With conference play starting up, let’s take a look at how the players I highlighted have done so far this season.
Deandre Ayton – While Arizona has struggled at times this season, it has not been because of Freshmen big man Deandre Ayton. Through 14 games, Ayton has posted numbers to the tune of 19.7 Points, 11.9 Rebounds, shooting 62 % from the field while also knocking down close to 2 three-pointers a game at a 30 percent clip. He’s a stud and will not have to wait long to hear his name called come June.
Collin Sexton – Sexton has had a really strong Freshman campaign. By now, you should’ve heard and seen highlights from his 40 point outing against Minnesota where the Tide played three on five to finish the game. Sexton has a really strong knack for scoring but what has surprised me the most has been his ability to run the team as the point guard. He’s averaging 20.1 points, 3.3 assists and shooting 38 % from deep. He has a great motor and has potential to be a good two-way player with his intensity on D.
Landry Shamet – One of the best point guards in the country, Shamet has settled in as the leader of the Wichita State team. After returning from an injury in the off-season, Shamet is rounding into form. He’s averaging 17.0 points, 4.7 assists, and shooting lights out with 54 % and 53% from three. Shamet is just a really good player. Always makes the right decision and is not afraid to take big shots.
Moritz Wagner -I Haven’t had a chance to watch Wagner but his numbers have been solid. He’s been out with a bone bruise on his foot but through 12 games he has posted 14.9 points, seven rebounds while shooting 55% from the field and connecting on 38% of his three-pointers.
Lonnie Walker – Walker is starting to round into form and carve out a role for himself on an impressive Hurricane team. Walker’s number won’t blow you away as he averages 8.5 points while playing 21 minutes a game. He has shown flashes as he got a start against Boston University and poured in 28 points, grabbed seven rebounds and hit five 3 pointers. His time is coming as he gets more comfortable.
Marcus Lovett – Lovett hasn’t had the season I envisioned, but his team is 10-3 to start and look to improve on that record as Big East play starts. Shamorie Ponds has been more productive which could be the reason why his numbers are down compared to last year. Lovett has also been dealing with a nagging knee injury as well.
Jared Vanderbilt– He has yet to play due to his injury.
*All stats taken from basketball reference