Commentary

Next Level Player of the Week

Updated: April 12, 2011, 7:52 PM ET
By ESPN Stats & Info

1
Jeremy Lamb G-F

Lamb gets the nomination for his D, as he shut down Butler's leading scorer in the men's national championship game. Shelvin Mack was averaging 21.8 points entering the final, but when he was guarded by Lamb, Mack was 0-for-7 from the floor. Mack fared better against other defenders but still finished with just 12 points in Butler's 53-41 loss.

2
Skylar Diggins G

What did it take to stop Connecticut's women's basketball team? Diggins was effective from every spot, every range. She was 5-for-5 on attempts in the paint, 3-for-5 from middle range and 2-for-4 on 3-pointers. At the free throw line, she went 6-for-6 to cap a 28-point performance in the 72-63 semifinal victory.

3
Felix Hernandez P

The defending AL Cy Young Award winner opened with a complete-game 6-2 victory against the overmatched A's. The A's were 1-for-19 (.053) on at-bats that ended with off-speed pitches by Hernandez, including 0-for-15 on pitches over the middle and down in the zone.

4
Rajon Rondo G

Rondo fueled the Celtics' 107-97 victory against the Spurs with a season-best performance on shooting from outside 14 feet. He set personal season highs in field goals (five) and attempts (eight) from outside the 14-foot range, leading to a 22-point effort -- more than double his usual ppg.

5
Matt Howard F

In the semis of the men's basketball championship, Howard drew all the attention from Virginia Commonwealth -- and 10 fouls. Howard then made VCU pay by going 11-for-12 from the free throw line. Howard had 17 points to power Butler to its second consecutive final. Overall, Howard drew the most fouls of the tournament, with 41.