Here are the players that have started the season strong and could end up being college basketball All-Americans at the end of the season. We know who the usual suspects are in Timme, Ivey, Gillespie, Banchero etc. Who are the “dark horse” guys for the first team?
That is where I come in. Start paying attention to these players that have started the season on fire.
How about the nation’s leading scoring on a team that is undefeated thus far in the season? After turning in a stellar freshman campaign coming off of the bench, Murray has been a force of nature for the Hawkeyes.
The 6’8 swing man is averaging a division one leading 24.6 points per game while shooting over 61% from the field and 34% from behind the arc. He kicks in nine rips, a steal and 2.3 blocks just so you don’t call him one dimensional.
I know what you are thinking, “ew, a third year guy.” It’s true, Oscar is basically a dinosaur in terms of college basketball where shiny new things often rule previews and awards but you simply cannot ignore what Tschiebwe is doing in Lexington.
He currently leads the nation in rebounds, which is good for an All-American contender. There really isn’t anyone close to his rebound numbers. The Big O currently boasts a 2.3 rebounds per game cushion over last season’s leading rebounder Fardaws Aimaq of Utah Valley who is slacking at just 13 rips per contest.
Justin Bean-Utah State
Has there ever been an All-American selection from Utah State? I would highly doubt it but I did not bother searching for it. Regardless, if Bean continues along the path he is currently on and Ryan Odom continues to stack up wins, it could happen.
The 6’7 senior is currently averaging a double-double of 22.7 points and 12.9 rebounds per game for the 6-1 Aggies. Bean’s slashes are also ridiculous at 70%/ 58.8%/ 88.2%. For the uninitiated, thats two point field goal percentage, three point percentage and free throw percentage.
If you are a college basketball guy you know the name and probably know the production. Agbaji is a very good player but do you know how well this guy has started the season? Ochai is currently a top ten scorer in the nation at 22.5 points per game and he is doing it with tremendous efficiency.
Typically playing on the wing, Agbaji is shooting 55% overall from the field and 42% from behind the arc on six attempts per game. He is simply the best player on one of the best teams in the nation.
I am quite ashamed to say that I did not know that TJD was Dale Davis’ son until prior to this season. If you don’t know who Dale Davis is you obviously did not grow up watching the NBA in the 90’s. Dale was a hard hat and lunch pale type player.
They don’t exist any longer. Trayce has his father’s ferociousness at the rim with a bit more finesse. After averaging 19 and 9 last season he has upped the ante to 22 and 9 so far this season while shooting 14 percentage points better from the field.
He wants to drop the hammer whenever he is inside the arc and is a joy to watch. If you have yet to tune in, do yourself a favor. He is very likely to be on the All-American list.