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NCAA Basketball is currently stacked with talented basketball players and many draft prospects. With March Madness months away, teams are rushing to guaranteed their spot in the playoffs. With this comes many players performing at a top level that can be compared to the professional level of the NBA. While some of the players may not be NBA-ready, we would certainly love to see how these players progress playing professionally. Here are our top five college basketball players we want to see in the NBA.
Jared Sullinger is a solid forward playing for Ohio State. In the 2010-2011 season, Sullinger averaged a double-double with 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds. He’s currently leading his team in those categories and continues to play at an efficient level. Jared Sullinger has proved his worth to the Ohio State Buckeyes when he was injured with back spams and had to sit out two game. One of those games resulted in a loss when the Buckeyes had to play against Kansas State where they loss 78-67. That loss exposed Sullinger’s worth to the team as it showed them that Jared is a defensive presence for the ball club.
Nonetheless, Jared Sullinger is considered by many as the top player in College Basketball and if the power forward decides to enter the 2012 NBA draft, then he would be a top first round pick.
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Jeremy Lamb is a talented player coming out of UConn. What he’s good at is his ability to shoot from a wide variety of range. Though his shooting style is a bit of unorthodox (he pretty much shoots with two hands), he is still consistent, shooting at 51.6% from the field and 41.4% from the 3-point range this season. He is currently UConn’s leading scorer averaging 18.9 points per game. He’s also a good passer dishing out 4.2 assists this season, but still needs to be able to take care of the ball a bit more since he is averaging 2.4 turnovers this season in comparison to only turning the ball over to 1.3 in the 2010-2011 season.
What is also amazing about Lamb is his length. Though he is only standing at 6’5, he has a 7″ wingspan. With a wingspan like that, there are endless opportunities for Jeremy Lamb to improve his game. With his long arms, he’s able to grab rebounds over other shooting guards and shoot over them as well. It will be interesting to see how Lamb utilizes his natural athleticism in the NBA.
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Harrison Barnes is a sophmore playing for North Carolina. Standing at 6’8 and playing the small forward position, Barnes has a wide variety of skills. For one, he’s a scorer. He averages 17.1 points per game. His scoring ability ranges from going to the basket, points off of offensive rebounds, and shooting. For a guy who stands at 6’8, Barnes is a terrific shooter. This season, he is averaging 48.7% from the 3-point line. Barnes is also a good shooter off the dribble, and has afundamental shooting form.
Harrison Barnes is just an all-around solid player. He can score when need to, he can grab rebounds, pass the ball. If he decides to enter his name in the 2012 NBA draft (and he probably will), Barnes will have good career playing in the NBA and will certainly be a player to watch for.
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Tu Holloway is in his senior year at Xavier and some are wondering if he will enter the draft. Tu was unsure if he’s going to enter the draft in his junior year, but decided to stay for another year at Xavier. Tu Holloway plays point guard is listed generously at 6’0″. The biggest question about Holloway is his size. He’s not the ideal size and has been listed under 6’0″ at times. Despite his size, he’s been doing damage in college basketball and is considered by many a pure point guard. He is currently dishing out 5 assists per game, and is scoring 18.1 points per game.
Tu Holloway was involved in an brawl that involved Xavier and Cincinnati and was suspended for one game. It’ll be interesting to see how this brawl will affect his chances of getting drafted if he decides to enter. Nonetheless, Tu Holloway is an extraodinary talent and any team missing a pure point guard would benefit to have him.
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You probably hear his name a lot. Austin Rivers: The #1 High School Player of 2010, son of Celtics’ Coach Doc Rivers, Duke prodigy. The Duke freshman has made quite a name for himself in his short basketball career. Rivers is currently leading Duke in scoring, racking 15.1 ppg and shooting at 44% from the field. And what’s scary about Austin Rivers? His killer instinct and his fearlessness to take on any opponent regardless of their reputation. In an interview with Sporting News, when asked about what it meant to meet some of the greatest players in the history of basketball, this was what Rivers said:
Well, I’ve met Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen—you name it. A lot of people ask me who I’ve met through my dad, and they’re in awe when they hear the names of the players, but I’ve never looked at it like that. It’s cool meeting all of them, but I really want to be in their situation one day. I don’t want to just meet LeBron, I want to destroy him on the court one day. Read more: http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball/story/2011-03-03/duke-recruit-austin-rivers-i-was-hated-before-i-stepped-on-the-court#ixzz1ij05pqgu
Austin Rivers doesn’t just want to meet Lebron, but he wants to destroy him one day. And that’s what sets Austin Rivers apart from the rest, his fearlessness and attitude. His belief that he can take on the best and that he can be the best is going to set him up to become a great player in the NBA.
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