Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

The 20 best players at the Final Four

Published on March 30, 2012 by Scott Shirley   ·   1 Comment

1.Anthony Davis (Kentucky) - Davis will be the Player, Freshman, and Defensive Player of the Year. He is clearly the best player in the nation. Just look what he is doing in the NCAA tournament. Davis is averaging 14.5 points, 11 rebounds, 4.5 blocks, and 2.7 assists. His skill for his size separates him from only players.

2.Jared Sullinger (Ohio State) – Sullinger is a dominant low post scorer, who also controls the glass. Sullinger was pretty good the first weekend but last weekend he was unstoppable. In the tournament he is averaging 18 points and 8.3 rebounds. In the tournament is shooting 81 % (27-33) from the free throw line. That’s pretty impressive for a post player.

3.Thomas Robinson (Kansas) – Robinson is the most dominant low post scorer in the country. He is also probably the strongest too. In the NCAA tournament he is averaging 15.6 points and 12.5 rebounds. Robinson even hit a three last game against North Carolina.

4.Michael Kidd Gilchrist (Kentucky) - Gilchrist is still the best freshman in the country behind Davis. No one can stop him from driving to the basket he just has too much strength. After struggling the 1st weekend Gilchrist was unstoppable the 2nd weekend. For the tournament he is averaging 13.5 points and 7.3 rebounds. In his last two game he is averaging 21.5 points.

5.Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State)- Thomas is on fire right now; he is the leading scorer of the NCAA tournament. In 4 games he is averaging 21.7 points per game. He can score in multiple ways he is so hard to defend. Thomas is also averaging 8.5 rebounds in the NCAA tournament.

6.Terrence Jones (Kentucky)- Jones the best basketball of his Kentucky career right now. In the past he had problems with consistency but not right now. So far in 4 tournament games Jones is averaging 13.5 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2.8 assists.

7.Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas) -Taylor is one of the best points guards in the nation though he struggled in his first 3 tournament games only averaging 8.6 points per game. Last game against UNC he broke out and scored 22 points. In 4 tournament games he is averaging 5 rebounds per game not bad for a guard.

8.Aaron Craft (Ohio State)- Craft is the best on the ball defender in the country. He is probably the best all-around point guard in college basketball. So far in the tournament he is averaging 10.3 points, 5.8 assists, 3.3 steals and 4 steals. Not bad.

9.Doron Lamb (Kentucky)- Lamb is the best shooter left in the tournament. Lamb has turned his game up another notch in the NCAA tournament. He is averaging 16.8 points per game compared to 13.2 points in the regular season. He is shooting 60 % from three in 4 tournament games.

10.Chane Behanan (Louisville)- Without the play of the Behanan Louisville would not be in the final four. The freshman stepped up his game big time. Despite being an oversized forward Behanan gets it done. In the tournament Behanan is averring 14 points and 7.8 rebounds. He only averaged 9 points in the regular season.

11.Peyton Siva (Louisville) – Siva is playing the best basketball of his career right now. He is playing like a true point guard. In the tournament Siva is averaging 9 points and 7 assists. He is the leader in assists in the tournament. His only problem is he has fouled out of 2 games.

12.Marquis Teague (Kentucky) - Teague struggled early in the season but now he has grown up and he isn’t playing like a freshman anymore. In the tournament he is averaging 14.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3 rebounds. If Teague is playing his best the Wildcats might be unbeatable.

13.Gorgui Dieng (Louisville) – Dieng is one of the most improved players in the nation. So far in the tournament Dieng is averaging 7 points, 8 rebounds and 3.3 blocks. He is the force in the middle for Louisville. Dieng is only going to get better and better.

14.William Buford (Ohio State)- Buford is one of the best shooting guards in the country but right now he is struggling shooting the ball. In the tournament he is shooting 30 % (13-44) from the floor. However, Buford is capable and no afraid to take a big shot. He is bringing down 5.5 rebounds.

15.Jeff Withey (Kansas)- Withey was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and so far he has lived up to the hype in the NCAA tournament. He is averaging 5 blocks and 6 rebounds. Withey is also averaging 8.4 points per game.

16.Darius Miller (Kentucky)- If Miller played anywhere else in the country he would be starting. The senior Miller, doesn’t complain and brings it every game. So far in the tournament Miller is averaging 13 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists. He is also shooting 13 out of 14 from the free throw line. Not bad for a bench player.

17.Kyle Kuric (Louisville) – One of the best shooters out there but in he has struggled in the NCAA tournament. He is shooting 24 % (5-21) from three. He is still averaging 9.5 points per game in the tournament. If he gets on track watch out.

18.Russ Smith (Louisville)- Smith has been by far the best player off the bench in the NCAA tournament. Despite playing minutes he really produces. So far in the tournament he is averaging 13.3 points and 3 rebounds. Smith is also making about 2 three’s per game.

19.Elijah Johnson (Kansas)- Johnson has stepped us game big time for the Jayhawks. In the tournament he is averaging 13.5 points per game compared to only 9.6 in the regular season. He is making about 2 threes per game in the tourney.

20.Lenzelle Smith Jr. (Ohio State)- Smith has stepped his game up big time for the Buckeyes. During the regular season he only averaged about 6 points per game in the tournament he is averaging 11.3 points. He is averaging 17.5 points in his last two games. He is also averaging 5.5 rebounds and making 2 threes per game.

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