College Basketball's Top 10 'Robins' in 2012-'13

Doug BrodessCorrespondent IMay 18, 2012

College Basketball's Top 10 'Robins' in 2012-'13

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    Great teams have more than one outstanding player that they can count on to get things done.

    Along with having a player that most people identify as their "go-to guy," most teams that make any kind of noise have someone else right there also contributing at a very high level.

    Being "Robin" to a star player's "Batman" is no slap in the face.

    Scottie Pippin made a pretty good living in the Association in that role, don't you think?

    Here is a lightning-fast look at the Top Ten "Robins" in 2012-'13 college basketball.

Gary Bell, Jr. (Gonzaga)

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    Gary Bell, Jr. had a great freshman season, averaging 10.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 2.0 apg.

    He was the Zags' best three-point shooter (47.7 percent), and he was a perfect complement to Kevin Pangos in Mark Few's all-frosh back court.

    Look for Gonzaga to be one of the best teams again in the West.

Brady Heslip (Baylor)

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    Brady Heslip is the perfect backcourt balance to Pierre Jackson.

    While Jackson operates best with the ball in his hand—driving, dishing or creating—Heslip finds the open gaps on the perimeter, ready for the kickout.

    The 6'2" rising junior excels at spotting up and knocking down threes, hitting 45.5 percent of his shots from beyond the arc in 2011-'12.

Patric Young (Florida)

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    Most "Robins" aren't built like and play like Dwight Howard, but Patric Young fits the bill for Florida.

    Last year, Young averaged 10.2 ppg on a team that had four other double-digit scorers.

    Young was (surprisingly) the Gators' No. 2 rebounder (to Brad Beal) by averaging 6.4 rpg.

    Even in looking towards the 2012-13 season, the 6'9", 250-lb post player will be the inside complement to Billy Donovan's perimeter-based attack.

Reggie Bullock (North Carolina)

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    Reggie Bullock finally got healthy and began to show last year some how good he really is.

    On a team of future NBA lottery picks, Bullock still scored 8.8 ppg and pulled down 5.1 rpg.

    With all of the front-line talent on last year's UNC squad, the 6'7" wing was the Tar Heels' best shooter from beyond the arc in 2011-'12 (38.2 percent).

    This year, Bullock and James Michael McAdoo will annoy their opponents with their outside/inside game.

C.J. Fair (Syracuse)

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    The Orange had so many weapons last year, and yet C.J. Fair distinguished himself as a essential contributor on Syracuse's Elite Eight roster that went 34-3.

    Fair averaged 8.5 points and 5.4 rebounds in 2011-'12.

    Look for the 6'8" SF from Baltimore to blend perfectly with the talents of Brandon Triche, Rakeem Christmas, Michael Carter-Williams and a host of others on Jim Boeheim's '12-'13 squad.

Seth Curry (Duke)

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    Even though Seth Curry was Batman to start off his collegiate career at Liberty University (leading the Flames in scoring as a freshman with 20.2 ppg), he has transitioned to being Robin at Duke.

    Curry was the Blue Devils' No. 2 scorer behind Austin Rivers in 11-12, averaging 13.2 ppg.

    Even with Rivers' departure to the NBA, Curry will not automatically return to the Batman role.

    In fact, the 6'2" rising senior may be shifting to more of a play-making role for '12-13 in order to facilitate the host of offensive weapons in Coach K's arsenal.

Aaron Craft (Ohio State)

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    Aaron Craft has built a reputation around the college basketball world as the best on-ball defender in the collegiate game.

    He is also an exceptional PG, working tirelessly to set up the rest of the Buckeyes on the offensive end.

    Even with the departures of Jared Sullinger and William Buford, Craft will still be in his element making sure that Deshaun Thomas can do the most damage.

Chase Tapley (San Diego State)

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    Because he plays for San Diego State, Chase Tapley may not be as well known as many of the other players on this list, but make no mistake about it: He's got game.

    Tapley was the Aztecs' No.2 scorer (15.8 ppg) and assist man (2.3 apg) on a team that went 26-8 last season.

    Both Jamaal Franklin (SDSU's leading scorer at 17.4 ppg) and Xavier Thames (SDSU's assists leader with 4.1 apg) also return for Steve Fisher's squad.

    Look for the Aztecs to be one of the best teams in the West.

Tim Hardaway, Jr. (Michigan)

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    Tim Hardaway, Jr. went from being Darius Morris' Robin as a freshman to Trey Burke's counterpart as a sophomore.

    But the 6'6" wing's play continues to be one of the main reasons why Wolverine basketball is back into the national discussion again.

    Hardaway has been Michigan's No. 2 scorer in his first two years on campus, averaging 13.9 ppg as a freshman and 14.6 ppg as a sophomore.

    Even with an excellent recruiting class arriving soon, watch for him to continue his vital role on the '12-'13 team.

Christian Watford (Indiana)

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    Christian Watford unassumingly moved from being Batman to Robin for Indiana upon the arrival of Cody Zeller.

    Watford went from leading the Hoosiers in scoring (16 ppg) as a sophomore to being their No. 2 scorer (12.6 ppg) as a junior.

    The 6'9" forward was also the team's No. 2 rebounder (also behind Zeller), averaging 5.8 rpg.

    My guess is that he and the rest of IU took the shift in team dynamics all in stride because they improved from 12-20 ('10-'11 season) to 27-9 ('11-'12 season).