October 12, 2012
By Kassan Bahhur
America knows who the top college programs are and who the top players from these conferences are. They can be watched on national television throughout the regular season and are on the cover of many sports publications. How about the little guys? The Non-BCS teams and players? The NBA has many non-BCS conference player as major contributors to their NBA teams (ex. Stephen Curry and JaVale McGee). During the NCAA season these player can be found on cable channels that are way down the program guide. Most cable television owners never get to the channels that these players are televised on. Yet, when the big dance starts these players tend to make the most noise and get the most publicity for their performance. How can we forget Wally Szczerbiak’s performance in the 1999 when he lead Miami of Ohio to the Sweet Sixteen and was on the cover of many national magazines and headlined the news on many sports television networks? How about VCU and Gonzaga always knocking off the big boys during the tournament? During the NCAA March Madness the media loves these players because they have nothing to lose and a lot to gain, they can benefit from the exposure to help improve their NBA draft position. We will profile the top ten non-BCS players for the 2012-2013 NCAA season.
1. 1. Tony Mitchell – Northern Texas, 6-8 235lbs, Power Forward
Going into this NCAA season Tony Mitchell will be a top 10 NBA Prospect. Mitchell is fast and athletic with good hands and a variety of offensive moves, who averaged 14.7ppg last year. Mitchell is short for an NBA power forward but he makes up for his lack of height with a 7-3 wingspan and he proves to be faster and more athletic than most power forwards. He does most of his scoring in a variety of ways with put backs, running the floor, quick moves to the hoop; however he lacks any go-to-moves. Mitchell will excel on the defensive end where he averaged 3 blocks a game and 10.3 rebounds.
2. 2. CJ McCollum – Lehigh, 6-3 190lbs, Shooting Guard
McCollum is a combo guard who can effectively play at either position on the perimeter. He is long and athletic with good speed, ball handling, and effective jump shot with unlimited range. McCollum shot 42% from the 3-point line and 45% overall. At 190lbs he has good size to absorb hits going to the hoop. McCollum is a good defensive player as he collects almost 6.6rpg in his 3 years at Lehigh. McCollum averages 2 steals a game and does not foul much. What McCollum has to show is his ability to keep playing big against the top programs and improve his court vision when he is playing point guard.
3. 3. Anthony Bennett – UNLV, 6-7 230lbs, Power Forward
Bennett is coming into UNLV as a freshman. Anthony Bennett already has a well developed frame to take the pounding in the paint. In high school he was a man amongst boys with a chiseled body, big shoulders, and athletic ability. When Anthony is ready to leave for the NBA he will potentially be a lottery pick if he demonstrates that his talent can translate.Bennett can run, jump, shoot, and is an aggressive finisher. He has inside moves, ball handling ability, and a nice touch on his jump shot. With his size, strength, and athletic ability he can be used at Power Forward in the NBA.
4. 4. Isaiah Canaan – Murray State, 6-1 195lbs, Point Guard
While in high school Canaan over came the damage of Hurricane Katrina to excel at the game of basketball. If scoring is what you’re looking for then scoring is what you will get from Canaan at 19ppg. Canaan pushes the ball at high speed whenever it is in his hands and finishes with an array of jump shots from any range. Canaan is fast, athletic, good leaper, great ball handler and fearless on the court. Canaan is an intense defender as he comes up with almost 2 steals a game and blocks shots when helping from the weak side at 6-1. Canaan is a unique player; at 6-1 he is a shooting guard in a point guards body, with power forward strength. At the next level he will be a point guard because 6-1 is to small for shooting guards so he needs to show the ability to run an offense and dish more than 3 assists a game.
5. 5. Mike Moser – UNLV, 6-8 210lbs, Power Forward
Moser left UCLA and joined UNLV to get the playing time that he thought he deserved. He got it in 2011-2012 and he delivered. Moser averaged 14ppg and 10.5rebs. Mike is an undersized Power Forward at 6-8 and a lean 210lbs. Moser does not attack his opponents with his back to the basket, as he is a face up power forward. He benefits from his length, quickness, and explosiveness. Moser’s points come from his hustle and activity on the court. At the next level scouts would like to see him put on some weight, work on jump shot, also become more dominate on the defensive end with more block shots for someone as athletic and long as Moser.
6. 6. Doug McDermott – Creighton, 6-8 220lbs, Small Forward
He's not very athletic, not very fast, does not have great ball handling ability, but has a chance to be a good NBA Player. How does that work? He is 6-8 220lbs and can shoot the lights out and score in many different ways by shooting 60% from the field and 80% from the free-throw line. He averaged 22ppg and grabbed 10rebs a game. He shot over small players and out muscled some for rebounds and points. Have we ever seen a player from a small school and ability to score with limited athletic ability? (See Wally Szcerbiak).
7. 7. Ray McCallum – Detroit, 6-2 188lbs, Point Guard
McCallum could have played for many big programs; however he decided to stay home and play for his father at Detroit. Big school or small school McCallum is still athletic, fast, explosive, and attacks the rim with no fear. McCallum is a great jump shooter. He has all the tools to be a good scoring point guard, but to play the PG in the NBA he must improve his play making ability and running the offense. Not all plays are in transition he has to learn to play his game in the half court sets.
8. 8. Jamaal Franklin – San Diego State, 6-5 195lbs, Shooting Guard
Franklin is an athletic freak, the man can run all day and jump out of the gym. A lot of his points are in transition. He has the size and strength to play shooting guard in the NBA. To succeed at the next level, Franklin needs to improve his ball handling and add a jump shot to his skill set. If Franklin can develop a jump shot he could easily be a lottery pick.
9. 9. Zeke Marshall – Akron, 7-0 235lbs, Center
Marshall is big, long and athletic. He dominates defensively and can get up and down the court. At 7feet tall his height defiantly plays to his advantage. With this said, he needs to develop strength and offensive skills to prevent himself from becoming the next Ryan Hollins.
1010. Ed Daniel – Murray State, 6-7 215lbs, Power Forward
Ed Daniels made the last spot on this list because of his potential. He is a very athletic player that does all of the dirty work. His numbers are not impressive at 7ppg, 5rebs, and 1.5 blocks per-game; however he accomplished these numbers in limited playing time. At 6-7 215lbs he will not play power forward in the NBA unless he gets bigger. Ed needs to build muscle and develop some go to moves around the hoop. With increased strength and size he could be the next Ben Wallace.