The College Basketball season is upon us, and some players have already made names for themselves. Flashy plays, huge games, and big wins have created the paths for many of college basketballs finest to hit the radar of NBA teams as early as a game into the season. These are the three college basketball players that you need to know about.
Ochai Agbaji, G, Kansas
If you think about the stereotypical college basketball superstar, you think ofAgbaji. An athletic 6’5 guard weighing in at 210 lbs,Agbaji puts his imprint on the game with high flying dunks and athletic finishes. After Kansas’ first three games,Agbaji is averaging 27 points, 4 rebounds, and a steal per night. Another stat worth noting is that he has only turned the ball over twice this season.
While he is a senior,Agbaji will be atop the draft boards for most teams this summer. Many teams may be discouraged by his age, but he will be someone to look forward to watching in the NBA.
Oscar Tshiebwe, F, Kentucky
Kentucky Junior Oscar Tshibwe has been lighting it up, by doing the dirty work. Tshiebwe leads the NCAA in rebounds, with an insane average of 18.7 in his first three games. But his game does not only rely on his 6’9 255 lbs build. Tshiebwe is scoring 18.3 points per game and is blocking 2.3 shots per game.
Despite their one loss, it seems that Kentucky will remain atop the standings in their conference, and will make consistent appearances in the AP top 25. Consequentially, Tshiebwe’s draft stock will increase, a lot. At this rate, Tshiebwe will have to find a good suit for the pre-draft green room.
Paolo Banchero, F, Duke
Duke is playing with one of their best teams ever, led by none other than hopefully #1 overall pick Paolo Banchero. Banchero is averaging 17 points and 8.5 rebounds a night, along with a steal and a half. He is currently leading Duke in both points and rebounds, and he is carrying them to their current record of 4-0.
Banchero is also shooting 62.5% on field goal attempts, a high rate for someone his age. When you turn on a Duke game, you can see him using his athletic build of 6’10 and 250 lbs to create easy layups and high flying dunks, as well as the occasional mid-range jump shot. Banchero should be excited to play for an NBA team next season, as it seems as though he will leave Duke for the draft after this season.