Jabari Parker's last three games—he's averaged only 10.3 points and shot 31.4 percent—show how hard it is to be consistent on the college level.
Scouting reports start to make a difference in January. Scorers have to adjust.
So would someone tell Doug McDermott that he's making the rest of his peers look bad?
Parker had an impressive start, scoring 19-plus in 11 of his first 12 games before his recent stretch. McDermott has scored at least 19 points in every game but one this year. He's also reached 30 points five times.
McDermott is one of the greatest scorers in the history of college basketball, and it's starting to look like his amazing consistency could finally lead to a National Player of the Year award. (He's had to settle for first-team All-American the past two years.)
The Creighton senior sees just about everything—including lots and lots of double-teams—and he just keeps scoring. Now he's finally at the top of these rankings, and considering his history, it's hard to see him dropping from here on out.
Ten to Watch:
- Casey Prather, Florida
- Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
- T.J. Warren, North Carolina State
- Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado
- Kyle Anderson, UCLA
- Jahii Carson, Arizona State
- Nick Johnson, Arizona
- Cameron Bairstow, New Mexico
- Lamar Patterson, Pittsburgh
- Xavier Thames, San Diego State