Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 10/26/12
Kenny Kadji, University of Miami: The 6’11, 242-pound prospect from the U will be on the radar of every NBA scout this college season. After transferring from Florida after his sophomore year, Kadji has shined in his one year at Miami. Last season, he averaged 11.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, and 1.6 bpg as he played the power forward position. Kadji’s best asset is his ability to play on the outside as well as the inside. This creates a matchup problem nearly every time he steps on the court, as big, slow centers cannot keep up with him on the perimeter and quicker, but smaller forwards cannot stop Kadji near the basket. Look for Kadji to lead the U to a deep March Madness run this upcoming season. Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State University: After limited minutes in his freshman season, Franklin proved that he is ready to keep San Diego State a national contender after a superb sophomore season. The high-flying wing averaged 17.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.5 apg, and 1.0 spg,, making him one of the best all around players in college basketball. Franklin has the body and athleticism of an NBA guard, and you will probably see him on SportsCenter “Top 10” several times next season for his ferocious dunks. Jio Fontan, USC: Prior to the 2010-2011 season, Fontan transferred from Fordham to USC after being named the A 10 Freshman of the Year. In his first season at SC, Fontan led the team in assists and was second in scoring. In addition, his knowledge of the game and prowess at the point guard position helped USC make the NCAA tournament. The following summer, Fontan tore his ACL, forcing him to miss the entire 2011-2012 season, which resulted in USC finishing far below .500 with only one Pac 12 win. After a full year of physical therapy and time to work for his new teammates, Fontan should be better than ever and ready to lead Southern California back to the tournament. Jordan Coleman, Valparaiso: After playing sparingly at the University of Hawaii in his freshman season, Coleman transferred to Southwestern Illinois Community College for his sophomore season. While at SWIC, Coleman shined as an athletic 6’5 guard that could shoot, drive, and finish at the division I level. Coleman chose to attend Valparaiso over Colorado, and will be joining a stacked Crusader team that lost in the finals of the Horizon League Championship last season. Look for Coleman to provide a scoring spark and plenty of dunks, as he tries to help bring Valpo back to the NCAA tourney as a formidable mid-major opponent. -Langer
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