COLLEGE WEEKLY LIVE (TUES. 2/2/16)

This the the first edition of “College Weekly Live” and will be published every Tuesday. On this page you will find important information on what is going on in College Basketball as well as in the recruiting world.

We want to try and have as many discussions as possible, so viewers are encouraged to leave comments that will guide the discussions. You may leave comments about college basketball and recruiting that are not discussed on the content that is provided. We want to know what the viewer’s thoughts are regarding college basketball and recruiting. Please leave all comments in the section below.

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR RACE CANDIDATES

BEN SIMMONS

BEN SIMMONS

While many players have certainly stood out this season, the following players are who www.inthegymrange.com have picked as the leaders. The conference tournaments are fast approaching and before you know it Selection Sunday will be here.

Please type which player you think is leading the National Player of the Year Race in the comment section below. The players are in no particular order.

  1. BUDDY HIELD/ARKANSAS  click on following link for NBA Draft profile  https://inthegymrange.com/2016-nba-draft-prospects-buddy-hield-jan-13-2016
  2. DENZEL VALENTINE/ MICHIGAN STATE
  3. KRIS DUNN/ PROVIDENCE
  4. BEN SIMMONS/ LSU   click on following link for a previous article on Ben Simmons https://inthegymrange.com/how-good-is-ben-simmons-2
  5. GEORGES NIANG/ IOWA STATE

 

THE BIG EAST IS AMONG THE TOP CONFERENCES THIS SEASONBig_east_conf_logo

Many people thought when the Big East was raided a few years ago that the conference would take a huge step backwards. Syracuse and Pittsburgh were 2 of the main defections. However, the Big East has asserted itself pretty well. Villanova, Xavier, and Providence have all been ranked in the top 10 at points during the season. Seton Hall has a chance to make the NCAA Tournament and are on the bubble right now.

Villanova is in a spot to get a #1 one national seed when Selection Sunday rolls around. This is a very big tournament for Villanova. They have been knocked out of the NCAA’s early the last couple of years and will need production from its front-court if they are going to advance to the Final Four.

Providence, led by All-American PG Kris Dunn have a chance to make some noise. Guard play is huge during tournament time and the Friars have the best one in america. Xavier, led by Head Coach Chris Mack is a tough, veteran team and have had recent success in March. It looks like the Big East isn’t going anywhere in the future and will continue to be a very good basketball conference.

HOW DO YOU THINK THE BIG EAST WILL FARE DURING THE NCAA TOURNAMENT?

 

WILL KENTUCKY BE AN EARLY NCAA EXIT?

Kentucky has struggled this season. One of the main reasons is the inconsistent play of Freshmen Skal Labissierre. Rated among the top 5 prospects entering college basketball this season, the freshmen has struggled so much that Head Coach John Calipari has admittedly said he hasn’t utilized Labissiere correctly. If Kentucky is going to make it through the first weekend of the NCAA Kentucky_Wildcats_logo_2015Tournament and make the Sweet 16, the highly-touted freshmen must make his presence known on the court and at least provide interior defense. Superb PG Tyler Ulis and freshmen guards Jamal Murray and Isaiah Briscoe are a very talented trio and never count out Head Coach John Calipari in March. However, the front-court and especially Labssierre need to produce.

RECRUITING NEWS

If there are any major recruiting news that takes place during the week, you will find it on this page.

RAWLE ALKINS TOOK A RECRUITING VISIT TO SAINT JOHN’S THIS PAST WEEKEND

Alkins is one of the top unsigned prospects left in the 2016 class. The New York born star is a must get for Saint John’s and new Head Coach Chris Mullin. The number 9th ranked prospect in the class of 2016 according to rivals.com would provide instant star credibility to a program that desperately needs it. Click on the following link for a profile on RAWLE ALKINS. https://inthegymrange.com/high-school-player-profile-rawle-alkins-monday-11816

DeANDRE AYTON also visited Saint John’s this past weekend. The Arizona native and number 4 ranked prospect in the 2017 class according to rivals.com accompanied Alkins on the trip to Saint John’s. Ayton is a 6’11” Center with a tremendous upside and would be another huge recruiting get for head coach Chris Mullin as he tries to rebuild the Johnnies.

UDOKA AZUBUIKE COMMITS TO KANSAS

The number 27th ranked prospect in the class of 2016 according to rivals.com committed to the Kansas Jayhawks. With Perry Ellis leaving after this season, the PF has a chance to step right into the rotation next year for head coach Bill Self and the Jayhawks.

JOSH JACKSON VISITED KANSAS THIS PAST WEEKEND

The number 1 ranked player in the class of 2016 according to rivals.com took in the Kansas/Kentucky game this past Saturday. The 6’7″ guard out of California would probably give Kansas the number 1 recruiting class in the country if he were to sign with the Jayhawks. Other teams in the running for Jackson’s services include Arizona, N.C. State, Louisville,and Maryland. However, never count out Kentucky when it comes to recruiting elite level players. Maybe Jackson is keeping an eye on the Wildcats as well.

 


QUESTIONS FOR THE READER

1. WHO IS YOUR PICK FOR THE NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR?

2. HOW DO YOU THINK THE BIG EAST WILL FARE DURING THE NCAA TOURNAMENT?

3. HOW DO YOU THINK KENTUCKY WILL FARE IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT?

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