Bradley

I know why you really visit this site. Once March comes around, you'll be filling out your brackets with confidence - you'll know each of the teen-seeds inside and out. While the CBS pregame camera is trained on some guy from conference X who's shooting jumpers in his sweats, and Billy Packer is fum...

MMBOW #7: Paul Millsap, Louisiana Tech

Because I took an extra day of X-Mas break yesterday, this week's MMBOW only has six days to rule over the mid-major world instead of the normal seven. I'm feeling a little guilty about this and it even kept me up last night for a few extra minutes, so I wanted to do something extra-special for this...

MMBOW #8: Michael Harris, Rice

Our eighth Mid-Majority Baller Of The Week is Michael Harris of the Rice Owls, who also happens to be the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week as well. The 6-6, 240-lb. senior power forward wants to let everyone know that Rice isn't just about baseball, and wishes to end the Owls' 35-year ...

MMBOW #9: T.J. Sorrentine, Vermont

Since this has turned out to be America East week here at The Mid-Majority (four of the last five 100 Games Project tilts have been from that particular league), it's only fitting that an AE guy is the recipient of our regular weekly honor. Big, burly Taylor Copppenrath of the <A Vermont Catamoun...

MMBOW #10: Levi Rost, Western Michigan

Not very many people outside Kalamazoo were taking the Western Michigan Broncos seriously this year in their quest to defend their Mid-American Conference crown. After all, they lost the reigning MAC Player of The Year, forward Mike Williams - WMU rode his coattails on many occasions last year on th...

MMBOW #11: Brandon Temple, Missouri-Kansas City

Kangaroo legend Michael Watson, the Mid-Continent Conference's all-time leading scorer with 2,488 points, graduated and left his blue and gold uni behind last spring. So someone had to step up and provide some points this year for Missouri-Kansas City, and it turns out that the entire backcourt did....

MMBOW #12: Danny Horace, Miami (Ohio)

Miami (Oh.) made an early splash this season with a huge "Miami Valley Conference" win at Xavier, but they fell off the map somewhat after a letdown-game loss against a weak Butler club. The RedHawks have shaken off a slow conference start with a four-game winning streak, and they've done it with th...

MMBOW #13: Seamus Boxley, Portland State

At the start of the season, folks thought the Big Sky conference would play out as usual - last year's Dancers Eastern Washington, traditional powerhouse Weber State, maybe one of the Montana schools would be in the mix. Nobody - and I mean nobody - saw Portland State coming. The Vikings had only 11...

MMBOW #14: Torrell Martin, Winthrop

When the Big South decreed that two of their postponed games would be made up during a week that they already had a pair scheduled, some Winthrop fans believed the fix was in. Some thought that the move to bestow a four-game, six-day strech on the Eagles was made solely to sabotage their season - th...

MMBOW #15: Nick Fazekas, Nevada

After Nevada's streaking ascent to the Sweet Sixteen out of a 10-seed (they defeated Michigan State and UMPFN before falling to eventual national runner-up Georgia Tech), they lost their coach (Trent Johnson) to Stanford and their top scorer (Kirk Snyder) to the NBA. Most preseason publications had ...

MMBOW #16: Darren Brooks, Southern Illinois

Darren is a senior guard for the Saluki-men who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 205 pounds. SIU's team leader uses his quick hands to steal, his long arms and powerful hops to snare rebounds, and his soft touch to score points. And he scores a lot. His primary MMBOW credentials are as follows: a 8-of-10...

MMBOW #1: Kyle Hines, North Carolina-Greensboro

One of the most common e-mails I received last year was the repeated question about where the Mid-Majority Baller of the Specified-Time-Period went. I can't even remember why I took a year off from doing it, it was always such a fun part of every Monday. It had become such an honor that school SID's...

MMBOW #2: Josh Akognon, Cal State Fullerton

There were plenty of deserving candidates in the season's second week, lots of big-time performances by big-time players on teams in the lower 22 conferences. But we're going to use this space this time to recognize the efforts of a little guy from a little conference that gets little exposure back ...

MMBOW #3: Jason Thompson, Rider

The Rider Broncs went 1-2 over the weekend at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, but one of the top stories coming from that tourney was the performance of a certain 6-11 center, number 1 in maroon and a likely NBA pick. Fresh off a nationally televised showcase that lasted all weekend long, Jason Th...

MMBOW #4: Michael Bramos, Miami (Oh.)

Michael Bramos of Miami (Oh.) was Michigan's Mr. Basketball runner-up coming out of high school, and he's spent most of his college career as a solid, dependable yet overlooked third option -- he's that guy out on the floor who plays 35 minutes but usually puts up more intangibles and Charlie Points...

MMBOW #5: Dane Brumagin, Missouri-Kansas City

The Missouri-Kansas City Kangaroos (3-7, 0-2 SL) are off to a tough start in Badlands Conference play, dropping their first couple of games on the road. But that shouldn't detract from a week by a player whose team just hasn't caught up with his greatness yet. For scoring 75 points in two league aw...

MMBOW #6: Samuel Haanpaa, Valparaiso

This was a close one... we had one major-beating, hyper-efficient performance by a Sun Belt baller with Demetric Bennett's 34-point, 14-for-19 performance in South Alabama's 71-67 win over Mississippi State. But he was edged out by two great performances by a hot Horizon League shooter. Samuel Haanp...

MMBOW #7: Jaycee Carroll, Utah State

After a slow beginning to the 2007-08 season, the Utah State Aggies are now 9-5 with a four-game winning streak, and a lot of that has to do with their star guard. The All-American senior spent a lot of time in head coach Stew Morrill's office during the 3-4 start, trying to figure out how to turn t...

MMBOW #8: Peyton Stovall, Ball State

We're not worried about Dayton's Brian Roberts getting recognition anymore, so we're going to go deeper than his dominant 31-point performance in an upset win over Pitt. Much deeper. Peyton Stovall, star guard for the Ball State Cardinals, is our eighth Mid-Majority Baller of the Week. On New Year'...

MMBOW #9: Brian Lillis, Albany

After Albany was thrashed by Virginia in a 2007 NCAA Tournament first-round game that was a viable athletic contest for about 20 seconds, those of us in attendance on the "little guy" side did a lot of wondering aloud about the future of the Great Danes afterwards. This was a school that quickly asc...

MMBOW #10: Arizona "AZ" Reid, High Point

Our most recent MMBOW has the distinction of being the only Division I player named after a state of the union -- the 11 Washingtons don't count -- and one of a very select few players in history with a nickname derived from a U.S. Postal Service abbreviation. Arizona "AZ" Reid is our tenth Mid-Majo...

MMBOW #11: Dre Smith, George Mason

A 6-0, 185-lb. junior point guard from Houston, Texas had the shooting night of his life -- or most people's lives -- on Saturday. In a 96-75 blowout of James Madison, George Mason's Dre Smith scored a career-high 34 points on astonishing 11-of-12 shooting. But, as you might have heard already, 10 o...

MMBOW #12: Paul Stoll, Texas-Pan American

We're in Texas, so it's only fair that we shine the spotlight on some Lone Star hoops. Because of Texas-Pan American's longstanding independent status and virtual unlikelihood of making the NCAA Tournament, you don't hear much about them in the mainstream press... and with the 15th smallest athletic...

MMBOW #13: Bo McCalebb, New Orleans

New Orleans made a big splash early, with headline-grabbing nonconference wins over N.C. State and Colorado. Sun Belt play has been less than kind, though. A recent three-game losing streak has put the Privateers in a 5-6 hole, far behind streaking Western Kentucky and South Alabama. But they might ...

MMBOW #14: Tremaine Townsend, Cal State Northridge

There's no doubt that Cal State Northridge, a school with just two winning seasons since joining the Big West in 2001, has gone from pity-party to postseason candidate in short order. At 16-6 overall and 8-2 in the conference, the first-place Matadors are on track for their first Big West men's bask...

MMBOW #15: Shane Dansby, Belmont

The two-time Atlantic Sun champion Belmont Bruins were a bit undersold last summer, as they lost two 6-10 seniors who earned the lion's share of the team's rebounds last season. The Bruins have suffered a bit on the boards, but they're getting a lot of them from a player that last year would have s...

MMBOW #16: Marqus Blakely, Vermont

There were a lot of great performances over BracketBuster weekend -- Alex Franklin's monster 30-and-18 for Siena in a blowout at Boise State, Kent State Golden Flash Al Fisher's 28 points in a big win at Saint Mary's, Josh Young's 25 points and clutch 8-for-8 free throwing for Drake in their nationa...

MMBOW #17: Arizona Reid, High Point

The really good players are the ones who can lift their teams up when it counts, who deliver in the clutch, who take it upon themselves to lift their team out of a funk. And the very funky-haired Arizona Reid of High Point is our seventeenth Mid-Majority Baller Of The Week. Mr. Reid, who was named ...

MMBOW #2: Stephen Curry, Davidson

I have a real treat for you today. I want to introduce you to this special, special player I've discovered. His name's Curry, as in hot like. He's got a regular-looking first name -- Stephen -- but it's pronounced all weird, like STEFF-in. His dad played in the NBA. Nothing about this guy is regular...

MMBOW #3: Eric Maynor, Virginia Commonwealth

Most fans know him for "the Dagger" against Duke two seasons ago, but he's been making opponents say "dang" for the better part of three years. Over the past seven days, he put together one of the most impressive three-game stretches seen in Hoops Nation so far this season. Eric Maynor is our third ...

MMBOW #4: Michael Bramos, Miami (Oh.)

The Mid-Majority tries to keep it fresh, mix it up, to stay frisky and funky in a world full of stale coach-speak and paint-by-numbers analysis. But this time, it's impossible. For one of the very few times in this site's obscure history, we are recycling a subject line letter-for-letter. For the se...

MMBOW #5: Ben Woodside, North Dakota State

Usually, this feature is reserved for players at our level who a.) have great performances in games that matter and b.) win. But sometimes we have to make an exception, or one-and-a-half. Ben Woodside of North Dakota State is our fifth Mid-Majority Baller of the Week for the 2008-09 season. On Frida...

MMBOW #6: James Feldeine, Quinnipiac

One of the great things about TMM -- okay, maybe it's the only good thing about any of this -- is that we get to introduce you to players those other websites don't have time for. Like this 6-4 NYC product who turned in two of the most efficient performances in mid-majordom last week, work that went...

MMBOW #7: Jeremiah Dominguez, Portland State

The holidays wiped out half the week's schedule (in a good way, of course), but some players made the most of the four-day week. And just to be clear, a shortened week does not mean that the award is less than 100 percent full strength, the same way that some fans tried to undercut the importance of...

MMBOW #8: Lester Hudson, Tennessee-Martin

He was a breakout superstar from 2007-08 who came out of nowhere to lead a perennial OVC flounder to a salmon-jump in the standings. He was a juco transfer who learned how to study and landed at Tennessee-Martin, and nearly left after a year in the wake of an impressive showing at pre-Draft camp. In...

MMBOW #9: Josh Akognon, Cal State Fullerton

Before the 2007-08 season, Josh Akognon transferred from Washington State to Cal State Fullerton with two years of eligibility remaining -- his point production doubled, and he set school single-season records for 3-point field goals and free throw percentage. That's an indication that maybe he wasn...

MMBOW #10: Lester Hudson, Tennessee-Martin

There's certainly precedent for being chosen multiple times in a season... back when we did this five times a week (hoo boy, Tuesdays were tough), Nick "Big Freak" Fazekas of Nevada was a regular attendee of our daily TMM party. And truthfully, there really weren't any mid-major players who had as g...

MMBOW #11: Ben Woodside, North Dakota State

There was that 51-minute, 60-point effort against Stephen F. Austin that earned him MMBOW honors back in December, which would have earned wider play had his team actually won the game. No matter about that, because ever since the North Dakota Bison have entered the Badlands Conference schedule, the...

MMBOW #12: Ryan Toolson, Utah Valley

The picture on the left does not depict the hot club dance move or the new way the kids these days are expressing their excitement, it's just a snapshot of the most pure and perfect shooting mechanics in Division I right now. (And as you can see in the background, it's making the girly-girls go craz...

MMBOW #13: Lester Hudson, Tennessee-Martin

Sure, we have our favorites. There are players who we enjoy watching endlessly, the mid-major stars who have stood in this space for the past five years and have gone on to great and lucrative levels. The next one in that class could be the 6-2 senior guard from a little school in the Tennessee back...

MMBOW #14: Artsiom Parakhouski, Radford

If you've been watching the Big South standings (and if you haven't, please write us a 2,000-word essay why not), you may be wondering what this "Radford" is, why it's won 13 of 15 league games, and how you can get some for yourself. The Highlanders are on a seven-game streak and now lead the BSC by...

MMBOW #15: Gordon Hayward, Butler

Slumdog Millionaire (a film we saw in Indianapolis hours after penning this paper plane), was easy enough to predict as a Best Picture winner, although others of these supposed lead-pipe locks would have lost you your mortgage money. And so it is with predicting the machinations of another academy. ...

MMBOW #16: Adnan Hodzic, Lipscomb

Our first conference tourney will be the Atlantic Sun event in Nashville, a league we took you behind the scenes for last year. This year's seen a fantastic race between three strong teams: three-time champs Belmont, revenge-minded Jacksonville, and an ETSU squad that hasn't quite made it over the t...

MMBOW #17: Kevin Anderson, Richmond

With our final weekly award of the season, we celebrate the work of a young Spider who used a two-game stretch to strike a little bit of arachnophobia into the hearts of Atlantic 14 opponents heading into the league's elimination event. Kevin Anderson of Richmond is our seventeenth, and final, Mid-M...

MMBOW #12: Ryan Thompson, Rider

Rider figured to be one of the teams that would step up challenge Siena's two-year stranglehold on the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference -- heck, a single first-place vote for the Broncs was what kept the Saints from being a full-consensus top pick on media day back in October. And Rider, not Siena...

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