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10. Nik Stauskas, SF, Michigan
Nik Stauskas is a six-foot-six small forward who can shoot the basketball tremendously well.  He is dangerous from all areas ofthe court and has the ability to score in bunches.  He has the skill to handle and pass the ball well in the open court.  One of the things that he needs to work on is his quickness, as it will be harder for him to get open at the college level.  He gained weight this season, which isn’t necessarily a good thing because it could make him slower.

9. Mike Gesell, PG, Iowa
Mike Gesell is slightly undersized for the college level, but he makes up for it with his athletic ability, strength, and toughness.  He is very good at attacking the basket and finishing.  He is a catch and shoot three point shooter and can make mid range jumpers off the dribble.  Due to his lack of size, he has developed a very effective floater for when he attacks the basket.  Also, for a point guard, he has the ability to get defensive rebounds and push the ball for transition points.  I would like to see him become more of a facilitator and distributor at the point guard position.

8. Hanner Mosquera-Perea, PF, Indiana
Hanner Mosquera-Perea is an extremely athletic power forward that can elevate way above the rim.  He is definitely a high riser and an exciting player to watch.  He is also quick for a power forward and gets down the court fast. This gives him the opportunities for easy scores, as he will dunk over the smaller guards.  Defensively, he is big enough and athletic enough to guard not only his position, but also the small forward or center if he needs to.  Some of the things that he needs to work on are his vision and awareness on the court, and also his footwork.  He is athletic but sometimes sloppy.
7. Jeremy Hollowell, SF, Indiana
Jeremy Hollowell is a multi dimensional small forward.  He is able to attack the basket off the dribble and has the ability to finish strong or dish it off to another teammate.  He is also a good shooter, but needs to work on his consistency.  His versatility makes him difficult to defend. If a smaller defender is guarding him, he will post them up, and he will beat bigger defenders off the dribble.  He has so much talent that he often takes it for granted. He cannot afford to do that at the college level.
6. Adam Woodbury, C, Iowa
Adam Woodbury is a 7-foot center that plays with great awareness.  He has an incredible passing touch for a big man and can find open teammates from inside the post.  His vision is so great because he has the ability to see over defenses.  He is primarily an inside scorer.  He will need to improve his post game because although he is tall, he doesn’t have the physical aggressiveness needed to be great in the Big Ten.  He also needs to improve the range of his shot to increase his versatility.  Defensively, he plays well but it will be interesting to see how he does in college where there are other players that are his size.
5. Mitch McGary, PF, Michigan
Mitch McGary has great size and tremendous strength.  He is the best when he is in the post but also has the ability to hit the 15-foot jumper.  The lefty has soft hands underneath the basket.  His strength allows him to go up strong and two hand dunk in the post.  He has tons of energy on the court and plays with a lot of heart. He has potential to improve and only become that much better. He will work hard which is what Michigan needs in their big men this season.  One of the things that he needs to improve on is creating his own shots from the post. He needs to be able to get to the block and create offensive points on his own.  He also needs to work on attacking the ball with his non-dominant hand to give himself more options.  Michigan’s coaching staff should have no problem improving these things.
4. Yogi Ferrell, PG, Indiana
Yogi Ferrell is the second point guard on this list and first player to break the top 25 on the ESPN 100 recruit rankings.  He is a true point guard with great court vision and quickness.  When he attacks the basket, his vision is outstanding, which is exactly what Indiana needs.  He will dish it out to all of Indiana’s offensive threats so his teammates are probably excited for his arrival.  He has a good mid range jumper and shoots the ball off the dribble well.  One aspect of his game that he needs to improve on is his three-point consistency.  He also needs to work on not leaving his feet when he makes passes because it makes him more likely to turn the ball over.  Overall, he is what most coaches look for in a point.  He is quick, confident, and aware of what is happening on the court around him.  He will be a great contribution to the Hoosiers this season.  Ferrell and Zeller together should combine to make a young talented duo.
3. Glenn Robinson III, SF, Michigan
Glenn Robinson III is extremely athletic.  He has a 36-inch vertical so at 6-foot-6, he can elevate well above the rim.  As he has progressed throughout his high school years, he has gotten much more aggressive.  This aggression is good because it has taken his game to the next level.  He is a good shooter from all areas of the court, which is what makes him so offensively strong.  He can dribble the ball well enough when he needs to in order to get open shots and is a good passer when pressured by defenses. One thing that he needs to work on is his rebounding.  Most would think that he would be a good rebounder because of his size but he hasn’t looked that great in this category.  A lot of rebounding is effort and he will need to put forth the effort at the college level.  He also will need to work on defending the post, especially when playing against a stronger opponent.  Glenn Robinson III should be an outstanding contribution to the already powerful Michigan offense.
2. Sam Dekker, SF, Wisconsin
The best way to describe Sam Dekker is threatening. When he is on the court, opponents should be concerned. He has the ability to score points from all over the floor and can score points in bunches.   At 6-foot-7, he has an amazing talent and can shoot the three-pointer extremely well. When he is outside the perimeter, he could even cause problems for an undersized power forward.  He has a high basketball IQ, which makes him a better passer, and helps him to play well in high-pressure situations.  After all, he did make the game winning shot for his team in the State Championship.  He needs to work on his stamina and conditioning so that he defends fast opponents and become more versatile on defense.  What makes Sam Dekker so extraordinary is his passion and drive to become the best basketball player he can be.  The coaching staff at Wisconsin will tell him what he needs to work on and he appears to be the guy who will not stop until he has fixed his rough spots.  He will be exciting to watch throughout his tenure at Wisconsin.
1. Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State
            Ranked as the eleventh best high school basketball player in the nation last year, Gary Harris has chosen to take his talents toMichigan State.  His anticipation defensively helps him to come up with steals, which he then often turns into fast break points.  He can hit the open three when he is in the groove but his mid ranger jumper is very consistent.  He is always attacking the basket and can easily go around, through, or over opponents when he needs to.  Opponents struggle to get passed him on the perimeter, as he is so fast and strong for his position.  He needs to improve his three-point shooting percentage and remain a steady shooter in college.  This is something that Tom Izzo can definitely help him to improve.  Harris fits the Michigan State game play very well.  He is a strong defender that has the ability to force turnovers and push the ball up the court for easy points. Spartan fans should be anxious to see how “Mr. Basketball” from the state of Indiana will perform this season.


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