With Colonial Athletic Association conference play well under way, the conference power rankings are stating to take definite shape. The Towson Tigers have been the biggest storyline of the conference, turning around a 1-31 season last year into a now 10-10, 5-2 season following Monday’s two-point loss to the Georgia State Panthers. But, the Northeastern Huskies are also dominating CAA headlines this season, as they’ve gone undefeated thus far in conference play.
However, even with the Huskies’ incredible success thus far, this week, Quincy Ford became just the first Northeastern player to earn CAA Player of the Week honors. Last week, Ford averaged 20.5 points per game in the Huskies’ two victories. Most notably, Ford drilled a career-high 11 field goals against Hofstra. Ford will need to continue to produce for head coach Bill Coen if Northeastern wishes to maintain its hold on first place. His efforts earned him co-Player of the Week in the CAA.
One of the teams that are currently trailing the Huskies are the Georgia State Panthers. Now 4-3 in the conference after upsetting the Tigers at home Monday night, the Panthers have won three-straight games and look to be rolling in the conference. One of the reasons Georgia State has been so successful has been the terrific play of Manny Atkins. This past week, Atkins averaged 21.0 points and 5.0 rebounds as the Panthers beat both William & Mary and Old Dominion by an average of 14.5 points per game. Atkins’ performance was also worth of co-Player of the Week honors.
Lastly, George Mason freshman forward Marko Gujanicic also had an impressive week. The big man from Serbia recorded his first career double-double against James Madison last Tuesday. In just 19 minutes, the rook totaled 10 points and a career-high 10 boards in the contest. He also contributed four points and five rebounds in just 16 minutes against Hofstra on Saturday. Gujanicic also earned CAA Rookie of the Week honors.
As a new week is already in action in the CAA, the conference surely has more in store for it’s avid fans. Which players will step up and help earn their team wins this time around?
Jake Fischer is the CAA Columnist for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.