College Basketball's Most Talented Siblings

Ryan SatskyContributor IIIAugust 30, 2012

College Basketball's Most Talented Siblings

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    The college basketball world has witnessed its fair share of talent siblings in recent years, whether it be the Lopez and Morris twins, the Griffins, the Hansboroughs or the Zellers.

    While some of the nation's top brotherly duos are not as high-profile as certain previous ones, the familial talent level this season may take some people by surprise.

    Some of these siblings attend the same school, while others do not. This list also features another set of twins.

    As the 2012-13 college basketball season nears, here is a look at the nation's most talented siblings.

5. Travis and David Wear

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    Travis and David Wear are the only set of twins on the list, and there is only one other set where both siblings play for the same school.

    The Wear twins have endured a long journey to finally reach their junior season at UCLA. Following spectacular high school careers at Mater Dei, they become McDonald's All-Americans in 2009.

    After completing one subpar season for the North Carolina Tar Heels in 2010, the twins transferred to UCLA.

    Last season as sophomores, David averaged 10.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while Travis totaled 11.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

    Both forwards measure at 6'10'', and still possess untapped potential. During UCLA's summer trip to China without highly-touted recruit Shabazz Muhammad, Travis and David showcased what they are capable of producing this season.

    David finished as the leading scorer against Tsinghua University with 22 points, while Travis closed out the trip with a team-high 26 against the Shanghai Sharks.

    The Wear twins have traveled a long way before reaching this point, but UCLA may be the place where the Wears evolve into top-tier players.

4. Trevor and Travis Releford

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    Travis and Trevor Releford were born only one year apart, but opted to attend different universities to play basketball.

    Travis, a junior, was a starter on the national runner-up Kansas team that, of course, lost to Kentucky in the National Championship game last season.

    Trevor was a starter as a sophomore on last season's Alabama squad that garnered a nine seed in the NCAA Tournament.

    In 2011-12, Travis averaged 8.5 points and 4.2 rebounds per contest, while Trevor tallied 12 points and 2.7 assists per game.

    Trevor is significantly smaller than his brother at 6'0'' and will anchor a talented Alabama backcourt along with explosive guards Trevor Lacey and Andrew Steele. 

    Travis, a 6'6'' wing, will likely see more action at small forward rather than shooting guard with 2012 redshirt phenom Ben McLemore now on the roster.

    Both Relefords should be starters for potential NCAA Tournament teams next season and will continue their familial success in 2011-12.

3. Jerian and Jerami Grant

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    Jerian Grant is a 6'5'', prolific combo guard who starts for Notre Dame.

    His younger brother, Jerami Grant, will begin his freshman season fighting to slot himself into Syracuse's starting five.

    But, the Grant family tree of basketball success doesn't end there.

    Older brother Jerai played from 2007-11 at Clemson and averaged 12.4 points per game during his senior season. Younger brother Jaelin will follow his brothers and play for Dematha Catholic High School as part of the 2015 class.

    All four are nephews of four-time NBA champion Horace Grant and sons of former first-round NBA draft pick Harvey Grant.

    Jerian bolsters a solid Notre Dame backcourt and will help the Irish contend for a Big East conference title this season. As a sophomore in 2011-12, he tallied 12.3 points and 5 assists per game.

    Jerami, a 6'7'' stretch-four forward, will fill a need for Syracuse with his versatility. He pairs with burly center Dajuan Coleman to create a formidable 2012 Orange recruiting class. ESPN placed him 37th in their 2012 rankings.

    While the Grant brothers will only be competing in the same conference for one season with Syracuse leaving for the ACC, both Jerami and Jerian have the talent to work their way to the NBA and follow in the footsteps of their father.

2. Erik and Alex Murphy

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    Over the past three seasons at Florida, Erik Murphy has played his way into becoming a household name for college basketball fans.

    His brother, Alex, you may not have heard of. That's because he redshirted last season.

    Alex Murphy, along with a currently unrevealed member of this list, sat out Duke's 2011-12 season to prepare themselves for the next four years.

    Alex, a 6'8'' small forward, was ranked as the 41st best player in the class of 2011 by ESPN. He should be able to prosper under the tutelage of a similar Duke player, Ryan Kelly.

    Erik finished his junior season last spring averaging 10.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest. He stands at 6'10'', but is so versatile that he can stretch the floor beyond the arc.

    The Murphy brothers both have the potential to have breakout seasons in 2012-13 and are talented enough to turn that potential into reality.

1. Mason and Marshall Plumlee

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    Of course, older brother Miles is missing from the Plumlee trio, but two Plumlee brothers are still playing for Coach K at Duke this season.

    With Miles graduated, Mason and Marshall solidify an impressive Duke frontcourt. Marshall will be a redshirt freshman, while Mason is entering his senior campaign.

    Mason, who stands at 6'10'', has been a rebounding force in the ACC over the past three years. He averaged 9.2 boards per contest last season, including a career high 17 against St. Johns. 

    Marshall measures a tad taller at 6'11, and is extremely mobile for his size. He'll be one of the top big men at running the floor this season.

    Both Plumlee brothers desperately need to work on their free throw shooting, but are very talented in all other areas of their game.

    Their undoubted athleticism and finesse and the low post will result in some serious production this season.

    By conference play, the Plumlee duo may be as feared as the Morris twins were just three seasons ago.