Michael Porter Jr.


Michael Porter Jr.

College Basketball Preview 2017-18





We selected 6 players who we believe are the best college basketball players in the country (2017-18). These players will make up our pre-season All-American team.We have chosen 3 guards and 3 forwards. We also have our selection for National Player of the Year. There were many worthy candidates to choose from. We have player profiles for all 6 players.

Here are the best college basketball players that made up our NCAA pre-season All-American Team for 2017-18.



Berry III will be the unquestioned leader for the Tar Heels this season. The Mos Outstanding Player of the Final 4 last year averaged 14.7pts, 3.1reb, and 3.6ast per game. While North Carolina loses star Justin Jackson and Kennedy Meeks to the NBA, head coach Roy Williams will be counting on the point guard to improve upon those numbers. The 6’0″ senior should be up for the challenge. He is the heart and soul of the team and is a winning type of basketball player. North Carolina will go as far as Berry II can take them.

Jalen Brunson

Jalen Brunson



Villanova head coach Jay Wright absolutely loves what Brunson brings to his team. While playing second fiddle to star Josh Hart the last few years, it is now clearly Brunson’s team. The 6’3″ point guard averaged 14.7pts, 2.6reb, and 4.1ast per game during the 2016-17 season. we expect his numbers to go up across the board, especially his scoring average. The lefty shooting junior is tough as nails and runs the offense impeccably. He is a smart, heady player who is like a coach on the floor. While the Wildcats might not be as strong as last year’s squad, when you have a player like Jalen Brunson on your team, you can never be counted out in a game.



Trier flirted with the NBA last season but made the wise decision to return to Tucson. He is the best player on a team that has legitimate national title aspirations. The explosive 6’5″ shooting guard missed the first 19 games last season due to a team suspension. Once he came back, the Wildcats started to thrive. He averaged 17.2pts, 5.3reb, 2.7ast per game. The athletic Trier will is a future first round NBA draft pick. However, before he heads to the NBA, he has unfinished business left in college. Trier has the capability of putting Arizona on his back and lead them to the Final 4 and perhaps national championship.



The former 5-star recruit shocked the college basketball world when he announced he was returning to school for his sophomore year. As a freshman, the 6’7 combo forward averaged 16.9pts, 8.3reb, and 2.1ast per game. Bridges is a freak athlete. He can do it all on the basketball court. If his jump-shot continues to improve, he will be almost unstoppable at the college level. Michigan State has all the ingredients necessary to make a big run in March. Miles Bridges will be the major reason why. He is a future NBA lottery pick.



At first glance, Bonzie Colson doesn’t look like a big-time college basketball player. However, once he steps on the court you see why he made our pre-season All-American team. The 6’6″ undersized power forward averaged 17.8pts, 10.1reb, and 1.6 ast per game for the Fighting Irish. Colson is a double-double machine who can play inside and outside. His versatility is what sets him apart among forward at the college level. Irish head coach Mike Brey will lean on the senior in big spots. Colson is a perfect example of what hard work and determination can do. He was a lightly recruited high school player who is now among college basketball’s top players.

Michael Porter Jr.

Michael Porter Jr.



Michael Porter Jr. might only be a freshman. However, is the most talented player in all of college basketball. The 6’9″ small forward can do it all on the court. The number 1 overall recruit in the class of 2017 has a game that resembles NBA All-Star Kevin Durant. Porter Jr. will look to guide the Missouri back into the NCAA dance after a few years of mediocrity. He is an immense talent who is the early favorite to be the top overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. He is must watch t.v. We expect the freshman to dominate in the SEC this year and to also e a favorite for National Player of the Year honors. He is that good.










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  1. JSC says:

    I definitely agree with your Miles Bridges selection of POY. This kid is a worker and hustler. Reminds me of a more athletic Shane Battier with his competitive streak. Really excited that he decided to return to school this year.

    1. admin says:

      Hi JSC,
      I like your comparison to Shane Battier. Battier was a better shooter at the same stage, however. Justice Winslow is a player that compares favorably to Bridges. Once Bridges improves his shooting, he has the ability to become a very good NBA player.

  2. Leigh says:

    What a good summary on best players, I enjoyed going over this with a nephew of mine that’s into basketball. I learned a lot in the process. My nephew liked it also and he is 10 yrs old. I played basketball in high school and things have changed a lot with women’s ball but with the guys, it’s mainly who is in the spot light now. Keep the information coming. It gives me somewhere to go for a review with my nephew. Thanks

    1. Rob Giannotti says:


      You wrote a great post. Tell your nephew to keep practicing. Hard work pays off. We will be starting a couple brand new weekly pats starting at the end of November. The posts will include information from the high school, college, and NBA levels. I think your nephew and possibly yourself will enjoy reading them. Thanks again.


  3. Marco SJ says:

    The only player I recognize on your list is Michael Porter Jr, so I definitely need to check out these other guys. Going to go to YouTube soon.

    What happened to guys like Gary Trent Jr, Jaylen Hands, Marvin Bagley III, Collin Sexton and Trevon Duval?

    Hah! I just did a quick research in-parallel to writing this post and found Miles Bridges. Gotta check out some of his videos. And I can’t believe I missed Joel Berry II. Since he’s from UNC, I definitely need to find out more about him.

    I read somewhere (I don’t remember where) that Duke has some powerhouse recruits. Would you agree that they’re the team to watch?

    1. Rob Giannotti says:

      Hi Marco,

      Duke is the best team in college basketball so far this season. They have 5-6 probable 1st round draft picks on their roster. They have played the best so far. Collin Sexton is from Alabama. He has been superb and will be drafted very high in the NBA Draft.


  4. Alex zampa says:

    Hi There
    Jalen Brunson is my favorite player of all time

    1. admin says:

      Hi Alex,
      I loved Jalen Brunson. I loved his all-around game. I believe he will end up having a solid NBA career when all is said and done. He was the leader during Villanova’s national championship run in 2018.


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