Massive freshman phenom from Miami and Colorado scoring leader headline seventh group of Student Sports National Player of the Week honorees in 2014. These honorees are chosen based on performances from games played from Feb. 10-Feb. 14 and they are based on the same regional breakdowns as our regional Top 20 team rankings.
Student Sports National
Players of the Week
Marcquise Reed (Capitol Christian, Landover, Md.)
After transferring to Capitol Christian from Pallotti of Laurel, Reed has become one of the hottest players in Maryland and the D.C. area.
The 6-foot-3 senior guard poured in 40 points in a 105-74 win last week over MATHS of Baltimore, which stands for Maryland Academy of Tech and Health Sciences. Reed also had 32 points to lead his team past Riverdale Baptist, 85-82.
Reed, who is averaging 31.4 ppg, has received college offers from Northeastern and North Carolina Central.
Zachariah Brown (Miami Beach, Fla.)
Okay, get ready for the Zachariah Brown circus to begin this summer. The massive 7-foot-1, 255-pound freshman center is having a big season and may build on his already growing national resume.
After getting 23 points with 28 rebounds and seven blocks in a win against Miami Senior, Brown came back last week to collect 23 points with 18 rebounds and eight blocks for his team in a 76-73 victory vs. Flanagan of Pembroke Pines.
For the season, Brown is averaging 18.8 points, 16.6 rebounds and 6.8 blocks.
The extremely athletic 6-foot-2 senior guard drew some attention earlier this season when he scored 30 points in a game against FAB 50 ranked Prime Prep of Texas.
Bennett had two more strong outings last week. In a 106-50 triumph over Vandalia Butler, he knocked down 38 points to go with 15 blocked shots and 12 rebounds. He also had 24 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks in a 98-77 win against Fairmont.
Austin Grandstaff (Rockwall, Texas)
If there was a Player of the Day during last weekend’s Metroplex Challenge in Dallas, Grandstaff probably would be the pick.
The 6-foot-5 junior guard rained down 51 points during Rockwall’s 81-69 victory against Wilmer-Hutchins. For the season, Grandstaff is averaging 26 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.
Earlier this season, Grandstaff was reported with a verbal commitment to Oklahoma State, but is now reportedly open.
Brady Baer (Akron, Colo.)
A quintessential small-town standout, Baer is the leading scorer in Colorado this season at 32.3 points per game and is expected to move up to No. 2 by the end of the season on the state’s career scoring list.
In his games last week, the 6-foot-2 guard had 32 points with seven rebounds and eight assists to the lead the Rams past Holyoke 78-66. He also had 34 points, eight rebounds and nine assists in a 85-63 triumph over Caliche.
Baer, who had a season-best 55 points against Merino, has no Division I offers but may get interest from Division II colleges before the end of the season.