Counting down to the start of the 2016-17 college basketball season on Nov. 11, ASN’s Mark Adams previews the players, teams and conferences to watch. Today: Nos. 60-51 in the top 100 players from ASN’s family of schools.
While this Caruso, a senior, is not an operatic tenor he makes sweet music from the arc (45%), averaging 15 points and 6.2 rebounds last season.
The junior is a 5-7 speedster and one of my favorite players in the country because at 5-11 I could post him up (OK, not really). He can really dish with nearly a 3-to-1 assists-to-turnover ratio.
The senior, the Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year, is back to stop all scorers.
The junior is a below-the-radar guy that I like a lot as a good cornerstone to build around for new head coach Scott Nagy.
The sophomore, a 6-0 guard, was a standout in his debut season (15.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.5 apg). He was named to the American Athletic Conference All-Rookie Team.
Another member of the American All-Rookie Team, the sophomore is one of the best young talents in the AAC (10.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.0 apg). ECU could be a surprise.
The senior put up solid numbers last season (16.6 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 55.2% FG). After a productive summer playing with Athletes in Action overseas, watch out.
The senior can really put up the points (22.2 ppg). Expect more of the same from the nation’s leading returning scorer.
The sophomore, another Sun Belt youngster, had a monster freshman season (15.5 ppg). If he takes the next step the Jaguars should contend in the Sun Belt.
The junior ( 13.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 57.3 FG%) makes UAB special. He is efficient and reliable and UAB should be an NCAA tourney team.