Top Lists: Floor Generals, Underrated Players, Do-It-All Stars

November 13th, 2008


We’ve covered the preseason All-Americans, Final Four picks and individual team previews. Now it’s time for the fun stuff – the guys who make college basketball so fun to watch. Let the debates begin:


Floor leaders: These guys are coaches on the floor


1) Darren Collison G, UCLA: Three seasons, three Finals Fours. Not a bad resume heading into his senior year.

2) Eric Maynor G, VCU: Would we even be talking about VCU basketball if it weren’t for this guy? Quite simply, he does it all for the Rams

3) Jeremy Pargo G, Gonzaga: Seasoned veteran keep Zags offense clicking

4) Nick Calathes G, Florida: Was given controls of the team as a true freshman, has great understanding of the game

5) Ty Lawson G, UNC: Speedy leader manages to keep all of UNC's scoring options happy.


Inside/outside: Good luck matching up with these versatile threats


1) Kyle Singler F, Duke: Was Devils' best post player and leading rebounder, but also comfortable on the perimeter (51 3’s)

2) Earl Clark F, Louisville: Has NBA scouts drooling over his potential (11 ppg, 8 rpg)

3) Damion James F, Texas: Terrific rebounder (10.3 rpg) and post presence also can hit from outside (38 3’s, 41%)

4) Tyler Smith G/F, Tennessee: Looks like a small forward, plays like a point guard, the toughest match-up in the SEC.

5) James Johnson F, Wake Forest: Multi-talented forward was a pleasant surprise for Deacons last year (14.6 ppg, 8 rpg)


Under-Appreciated: These guys don't get the headlines, but you can bet their opponents know about them
1). Patrick Christopher (Cal) - Dangerous scorer is often overshadowed by flashier Pac-10 guards
2). Marcus Ginyard (UNC) - Defensive stopper does the dirty work for nation's best team
3). Jessie Sapp (Georgetown) - Combo guard is perfect fit for Hoya's motion offense
4). Wesley Matthews (Marquette) - Does a little of everything for the Eagles but stays under the radar
5). David Lighty (Ohio State) - Overlooked because of one-and-dones, but is natural leader for young team



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