5. Adam Thistlewood, Colorado State
Season Stats: 11.2 PPG 4.7 RPG 47.5 3P%
Best Performance: 20 Points, 4 Rebounds while going 5-7 from 3PT against Washington State 11/27
Thistlewood was a good contributor as a freshman and has just increased his production this year. The Rams have a more well-rounded group this year and he has nestled himself in as the teams third leading scorer on a 6-3 Rams squad.
4. Brock Miller, Utah State
Season Stats: 10.3 PPG 2.3 RPG 1.4 APG
Best Performance: 27 Points, 4 Rebounds and 3 Assists against Denver 11/12
Miller is a solid head band wearing contributor in the Aggie’s offense and is playing a great role in the backcourt so far. Miller is capable of scoring the ball and opposing defenses know that. He is a great guy to have behind the arc to help free up stars like Merrill and get his own shots when double teams come.
3. Seneca Knight, San Jose State
Season Stats: 11.8 PPG 5.0 RPG 2.4 APG 1.0 SPG (8 GMS)
Best Performance: 22 Points, 8 Rebounds and 3 Assists against Grambling State 11/20
Knight is having a really good jump in production as a sophomore. The Spartans have averaged just four wins in total the last two seasons and with Knight’s help should pass that mark by mid-season.
2. Hunter Maldonado, Wyoming
Season Stats: 15.8 PPG 5.6 RPG 2.9 APG (8 GMS)
Best Performance: 32 Points, 3 Rebounds and 1 Steal against Idaho State 11/5
Maldonado is filling a similar role to that of Justin James last year. He is scoring as needed but has failed to receive consistent help thus far. The Cowboys are 3-5 and have some good wins because of Maldonado’s play.
1. Justin Bean, Utah State
Season Stats: 14.8 PPG / 11.1 RPG / 2.5 APG (8 GMS)
Best Performance: 14 Points, 12 Rebounds, 6 Assists and 2 Steals against LSU 11/22
Justin Bean has been just what Utah State has needed during Neemias Queta‘s absence. The double-double machine has been the ultimate do it all blue collar player for the Aggies so far and was a big reason why Utah State beat a good LSU squad. Queta should return at some point but for now the front court is in good hands with Bean.