View Full Version : Best Players 2017-18: 7 through 13

04-09-2017, 11:29 AM
7. DeAndre Ayton, Arizona Wildcats

Ayton has been described as "the highest-rated signee in Arizona basketball history," which is saying something given coach Sean Miller's track record in recruiting. The 7-footer grabbed 11 rebounds (including nine offensive boards) in just 20 minutes in the McDonald's All American Game last week. As a senior at Hillcrest Prep, Ayton averaged a 21-16 double-double.

8. Trevon Bluiett, Xavier Musketeers

While Bluiett has announced that he will gauge the NBA's interest, he hasn't hired an agent and could return to coach Chris Mack's roster in 2017-18. If that occurs, Mack has to be enthusiastic about the prospect. Bluiett lit up a highly esteemed Cincinnati defense -- on the road -- to the tune of 40 points on 12-of-16 shooting in January. Moreover, in Xavier's run to the Elite Eight, the junior averaged 25 points per contest in NCAA tournament games against Maryland, Florida State and Arizona. He scored just 10 in the season-ending loss to Gonzaga

9. Tyler Dorsey, Oregon Ducks

For the balance of Oregon's NCAA tournament run, Dorsey performed at a level most players can only imagine. In games against Iona, Rhode Island, Michigan and Kansas, the sophomore shot percentages in the upper 60s on both 2s and 3s while averaging 24 points per game. That type of performance won't continue for all of 2017-18, needless to say, but it does give an indication of Dorsey's exceptional ability.

10. Joel Berry II, North Carolina Tar Heels

Berry repeatedly rolled his ankle during the Tar Heels' tournament run, depriving a wider hoops audience of the chance to witness the point guard at top speed. During the regular season, the junior was the low-turnover motor at the center of coach Roy Williams' high-shot-volume and high-velocity offense. A 39 percent shooter on 3s, Berry teamed with Justin Jackson to form arguably the most potent 3-point duo in UNC history.

11. Wendell Carter, Duke Blue Devils

Carter is a 6-foot-10 power forward who logged impressive numbers in just 10 minutes per game with the U.S. team that won gold at the FIBA U17 world championship last summer. In particular, the incoming freshman's ability to crash the offensive glass and play defense in an international setting could presage a hopeful turn of events for a Duke team that has suffered drop-offs in both categories relative to its 2014-15 title season.

12. Devin Robinson, Florida Gators

A decision to stay in the draft wouldn't be a stunner for the 6-foot-8 Robinson. But if he returns for his senior season in Gainesville, he'll continue what to date has been an encouraging three-season evolution. Ever since he was a freshman playing for former coach Billy Donovan, Robinson has been a reliable source of points inside the arc. What's changed under coach Mike White, however, is that Robinson is now hitting 39 percent of his 3s.

13. Devonte' Graham, Kansas Jayhawks

At the risk of placing unfair expectations on Graham, there are some elements (repeat, some elements) of All-American Frank Mason III's year-to-year progression over the past two seasons that could recur with respect to Graham. Just as Mason supported Perry Ellis on offense in 2015-16, Graham performed a similar role alongside his senior backcourt mate, Mason, this past season. Moreover, the junior's production inside the arc has improved with each succeeding season, and he's a career 41 percent 3-point shooter.

Martin Centre Mad Man
04-09-2017, 01:23 PM

04-09-2017, 01:31 PM
Can't link it. It's an "Insider" article.

04-09-2017, 04:35 PM
Why aren't you showing the whole article? Goss is at 3 for those that don't have insider.

04-09-2017, 05:13 PM
It won't fit. our limit is 10 K. This is over 16 K. Enjoy.

04-09-2017, 05:56 PM
It own't fit. our limit is 10 K. This is over 16 K. Enjoy.

So why not show the part with the Zag in it?

04-09-2017, 06:31 PM
He did. Just down the screen from this one!