Top 10 players: SEC
- Phil Pressey PG Missouri- 10.3pts 3.4 ast. Pressey was surrounded by a lot of guard talent last year. There is still some talent, but the backcourt will be his and he’s got the game to handle it.
- Kenny Boynton SG Florida- 15.5pts. 2.7ast. Boynton has failed to reach expectations so far, but this could be his breakout season. He makes some poor decisions and shoots a bit too much, but the talent is clearly there for him to be special.
- Marshawn Powell PF Arkansas- 19.5pts. 6.0reb. Powell is a powerful forward that can dominate the paint. If he gets you on the block it’s almost certain he’s going to score. Could be a rare 20-10 guy this season.
- B.J. Young SG Arkansas- 15.3pts. 3.1reb. Young was impressive as a freshman last year and will look to build on that this season. He’s a good shooter and great slasher that always seems to find a way to put the ball in the basket.
- Jeronne Maymon PF Tennessee- 12.7pts 8.1ast. Maymon was absolutely dominant at times last year, but also disappeared for stretches. If he wants to take his game to the next level he’ll need to add some consistency to his game.
- Lawrence Bowers PF Missouri- Redshirt/Injury Bowers returns for his fifth year senior season after sitting out last year due to injury. He has the ability to take over a game both offensively and defensively, which is something Missouri will really need this season.
- Ryan Harrow PG Kentucky- Transfer/NC State I actually think he’s the most talented player on this list. I just don’t feel confident placing him higher considering he’s changing schools and is a year removed from competition. He will lead Calipari’s high powered offense in what could be his final college season.
- Patrick Young PF Florida- 10.2pts. 6.2reb. Young went from being an athlete to a basketball player last year. He looked much more confident in a half court offense, which allowed him to expand upon his tenacious dunks. He could be the breakout player in college basketball this season.
- Michael Dixon Jr. SG Missouri- 13.5pts. 3.3ast. Dixon isn’t the type o player that makes flashy plays or jumps off the screen at you, but he gets the job done. He’s steady, consistent, and a terrific all around shooter who pairs up nicely with Pressey. Suspended indefinately due to off court issues.
- Trae Golden PG Tennessee- 13.6pts. 4.5ast. Golden was a fairly highly touted recruit and is now starting to showcase his talents. He’s a big point guard that creates match up problems for opposing guards, and if he can improve his shooting the NBA will be in his future.
Top 5 freshmen
- Nerlens Noel C Kentucky- The nation’s top recruit after he became college eligible a year early. If Noel can translate his immense potential into college productivity he could b the top pick in next year’s NBA draft.
- Alex Poythress SF Kentucky- Athletic slasher with a slender frame. He may need to bulk up a bit, but will start from say one for Calipari.
- Archie Goodwin SG Kentucky- Goodwin tops off another amazing recruiting class for Ketucky. Goodwin is the best shooter of the bunch, and can also be explosive on the boards.
- Devonta Pollard PF Georgia- Solid all-around player that will be very important if Georgia is going to make a tournament run.
- Stefan Jankovic PF Missouri- I don’t know a lot about him, but the Missouri coaching staff is excited about his arrival and impact he can have on both ends of the court.