Fantasy College Basketball All-Stars: Who You Want on Your Team

Ari Kramer@Ari_KramerSenior Analyst IINovember 6, 2009

TAMPA, FL - MARCH 14:  Jarvis Varnado #32 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs dunks the ball around Quintin Thornton #32 of the Louisiana State University Tigers during the Semifinal round of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament on March 14, 2009 at The St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Yes, I know, the headline might mislead you to believe that ESPN.com has created a new fantasy game, which revolves around college basketball.

I'm sorry. There's still no such thing, as far as I know. But, if by some chance fantasy college basketball is produced this season, this article will provide you with a list of players who are irreplaceable on the fantasy spectrum.

PG Johnathon Jones, Sr., Oakland

Playing in the Summit League, Jones might be the best point guard you have not heard of. As a junior, he dished out 8.1 assists and scored 13.3 points on a nightly basis. A career 36 percent three point shooter, Jones will also provide you with treys.

SG Jeremy Hazell, Jr., Seton Hall

Seton Hall's irrelevance to the college basketball world is the only viable excuse for you to not know Hazell. A bit of a chucker, the junior connected on 105 threes last season and scored 22.7 points per game. He'll get you a few rebounds and two steals per game as well.

SF Ryan Wittman, Sr., Cornell

Simply put, Ryan Wittman is awesome. He won't woo you with flashy moves or acrobatic dunks, but neither of those are categories and are, thus, immaterial.

Wittman is a shooter. A very talented shooter. After shooting 41.6 percent from deep and knocking down 97 treys in 2008-09, Wittman has become one of the game's most renowned marksmen. The Minnesota native also averaged 18.5 points and a few rebounds and assists per game last season.

PF Luke Harangody, Sr., Notre Dame

The fact that Harangody was incapable of carrying Notre Dame last season doesn't matter to fantasy owners. After averaging 23.3 points per game, he's the nation's top returning scorer. He's a beast and averaged 11.8 boards per game. Also reliable for a block and steal on a nightly basis, Gody is a must-get for your team.

C Cole Aldrich, Jr., Kansas

He's not the scorer or hustler that Gody is, but Aldrich is still a beast. Arguably the most valuable Jayhawk, Aldrich is strongest in the fields of rebounding (11.1 rpg) and shot-blocking (2.7 bpg). But, he can also score, as evidenced by his 14.9 points per game in 2008-09.

Backup G Devan Downey, Sr., South Carolina

Only Devin Gibson of Texas-San Antonio is a better pickpocket than Downey, who recorded 2.9 steals per game in 2008-09. A fifth year senior, Downey averaged 19.8 points, 4.5 assists, and 2.8 rebounds per game and shot 34.7 percent from long range. If his assist average was higher, he'd be a lock in the starting lineup. For now, he remains a backup.

Backup F Kenneth Faried, Jr., Morehead State

Despite nursing knee and shoulder injuries, Faried was still voted as the Ohio Valley's Preseason Player of the Year. If you don't know who he is yet, you will when his Eagles reach the postseason in March.

Faried is an athletic 6'8" forward/center and averaged 13.9 points, 13 rebounds, 1.9 steals, and 1.9 blocks per game last year. A really solid option as a backup for Gody and Aldrich, Faried might start off slow due to the injuries but will find his groove shortly.

Backup F Jarvis Varnado, Sr., Mississippi State

How could Varnado and his 4.7 blocks per game not make college basketball's all-star fantasy squad? Not only has he been a force on defense, but he has also improved his scoring average into double-figures at 12.9 points per game.


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