The Best College Basketball Players in 2015
The 2015 basketball season is about to tip off. The powerhouse colleges are lining themselves up for another run at the NCAA Championship with rosters loaded with elite prospects, players looking to prove it for themselves and seasoned veterans coming back for one last run at the title. Here is a list of the five best players pulling on their journey heading into the new season.
The Australian who played his high school ball at Montverde Academy, the Florida powerhouse, Ben Simmons is committed to the sleeping giant Louisiana State University and is looking to follow in the footsteps of NBA legends Shaquille O’Neal, Pete Maravich and Bob Pettit in being a top-5 pick in the NBA Draft. Known for his lean frame, keen intellect and pass first mentality, look for him to lead the Tigers deep into March Madness.
The Providence point guard returning for his senior year, after turning down a possible lottery pick in 2015, Kris Dunn is arguably the best player in the game’s most important position. The reigning co-Big East Player and co-Big East Defensive of the year, Kris combines a pass-first game, a scorer’s touch and outstanding defense, and has put a lot on the line to come back to lead his team to glory. Look for him to use his veteran knowledge to outplay the incoming class and his developed body to dominate the competition.
Marcus Paige returns for his senior season at UNC to carry them as he did last year. In 2014-15 Paige led the team in threes made, making more than the rest of the team combined. With coach Roy Williams focused on the paint, limiting Paige to throwing the ball inside and waiting for the swing pass to the corner, he is known as a solid point guard who lacks takeover ability. In the past his play style may have limited his play and some thought it would affect his future in the pros. However, we can look for him to change that this season.
The nation’s number one freshman big man, Skal Labissiere is suiting up for the Kentucky Wildcats following last season’s legendary 38-1. He is looking to step into the gap left by the NBA Draft’s top pick Karl Anthony-Towns, and the Haitian prospect has big shoes to fill. His lean frame, deceptive ability on the boards and his sweet mid-range jumper should make him a contender of Ben Simmons for the number one pick in 2016.
Rounding out the list is the sophomore point guard for Kentucky, Tyler Ulis. Coming off last season’s legendary run to the finals, he is looking to take the leadership role on the, again, loaded Wildcats. Despite his small frame, look for him to find the right pass and manage the game and get the ball to Labissiere down-low.
With these names in mind and the two foreign prospects in the top five, they all share one thing, they have a scholarship. If you believe, one day, your name belongs on a list like this and you haven’t been in touch with a college, firms such as Athletes USA may be your key to showcasing your talent.
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