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March 13th, 2017
Why Gonzaga makes it to the Final Four:
Why Villanova makes it to the Final Four:
If I had a vote, Josh Hart would get it for National Player of the Year. He's been that good all season long for arguably the best team in the nation. His shooting line of 51/41/75 is unbelievable for a guard with his type of usage and he owns a Top 15 PER. He's the best player on this team and will be what gets them to or keeps them from getting to a second straight Final Four.
The 2016 NBA Draft saw only 5 juniors drafted, though it should be noted that all of them have played in the NBA at some point this season. While the crop of juniors potentially eligible for this year's draft does not really jump off of the page, there are potentially some important role players and those who could carve out respectable careers. Here are the top junior prospects that NBA franchises should be looking to add to the fold.
Class of 2018 Junior Rankings
Conference tournament time is officially here. At the time this is being written, seven NCAA Tournament tickets have been punched with more to come this evening as the West Coast, Summit and Horizon league's will all crown a Champion this evening. For teams on this list, this next week won't be about battling for a NCAA Tournament bid, but rather battling for seeding as there are still #1 seeds on the line as well as battles for which region teams want to be in as they look to play as close to home as possible.
The third annual Basketball Without Borders Global Camp took place in New Orleans over All Star Weekend putting some of the top young international talent on display.
Despite a few of the headliners Silvio De Sousa, Simi Shittu, and Charles Bassey not being able to participate, there were quite a few quality prospects to track for the future, attracting numerous GMs and scouts to get a first look.
Not a lot of movement at the top as the big dogs are still slicing their way towards #1 seeds. We are starting to see a few familiar faces make their way up in the rankings this week as teams are rounding in to form for their runs in March.
With just a handful of games left for each team before conference tournaments begin, "March Madness" looks like it has begun a week or so early with the way teams are getting after it in hopes of locking up seeding, or in some cases, a tournament spot.
With another wild week of college hoops under our belt along with a wild finish to the NFL season (at an Atlanta native, I'm still salty), it is a great time to be a basketball fan. The NBA is coming up on their All-Star break just in time for college hoops to take center stage in the sports world as we get into the final stretch of conference play.
Most teams are battling on a nightly basis but one team has it on cruise control. That team tops our weekly Power 16 Rankings as the lone unbeaten team in college basketball to this point in the season.
In one of the crazier weeks of the season, 12 of the 16 teams in last week's rankings suffered a loss. Duke lost to NC State at home for the first time in 20+ years, Kentucky lost two straight for the first time in I don't know when and a plethora of other teams (Kansas, Butler, Creighton, Florida State, Notre Dame, North Carolina) couldn't handle their business.