College Basketball, Everything You Need to Know for 2017
Most Exciting Teams To Watch:
While this may seem obvious to some, Kentucky will again have a team made up of mostly freshmen and sophmores. Last season it was Malik Monk alongside De’Aaron Fox but this season it will be Jarred Vanderbilt and Kevin Knox. Vanderbilt will be sidelined due to injury but Kentucky will still have one of the most talented back courts in the country.
Hamidou Diallo is a redshirt freshman with a 6’11” wingspan as a shooting guard.
Each year coach John Calipari gets a group of freshman to buy into his philosophy and join forces at Kentucky.
Duke was able to pull in four freshman top ten recruits. Marvin Bagley III, Wendell Carter, Trevon Duval, and Gary Trent Jr. will all be playing for Duke this season. They’ll be playing alongside Grayson Allen, who, when level headed, is a top player in the nation. You have to think he’s learned his lesson after last season.
If Duke’s young player’s can live up to the hype, they’ll find themselves deep into March. You know a Duke team led by Coach K will come out disciplined and ready to play.
If Coach K can stay healthy and be on the side line at every game you have to like Duke’s chances.
Most Under rated Teams:
Wichita State had a 31-win team last season and will be bringing back all their key pieces. They’ll have six seniors, which is rare in college basketball with so many players leaving early to go to the NBA. Wichita State has won 30 or more games in two of the past three seasons.
The Mountaineers will always have a suffocating defense while Bob Huggins is at the realm. The Mountaineers put pressure on their opponents, base line to base line. They finished sixth in defense two years ago and fourth in defense last season. Both years they forced turnovers on 25% of their opponents possessions.
If West Virginia can keep its composure on offense and keep there defensive intensity up, they’ll play deep into March.
The Fighting Irish lost Steve Vasturia and V.J. Beachem, which will hurt. Notre Dame will rely heavily on Bonzie Colson more than ever. He’s a 6’6” forward who averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds. Bonzie has great ball instincts off the glass and it has shown throughout each year.
Players To Watch
Theo Pinson, UNC
KeVaugn Allen, Florida
Michael Porter Jr., Missouri
Miles Bridges, Michigan State
Ethan Happ, Wisconsin
Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame
Allonzo Trier, Arizona
Grayson Allen, Duke
Devonte’ Graham, Kansas
Joel Berry II, UNC
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