College Basketball Waiver Wire: Pickups of the Week

College Basketball Waiver Wire: Pickups of the Week

This article is part of our College Basketball Waiver Wire series.

Power Conferences

Ian DuBose, G, Wake Forest

Dubose was cleared to return to action last week, having not suited up since November due to an undisclosed medical issue, and immediately shined for the Deacons. He posted 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal against Boston College, and then was inserted into the starting lineup against FSU, responding with an 18-4-5-2 stat line. Seemingly with no minute restrictions, Dubose certainly looks like a difference maker in most formats.

Anthony Walker, F, Miami

Walker had a bad game last week, was benched as a result, but came up with a double-double as a reserve against Notre Dame Sunday night. He's now scored in double-digits in five of his last six, averaging 12.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in that stretch. The rebounding numbers aren't great, but the fact is Miami has so few healthy bodies that Walker's role is stable, as is his nightly floor. He can certainly add depth to your front court in ACC heavy formats. Plus, fellow wing Earl Timberlake getting ruled out for the season with a shoulder injury only means more minutes to go around.

Hunter Dickinson, F/C, Michigan

This is a mere placeholder, and a reminder to scour your wires for all things Michigan, as the Wolverines returned to action Sunday for the first time since January 22. Dickinson is the obvious prize, but Isaiah Livers, Eli Brooks and Franz Wagner all are worth adding if they were released during the

Power Conferences

Ian DuBose, G, Wake Forest

Dubose was cleared to return to action last week, having not suited up since November due to an undisclosed medical issue, and immediately shined for the Deacons. He posted 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal against Boston College, and then was inserted into the starting lineup against FSU, responding with an 18-4-5-2 stat line. Seemingly with no minute restrictions, Dubose certainly looks like a difference maker in most formats.

Anthony Walker, F, Miami

Walker had a bad game last week, was benched as a result, but came up with a double-double as a reserve against Notre Dame Sunday night. He's now scored in double-digits in five of his last six, averaging 12.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in that stretch. The rebounding numbers aren't great, but the fact is Miami has so few healthy bodies that Walker's role is stable, as is his nightly floor. He can certainly add depth to your front court in ACC heavy formats. Plus, fellow wing Earl Timberlake getting ruled out for the season with a shoulder injury only means more minutes to go around.

Hunter Dickinson, F/C, Michigan

This is a mere placeholder, and a reminder to scour your wires for all things Michigan, as the Wolverines returned to action Sunday for the first time since January 22. Dickinson is the obvious prize, but Isaiah Livers, Eli Brooks and Franz Wagner all are worth adding if they were released during the team's pause.

Lat Mayen, F, Nebraska

Mayen had a stinker over the weekend, but has still seen a nice surge in production. Despite that two-point outing against Penn State, Mayen is averaging 12.0 points and 5.0 rebounds across his last six outings, taking 9.3 shots nightly. He profiles almost identically to Walker above, with minimal upside but stabile production, and can add depth to your lineup.

Sean McNeil, G, West Virginia

McNeil is seeing a big basket presently, scoring 47 points in the Mountaineers last two games after entering the starting lineup. He's done so largely by hitting 10-of-17 3-pointers. McNeil does little else, grabbing five boards in those two outings while not tallying any other stat, but if you're in a roto format that needs a boost in outside shooting, McNeil should be appealing.

Umoja Gibson, G, Oklahoma

If you're chasing long-range shooting, particularly in Big 12 circles, you're in luck this week. Gibson has started four straight, hitting at least three 3s in each outing, and has scored in double-digits in six straight. He's not the one-trick pony that McNeil is either, averaging 15.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, and 1.8 spg during his four starts, giving him appeal in larger pools.

Johnny Juzang, G, UCLA

Pegging availability remains this column's greatest challenge. In Pac-12 circles, Juzang is almost assuredly rostered, but in national leagues, his inconsistency likely makes him available. That probably needs to change given the usage he's had of late. He's taken at least  19 shots in four of the Bruins last five outings, averaging 20.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 steals in that stretch.

Holland Woods, G, Arizona State

Woods is just a short-term depth add in Pac-12-heavy formats. The Sun Devils were incredibly shorthanded last week, and should that trend hold, Woods would be in line for more starts this week. He's been decent in three starts, averaging 11.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 steals and showed capable of much more as a starter for three years at Portland State. 

Derek Fountain, F, Mississippi State

It's a bit of a quiet week in SEC circles, so if you've got dead weight or a roster space you're dying to fill, Fountain can be viewed as a bit of a lottery ticket. I'm not sure what to make of Fountain's last outing. He played 29 and 27 minutes in the Bulldogs previous two games, averaging 14.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.5 blocks, earning his first career start. But Fountain got just 17 minutes in that start despite the lopsided nature of the final score. Still, he looks to be emerging and is worth a speculative add to see what happens.

Tier 2 Conferences

Darius Perry, G, Central Florida

Perry's enjoying a nice run of sustained success that we need to believe in down the stretch. He averaged 11.8 points in his first four games as a Golden Knight, but that was buoyed by a 23-point outburst, and he chipped in 1.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists while missing four games on the front and back end. Since returning however, Perry is putting up a much more usable 15.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.2 steals while shooting 40 percent from 3-point range. He's done so with star Brandon Mahan in and out of the lineup, and looks settled as the clear second option.

Matthias Tass, C, St. Mary's

We're digging deep with some of the names this week, as there weren't many roster-changing injuries during the past week. Great for teams, bad for this column. Tass is likely rostered more than not in Tier 2 formats given his center eligibility, but the big man has shown some offensive flashes of late, averaging 14.7 points across his last three. He doesn't block or rebound at a high level, but managers can't be too picky in the middle for Tier 2 roster construction. If Tass was released following a stretch of five single-digit scoring outings in his previous six outings, it's time to correct that.

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