With college basketball still uncomfortably far away, it only feels right that we have an article to remind us of the wonderful sport during its unnecessarily long absence. Today, let’s look at the top player at each position in college basketball.

Point Guard – Monte Morris, Iowa State:

Monte Morris is an utterly fantastic college point guard. He is a true leader and a phenomenal pick and role player, and going into his senior season, Morris has a great chance to be recognized as the top point guard in all of college basketball. Now without fellow star Georges Niang, Monte Morris will have an even larger role in Iowa State’s game plan. Morris excels with the ball in his hands, and is an extremely unselfish player – he is most certainly is going to show off his unbelievable talent to both NBA scouts and his coaches in 2016.

Shooting Guard – Josh Hart, Villanova:

Josh Hart was probably the most important player on Villanova’s title winning team in 2015. Hart, along with recently graduated point guard Ryan Arcidiacono, was one of the team’s real leaders. With an above average jump shot, solid rebounding ability, and quick hands and feet on defense, Josh Hart will be in an even larger and more advanced role for his team in 2016. Being paired with sophomore point guard Jalen Brunson should give his offensive game a boost in Villanova’s 2016 campaign. Josh Hart will prove to be a matchup nightmare for opposing wing players throughout this upcoming season.

Small Forward – Josh Jackson, Kansas:

The only freshman on this list, Josh Jackson is just that good. Kansas fans everywhere were thrilled when he announced his commitment to the university. Jackson’s size and athleticism are his biggest strengths and are both a huge part of what made him the number one recruit in all of college basketball. Altogether, Jackson has the skill set to become a fantastic basketball player in his freshman year. His biggest struggle lies in his jump shooting, or lack thereof. Regardless of his shooting stroke, Josh Jackson is going to be one of the most talented and intriguing players to watch in 2016.

Power Forward – Ivan Rabb, California:

Without Ivan Rabb last season, Cal would have been a completely different team. Rabb provides something extremely rare in today’s version of college basketball: a reliable, true post player. Ivan Rabb features a great jump shot along with superb rebounding capabilities. He has a really, really strong chance of being Cal’s second NBA lottery pick in just as many years. Led by Rabb and Jabari Bird, Cal is going to be an extremely strong team in 2016, and a real contender in the Pac-12.

Center – Thomas Bryant, Indiana:

Bryant could have been a first round pick, had he chosen to enter the NBA Draft after his freshman year. Going into his sophomore season, the 19 year old is probably the most talented center in all of college basketball. Now, all of this is not to say that Thomas Bryant doesn’t need development; he very much does. He still has a very raw offensive game, which was masked at times last season by a fantastic motor. At 6’10” and 245 pounds Bryant already has the size needed to play in the NBA if that is indeed where he chooses to play after this season. One thing is for certain – Thomas Bryant is going to be a force to reckon with in 2016.

 

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Published by Joseph Lowery