Originally written on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 10/20/14
Vol. 1 Vol. 2 Vol. 3 Vol.4 Vol.5  CJ Fair (Junior, Syracuse): After being relegated to a bench role in his first two years at Syracuse, Fair will finally get an opportunity to start. At 6’8”, Fair has the size to play power forward, but is athletic enough to play at the top of Jim Boeheim’s 2-3 zone as a shooting guard. In addition, Syracuse has so many other offensive weapons (PG Michael Carter-Williams and SG Brandon Triche come to mind) that defenses will not be able to give Fair the attention he deserves. Fair will be a nightmare matchup for the rest of the country, as Syracuse will try to make a deep postseason run in their final season in the Big East. George Beamon (Senior, Manhattan): Beamon is not well known yet, but that should change very soon. After a freshman campaign where he only averaged 6.9 minutes a game, Beamon has been one of the MAAC’s best players the past two seasons. As a sophomore, he averaged 16.3 points, and as a junior, his scoring improved to 19.0 points per game, and his three-point percentage rose from 15.0% to 42.7%. If the Roslyn, NY native can improve on his junior year, expect an NCAA tournament berth for the Jaspers. Jeff Withey (Senior, Kansas): Last season, in his first season receiving significant playing time, Withey averaged 3.6 blocks per game, more than Anthony Davis. His scoring (9.0 PPG last season) may not be on par with the other top big men yet, but after watching Withey improve every facet of his game last season, a major offensive improvement is not a crazy thought. Michael Snaer (Senior, Florida St.): Snaer is one of the most underrated players in college basketball. Last season, he averaged 14.0 points per game, shot over 40% from beyond the arc, is one of the best defenders in the country, and has a knack for hitting clutch shots. Last season, Snaer had game-winners against Duke and Virginia Tech, the latter showing the country what type of player he is. Before his game winning three-pointer, Snaer was 3-10 from the field, and 0-3 from beyond the arc. Despite those mediocre stats, he still had the confidence to take the big shot, and he came through. This trait would make him a valuable asset on any NBA team. James Robinson (Freshman, Pittsburgh): While most of the attention in Pittsburgh has gone to freshman Steven Adams (the #6 ranked freshman in the country), Robinson will be a household name in college basketball very soon. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Robinson has earned the trust of coach Jamie Dixon, and started in the Panthers’ first preseason game over more experienced players. Robinson is not a scorer (fellow guard Tray Woodall will be Pitt’s number one scoring option), but he really helps the Panthers in the one area where they struggled mightily last season- defense. The stat sheet may not show it, but if Pitt finds its way back to the NCAA Tournament, they will have the scrappy 6’3” guard to thank. -Hollenberg
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