View Full Version : Best Players for 2017-2018 Season: Insider article.

04-09-2017, 11:24 AM
I could only post part of this HUGE article. Suffice it to say,our guy is highly rated and is out engine. Hope he returns. Noting that No 6 is also from WCC, it'll be a great season in 6 months. Lots of activity. I do hope Nigel returns.

1. Dillon Brooks, Oregon Ducks

For devotees of continuity, Brooks is a relatively straightforward pick as next year's preseason Wooden Award favorite. If nothing else, he's the reigning major-conference POY most likely to return next season. Certainly, Brooks could opt to leave -- he considered it last season -- but after the Ducks' loss to North Carolina in the Final Four, the junior did not rule out a return. If he does come back, Brooks will give coach Dana Altman a high-volume, featured scorer who recorded a better effective field goal percentage than Josh Jackson, Justin Jackson, Malik Monk and Nigel Williams-Goss.

2. Michael Porter Jr., Missouri Tigers

Missouri will have to make one of the largest season-to-season turnarounds we've seen in a while to earn an at-large NCAA tournament bid in 2018. If that sounds as if Porter is following a path laid down by Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz, it's likely the Tigers freshman will indeed hear those names invoked from time to time. Then again, new coach Cuonzo Martin's 6-foot-10 star is drawing pretty fair comparisons to a Texas freshman from a decade ago. Are such comparisons simply the kind of hype endemic to the one-and-done process itself? Of course. Still, Lonzo Ball did turn out to be pretty good as a freshman, even if his dad does say so. Stay flexible.

3. Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga Bulldogs

Williams-Goss was the quartz movement at the heart of one of the nation's best offenses in 2016-17. His 23-point effort on 9-of-16 shooting played a significant role in Gonzaga's being the first NCAA tournament opponent to survive South Carolina's patented (and remarkable) second-half surge. Assuming he does return, Williams-Goss will give coach Mark Few a proven distributor with good size who can hit shots from either side of the arc and is often underrated on defense.

4. Jalen Brunson, Villanova Wildcats

As a sophomore, Brunson inherited the point guard role formerly filled by Ryan Arcidiacono, and did so with such success that few observers noticed or remarked upon the transition. For a fourth consecutive season, Villanova made a ridiculous proportion of its shots and won the Big East regular-season title by at least two games. Brunson played no small part in extending that streak, and his ability to create his own looks at the rim will continue to benefit both him and the Wildcats.

5. Ethan Happ, Wisconsin Badgers

It would be tempting to declare that Wisconsin is Happ's team now, but the junior-to-be is likely already near the upper limit of what a Big Ten post scorer will receive from his coach in terms of workload. It might be more accurate to say that -- given the departures of Nigel Hayes, Bronson Koenig, Zak Showalter and Vitto Brown -- Happ's production in close proximity to the basket will pad the assist totals of some new recipients. Who knows, maybe Happ can sustain the 62 percent foul shooting he flashed in Wisconsin's six-game postseason (up from 47 percent during Big Ten play).

6. Jock Landale, Saint Mary's Gaels

The only question with Landale is whether he can improve on a junior-year performance that was fairly close to the Platonic ideal for a player who doesn't try 3s. As a junior, he was the featured scorer in an offense that might have attracted more notice if not for a certain team in Spokane. Landale converted 63 percent of his 2-point attempts at a

04-09-2017, 04:37 PM