It is a little bit early into their college careers still but here is an early look at how my rankings are doing in college.
Biggest Miss: Chris Bond being ranked 19th. He averaged 7.3 points per game and more impressively 4.3 rebounds in 21 minutes per game for Ball State.
Deshaun Thomas was the number 1 player but a wide margin. I was worried that he was a tweener. He never shot it very consistently from the outside in high school. He dominated the inside, but at only 6’7” I thought most of those opportunities would disappear at Ohio State. He only shot 33% from 3 this year but did average 7.5 points per game for one of the top teams in the nation as a freshman.
Terone Johnson had an unreal senior year for North Central. He led them to the state title and completely dominated the offensive end. My worries about him at Purdue were that he wasn’t tall or explosive enough to play the shooting guard spot and didn’t have the handles to play the point guard position. Johnson struggled shooting the ball especially early in the year and ended as a 29% shooter from 3. I expect a big sophomore year though.
Chrishawn Hopkins might have been a surprise at the 3rd spot. Hopkins was a player that basically burst on the scene during the spring AAU going into his senior year. My AAU team was on the receiving end of the unknown’s scoring barrage during the state tournament where he scored 42 and 38 points on us. Hopkins struggled to find playing time on the national runner-up Butler. He played extremely well in the tournament though. He was most out of place on the defensive end and needs more muscle to become a big-time player.