Players to Watch in College Basketball
Out of the loop when it comes to college hoops this year? We've got a list of the players you need to keep an eye on!
College Players - Tyler HansbroughThe University of North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough may be the best college basketball player in the nation. This 6'9" junior, is as tough of a player you can get. In both of his first two seasons at Chapel Hill, Tyler has been a first team All American. He is the ultimate competitor who plays hard on both the offensive and defensive ends. This season, Tyler is averaging more than 20 points and 10 rebounds a game for the top ranked Tar Heels. All eyes will be on Tyler this spring as he is expected to take UNC to the Final Four and perhaps give them their first National Championship since 2005.
College Players - OJ MayoSince LeBron James, few players have received the kind of media hype that OJ Mayo did when he finished high school. The West Virginia native is now the staring shooting guard for the top three ranked USC Trojans. So far, the freshman sensation has lived up to the hype as he is averaging a team high 20.4 points per game. Mayo is super athletic and crafty with his moves. No doubt he will be a star at the next level. The question is how long will he stay at USC? Rumor has it, OJ might bolt to the NBA after this season.
College Players - Michael BeasleyAnother freshman, Michael Beasley of Kansas State is an absolute beast in the paint. With ultra-quick post moves and above the rim finishes, Michael is a special player. He also has a good jump shot and has guard like skills. Already touted the next Carmelo Anthony, Michael may be the number one pick in next June's NBA Draft if he chooses to come out!
College Players - Stephen CurryStephen Curry of Davidson is our darkhorse pick. This sharp-shooting sophomore can flat out score. His 24 points per game average is among the best in the country and he shoots the three at a high percentage. Stephen's shooting ability runs in the family as his father Dell Curry spent 16 years in the NBA. Stephen made a name for himself last March Madness as he torched Maryland for 30 points in a close first round loss. Watch for Stephen to lead Davidson over the hump and take them further in the tournament this season.
College Players - Fab FreshmanThis season, is definitely the year of the freshman. Besides OJ Mayo and Michael Beasley, there are plenty of freshman who are making big noise! Some of the freshmen you need to watch are Derrick Rose (Memphis), Eric Gordon (Indiana), DeAndre Jordan (Texas A&M), Donte Greene (Syracuse), Blake Griffin (Oklahoma), and Jerryd Bayless (Arizona).