The best players in college basketball have transformed the game from one of traditions to one of blinding flashes. Top storylines were previously built by players who spent three or four years in college, brewing hatred with opposing fanbases either out of bitterness or a begrudging respect. These days, the NBA’s one-and-done rule has changed that dynamic, with each year’s new crop of dynamos dominating headlines alongside more seasoned stars.
The NCAA is better for that change. With the possibility to jump straight to the league eliminated, players who previously never would have stepped foot on a campus are throwing down thunderous dunks and leading teams on deep tournament runs. The careers of these shooting stars may not last as long, but it’s a blessing to have them in the game at all. It benefits fans of all types to have a contrast of players who peak in their college days with rawer players that are just waiting to blossom.
After dealing with an insanely hyped incoming class last season, NCAA fans are getting another talented group this year, minus a few bells and whistles. There are plenty of returning studs that went deep into last year’s tournament as well, setting the stage for what could be one of the most fun seasons in recent memory.
Not all talent is created equal, of course, so you’re going to have to pick and choose what you watch until you can overload in March. We have a list of the guys you need to keep an eye on, and you’ll thank us later for making sure you were prepared. These are The 7 College Basketball Players You Can’t Miss This Year.
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