Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Bench Is Warm: Which 2010 Prospects Will Sit On The Bench

Posted by CoHoops DeAnte Mitchell
The top recruits in 2010 class all earned the right to be called ESPN 100 recruits, Rivals 150 and top players. But that doesn’t mean every single one is going to start. I remember a lot of cases last year where the top recruits didn’t see the court a lot.

For example: Wally Judge, John Henson, Peyton Siva, Jordan Hamilton and more.

It’s not unusual; it’s actually starting to become a trend in College Basketball. In the 2010 recruiting class, there are a few players that are coming into a situation where they might be riding the bench; and here they are.

F Adreian Payne, Michigan State
He is considered by many as one of the best power forwards in the class. Payne is a big-time post player. His ability to face-up and knock down jumpers makes his versatile in the post. Not to mention, he creates a lot of matchup problems. However, Payne is coming into a situation where he is going to have to fight for playing time. With Derrick Nix, Delvon Roe, Draymond Green and Garrick Sherman already establishing themselves as a player, I don't think it's enough space for him in the frontcourt.

F Casey Prather, Florida 
Prather is one of the better wing threats in the country. He is a good slasher and makes cuts just as good as any wing threat in the country. Not to mention, he has the ability to knock down mid-range jumpers. However, Prather is coming to a team where the wing is filled. Chandler Parsons, Erik Murphy and Adam Allen will pose as the experienced players. Where does Prather fit in? I don't know.

G Tyler Thornton, Duke
Tyler Thornton is a complete guard. He has great handle and the ability to score. But with such a loaded backcourt that features Kyrie Irving, Seth Curry, Andre Dawkins and Nolan Smith. I assume it's safe to say, Thornton is in for a learning curve. However, it isn't all that bad. Playing behind these guys will certainly enlighten his game.

G Russell Byrd, Michigan State
Byrd is still considered to be one of the better shooting guards in the country. He broke his foot, but I still don't think when he is healthy, he will have the chance to clock major minutes. With such a loaded backcourt, Michigan State is going to rely on their experienced guards. Yes, Durrell Summers and Austin Thornton stand in his way.

F C.J Fair, Syracuse
Fair is considered to be one of the top recruits in the 2010 class. He is a 6-foot-7 wing threat. He has the ability to be aggressive on offense and it's not like he doesn't have the talent to start; it's just Kris Joseph and James Southerland stands in his way.

G Royce Woolridge, Kansas
A year ago, Woolridge was considered one of the top guards in the country. After a year of prep school, he finally decided to enroll at Kansas. Woolridge is coming into a Kansas backcourt that is filled with a bunch of talented seniors. If you know Bill Self, he doesn't like playing freshman a lot unless you're really good. He made Tyshawn Taylor fight for playing time and Woolridge will have to do the same.

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