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January 22, 2008

Randolph's rebounding earning attention

The Rivals.com Five-Star Freshman Tracker is a look at how the top players in the Class of 2007 Rivals150 are faring in college. It will be updated each Tuesday throughout basketball season.

This Week's Featured Five-Star Freshman

LSU freshman Anthony Randolph has been hitting the boards hard all season, but he has been even better at it since SEC play began.

The 6-foot-11 forward is tied for the SEC lead in rebounding in conference-only games, averaging 11 per outing. He had a career-high 19 rebounds Saturday against Vanderbilt. He added 14 points in the 92-76 loss, giving him four double-doubles for the year and two in his past three games.

"Randolph is a great player waiting to happen," Commodores coach Kevin Stallings said. "He's really long and bouncy, handles the ball well, and shoots it well. He has a great future."

The Tigers (7-11, 0-4) have seen their losing streak hit seven in a row, but Randolph has continued to play well. He's averaging 9.9 rebounds per game during the stretch.

For the season Randolph is averaging 13.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. LSU's next game is Saturday against Arkansas.

Rivals.com Five-star Freshman Tracker
1. Michael Beasley, Kansas State
Season Averages: 24.6 ppg, 12.6 rpg
The Buzz: Beasley's season-opening streak of 15 double-doubles came to an end Saturday against Texas A&M. He had a season-low four rebounds, but he scored 21 points and the Wildcats blew out the highly ranked Aggies.
2. Eric Gordon, Indiana
Season Averages: 22.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg
The Buzz: Gordon was held to a Big Ten-low 12 points at Minnesota but came back with 25 points and six rebounds against Penn State. The Hoosiers went 2-0 last week.
3. Derrick Rose, Memphis
Season Averages: 14.1 ppg, 4.3 apg, 3.9 rpg
The Buzz: Rose had a modest week as the Tigers won a pair of games. Rose averaged 9.5 points and four assists per game.
4. O.J. Mayo, USC
Season Averages: 19.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.1 apg
The Buzz: Mayo played all 40 minutes in the Trojans' stunning upset of UCLA, scoring 16 points on 5-for-12 shooting and adding four assists.
5. Kyle Singler, Duke
Season Averages: 13.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg
The Buzz: Singler averaged 13.5 points and five rebounds as the Blue Devils won at Florida State and knocked off Clemson.
6. Kevin Love, UCLA
Season Averages: 16.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg
The Buzz: Love shot the ball poorly against USC (season-low 6-for-15), but still came up with 18 points, 12 rebounds and a season-high five steals.
7. Bill Walker, Kansas State
Season Averages: 16 ppg, 6.3 rpg
The Buzz: Walker was a key component in the upset of Texas A&M. He scored 19 points (season-high five 3-pointers), grabbed four rebounds and added three assists, two steals and two blocks.
8. DeAndre Jordan, Texas A&M
Season Averages: 9.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg
The Buzz: The Aggies suffered two blowout losses last week and Jordan wasn't much of a factor in either game. He averaged just four points and 4.5 rebounds.
9. Donte Greene, Syracuse
Season Averages: 18.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg
The Buzz: Green averaged 15.3 ppg and 5.7 rpg and shot 37.2 percent (16 of 43) in three games last week, well below his season averages.
10. J.J. Hickson, N.C. State
Season Averages: 15.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg
The Buzz: Hickson played a season-low 15 minutes and had only four points in a loss at Clemson to start the week. He bounced back with 14 points and nine rebounds in a win over Miami.
11. James Harden, Arizona State
Season Averages: 18.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg
The Buzz: Harden had a huge game (27 points, four assists) in a double-overtime win at California but was held to 16 points on 4-for-10 shooting in a loss at Stanford.
12. Anthony Randolph, LSU
Season Averages: 13.8 ppg, 8.6 rpg
The Buzz: Randolph was solid in both of the Tigers' outings last week. He averaged 13 points and 12 rebounds, including a season-high 19 boards at Vanderbilt.
13. Jerryd Bayless, Arizona
Season Averages: 19.2 ppg, 4.4 apg
The Buzz: After being bottled up in a loss at Stanford (nine points on 3-for-12 shooting), Bayless bounced back with 24 points and five assists in a win at California.
14. Nick Calathes, Florida
Season Averages: 15.7 ppg, 5.9 apg, 4.9 rpg
The Buzz: Calathes didn't shoot the ball especially well last week (42.3 percent), but still averaged 20 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists.
15. Austin Freeman, Georgetown
Season Averages: 10.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg
The Buzz: Freeman averaged 11.5 ppg as the Hoyas won home games against Notre Dame and Syracuse.
16. Kosta Koufos, Ohio State
Season Averages: 13.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg
The Buzz: Koufos struggled last week as the Buckeyes dropped a pair of games. He averaged 8.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and shot 35 percent.
17. Patrick Patterson, Kentucky
Season Averages: 16.5 ppg, 8 rpg
The Buzz: Patterson struggled last week as the Wildcats dropped a pair of SEC games. He shot just 36 percent and averaged 12.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
18. Mac Koshwal, DePaul
Season Averages: 11.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg
The Buzz: Koshwal had an up-and-down week as the Blue Demons went 2-1, scoring 2, 18 and 10 points and averaging 6.3 rpg.
19. Chandler Parsons, Florida
Season Averages: 9.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg
The Buzz: Parsons had 15 points (his SEC high) in the loss at Ole Miss, but followed up with only six points on 1-for-5 shooting against Kentucky.
20. Craig Brackins, Iowa State
Season Averages: 12.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg
The Buzz: Brackins performed solidly as the Cyclones won a pair of Big 12 games at home. The 6-10 forward averaged 14.5 points and 4.5 rebounds.
21. Jamelle Horne, Arizona
Season Averages: 3.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg
The Buzz: Horne played more minutes (17) at California than he had played since the Fresno State game on Dec. 16. He finished with two points and two rebounds.
22. Jonny Flynn, syracuse
Season Averages: 14.9 ppg, 5.4 apg
The Buzz: The Orange lost two of three games last week but Flynn held up his end, scoring 24, 23 and 23 points.
23. Blake Griffin, Oklahoma
Season Averages: 14.5 ppg, 8.6 rpg
The Buzz: Griffin sat out the Sooners' only game last week, a victory over Texas Tech, with a sprained left knee. He's expected to be out 3-4 weeks.
24. Solomon Alabi, Florida State
Season Averages: 3.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg
The Buzz: Alabi has a stress fracture in his right leg that will require surgery and put him out for the season.
25. Austin Daye, Gonzaga
Season Averages:11.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg
The Buzz: Daye had a team-high 19 points and six rebounds in just 21 minutes in a rout of Pepperdine. He played a season-low nine minutes and had just four points in a win over San Diego.
26. Beas Hamga, UNLV
Season Averages: Redshirting this season
The Buzz: N/A
27. Corey Fisher, Villanova
Season Averages: 11.7 ppg, 2.9 apg
The Buzz: After playing a season-low four minutes and going scoreless against DePaul, Fisher had 15 points and three assists in just 18 minutes against Syracuse as the Wildcats went 2-0 on the week.
28. Corey Stokes, Villanova
Season Averages: 2.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg
The Buzz: Stokes had seven points and four rebounds against DePaul in one of his best games to date.

The Rivals.com Five-Star Freshman Tracker is a look at how the top players in the Class of 2007 Rivals150 are faring in college. It will be updated each Tuesday throughout basketball season.



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