BEST COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYERS
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.
GUARD: JOEL BERRY II (NORTH CAROLINA):
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.
GUARD: JALEN BRUNSON (VILLANOVA):
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.
GUARD: ALLONZO TRIER (ARIZONA):
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.
FORWARD: MILES BRIDGES (MICHIGAN STATE):
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.
FORWARD: BONZIE COLSON (NOTRE DAME):
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.
FORWARD: MICHAEL PORTER JR. (MISSOURI):
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.
OUR NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
MILES BRIDGES (MICHIGAN STATE)
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