Here is a look at the players who've earned ESPN.com Player of the Week honors during the 2004-05 season:
Week 14: Feb. 14-Feb. 20>
CURTIS STINSON, Iowa State
Remember, Stinson is just a sophomore. If he sticks around Iowa State, the Cyclones should be contenders for the next two seasons in the Big 12. Stinson had a wonderful week, scoring 29 points, including all seven of the Cyclones' points in the overtime to beat Kansas on Saturday. He took the midrange jumper, with Aaron Miles on his side, for the winning hoop. He shows no fear and has the moxie to carry this team a round or two in the Tourney. Stinson doesn't mind contact and getting fouled -- he made eight of 13 free throws. Stinson has scored in double figures in seven straight games and logs nearly 40 minutes in every game. Stinson didn't get the recognition he deserves in large part because the Cyclones weren't winning. They are now, and the accolades should come cascading down for him. He deserves every one of them.
Week 13: Feb. 7-Feb. 13>
CURTIS WITHERS, Charlotte
It's about time Withers earned the honor. He had all the hype in the preseason but the 49ers simply don't get the national love they deserve, in large part because they don't have the big-time wins on national television. Withers scored 39 points and grabbed 14 boards in an overtime win over Saint Louis. He also scored 21 points with four rebounds in a win over Houston. OK, we know what you're saying: Saint Louis and Houston? Well, the SLU game was on the road and the reality is Withers helped the 49ers to a 17-4 overall record and a first-place tie (in the loss column with two) with Louisville and DePaul. If Charlotte is going to do some damage in the NCAAs then it's going to be because Withers is a force around the basket.
Week 12: Jan. 31-Feb. 6>
VINCENT GRIER, Minnesota
Grier was the BMOC this week. He scored 32 points to beat Wisconsin on Saturday in the biggest win of the season for the Gophers. He actually tied Wisconsin in the second half (26-26). Grier also scored 14 in a road win at Michigan. The Gophers, at 16-6 (6-3), are one of the two biggest success stories in the country (the other one has to be Georgetown). Minnesota was picked 10th in the Big Ten preseason poll. Grier wasn't considered a headline player. Both couldn't be more wrong. Grier, a JC transfer who leads the Gophers with 16.3 points a game, has been the catalyst for the Gophers' resurgence. Do you think the Gophers need Kris Humphries and his one-man band? Not quite. No one is crying any more that he's gone from Minnesota. He couldn't win last year. Grier comes in and he can.
Week 11: Jan. 24-30>
NIK CANER-MEDLEY, Maryland
We waited to see if Caner-Medley could put together back-to-back big-time games Sunday night. He did. Caner-Medley put the Terps on his back and carried them into the ACC race (for third or fourth?) with wins last week at Duke and over Georgia Tech Sunday night. Caner-Medley put up 25 on the Blue Devils and then hit for 19 against the Yellow Jackets. He was consistent, making eight field goals and three 3s in each game. He got to the line six times and made all of them against Duke (although he didn't get to the free-throw line against Georgia Tech). This was supposed to be John Gilchrist's team. That hasn't happened. It's OK if Caner-Medley is the BMOC if he can deliver.
Week 10: Jan. 17-23>
SALIM STOUDAMIRE, Arizona
Stoudamire is on fire. He scored 27 points in a road win at Oregon and 25 in a road win at Oregon State. He made 8-of-13 3s in the stretch and converted all but one of his 13 free throws. Stoudamire is having a player of the year-type run over his last 10 games. He's averaging 19.1 points, shooting 67.4 percent and 64.8 percent on 3s. Stoudamire got off to a slow start in large part because he was a bit of a perfectionist. He put up a 3-for-10 game against Virginia in a loss in Charlottesville in November. His season took a nosedive against Utah on Dec. 11, when he played 30 minutes and failed to take more than one shot while trapped in a box-and-one. Arizona coach Lute Olson suspended him for the Marquette game because his attitude wasn't becoming of a senior. Something clicked, because in the next game he made 7-of-8 3s against Manhattan. Stoudamire can get rid of the enigmatic rep. He's no longer a problem for the Wildcats, but he is certainly an issue for every opponent.
Week 9: Jan. 10-16>
CHRIS PAUL, Wake Forest
Did you see Paul's line from Saturday's win over North Carolina? Wow. How could Paul not get the nod from us? He scored 26 points, made all nine free throws, grabbed six boards, dished out eight assists had five steals and one turnover in 34 minutes. Paul picked his spots and sliced through the North Carolina 'D' when he needed a bucket. If you had any doubts about whether Paul could be a national player of the year candidate they had to have ended in Saturday's win. Remember, the Tar Heels were supposedly the hottest team in the country outside of Champaign. But the Tar Heels had to go through Winston-Salem to maintain that tag. No chance with Paul's performance. His week started with a solid 14-point (8 of 11 at the line), six assist, three-turnover game in a rout over Maryland.
Week 8: Jan. 3-9>
PAUL MARIGNEY, St. Mary's
When the Gaels were in New York for the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, the coaching staff talked about how important Marigney would be to this team. It was hard to picture, but it's become increasingly clear. Marigney was sensational last week for the Gaels, leading them to one of their biggest wins in their history. Marigney lit up Gonzaga for 30 points, including seven 3-pointers, in the 89-81 victory. The senior guard also scored 17 points in 27 minutes in a 21-point win over Portland to open the WCC slate and started the week last Monday by scoring 19 points to help propel the Gaels to a win over BYU. Marigney missed the first semester because he was academically ineligible, yet he hasn't missed a beat, averaging 14.7 points and 3.7 rebounds, and is shooting 48.9 percent overall, 45.2 percent on 3s and 82.1 percent at the free-throw line. Marigney was the leading scorer in the WCC last season and could end up edging out someone from Gonzaga for WCC player of the year if stays on this roll.
Week 7: Dec. 27-Jan. 2
KEITH LANGFORD, Kansas
Langford hit a mid-range, turnaround, fade jumper with three seconds remaining to beat Georgia Tech in overtime on Saturday. Langford, who scored only two points in the first half, scored 18 points in the victory against the Yellow Jackets in one of the best games of the season. The Jayhawks were downright awful early but rallied to push this game to overtime. Beating the Yellow Jackets without Wayne Simien was significant. Langford showed poise, leadership and grit to take and make the shot Saturday. His reaction when he hit the shot was simply joyful. Langford's steal in overtime set up an Alex Galindo's 3-pointer to give the Jayhawks their first lead of the game with 1:38 remaining. Langford has been a winner throughout his career, but he hadn't hit a game-winning shot since his freshman season at Nebraska. This one certainly ranked higher.
Week 6: Dec. 20-Dec. 26
IKE DIOGU, Arizona State
Diogu is making a strong case for national player of the year. He's clearly the top player in the Pac-10 and has separated himself as one of the top forwards in the country. Diogu had a sensational week as the 9-1 Sun Devils grabbed two key wins. He scored 17 points, grabbed six rebounds, blocked four shots and made 8 of 11 free throws in a 90-55 win over Northwestern. Diogu followed that up with a 40-minute, 21-point, 18-rebound, seven-block performance in a 68-63 win over Santa Clara. The Sun Devils were picked 10th in the league but are looking more and more like a contender through the first half of the season. Diogu is the reason why ASU has a shot to get back to the Dance after a one-year hiatus. His numbers on the season -- 23.2 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks a game -- are simply sensational.
Week 5: Dec. 13-Dec. 19
PATRICK SPARKS, Kentucky
Sparks' three free throws to beat Louisville last Saturday will be folkloric in the Bluegrass state. He drew the three-shot foul like a seasoned vet to get to the line to win the game 60-58 and complete a remarkable comeback. Sparks finished with 25 points on the day. Throughout the preseason, Sparks was overshadowed by the arrival of a stellar freshmen class, notably guards Rajon Rondo, Ramel Bradley and Joe Crawford. But Sparks was the veteran of the group, having played for a postseason team at Western Kentucky. His playing time fluctuated, but you just knew that there would be a time early in the season when Tubby Smith would need Sparks to win a game. Sparks is an inspiration for plenty of Kentucky fans after reaching his dream after starting his career in Bowling Green instead of Lexington.
Week 4: Dec. 6-Dec. 12
FRANCISCO GARCIA, Louisville
Garcia had one of those special games in Saturday's 74-70 win at Florida. He scored 19 points, grabbed eight boards, dished out four assists, made all five free throws, hit a pair of 3s, picked up five steals and blocked a shot. When he fouled out, Garcia didn't sulk. He went straight to the bench and began cheering his teammates. He even got a few guys water during one of the final timeouts. Garcia has made it known that he's out after this season, so he's maxing himself this year, determined to make Louisville a winner. His play on the court (at both ends of the floor) and his attitude on the bench were exemplary. Coaches should get a tape of how Garcia carried himself and force players to watch it. He was a joy to see. His effort was unmatched, his hunger for the ball defensively was never quenched and his timing in making plays when the Cards needed them the most was always dead on.
Week 3: Nov. 29-Dec. 5
KENNEDY WINSTON, Alabama
Winston played one of the grittiest games of the season and certainly the most clutch, scoring 33 points in a 102-101 triple-overtime win at Charlotte. Winston hit big shots, including one to tie the game at the end of regulation with two seconds remaining. He scored from deep on the perimeter (3 of 8 on 3s), from mid-range and from in the lane on his way to shooting 12 of 25 (6 of 6 at the line). He also collected 10 boards, getting five each on the offensive and defensive ends. On Saturday, Winston was the star that the Tide thought he could become. Alabama teammate Earnest Shelton said he was completely comfortable with Winston being the go-to guy. He had the hot hand and his teammates knew he would make the big shots. Winston loves to have the ball in his hands and as a point forward he's probably the most productive player at his position in the country. Picking Winston this week was an easy call, just based on Saturday's performance. He earned every bucket by sweating out nearly three halves of basketball. Just for good measure, he posted 21 points and 10 boards in a win over East Tennessee State earlier in the week.
Week 2: Nov. 22-28
TYLER McKINNEY, Creighton
McKinney's success story -- from being nearly blind in one eye to the Guardians Classic MVP -- is nothing short of remarkable. McKinney thought he would lose the vision in his right eye after an infection forced him to have two cornea transplants (the first didn't take) last spring. He went through an excruciating recovery period and was only cleared to play again late in the summer. McKinney's importance to the Bluejays is clear -- in its past 32 games, Creighton is 15-0 when he plays and 8-9 when he doesn't. McKinney hit the game-winning basket with 4.2 seconds left to beat Ohio State for the Guardians title last Wednesday in Kansas City. He was as solid a point guard as you could have during the two games (a rout over Missouri in the semifinals), averaging 6.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 8.5 assists and committing only two turnovers total.
Week 1: Nov. 15-21
TRAVIS DIENER, Marquette
The much-maligned Diener made a strong case for constant consideration in any player of the year race. Diener led the Golden Eagles to a 5-0 start on the season, averaging 22 points, 4.4 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 2.6 turnovers, shooting 48.5 percent overall, 50 percent on 3s and 89.2 percent at the free-throw line. Diener's 34 points was the difference in Marquette's narrow win over Air Force to claim the BCA Classic title.