Legends Classic 2012: Top Performers and Grades for Entire Field

Trevor Lowry@@TheTrevorLowryContributor INovember 21, 2012

Legends Classic 2012: Top Performers and Grades for Entire Field

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    Now that the Progressive Legends Classic has finally ended, let's give a congratulations to the Indiana Hoosiers for winning the whole thing. However, it was not easy for Indiana because this was a tournament that really every single team competed in. 

    There were many players that played great, but there were only a select few that could be considered the top performers. In this article, we will look at the top five performers and their teams' grades for the entire field.

    Read on to find out the results.  

Markel Starks, Georgetown

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    Markel Starks is a big reason why the Georgetown Hoyas upset UCLA, and he is a big reason why the Hoyas took the No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers to overtime. In these two games, Starks averaged 21.5 points per game. May I remind you that this was against two highly rated teams.

Cody Zeller, Indiana

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    Cody Zeller entered the season as one of the favorites to win the Naismith trophy, and he left the Legends Classic as one of the favorites to win the Naismith.

    Zeller did not have the biggest impact against Georgia, only scoring six points, but he also only took four shots in the game and a couple free throws.

    However, Zeller was much more effective in the title game against Georgetown, going off for 17 points and seven rebounds. 

Otto Porter, Georgetown

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    Otto Porter looks amazing. Enough said.

    Porter came up big in both games against UCLA and Indiana. He had 18 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and five blocks against the Bruins to go with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and three blocks against the Hoosiers. Porter also had five steals in the tournament.

    Porter filled up the stat sheet on both sides of the ball, and he is certainly already making a case as one of the best players in all of college basketball. 

Jordan Hulls, Indiana

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    Jordan Hulls may not be the biggest name on Indiana, but everything about his game was big in the Legends Classic.

    Hulls made two huge threes against Georgia to put the game away, and he played just as well against the Hoyas. 

    Averaging 15.5 points per game in the tournament, Hulls was definitely one of the top performers. This kid is money from behind the arc, and he can really dribble the ball and get his teammates involved. When it was all said and done, the Hoosier shot 7-of-12 from behind the arc.

Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA

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    The wait to see Shabazz Muhammad was well overdue, but he did not disappoint in any way when he finally stepped foot on the basketball court.

    In just 25 minutes, Muhammad scored 15 points in his very first college-basketball game. He followed that up with 21 points against Georgia to help the Bruins take third place in the Legends Classic.

    Muhammad shot 50 percent from the field and from behind the arc in this tournament. You can bet that UCLA is very happy to have him in a Bruins uniform. 

4th Place: Georgia Bulldogs

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    The Georgia Bulldogs did not win a single game in this tournament, but they showed that they could compete against the best teams in the country. The Bulldogs gave both UCLA and Indiana a fight for their money. 

    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope may have averaged 15 points against these two teams, but he took way too many shots and did not convert them at a high-enough rate. Caldwell-Pope went 4-of-15 from the field against Indiana and then backed that up by shooting 5-of-13 from the field against UCLA. 

    All in all, Georgia came into the tournament as the worst team, and it left as the worst team, but it also competed in both games. Georgia could very well make some noise this season, but it has to find a way to win close games.

    Grade: C

3rd Place: UCLA Bruins

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    Everyone expected a title match between UCLA and Indiana, but that obviously did not happen. However, UCLA was able to rebound from a loss to the Hoyas against Georgia...barely.

    The Bruins beat the pesky Bulldogs by the score of 60-56. 

    Coming into the season, there were three freshmen that were rated higher than Jordan Adams, but none have been better than him. Adams scored 20 or more points in four straight games, including the game against Georgetown; however, he finally went cold by only scoring four points against Georgia. He also only shot the ball six times.

    Shabazz Muhammad did not disappoint, and this UCLA team can finally focus on winning games rather than getting Muhammad back on the court.

    Grade: B-

2nd Place: Georgetown Hoyas

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    You're telling me that the Georgetown Hoyas are not ranked? Well, despite the loss to Indiana, they definitely should be after tonight. 

    Georgetown not only beat a very talented UCLA team, but it also challenged the best team in the country. The Hoyas did not compete in overtime, but many of its players also fouled out in the extra minutes. 

    Markel Starks, Otto Porter and Greg Whittington—these three players are a big reason why this team did so well in the tournament. And people better remember their names because they are going to lead Georgetown to victory all season long.

    Grade: A- 

1st Place: Indiana Hoosiers

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    It may have not been easy for the Indiana Hoosiers, but they won the Legends Classic. However, they were challenged in both games that they played in. 

    Great teams find a way to win close games, and Indiana was no exception. 

    The Hoosiers have so many options on their team; they play very unselfish basketball, and they are good on both sides of the court.

    Cody Zeller may headline this team, but there are plenty of players on Indiana who can play basketball. Zeller played great; Yogi Ferrell showed off his point-guard skills, and Jordan Hulls drained shots left and right. 

    After watching the Hoosiers compete in back-to-back nights against great competition, they are easily one of the most talented teams in the country. 

    Grade: A

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