Have you set your bracket yet? Well, we sure do hope so! Because if not, your SOL – kidding!
We have the perfect solution for you… keep your eye on and root for these top talents in the college game. We’re hoping for highlight plays and exclamation point wins from these names (in no particular order):
1. Andrew Nembhard, Gonzaga
Nembhard’s one of the nation’s top guards for the No. 1 scoring offense in men’s college basketball. The 6-foot-5 floor general is at his best in transition, averaging 11.7 points, 5.7 assists and 3.2 rebounds while shooting 46% from the field. After falling just short of the NCAA title last season, the Zags are coming off their eighth WCC crown in nine years over Saint Mary’s in double-digit fashion.
2. Oscar Tshiebwe, Kentucky
This man is a rebounding machine. Tshiebwe averaged a nation-leading 15.3 rebounds a game (oh, and a team-high 17.3 points). He is closing in on becoming the first D1 player to average at least 15 points and at least 15 rebounds since Lewis Lloyd and Larry Smith (1979-80 season).
3. Ochai Agbaji, Kansas
Returning for his senior season was arguably the best decision he ever made. The Big 12 Conference player of the year is a walking bucket, leading the conference in scoring and 25th nationally (19.8 ppg). The Kansas City native also sits second in the league in shots from behind the arc (41.1%) and in 3’s notched per game (2.9).
4. Paolo Banchero, Duke
Get you a man that can do it all. Banchero is a nightmare for any opponent, as his versatility, size and skill present a challenge from any spot on the floor. As the center of the Duke squad, he was a major force behind the Blue Devil’s stellar season. Coach K’s Final Ride might be in the hands of this young star.
5. Jabari Smith, Auburn
When he committed to Auburn, his high school coach claimed he had potential to rank among the GOATs of NBA Bigs: Chris Bosh, Anthony Davis, Kevin Garnett and Kevin Durant. While he’s not there quite yet, he has an undeniable impact on both ends of the floor. En route to SEC freshman of the year, he averaged 17.1 points and 6.9 rebounds while shooting 44% from beyond the arc through the regular season. He’s a projected top-3 draft pick and top-5 player of ours to watch.