The 10 Most Versatile Stars in College Basketball

Doug BrodessCorrespondent IFebruary 14, 2013

The 10 Most Versatile Stars in College Basketball

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    Some of the best college basketball players excel in multiple areas.

    Their skills are not restricted to a single specialty.

    From game-to-game, versatile players may contribute differently to their teams' success.

    In one game, they may take on more of a scorer's role. In another game, they might be a beast on the boards.

    And in still another game, they may shift to being more of a facilitator, setting up their teammates for scoring success.

    Or maybe they are such an all-around player that they do a little of everything.

    Let's take a look at the 10 most versatile stars in college basketball.

    Each one on this list average at least 15 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists per game.

    But, as you will see, most of these players go well beyond those minimum levels.


    Let's go!


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10. Chaz Williams (UMass)

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    UMass PG Chaz Williams gets so much done for the Minutemen.

    The 5'9" mighty-mite leads the Atlantic 10 in assists (7.1 APG) as well as his team team in scoring (16.1 PPG), and steals (2.0 SPG).

    A good example of his all-around skills is his 26 points, 3 rebounds, 11 assists and 3 steals performance earlier this year against East Carolina. In that game, Williams hit 15-of-16 FTs.

9. Allen Crabbe (Cal)

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    Cal's Allen Crabbe leads the Pac-12 in scoring (19.8 PPG), but that's not all he does for the Bears.

    The 6'6" junior wing also averages 5.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.

    Last weekend, Crabbe torched No. 7 Arizona by scoring 31 points, grabbing 7 rebounds and dishing out 5 assists to help Cal beat the Wildcats.

8. Brandon Davies (BYU)

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    Versatility is not restricted to guards and wings.

    BYU's Brandon Davies is a multi-skilled post player who currently ranks in the Top 5 in scoring (17.8 PPPG), rebounds (7.9 RPG) and blocks (1.1 BPG) in the West Coast Conference.

    Back in December, Davies erupted against Baylor for 26 points, 17 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.

7. Pierre Jackson (Baylor)

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    Pierre Jackson's wide-ranging skillset helps him lead the Big 12 in both scoring (18.9 PPG) and assists (6.2 APG).

    Last month, the 5'10" senior PG went off for 22 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals against Oklahoma.

6. Isaiah Canaan (Murray State)

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    Murray State's Isaiah Canaan leads the Ohio Valley Conference in scoring (21 PPG; No. 9 in the nation).

    The 6'1" senior guard helps carry the Racers' load by averaging 3.7 boards and 4.1 assists.

    In the first game of the new year, Canaan took control by dropping in 28 points, grabbing 8 boards and handing out 2 assists.

5. Lamont "MoMo" Jones (Iona)

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    Iona's MoMo Jones leads the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in scoring (22.9 PPG) and is No. 5 in the conference in assists with 3.8 APG.

    Jones did all he could recently to help the Gaels in a double-OT loss to Marist last week. The 6'0" senior guard scored 37 points, pulled down 5 rebounds and handed out 6 assists.

4. Nate Wolters (South Dakota State)

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    Nate Wolters doesn't get a lot of respect because he does his thing at SDSU.

    But, the cat can ball.

    Wolters is the No. 4 scorer in the nation (22.8 PPG) as well as leading the Summit League in assists (5.5 APG).

    At 6'4", he also pulls in 5 rebounds per game.

    Wolters may have had the biggest game of the CBB season last week when he scored 56 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and handed out 3 assists against IPFW. Wow!!!

3. Erick Green (Virginia Tech)

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    Erick Green is the nation's leading scorer (25.2 PPG).

    But that's far from all that he does for the Hokies.

    Green also grabs 4.4 rebounds and hands out 3.9 assists per game.

    Obviously, Green has had lots of big games this year. He has only scored less than 20 points twice in 24 games. 

    The 6'3" guard's biggest outing came against cross-state rival, Virginia, when he scored 35 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.

2. Trey Burke (Michigan)

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    Trey Burke is a dynamic scoring PG.

    But that doesn't mean that he is negligent in running the team or setting up his teammates to score.

    Burke is actually leading the Big Ten in assists by quite a margin. He's averaging 7 APG; Aaron Craft is No. 2 with 4.4.

    Burke scores 18.2 points (No. 2 in the conference) and grabs 3.2 boards per game. Even though the Wolverines lost to Indiana recently, Burke stepped up and scored 25 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and handed out 8 assists.   

1. Jamaal Franklin (San Diego State)

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    Jamaal Franklin is the most versatile player in college basketball.

    The 6'5" junior SG leads the Aztecs in scoring (17.2 PPG), rebounding (9.3 RPG), assists (3.3 APG) and steals (1.5 SPG).

    Though Franklin has had a bunch of big games, his best is probably when he put on a clinic against Fresno State, scoring 20 points, grabbing 18 boards, handing out 5 assists and blocking 3 shots.