Like CBS Sports.com earlier in the day, NBC Sports.com has followed suit with writer Rob Dauster naming Chaz Williams as its National Player of the Week.
Here's what he wrote on the Brooklyn native...
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Chaz Williams, UMass
UMass has been one of the nation's most impressive teams this season, and the reason has been the emergence of guys like Raphiael Putney, Cady Lalanne and Sampson Carter. As good as those three have played, the MVP of this UMass team has been dynamic point guard Chaz Williams, a 5-foot-9 dynamo that ended the season's first month averaging 17.5 points and 7.6 assists while shooting 43.6% from three and operating as the engine that drives the Minutemen's high-octane offense.
Never was that on display more than it was on Saturday, as Williams went for 32 points and 15 assists -- while committing just a single turnover and shooting 9-for-14 from the floor and 5-for-7 from three -- in a 105-96 win over BYU. Williams' 15 assists led directly to 35 points, meaning that Williams was responsible for 67 points in 34 minutes. There's a chance that the Minutemen could end up being the best team in the A-10 this season, and while it's ridiculous to expect Williams to play like he did on Saturday all season long, the fact that he's able to produce like that on a given night should help Derek Kellogg sleep easy at night.