Names You Need To Know For College Basketball '10-'11
The college basketball season has already started but here are the rest of the names you need to know when the season finally gets going big time:
The High Profile Stars
Jacob Pullen, Kansas State, Senior The lightning to Denis Clemente's thunder, or maybe the other way around. Now the senior stud takes even more of a role with no more Clemente. He has great vision and can shoot the ball effectively. Don't let that fool you: he can go hard to the basket.
Kyle Singler, Duke, Senior Key to the Blue Devils postseason run Singler returns as the number one option on offense with the loss of Jon Scheyer. Singler might be a Gordon Hayward type of guy-someone who's big but can shot like a guard and dribble like a guard. Don't be surprised if Singler guides Duke back to the title game.
Under The Radar Sensations
Joey Rodriguez, Virginia Commonwealth, Senior Over the years Rodriguez has been key to Virginia Commonwealth's domination over the CAA. He returns after solid numbers in scoring (12.9 ppg) and assists (5.8 apg).
Troy Gillenwater, New Mexico State, Junior The potent Gillenwater does it all for the Aggies: he scores(14.6 ppg in '09-'10), rebounds(6.8 rpg) and can block shots(1.3 bpg). He is one of the top returning players out of the WAC.
The Freshman Powerhouses
Harrison Barnes, UNC, Freshman This hard worker from Ames, Iowa is one of the key reasons that the Tar Heels are ready to get back to the top. Barnes, who was finally won by Roy Williams a few months ago reminds me of John Wall: an explosive presence who is a decent ball handler and can change the game with one play.
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State, Freshman The Buckeyes do return F-C Dallas Lauderdale and recruited F DeShaun Thomas but Sullinger will get the thick of playing time inside. Through the first two games though they were pretty much cupcakes Sullinger has fulfilled the promise by averaging 22.5 points per game.
The Cerebral Coaches
Tom Izzo, Michigan State I guess you could call him smart for no going to the NBA. Izzo has turned the Spartans into an every year Big Ten contender to an every year national title contender. His calm presence in the face of controversy is amazing: with a five seed and injuries galore he lead Michigan State to another Final Four appearance last season.
Jim Boeheim, Syracuse Sure you could argue a lot of coaches have done a lot more than this guy(Hello Coach K and Roy Williams) but you could argue that the reason the Orange surprised everyone is because of this man. His good defense-leads to good offense has always impressed me.
The Sleeper Programs
San Diego State Aztecs The Aztecs are a strong favorite to win the Mountain West this season. Not only that they could advance far into the Big Dance. They have a smart player in Billy White who isn't the biggest but can hang and sophomore Kawhi Leonard who was great in his freshman year could be even better this year.
Dayton Flyers Dayton is building a home in the NCAA tounrmaent. They always consistent team returns three key forwards- throw-it-all-down Chris Wright, effective Josh Benson and bruiser Chris Johnson- enough to win them the A-10 over others like Temple.