This was a close one... we had one major-beating, hyper-efficient performance by a Sun Belt baller with Demetric Bennett
's 34-point, 14-for-19 performance in South Alabama's 71-67 win over Mississippi State. But he was edged out by two great performances by a hot Horizon League shooter. Samuel Haanpaa of Valparaiso is our sixth Mid-Majority Baller of the Week.
In two Valparaiso (10-1, 2-0) victories last week, the 6-8 sophomore missed only four shots from the floor. In a hard-fought win over Evansville
last Tuesday, he keyed a second-half spurt and finished with 20 points on 6-for-8 shooting, including 3-for-4 from 3. But on Saturday, he went all unconscious in a home blowout of Chicago State
: a career-high 32 points, with 11-for-13 floor shooting. Ten of those were 3's (10-for-12), which always sets us to scrambling towards that dearly beloved stat called Effective Field Goal Percentage, which weights long balls (FGM + (0.5 x 3PM))/FGA
). Samuel earned a 123.1 percent mark, which is far and away the highest value recorded
Haanpaa nailed 10 3's on Saturday to break the school record of nine, which had been held by Bryce Drew, who became famous worldwide for that sort of thing
back in the 1990's. Bryce had a front-row seat for the performance (he's the associate head coach there now), but I don't think he minded his record being broken. Did we mention that Samuel is 6-8?
Here are some fun facts about Mr. Haanpaa. He's from Finland! There are actually umlauts over the last two "a"'s, but a lot of people read this site with Google Reader and we don't want to break the RSS feed. Aw, heck, let's do it anyway
. Onnittelut, Samuel, te olette meidÃ¤n keski viikon enemmistÃ¶n ballemme.
[Samuli checks in from Finland with a better translation than the compu-tron one: Onnittelut Samuel, olet meidÃ¤n keskiviikon enemmistÃ¶n palloilija.