What’s up? Been a minute since I’ve posted, I just wanted to go over a few players that I feel should get some attention outside of the players you may already know. You know about Miles Bridges, Michael Porter and Marvin Bagley. The players I’ll detail should have productive years for their respective teams this upcoming season!
Keep your eyes out on these guys
Colin Sexton usually when you think about Bama, first thing that pops in your mind is the football program. This season, I believe that The Tide’s basketball program will get a lot of pub this year and that is mostly due to their Mcdonalds All-American, Colin Sexton. A feisty combo guard who is as competitive as they come. He became a Youtube sensation with his highlights and mini series “Young Bull”. Colin gets it, he’s a rare breed who was born to play ball, he has a tremendous work ethic and competitive edge that should help them compete in the SEC with Kentucky and Missouri.
Deandre Ayton from Arizona may end up as the number one pick if can put together a solid campaign for the Wildcats. He has great size at 7’1 and a nice shooting touch and runs the floor well. I had a chance to see him play in person at The Mcdonalds game and he was one of the players who stood out. He is very comfortable playing out on the perimeter and plays with great poise in the low post.
Jared Vanderbilt will start the season on the injured list but when he returns should add a dynamic weapon for Coach Cal and The Kentucky Wildcats. He’s long and lanky with a great handle and play making skills. Lefty wing player who poses mismatch problems for teams out there. Will be interesting to see how he is integrated after missing the first few games. I’m reading he should return late December, early January.
Guys you may have heard of but don’t know a whole lot about
Landry Shamet from Wichita State. I first saw him play during the conference tournament last season and he played like poised vet but I found out he was a Freshmen! He’s a very good shooter from three and displays very good poise running the Wichita State team. His stat line won’t blow you away but his shooting numbers are what stands out. He averaged 11.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.3 assist but he shoots 44.4% from three and 81 % from the line. He doesn’t shy away from the big shot in crucial moments and plays under control. He will definitely make a huge jump in year two.
Moritz Wagner from The University of Michigan The Junior showed that he can be a force on the block and the wing causing mismatches for the defense. He has elite footwork that allows him to unleash post moves that leave defenders guarding air. Shooting nearly 60 % from the field Moe as he is called, also displays nice touch from three shooting 44.6 % and 74 % from the line. Shows exceptional instincts as a scorer and looks to get the best shot. Will have to develop more as a rebounder but as he gets stronger and his body matures, he could wreak havoc on defenses in the NBA as a multidimensional stretch four.
Lonnie Walker from Miami Unversity. This is my favorite from the group, Walker sustained a knee injury over the summer that cost him time but he will be ready for the regular season. He’s a dynamic shooter with elite athleticism and a knack for scoring. I first heard about him last year during the Mcdonalds All-American game practices where he tore it up. It’ll be interesting to see how he recovers from his injury and if the time out put him behind in terms of adjusting to the college game.
Marcus Lovett Jr out of St Johns makes up half of what many consider the best back court in college hoops with Shamorie Ponds should be in for a big year. He reminds me of Brandon Jennings as he is fun to watch. Not too flashy but he’s very efficient at getting to the basket and can stop on a dime and pull up. Legit floor general as he plays with great pace and is always under control.
Who else do you feel will make noise this season?