Monthly Archives: October 2011

Top 25 High School Underclassmen

Jabari Parker

By Jason Bleznick

These kids are not moving on to college for another couple of years, but already have the attention of almost every professional scout. At such a young age these players are constantly watched and evaluated by top talent in college basketball. Some may make it to a big div 1 school; others may not live up to the hype. The hardest part of watching underclassmen is judging their actual skill level. When a player is a foot taller it is predictable that he will average incredible numbers every game, it’s about watching the little things to see his skill level. Watching all these prospects some are just bigger than the average player and dominate by pure seize, while others are already developing essential skills to play at the next level.
1. Jabari Parker 6-8 SF Class of 2013—The top prospect in 2013. He can do a little of everything on the court. He is multitalented small forward with great size and is continuing to grow. He had grown an inch from last season and has added a nice jump shot for long range. He is a great ball handler and shows a high IQ. He can pass, drive, shoot, dunk and block; an all-around player.

Top Players In The Big East

Jeremy Lamb; Credits AP

By Tim Donohoo

The Big East Conference season is sure to offer some great matchups with abundance of talent throughout the league. Here is a rundown of the Top 20 to watch this year.

Jeremy Lamb, 6-5 sophomore guard, Connecticut:
Grabbed all tournament honors at the Big East Tournament, West Regionals and Final Four. He is lanky and explosive. A sure future NBA prospect. One of the top players in the country and a stellar shooting guard. Was the best player on the U.S. squad at this summer’s FIFA U19 World Championships in Latvia. Averages 11ppg and 4rpg.

Ashton Gibbs, 6-2 senior guard, Pittsburgh:
An excellent scorer who returns for his senior year. Can hit from long range. The key will be his conversion to the point guard position. Averages 16ppg, 2rpg and hits on 49 percent from long distance. Needs to be a little more productive to become the complete player.Pitt has never reached the Final Four. One of the best shooting guards in the country. An All America candidate who needs to step it up a notch with six incoming freshmen on the squad this season in a transition year. Two time All Big East pick.

Roundball Direct 2011-12 Preseason Top 25 Players The Class Of 2012 Next Generation

Shabazz Muhammed

By Jason Bleznick

The 2012 recruit class might be one of the most important in college history. I say this because when the NBA lockout is resolved the draft will be stock piled of the best talent from 2011 and 2010. I see that the majority of the top tier talent will declare for the draft; which will leave the incoming freshman all by themselves. These 18yr olds will have the entire NCAA fan base watching them.

My favorite aspect of the 2012 class is the big man is coming back. Out of the top 25 prospects 12 are either PF or C’s. In the past couple of seasons the guards have dominated the game, but next season the big men will make their names in the NCAA. You will see some freakishly gifted athletes that are 6’9 and can run like a PG. The players are evolving we are now seeing big men that have ball handling skills of guards; guys that are 6’10 and can out run a SG down the court. Some of these young men have declared while others are still deciding their future. I am calling this class the “re-stock” class, because these recruits will be chosen to rebuild their teams in a single season.

“Fresh Talent”

Marquis Teague; Credit AP

By Michael Almonte

What do Michael Jordan, Pervis Ellison, Grant Hill, Mike Bibby, and Carmelo Anthony all have in common? All these stars made huge contributions in their freshmen season on teams that ultimately won the National Championship. Which freshmen this year will join that list?

1. Josiah Turner  6’3, Freshmen, PG, Arizona
This newcomer will have an immediate impact on a talented team and remind Arizona fans of another freshmen point guard Mike Bibby who led Arizona to a National Championship in his first year back in 1997.

2. Austin Rivers, 6’4, Freshmen, SG, Duke
Rated as the No. 1 player coming out of high school, can Rivers live up to the hype and deliver this year?  Expect a mega season and incredible performances throughout the season from this gifted baller.

3. P.J. Hairston, 6’6, Freshmen, SG, North Carolina
Look for Hairston to remind North Carolina fans of Marvin Williams back in 2005 as a solid sixth man who played an important role during that championship season.  This sharp shooter can pull the trigger from anywhere on the court and put up numbers.

Tim Hardaway Jr. Killer Crossover

Credits AP

By: Nicholas Garton

Many of us have had a similar version of the following happen. Picture yourself at some social occasion, sporting event, or political rally. Suddenly someone enters the room and everyone around us changes their expression. Flashbulbs go off. People scramble for a handshake or a photograph with the person who is, by now, elegantly gliding across the room. And we are standing there embarrassed because we have no idea who this person is! Maybe we don’t follow that particular athlete, celebrity, or politician. Looking sheepishly at our friends or associates we just pretend to understand how awesome it is to see this person. We don’t really know who they are, we just know “that’s somebody”. That is the experience of being anywhere and having Tim Hardaway Jr. walk into the room. THAT’S SOMEBODY.
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