Breaking Down the Best College Basketball Player at Every Position

Trevor Lowry@@TheTrevorLowryContributor ISeptember 5, 2012

Breaking Down the Best College Basketball Player at Every Position

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    The 2012-13 college basketball season will be filled with talent at every position. So, before the season even gets underway, let's take a look at the best college basketball player at every position.

    There will be plenty of great players this season, so there are certainly many individuals who can make a case for being the best player at their respective spot on the floor.

    Read on to see the best of the best for this season. 

Center: Cody Zeller, Indiana

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    Since these kinds of lists always start off with the point guard position, we will go in the opposite direction for once.

    Cody Zeller is easily the best center in college basketball. Sure, Nerlens Noel should make for a fine player, but he hasn't even stepped foot on a college basketball court yet.

    Until Noel shows the world what he has, Zeller is the best big man in college basketball.

    Zeller averaged 15.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game last season as a freshman. Those numbers are only going to go up.

    Indiana is definitely solid as a team, but Zeller is the main reason why the Hoosiers are an elite team once again. 

Power Forward: Doug McDermott, Creighton

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    Doug McDermott was one of the top scorers in the country last season, with 22.9 points per game. Expect him to lead college basketball in scoring in 2012, especially with the departure of last season's top-two scorers. 

    McDermott may not do it in the prettiest fashion, but he simply knows how to put the ball into the hoop. 

    He also rebounds the ball pretty well, averaging 8.2 boards per game last season. 

Small Forward: Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State

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    With Jared Sullinger no longer on the Ohio State Buckeyes, Deshaun Thomas has the chance to lead the Big Ten in scoring.

    That's how good he is.

    Thomas averaged 15.9 points per game last season, but that number really increased in the NCAA tournament. He averaged 19.2 points per game in the Big Dance. Expect that kind of production out of Thomas throughout this season. 

Shooting Guard: Kenny Boynton, Florida

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    Kenny Boynton may be overlooked for the fact that he is such a streaky shooter, but he still managed to shoot 44 percent from the field last season. 

    Not to mention he led a Florida Gators team that consisted of players like Erving Walker, Bradley Beal and Patric Young in scoring. 

    Boynton is a great three-point shooter, he can make shots from anywhere on the floor and his ball-handling skills are pretty impressive. 

Point Guard: Trey Burke, Michigan

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    Trey Burke had one heck of a freshman season with the Michigan Wolverines, averaging 14.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.

    Burke may have the honor of playing alongside Tim Hardaway Jr., but he certainly holds his own. The point guard is considered by many to be the best player on the Wolverines. 

    Keep in mind that this is a Michigan team that could very easily make the Final Four this season. 


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