For the first time this season, RidiculousUpside.com is choosing to recognize a campaign-high three youngsters as our Top Prospects of the Week for the last seven days.
There's no denying that the time to do so, as if it were as apparent as ever (and it is) is now. The more such prospects do to help their respective teams succeed, the better it is for all involved. Needless to say, from March 8th - March 14th, there was plenty of winning taking place.
The Santa Cruz Warriors closed off the week by putting the finishing touches on a franchise-high eleven game winning streak. In addition, the Bakersfield Jam are still riding a five-game winning streak. While adding two wins to that streak last week, they also found themselves clinching a respective playoff birth.
Each team's top performers throughout were quite clear.
For Santa Cruz, it was none other than Mychel Thompson. In a league where plenty of pieces and players come and go from start to finish, the sharpshooter has provided the Warriors with a constant and consistent presence throughout this campaign. Stepping up in the clutch last week, Thompson averaged 25 points on an efficient 49% from the field to go along with his 5 rebounds and 2.3 steals through three contests.
Conversely, while leading the way for Bakersfield, the talented backcourt of Jerel McNeal and Joe Jackson paired up to form a formidable one-two punch for the Jam. McNeal asserted himself on offense, averaging 31% points on an efficient 51% from the field and 45% from deep, all the while logging 5.5 assists and 4.4 rebounds through two games. Impressively in his own right, Jackson posted a near triple-double average on the week with 22.5 points, 9 assists, and 9 rebounds. He shot 55% from the field, too.
The likes of Thompson, McNeal, and Jackson undoubtedly deserve to be recognized for their most recent efforts, as demonstrated in this latest honor. Their respective teams can only hope they continue to perform at such a high level with the playoffs approaching.