The 10 Streakiest Players in College Basketball

Doug BrodessCorrespondent IFebruary 25, 2013

The 10 Streakiest Players in College Basketball

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    It's exciting to see a college basketball player who is on!

    There are those times that everything that they put up goes in.

    On the other hand, it's frustrating when a player is streaky and you don't know what you're going to get from him.

    One night, players are on fire. The next night, they couldn't "hit a bull in the butt with a bass fiddle."

    Or even worse, that happens several times within one game.

    Here are the 10 streakiest players in college basketball.

    Streaky doesn't mean unproductive or ineffective; it just means that they are, at times, going to be all over the road.


    Stats provided by ESPN.com.

10. LaQuinton Ross (Ohio State)

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    The fact that LaQuinton Ross is on this list as a non-starter is a tribute to his ability to come in and light it up. 

    The 6’7” forward has had three double-figure scoring outings in the Buckeyes' last six games. In the other three games combined, he scored eight points on 3-of-13 shooting.

    When Ross puts it all together, he could be a Big Ten star. Until that time, OSU head coach Thad Matta will just have to put up with Ross' uneven production off the bench.

9. Reggie Johnson (Miami)

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    Reggie Johnson is a critical part of Miami’s success.

    Without his work on the boards, the Hurricanes (22-4; 13-1 ACC) would be nowhere near the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference or the national polls.

    On the offensive end, Johnson has had more ups and downs than a yo-yo.

    He alternates from game to game between being a force and going MIA.

    In the last two weeks, the 6'10", 292-pound senior has had two good shooting games ( 5-of-5 from the field against Florida State; 4-of-7 against Virginia) and two dismal games (1-of-4 against Clemson; 2-of-7 against Wake Forest).

8. Lamar Patterson (Pittsburgh)

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    Lamar Patterson may be the Panthers' No. 2 scorer, but his shooting and scoring is unpredictable.

    His last five games have gone like this:

    Seton Hall: 12 points (4-of-9 shooting)
    Cincinnati: 9 points (3-of-9)
    Marquette: 19 points (7-of-12; 4-of-7 from beyond the arc)
    Notre Dame: 2 points (1-of-5)
    St. John’s: 11 points (4-of-6)

    Patterson's production is a key to Pitt's success. Jamie Dixon better hope that Patterson gets on a roll and stays there for a couple of weeks in March.

7. Marcus Paige (North Carolina)

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    As the 2012-13 season wears on, Marcus Paige is becoming a more calm PG and is doing a better job of running the Tar Heels attack.

    This doesn’t necessarily mean that his shooting has balanced out yet.

    He still has times where he pulls the trigger way too quickly and forces shots that he should look to reverse the court or find an open teammate.

    Even though Paige has had two solid scoring performances recently (17 points against Virginia; 14 against  NC State), he has shot a combined 11-of-41 from the field in his last five games.

6. Patric Young (Florida)

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    While Florida’s Billy Donovan has plenty of scoring weapons on this year’s Gators team, I’m sure that he wishes that Patric Young, his brawny center, would be a more dependable scorer.

    At times, Young is nearly unstoppable, and then the next moment, he is almost dormant.

    Two weeks ago, the 6’9”, 250-pound man-mountain dominated Kentucky, scoring 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting. In his next two games combined, Young scored four points on 2-of-7 shooting.

    Then, this past Saturday, the junior post player put up 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting.

    Can you say, “erratic”?

5. Julius Mays (Kentucky)

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    To say that Julius Mays has had a diverse collegiate career would be an understatement.

    Mays started his college hoops journey with two years at North Carolina State, followed by one year at Wright State. And now, after transferring again, he is finishing up at Kentucky.

    The 6’2”, 192-pound combo guard has proven that he can score. He just hasn’t been able to do it with any sense of regularity.

    This past Saturday, Mays had his best game as a Wildcat, scoring 24 points on 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc. Earlier in the week, against Vanderbilt, he went 2-of-7 from the floor and scored nine points.

    Throughout this season, Mays has attempted to show Kentucky coach John Calipari that he can be a trusted offensive option. Unfortunately, he has mostly been hot and cold.

4. Elijah Johnson (Kansas)

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    Elijah Johnson’s move from being an SG on last year’s Jayhawks team that went to the final game of the NCAA Tournament to KU’s PG hasn’t been easy or effortless.

    Most of Johnson’s stats have fallen off slightly or significantly, and he has had stretches where he has struggled considerably with his shooting accuracy.

    The 6’4” senior from Vegas had a stretch of six consecutive games this year when he didn’t crack double-figure points and shot a collective 15-of-61 from the field.

3. Peyton Siva (Louisville)

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    Peyton Siva is considered one of the most clever and crafty PGs in the country. He runs the Louisville attack effectively and is a nerve-racking defender.

    But when it comes to scoring, Siva is a human roller coaster.

    In the last five games, the 6’0” senior has only scored in double-figures once and has shot a combined 12-of-30 from the field.

    Last year's Big East Tournament is a good example that Siva can be a consistently good shooter/scorer. In the Cardinals' four games in Madison Square Garden, he averaged 13.8 points per game on 22-of-48 shooting.

2. Le'Bryan Nash (Oklahoma State)

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    Le'Bryan Nash is a rare physical specimen who has all the tools to be a frightening player at both ends of the court.

    The 6’7”, 230-pound wing is a young Metta World Peace reproduction.

    Just like MWP, Nash’s offense can be characterized by unpredictability.

    His last five games demonstrate this randomness:

    Texas: 14 points

    Texas Tech: six points

    Oklahoma: 26 points

    Kansas: eight points

    West Virginia: 16 points

    Nash gets a lot done for OSU. It just happens in spurts and bursts.

1. Marshall Henderson (Ole Miss)

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    If you open the dictionary and look up the word "streaky," Marshall Henderson's picture is there for reference.

    Though the 6'2" junior guard is the SEC's leading scorer (19.7 PPG), he is the epitome of the "hot-one-minute, cold-the-next" shooter.

    Even from a game-to-game basis, Henderson is up and down.

    This past Saturday, he was on, hitting 8-of-12 three-pointers and all four of his free throws against Auburn.

    In his two previous games, he was 4-of-18 from beyond the arc but 14-of-14 on his free throws.

    Because he is streaky personified, Henderson is No. 146 in the nation (36.3 percent) in three-point shooting.