While freshman point guard De’Aaron Fox — who had a triple-double in November — has been terrific, too, Monk’s scoring punch — he averages 21.4 points on 50-percent shooting — is a big reason why the Wildcats are ranked No. 2 in KenPom’s offensive efficiency rankings. ___ MARCUS KEENE, CENTRAL MICHGAN The nation’s top scorer isn’t a household name, but the 5-9 guard is averaging 28.7 points — nearly five points more than No. 2 scorer Alec Peters of Valparaiso. Keene is on pace for the highest Division I scoring average since BYU’s Jimmer Fredette (28.9) in 2010-11, according to Sports Reference’s college basketball website. Keene also averages 4.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists while shooting 46 percent. So could he follow the similarly undersized guards like Isaiah Thomas and Kay Felder to the NBA? ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas thinks he’ll at least get a look. “You can’t just score your way into the NBA,” said Bilas, who played at Duke. “You’ve got to be able to handle on both ends of the floor. I think he can do it, but it’s harder for smaller guys.” ___ OTHER NAMES OF NOTE CALEB SWANIGAN, PURDUE — The 6-9 sophomore has four games with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds. He’s averaging 18.4 points, ranks second nationally in rebounding (12.5) and was tied for the national lead with 15 double-doubles through Wednesday’s games. Here are some highlights from his 28-point, 22-rebound outing against Minnesota: NIGEL WILLIAMS-GOSS, GONZAGA — Described as “unbelievably steady” by coach Mark Few, the 6-3 Washington transfer is averaging 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists for fourth-ranked Gonzaga — the nation’s last unbeaten team. Here’s a look at his big night against San Francisco earlier this month: JOEL BERRY II, NORTH CAROLINA — The junior point guard (15.8 points) is a tough competitor making a case for Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year. Here are some highlights from his 31-point night against Clemson: JOHNATHAN MOTLEY, BAYLOR — The 6-10 junior (15.8 points, 9.7 rebounds) is coming off a 32-point, 20-rebound game for a team that reached No. 1 for the first time this month. FRESHMEN ON STRUGGLING TEAMS — Washington guard Markelle Fultz is the nation’s top-scoring freshman (23.1 points) after scoring 37 in Wednesday’s overtime win against Colorado for the Huskies (9-9). Meanwhile, North Carolina State point guard Dennis Smith Jr. (19.1 points) had a triple-double against then-No. 21 Virginia Tech and had 16 assists — the most in Division I through Wednesday’s games — against Rider for a team that started 1-4 in the ACC.
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