College Basketball: Top 10 Players We Wish Were Getting Ready for Their Sr Year
If you are a college basketball fanatic, you may occasionally dream about what your favorite sport would be like if every player stayed for their full four years of eligibility.
There was a time when this was the norm instead of the exception.
There was also a time (not too long ago) when players were selected for the National Player of the Year Award and still came back to play another season on campus instead of entering the NBA Draft.
J.J. Redick did it in 2005.
Here is a quick look at the Top 10 players who could still be in college and would be getting ready for their senior year.
John Jenkins (Vanderbilt)
If John Jenkins would have hung around for one more year, he would have softened the impact of the Commodores' massive senior departures after last season.
Vandy lost their No's 2-6 scorers through graduation.
Jenkins won back-to-back SEC scoring titles, averaging 19.5 his sophomore season and 19.9 his junior season.
John Henson (North Carolina)
John Henson will be missed as much on this year's Tar Heels' team for his defensive dominance as his offensive output.
Henson was only the second player to be selected twice for the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award (Duke's Shelden Williams is the other).
Last year, he was the league's shot blocking leader, averaging 3.1 bpg, as well as being the No. 2 rebounder (10.1 rpg).
The lean 6'11" forward also scored 13.7 ppg as a junior.
Thomas Robinson (Kansas)
Thomas Robinson had a coming out party during his junior season at KU.
After playing behind the Morris twins as a freshman and sophomore, Robinson blew up last year, being named the Big 12 Player of the Year and being selected as a consensus All-American too.
The 6'10 D.C. native dropped in 17.7 ppg and grabbed 11.9 rpg as he led the Jayhawks to the 2012 NCAA title game against Kentucky.
Xavier Henry (Kansas)
Bill Self wouldn't have to do as much retooling this year in Lawrence if Xavier Henry stuck around longer than a single season.
Henry put up 27 points in his first game at KU, breaking the school record for most points scored by a Jayhawk in a debut game as a freshman.
He was selected for the 2010 Sporting News All-Freshman team and the 2010 All Big 12 Rookie team
Henry was the second leading scorer on the team (13.4 ppg) and was an excellent 3-point shooter (41.8 percent).
The 6'6" wing was KU's first one and done player in school history.
Avery Bradley (Texas)
Avery Bradley was the top ranked player on the 2009 ESPN 100.
He had a super freshman year, averaging 11.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 2.1 apg.
Instead of Rick Barnes relying almost exclusively on underclassmen this upcoming season, Bradley would most likely be in the running for conference POY and even possibly national POY.
Kawhi Leonard (San Diego State)
Kawhi Leonard was a key component to San Diego State's hoops re-emergence.
Leonard was selected as a consensus NCAA All-American second team member in 2011, and was named twice to the All-Mountain West Team
He put up excellent numbers (12.7 ppg; 9.9 rpg) as a freshman and even better as a sophomore (15.5 ppg and 10.4 rpg).
Derrick Favors (Georgia Tech)
Derrick Favors may be a lesser known college basketball star, but his single season for Georgia Tech was super.
The 6'10" forward averaged 12.4 ppg, 8.4 rpg and 2.1 bpg.
Favors was named the ACC Rookie of the Year and to the ACC All-Freshman Team.
Derrick Williams (Arizona)
Derrick Williams is a great example of a relatively low-profile high school player (ranked No. 72 in the Class of 2009) working himself into being a high lottery pick just two years later.
Williams carried Arizona for the two years he played for then new head coach Sean Miller.
The 6'8" forward averaged 15.7 ppg and 7.1 rpg as a freshman.
But he absolutely exploded his sophomore season, averaging 19.5 ppg and 8.3 rpg, willing the Wildcats to the Elite Eight.
He was voted All-Pac 10 First Team in both of his seasons in Tucson, and was selected as the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2011.
DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky)
DeMarcus Cousins was in John Calipari's first recruiting class at Kentucky, which set in motion one of the most mind-boggling runs of collegiate hoops talent collection in recent years.
Cousins one year at Kentucky was a big one.
The 6'11 forward scored 15.1 points and grabbed 9.8 rebounds per game.
Cousins was (and still is in the NBA) a beast on the offensive glass, snatching 154 caroms.
It's hard to even imagine if Cousins was still playing college hoops. Talk about being a man among boys.
John Wall (Kentucky)
To think that John Wall could still be running the point in Lexington is almost inconceivable.
It seems like he has been in the NBA for at least 6-7 years.
Wall's single season at UK was singular.
He won just about every award given to college hoops players. As a freshmen, he was the SEC Player of the Year and the SEC Tournament MVP.
Wall was not only a consensus First Team All-American, but he was also selected as the Adolph Rupp National Player of the Year.
Though he didn't finish things off by helping the Cats to win it all, Wall definitely had a hand in re-establishing the Wildcats to a place of collegiate hoops prominence.
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