BYU triple-double machine Kyle Collinsworth is our Player of the Week
When your team goes undefeated over the course of a week, and you set an amazing NCAA record in the process, your chances of winning CBS Sports Player of the Week rise dramatically.
When your team goes undefeated over the course of seven days and you set an amazing NCAA record in the process, your chances of winning CBS Sports Player of the Week rise dramatically.
So BYU 's Kyle Collinsworth is getting the nod here in what was a close race for POW. If you missed it, on Saturday Collinsworth became the all-time leader in career triple-doubles in men's D-I hoops, breaking the tie he had with Shaquille O'Neal and a Drexel dynamo from the '80s named Michael Anderson.
Collinsworth put up 33/10/10 against Belmont in BYU's thorough 95-81 win on Saturday. Previous to that, Collinsworth threw up 11 points, eight boards, four assists, two blocks and two steals in the Cougars' 75-68 win over Mississippi Valley State last Wednesday.
As mentioned in the link above, the wild thing about Collinsworth getting to seven career triple-doubles is that he's done it over the course of 32 GAMES! Yes, that's right: Collinsworth did not have a triple-double in his career until last season, and since that first one came against Hawaii on Dec. 6, 2014, he's loaded up a trip-dub in the boxscore one in every 4.5 games.
It's honestly ridiculous, and I don't think Collinsworth is appreciated enough. This is in part because of the league he plays in, but also because BYU isn't on national television enough, especially in the early part of the season. There's no reason to believe Collinsworth can't tally a couple more still. This truly seems like the year of the triple-double in college basketball. Because these players were also in consideration this week:
Providence's Kris Dunn, who almost had a (LOL here) quadruple-double last week.
Michigan State's Denzel Valentine, who had yet another triple-double after taking last week's POW.
And yes, a small-conference guy who's probably going to earn a trip-dub for himself before this season is done: Oakland's Kahlil Felder. In the past week/over three games, Felder, all of 5-foot-9, put up 22.6 points, 10.6 assists and 6.0 rebounds. And had 2.3 steals in that stretch. In fact, through five games Felder has yet to have less than 10 assists in a game. Felder came in at No. 73 in our preseason list of the top 101 players in the sport. It's already looking like he was about 30 spots too low.
Previous winners this season of the CBS Sports Player of the Week:
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