Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/4/12
Top 10 players: SEC Phil Pressey  PG  Missouri- 10.3pts 3.4 ast. Pressey was surrounded by a lot of guard talent last year. There is still some talent, but the backcourt will be his, and he’s got the game to handle it. Kenny Boynton  SG  Florida- 15.5pts. 2.7ast. Boynton hasn’t quite lived up to the immense hype that surrounded him entering college. He makes some poor decisions and shoots a bit too much, but the talent is clearly there for him to be special. Marshawn Powell  PF  Arkansas- 19.5pts. 6.0reb. Powell is a powerful forward that can dominate down low. If he gets you on the block it’s almost certain he’s going to score. Could be a rare 20-10 guy this season. B.J. Young  SG  Arkansas- 15.3pts. 3.1reb. Young was impressive as a freshman last year, and will look to build on that this season. He’s a good shooter and great slasher that always seems to find a way to put the ball in the bucket. Jeronne Maymon  PF  Tennessee- 12.7pts 8.1ast. Maymon was absolutely dominant at times last year, but also disappeared for stretches. If he wants to take his game to the next level he’ll need to add some consistency to his game. Lawrence Bowers  PF  Missouri- Redshirt/Injury Bowers returns for his fifth year senior season after sitting out last year due to injury. He has the ability to take over a game both offensively and defensively, which is something Missouri will really need this season. Ryan Harrow  PG  Kentucky- Transfer/NC State I actually think he’s the most talented player on this list. I just don’t feel confident placing him higher considering he’s changing schools and is a year removed from competition. He will lead Calipari’s high powered offense in what could b his final college season. Patrick Young  PF  Florida- 10.2pts. 6.2reb. Young went from being an athlete to a basketball player last year. He looked much more confident in a half court offense, which allowed him to expand upon his tenacious dunks. He could be the breakout player in college basketball this season. Michael Dixon Jr.  SG  Missouri- 13.5pts. 3.3ast. Dixon isn’t the type o player that makes flashy plays or jumps off the screen at you, but he gets the job done. He’s steady, consistent, and a terrific all around shooter who pairs up nicely with Pressey. Trae Golden  PG  Tennessee- 13.6pts. 4.5ast. Golden was a fairly highly touted recruit and is now starting to showcase his talents. He’s a big point guard that creates matchup problems for opposing guards, and if he can improve his shooting the NBA will be in his future. Top 5 freshmen Nerlens Noel  C  Kentucky- The nation’s top recruit after he became college eligible a year early. If Noel can translate his immense potential into college productivity he could b the top pick in next year’s NBA draft. Alex Poythress  SF  Kentucky- Athletic slasher with a slender frame. He may need to bulk up a bit, but will start from say one for Calipari. Archie Goodwin  SG  Kentucky- Goodwin tops off another amazing recruiting class for Ketucky. Goodwin is the best shooter of the bunch, and can also be explosive on the boards. Devonta Pollard  PF  Georgia- Solid all-around player that will be very important if Georgia is going to make a tournament run. Stefan Jankovic  PF  Missouri- I don’t know a lot about him, but the Missouri coaching staff is excited about his arrival and impact he can have on both ends of the court.

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