They may or may not play huge minutes on an every game basis, and may not receive all the headlines, but every time they step on the court, they undoubtedly give it their all.
Whether these players are hitting the floor, diving for balls or taking punishing charges, they make the best of their time on the court.
When the words “grit” and “grind” are put next to your name, you automatically jump a full step in my book (shout-out to Mike Gansey).
It is as simple as that. The heart, dedication and determination these student-athletes display on an everyday basis is admirable. And while all teams in the country have go-to players, their bread is buttered by the likes of the scrappy guys who dive on the floor and get in the face of the opposing teams top player. The scrapers don’t back down. They bring their lunch pail each time they hit the floor.
These players make college basketball what it is today: a national phenomena. Thinking back in time, the basketball world has seen scrapers of all shapes and sizes, with names like Allen Iverson, Joakim Noah, Tyler Hansbrough and Ron Artest coming to mind in recent times. Now college basketball has a whole new crop of kick-ass, get-in-your-face players, and here are 10 you need to watch this upcoming season.