Happy New Year everyone! Sorry for the absence, I’ve been coaching and working on other projects but I am back with my first post for 2019! I’m doing a recap from my post earlier in the college basketball season highlighting some players I would be keeping tabs on and I wanted to update how they’ve played up to this point!
Jahvon Quinerly, Freshman, Point Guard Villanova
Quinerly’s college career hasn’t taken off how he had hoped, even venting his frustration with his role on Instagram in a deleted post. He’s seen more time as of late but the impact has not been there yet. Jay Wright has been put in a tough position after losing five key contributors to the NBA. Freshmen usually don’t play big roles for Jay Wright but he will have to adjust. On the year, Quinerly has produced a shade under four points per game on 34% shooting from the field. As the year goes on, I believe that Quinerly will assume a bigger role and start playing like the player he was expected to be!
Lindell Wigginton, Sophomore Point Guard, Iowa State
After being slowed by an injury early in the season, Wigginton has been a key piece to an always tough Cyclone team. His numbers are down, but he’s missed quite a bit of time and has just played in only six games. Others on the team have taken on bigger roles in the absence, such a Virginia transfer, Mariol Shayock, and talented Freshman, Talen Horton-Tucker.
Jordan McCabe, Freshman, Point Guard West Virginia
Also struggling in his Freshman campaign is West Virginia guard, Jordan McCabe. Much of his struggles have been because of a lack of opportunity. The bulk of the Point Guard minutes have been occupied by Bolden, Knapper, and McCabe. Huggins is trying to incorporate everyone as best as he can but it’s been tough.
Darius Garland, Freshman, Point Guard Vanderbilt
Garland suffered a season-ending knee injury and his Freshman season was over before conference play. Before the injury, Garland showed flashes of what made him a coveted recruit coming out of high school. Showing a comfort level for scoring on his own as well as setting up his teammates. Before going down with the injury, Garland averaged 16 points per on 54% from the field and connected on 48 % of his three-point attempts. He’s projected to be a lottery pick in the upcoming draft.
Bol Bol, Freshman, Center Oregon
Like Garland, Bol Bol suffered an injury that cut his Freshman campaign short. Bol Bol definitely made an impact for the Ducks, providing them with a rim-protecting floor spacer. Bol Bol was the highest rated recruit ever for the Ducks and in his time playing, he did not disappoint. The Freshman big man put up 21 points, nine rebounds, almost three blocks again while shooting 50% from the field and deep!
Tyler Herro, Freshman, Forward, Kentucky
Tyler Herro has had a nice season for the Kentucky Wildcats. Others players on UK’s roster have garnered more attention, but Herro has been very steady. Herro has provided Kentucky with shooting and playmaking and continues to get better as the season goes along. I had a chance to see him play live when they defeated UNC and he’s quite the talent!
Ayo Donsunmu, Freshman, Point Guard, Illinois
Donsunmu has had a solid Freshman year, even though the Illini continue to struggle as a team. He’s second in the team in scoring at 13.6 per game. While still raw, he shows tremendous upside. He’s long and lanky and has pretty good athletic ability. Donsunmu only trails Romeo Langford from Indiana and Iggy Brazdeikis from Michigan in scoring for Big Ten Freshmen.
Talen Horton-Tucker, Freshman, Forward, Iowa State
As I mentioned earlier in the Wigginton section, Talen Horton-Tucker has been a surprise with how good he’s played early on. Horton-Tucker comes in at third in scoring on the team and has gotten a lot of attention Nationally as well as in the Big 12. He’s cooled off as of late but has the ability to be really productive when he gets going.
Xavier Pinson, Freshman, Point Guard, Missouri
Pinson has shown flashes of what he can do in a reserve role for the Tigers of Missouri. Displaying a smooth and silky game, Pinson is a fearless penetrator who can keep defenses honest with the ability to knock down the three ball. On the year, Pinson is averaging five points and two assists in just under 15 minutes. The SEC is a deep league for Point Guards, be sure to remember Pinson’s name as he continues his career for the Tigers!