Top 3 Players in College Basketball, 2017-2018
1. Trae Young, Point guard, Oklahoma
1. Trae Young
He is leading the country in points per game with an astonishing 28.8 points per game average, while also distributing the ball for 8.8 assists per game. He also gets it done of the defensive end with 2.3 steals and 0.4 blocks per game. He is also the countries leader in PER with an outstanding 36.5 PER. While the only true problem with him is one he shares with Russell Westbrook, his turnovers. He averages 3.8 turnovers per game, but on the upside he is still getting 8.8 assists per game this year. He has a field percentage of 48%, a 2 pointer percentage of 60%, and a three point percentage of 37.7%. But he has an effective field percentage of 58%. Trae is getting no attention from reporters or NBA scouts, even though he has had multiple outstanding games, one is his outburst in the fifth game of the season against Oregon, he shot 50% from the field-11 for 22- with a season high of 43 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, and 7 assists. Also his game against Portland, when he scored 33 points, 8 assists, 3 steals, and 5 rebounds. Although, he did have 5 turnovers. Regardless, he led the Sooners to a win in both of those games as well as a 7-1 record. But that is probably the biggest problem, he has only played 8 games. We haven't seen enough of Trae to truly make an NBA assumption or comparison, but so far I have to compare him to Russell Westbrook and Allen Iverson, more so Westbrook so I'll be comparing Trae to him. Another thing is the Sooners have a strength of schedule of 4.3, ranking as the 44th in college basketball. But his true test will be against third ranked Wichita State on December 16th, if Trae can show out I'll be correct in my assumption of thinking Trae is the best in college basketball right now.
2. Marvin Bagley III, Forward, Duke
Marvin Bagley III
Standing at 6 foot 11 inches and 234 pounds, he's undoubtably the best forward in college basketball this year. With averages of 21.3 points per game, 1.5 assists, 11.3 rebounds, 61.1 field goal percentage, from three he shoots 33.3 percent, which even in college isn't that good but is ok. He can't pass but he can score in the paint at will, he can definitely play defense where he averages: 0.8 steals and 0.9 blocks a game. So he's not amazing at defense but he is above average. Keep in mind, he is playing with a strength of schedule of 5.05, he is also playing with a team that has multiple other players so he has to share the ball with them, giving up shots. He seems to be one of the most NBA ready players currently, while he lacks a little on the defensive end, he makes up for it with his offensive pros and little cons. Well, little is a complement. He can't shoot from three, or shoot at all for that matter. In the modern NBA he wouldn't be doing very well, because of the dominance of the three point line in this day of the NBA. All he can do on the offensive end is go into the inside and score, granted that is a good attribute to have but again in this modern NBA you have to be able to shoot from three. Also, he shoots 61.1 percent from the free throw line.
3. Tra Holder, Forward, Arizona State
With a strength of schedule of 6.75 Tra still finds a way to get 21.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.9 assists along with 1.5 steals per game. He has a field goal percentage of 46.1 percent and a free throw percentage of 85.9 percent. As a 6 foot 1 inch 165 pounds guard Tra is more of an outside player but can drive into the inside very well as well. He reminds me more of an Allen Iverson type player with he handles. He a great player with the ball offensively and defensively, he finds a way to make shots that nobody else on the court can. All in all, he's a top three player in college basketball easily. His only downside is his assists, he only averages 4.9 a game on a packed Arizona State team. He cannot block either, he hasn't had a block in the first ten games of the season. But again, he can score and he goes up against other teams that give him a challenge and still he explodes with ease against them.