This article is part of our College Hoops Barometer series.
A basketball revival may be afoot in southern California. Both UCLA and USC are undefeated; the Bruins are 12-0 while the Trojans are 10-0. Lonzo Ball and the resurrection of the storied UCLA program has been arguably the top story to begin the season. Not to be outdone, the Trojans are flying under the radar with a star point guard of their own in Jordan McLaughlin. Sure, the Trojans haven't really played anybody of note yet. And yes, they put forth a rather pedestrian performance against my alma mater, the Cornell Big Red, whose hoops team has made the NCAA Tournament a total of three times in its existence. Nevertheless, despite the easy scheduling for USC, the Trojans have taken on all comers thus far. Circle January 25th and February 18th of 2017 on your calendar. That's when these two programs square off. The Trojans could regress by that time. The Bruins may lose their prominent spot in the spotlight. Or perhaps not, and the two rivals will play in high stakes matchups on the national stage.
Let's take a look at some recent notable names from the hardwood in this week's edition of the College Hoops Barometer.
Malik Monk, G, Kentucky - Unless you've been living under a rock, by now you've heard about Monk's epic performance against North Carolina this past weekend. The freshman sensation poured in 47 points for the Wildcats, the fifth most points in a single game by a Kentucky player in school history.