1. Luke Harangody, Notre Dame: 23.3ppg-11.8rpg-2.1apg-0.9spg-0.9bpg-34.2mpg
Comment: Harangody is the logical choice for number one, he has made the All-Big East first team 2 straight years and was the Big East POY his sophomore season. He dominates in almost every performance, with 25 double-doubles this season including six 30 point games and 10 games of 15 rebounds or more.
2. Jeff Teague, Wake Forest: 18.8ppg-3.3rpg-3.5apg-1.9spg-0.6bpg-32.0mpg
Comment: Teague is the best SSS player in the nation (shooter, slasher, scorer). He now has two years of experience and will be one of the most electrifying players in the nation should he withdraw from the NBA draft.
3. Cole Aldrich, Kansas: 14.9ppg-11.1rpg-1.0apg-0.6spg-2.7bpg-29.6mpg
Comment: Surprised many by foregoing the NBA draft and his projected lottery status by returning to KU. Recorded the first triple-double for the Jayhawks in tournament history and he will enter next season as one of the premier big men in the nation.
4. Tyreke Evans, Memphis: 17.1ppg-5.4rpg-3.9apg-2.1spg-0.8bpg-29.0mpg
Comment: Guards in John Calipari’s system almost always flourish, and that is exactly what Tyreke Evans did. He is projected as a lottery pick in the NBA draft, so it is unlikely that he will return to school, especially with the departure of Calipari.
5. Trevor Booker, Clemson: 15.3ppg-9.7rpg-1.7apg -1.5spg-2.0bpg-30.7mpg
Comment: Booker was the first player since Tim Duncan to lead the ACC in rebounding and field goal percentage. A bit undersized, but he goes up strong for every basket and rebound. There is no fiercer competitor than him in the nation.
6. Greg Monroe, Georgetown: 12.7ppg-6.5rpg-2.5apg-1.8spg-1.5bpg-30.9mpg
Comment: Passed up his status as a guaranteed lottery pick in the NBA draft to return for his sophomore season. He has room to improve, but he showed signs of take over ability as a freshman. A great upside is still there, and there aren’t too many centers that can shoot and handle the ball as well as he can.
7. Sherron Collins, Kansas: 18.9ppg-2.9rpg-5.0apg-1.1spg-0bpg-35.1mpg
Comment: Collins is the best combination of strength, quickness, and ball-handling ability in the nation. He is a tenacious defender as well, and arguably the best all around point guard.
8. Gerald Henderson, Duke: 16.5ppg-4.9rpg-2.5apg-1.2spg-0.8bpg-29.7mpg
Comment: There have been rumors that Henderson is close to signing an agent, but as of now he can still return for his senior season. Henderson is a playmaker, with the ability to drive and draw defenders and hit key shots.
9. Patrick Mills, Saint Mary’s: 18.4ppg-2.4rpg-3.9apg-2.2spg-0.2bpg-33.3mpg
Comment: Was slowed by an injury near the end of the season, which could affect his draft status, which could ultimately decide his decision to stay or go. He thrives in St. Mary’s up-tempo offense, pushing the ball up the court and being relentless on defense.
10. Patrick Patterson, Kentucky: 17.9ppg-9.3rpg-1.9apg-0.6spg-2.1bpg-33.7mpg
Comment: Patterson has officially removed his name from NBA draft consideration, and he will enter next season as one of the best big men in the country under new head coach John Calipari. He will be complimented by recruits DeMarcus Cousins and Daniel Orton, who will help relieve him of inside pressure on the offensive end.
11. Willie Warren, Oklahoma: 14.6ppg-2.2rpg-3.1apg-1.1spg-0.1bpg-31.3mpg
Comment: Would have been a potential lottery pick in this year’s draft along with teammate Blake Griffin, but he decided to return to the Sooners where he will be the man on campus. Posted two 30 point games this past season, and possesses star and game changing talent.
12. Evan Turner, Ohio State: 17.3ppg-7.1rpg-4.0apg-1.8spg-0.8bpg-36.4mpg
Comment: Turner led the Buckeyes in points, rebounds, assists, and steals, one of only a handful of players to do so for their team in the nation. He skipped this year’s draft because he was not satisfied with this past season, and a player like him that returns with a vengeance is one to watch out for.
13. Craig Brackins, Iowa State: 20.2ppg-9.5rpg-1.3apg-0.5spg-0.9bpg-32.5mpg
Comment: Brackins is the most underrated big man in the country. He is nothing short of dominant, posting 16 double-doubles, including a 42 point, 14 rebound game against Cole Aldrich and Kansas. If you did not hear of him last season, you will hear plenty of him next season.
14. Kalin Lucas, Michigan State: 14.7ppg-2.1rpg-4.6apg-1.0spg-0.2bpg-31.9mpg
Comment: He will go into next season as the reigning Big 10 POY and National Champ runner up. He has above average court vision, pushing the ball in transition and hitting the open man at the right time. He also does a good job at setting the tempo in an up-tempo or half court offense.
15. Taj Gibson, USC: 14.3ppg-9.0rpg-1.3apg-1.0spg-2.9bpg-33.7mpg
Comment: He is already the age of a senior, and it is unlikely his stock in the draft will rise much even if he returns to school for his last year of eligibility, so I expect him to stay put in the draft. Gibson is one of the best interior defenders in the nation, and is also one of the best finishers around the rim.
16. Jodie Meeks, Kentucky: 23.7ppg-3.4rpg-1.8apg-1.3spg-0.1bpg-34.4mpg
Comment: Meeks is one of the best scorers and shooters in the nation, as we saw against Tennessee with his 54 point game, but his big problem is defense. It is not that he is not a good defender, but it often seems he could care less and lacks aggressiveness. I expect him to return to Kentucky after declaring for the draft without hiring an agent.
17. Ed Davis, North Carolina: 6.7ppg-6.6rpg-0.6apg-0.4spg-1.7bpg-18.8mpg
Comment: Davis played limited minutes off the bench for UNC’s championship team, but he provided excellent defensive support. He would have been a lottery pick in the NBA draft, but he opted to return to school. With Hansbrough gone he has the opportunity to be the main man down low for the Heels.
18. Kyle Singler, Duke: 16.5ppg-7.7rpg-2.4apg-1.5spg-1.0bpg-32.2mpg
Comment: Singler is one of the best all around forwards in the nation, possessing the ability to score down low, drive to the basket, or hit the three. He is a solid rebounder, but he does lack a little toughness down low at times.
19. Devan Downey, South Carolina: 19.8ppg-2.8rpg-4.5apg-2.9spg-0.1bpg-32.9mpg
Comment: In my opinion Downey is the most electrifying player in the nation. He has amazing quickness, a great shooting touch, and quick hands on defense. He will enter next season with the second most steals per game from last season among returning players. His 5’9 height is why he is not a lock for a first round pick in the NBA Draft.
20. Manny Harris, Michigan: 16.9ppg-6.8rpg-4.4apg-1.2spg-0.5bpg-32.9mpg
Comment: Harris is one of the more athletic guards in the country, as he is an excellent defender on the perimeter and insider. He is an efficient point guard and has the ability to dish and drive or pull up for the jump shot.
21. Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest: 12.9ppg-8.2rpg-1.5apg-1.0spg-1.2bpg-29.0mpg
Comment: Aminu surprised many after declining to follow teammate James Johnson to the NBA Draft, where he would have most likely been a lottery selection. He is a great all around player, athletic with the ability to make plays around the basket on both ends of the court.
22. Gani Lawal, Georgia Tech: 15.1ppg-9.5rpg-0.6apg-1.0spg-1.5bpg-29.6mpg
Comment: It is a very tough task to stop Lawal around the rim, as his athletic and finishing ability often leads to him getting his way. His stock in the NBA draft has risen steadily because of his upside and ability, but if he returned to GT he would play with top recruit Derrick Favors.
23. Scottie Reynolds, Villanova: 15.2ppg-2.9rpg-3.4apg-1.6spg-0.1bpg-32.2mpg
Comment: After a Final Four run, Reynolds has proved many doubters wrong that said he is not capable of leading a team to the top. He is inconsistent at times, but when he gets going he is one of the more dangerous play makers in the nation.
24. Samardo Samuels, Louisville: 11.8ppg-4.9rpg-0.9apg-0.6spg-1.3bpg-25.1mpg
Comment: Samuels will be the go to guy for the Cardinals next season, and I think he is fully capable of it. He was somewhat overshadowed by Earl Clark and Terrence Williams, but when given the opportunity to be the man, he will take advantage of it.
25. Damion James, Texas: 15.4ppg-9.2rpg-1.3apg-1.0spg-0.9bpg-29.5mpg
Comment: James is as athletic and versatile as any forward in the nation. He is am aggressive rebounder and inside scorer, and has recently developed an outside game, showing he is more than capable of hitting the three when needed. He is a borderline first round projection in the draft, but the word around Austin is that he will probably return.