It’s that time of the year again. College basketball will be getting underway soon and I wanted to spotlight some players that I will be following and think you should too. Sticking with the theme, I will be listing players who I think are flying under the radar but will soon be players everyone will know about come March. Let’s get right to it.
Jahvon Quinerly, Freshman, Point Guard Villanova
Quinerly was one of my favorite players to watch in high school last season. He’s very flashy and reminds me a lot of Kyrie Irving with his ability to finish at the basket. After opening up his recruitment after deciding not to enroll at Arizona, Quinerly committed to Villanova and with Brunson and DiVicenzo leaving for the NBA, will find himself in a much bigger role this season.
Lindell Wigginton, Sophomore Point Guard, Iowa State
Wigginton may not be new to some who follow the Oak Hill prep team but for those who follow college basketball more closely than high school, he may not be all that known. He had a solid season last year for the Cyclones and should produce even better numbers in his sophomore season.
Jordan McCabe, Freshman, Point Guard West Virginia
McCabe is another talented Freshman who will be suiting up for Bob Huggins and the Mountaineers of West Virginia. McCabe is a very skilled play-maker and a knockdown shooter. It’ll be interesting to see how he defends as West Virginia is known for their tenacious defense.
Darius Garland, Freshman, Point Guard Vanderbilt
Noticing a trend here? I started noticing Garland more around the time of the High School All-star games and I think he’s one of the more polished guards coming into college basketball this season. He’s a dead-eye shooter, very crafty ball handler and exceptional at playing the pick and roll game. Vanderbilt had a very nice recruiting class and I believe they will make some noise in the SEC this season.
Bol Bol, Freshman, Center Oregon
The son of Manute Bol will suit up for the Ducks of Oregon and I’m excited to see him play. A long and lean athlete moves well for his size and can shoot the ball with ease. He looks to have added some weight to his frame which he will need to continue to do to excel at the next level.
Tyler Herro, Freshman, Forward, Kentucky
Tyler Herro could arguably be the best scorer from this incoming Freshman class. He can shoot drive to the basket and create mismatch problems for opposing teams. I could see Coach Calipari leaning on Herro a lot this season and that should bode well for the Wildcats!
Ayo Donsumu, Freshman, Point Guard, Illinois
Donsumu is Illinois’ highest ESPN 100 signing since Jereme Richmond back in 2011. Standing at 6’4, Donsumu has great size and could be the play-maker the Illini have been waiting for. Donsumu may not turn the program around by himself but if he is able to have success, would more kids opt to play for the Illini down the road?
Talen Horton-Tucker, Freshman, Forward, Iowa State
The second Cyclone to make the list and second player from Chicago. Horton-Tucker dominated at Simeon and will now try to replicate his success at Iowa State. He’s a very athletic player with a solid skill set to play inside and out. He and Wigginton look to be a scary duo for this up and coming Cyclone team.
Xavier Pinson, Freshman, Point Guard, Missouri
Sticking with the Chicago theme, I’ll be keeping tabs on Horton-Tucker’s Simeon teammate, Xavier Pinson. Pinson came out of nowhere but is a talented guard who will be playing for the Mizzou Tigers this season. Crafty and athletic, he is sure to get the crowd going with his smooth moves and explosive finishes at the rim. With Jontay Porter expected to miss the entire season, Pinson’s role could even bigger to help fill the void left by Porter.
That is it for my list. Be sure to check the players out as college basketball tips off tomorrow!