50 Best Players in College Basketball For 2017-2018

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50 Best Players in College Basketball For 2017-2018

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:09 am

50 Best Players in College Basketball For 2017-2018

...4. DeAndre Ayton, Freshman C, Arizona: The traditional center seems lost in the NBA, but in college basketball, they can still dominate. Remember Jahlil Okafor? Ayton is a legit 7-footer who would be wise to develop a reliable 3-pointer, but for now, should dominate inside.

3. Hamidou Diallo, Freshman G, Kentucky: Dabbled with the idea of going to the NBA, but didn’t get a high enough guarantee in the draft to enter, so the explosive guard will have to settle for highlight reel dunks in Lexington for a year.

2. Miles Bridges, Sophomore F, Michigan State: The best freshman in the country last year who decided to pass on the NBA draft. Shot 48/39 while scoring 16.9 ppg and collecting 8.3 rpg. Best player in the Big Ten.

1. Michael Porter Jr., Freshman F, Missouri: Best player in the country as a high school senior, and I see some Tracy McGrady in Porter. The 6-foot-10 wing was slated to go to Washington, but switched to Missouri. Already dating an actress. The favorite right now to be the #1 pick in the 2018 draft.

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Re: 50 Best Players in College Basketball For 2017-2018

Postby Prep » Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:07 am

Luka Doncic’s NBA draft hype train is just getting started
The 18-year-old Slovenian is making his case to be the No. 1 pick at EuroBasket 2017.

Luka Doncic is no international man of mystery. At just 18 years old, the Slovenian guard has already played on some of the biggest professional stages in the world with Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid. That has continued this month as Doncic takes the floor for his home country in EuroBasket alongside Miami Heat star Goran Dragic.

At an age when his American peers would be playing high school ball, Doncic has had dominant stretches against the top competition in Europe. His combination of size, skill, and production at such a young age is the reason he’ll be in the conversation for the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA draft. He’s shining again at EuroBasket.

If you aren’t familiar with Doncic already, it’s time to catch up. This could be the best international NBA backcourt prospect ever. Here’s what makes him special

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Postby Prep » Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:08 am

Meet the 2018 NBA draft prospects who are worth tanking for
Marvin Bagley's reclassification makes this the perfect year for NBA teams to tank.

Marvin Bagley III went on SportsCenter late Monday night to tell the entire world he’s going to Duke. But just before he announced his college decision, Bagley said something else that was far more meaningful to NBA general managers.

“My family and I decided I’m going to forgo my senior year and graduate with the class of 2017.”

Bagley has been the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2018 for the entirety of his high school career. In the immediate, his decision to reclassify is a huge boost for Duke’s national championship hopes. More importantly, it also means the 2018 NBA draft now has another potential stud.

NBA fans just spent the last six months hearing about how great the 2017 draft class was. Is it possible the 2018 class can be even stronger? With the addition of Bagley, it certainly looks that way. There now appears to be four legitimate options for the No. 1 pick, as well as two productive college sophomores and a pair of enticing freshman bigs that fall just below the top tier.

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Re: 50 Best Players in College Basketball For 2017-2018

Postby Rivals » Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:17 am

Rothstein | 25 impact freshmen for the 2017-18 season

Which first-year players will have the biggest impact during the 2017-18 college basketball season? Check out our list below as we look at 25 impact freshmen (in no particular order):

Michael Porter Jr., Missouri: At 6-10, the likely No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft has guard-like skills that allow him to play all five positions on the court. Can the Tigers go from irrelevance to one of 68 teams playing in the NCAA Tournament next spring? Absolutely. How? Porter is that special. This kid will be appointment television for the college basketball junkie and beyond.

DeAndre Ayton, Arizona: This 7-footer is the most talented player that Sean Miller has coached during his career. That should give the Wildcats a chance to finally break through and reach the Final Four. Armed with tremendous hands and a high skill level, Ayton adds a new dynamic Arizona hasn’t possessed in past years due to his length, athleticism and explosiveness.

Mohammed Bamba, Texas: Trying to get points at the rim against Bamba will be harder than getting blood from a stone. The 6-11 big man possesses a 7-9 wingspan, making it virtually impossible for opponents to get clean looks at the goal. The most underrated thing about this kid’s game? How gifted he is offensively. Expect Bamba to show a diverse offensive game next season by taking and making 3-point shots with regularity. His presence gives Shaka Smart’s team a real chance to return to the NCAA Tournament after winning only 11 games last season.

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Re: 50 Best Players in College Basketball For 2017-2018

Postby NEP » Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:50 am

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Re: 50 Best Players in College Basketball For 2017-2018

Postby Rivals » Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:55 am

Bossi's Best: Top 10 candidates for 2017-2018 All-America

Now that college programs across the country have started practicing, it’s time to look at the top players. In today’s edition of Bossi’s Best, national basketball analyst Eric Bossi discusses his preseason All-America Team and how schools will replace them down the road.

Recruitment: Formerly the No. 1 player in the class of 2018, Bagley III enrolled a year early, picking Duke over USC and Arizona.

What to expect this year: You never quite know what to expect from somebody who is showing up a year earlier than expected, but Bagley is a ridiculous athlete with great hands. At a minimum he should be a big-time rebounder, and his activity around the rim should open things up for Duke’s shooters.

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