Part 1 | Part 2
In the first edition of preseason hoops, I mentioned the early dates to watch as well as some side notes on the best and worst off-season moves. I touched on the top 10 teams and their odds of winning the NCAA Tournament. In the second edition of preseason hoops, Ill focus on the players to watch who will impact this season.
J.J.s Preseason All-American Team
Glen Davis, Junior, Center, LSU Big Baby has trimmed down and will now add mobility to his 9.7 RPG.
Joakim Noah, Junior, PF/C, Florida The Final Four MVP has skipped the NBA draft to return to school and attempt to lead the Gators to a repeat title.
Tyler Hansbrough, So, PF, North Carolina My pick for National Player of the Year, Hansbrough scored 18.9 PPG and added 7.8 RPG as a freshman.
Brandon Rush, So, SG, Kansas Energetic, Rush will lead the Jayhawks on the wing where his 13.5 PPG. Will surely increase in his second season of college ball.
Dominic James, So, PG, Marquette Averaging 5.4 APG last season, James is quietly the nations best point guard.
Aaron Gray, Senior, C, Pittsburgh 10.5 RPG will go a long way in the Big East. Bigger things to come from the senior.
Nick Fazekas, Senior, PF, Nevada The best player you never see on TV scored 21.8 PPG last year to go with his 10.4 RPG. He has NBA scouts salivating.
Alondo Tucker, Senior, SF, Wisconsin Molded by head coach Bo Ryan, Tucker is my pick for Big-10 Player of the Year. 19 PPG last season will increase.
Jarrius Jackson, Senior, SG, Texas Tech 20.5 PPG. Last season was just the beginning. As Jackson goes, so do the Red Raiders.
Ronald Steele, Junior, PG, Alabama Steele can distribute the ball as well as anyone, evident by his 4.3 APG in the SEC; arguably the best NCAA basketball conference.
Freshman on the watch list:
Greg Oden, Center, OSU Oden will be asked to step in immediately to lead this team. My top freshman has a lot of pressure on his shoulders to perform.
Kevin Durant, SF, Texas The Longhorns have a major hole to fill and Durant is the key. His success of failure could be the difference between a Big 12 title and an NIT bid.
Spencer Hawes, Center, Washington Centers are a premium in the Pac-10 and Hawes may have the ability to be one of the best.
Brandon Wright, PF, UNC Wright is a major piece of a national championship contender. Hell shine in big games.
Chase Budinger, SF, Arizona Considered one of Lute Olsens best recruits, Ever! Thats saying something.
Comeback Player of the Year:
Curtis Sumpter, Senior, SF, Villanova The Wildcats are young and thin and a lot will be expected from Sumpter who averaged 15.3 PPG and 7.2 RPG before his injury.
Most influential transfer:
CJ Anderson, Junior, SF, Xavier Averaged 18.8 PPG and 9.4 RPG with Manhattan, Anderson is ready for some better competition.