The Mid-Majority tries to keep it fresh, mix it up, to stay frisky and funky in a world full of stale coach-speak and paint-by-numbers analysis. But this time, it's impossible. For one of the very few times in this site's obscure history, we are recycling a subject line letter-for-letter. For the second consecutive season
, Michael Bramos of Miami (Oh.) is our fourth Mid-Majority Baller of the Week.
Last year at this time, we prominently mentioned the Redhawks' 6-5 forward's general under-the-radarness. As a senior, that's not so much the case anymore. The Harper Woods, Mich. native leads Miami in scoring (18.3 ppg) and is No. 4 among Mid-American Conference players. He also paces the team in blocks (1.3), and has honed a 3-point stroke that is lethal from any point on the new reconfigured arc. He's gone from 36.3 percent from downtown in 2007-08 to a staggering 46.9 percent this year.
About Mr. Bramos' stellar week: with a tough come-from-ahead loss
against Xavier in the rear-view, the Redhawks continued a mini-Atlantic 14 tour by descending on Big Bro-Love Township for a Wednesday date with the Temple Owls. In a workmanlike 68-52 victory
, Miami's top scorer shoveled in 26 points on 10-for-21 shooting, including six 3's. Three days later, in Miami's home opener against Northwestern State, Bramos made up for a slow 3-for-11 shooting start by scoring 23 after the break, including six rapid-fire long bombs to finish with eight -- a tie for third
on the school's all time single-game performance chart. He ended the 94-66 win
with 31 points, and the week with an even 50 percent shooting mark.
There's something about this guy heating up about a month into the season. Last year he followed up his MMBOW week with eight more 20+ point performances and a strong finish, despite missing five games, including the Redhawks' season-ending CBI loss, to injury. If he can remain healthy all season, and keep up his hot shooting and increasingly effective physical play, that'll be bad news for the rest of the MAC. In the meantime, a couple of home contests against Horizon League squads Milwaukee and Valpo await. Congratulations, Mr. Bramos, you're the Mid-Majority Baller of the Week.