Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Which Players Might Lose Their Job to a Freshman?

Posted by CoHoops DeAnte Mitchell
College Basketball is always full of twist and turns. There are players that have to be thankful they're starting on a College Basketball team. However, some of their starting jobs might be in jeopardy.

The 2010 recruiting class was deep. When I say deep, I mean DEEP!

It has a lot of talent, upside and just all-around athletes. So it's no shame getting your spot taken by a freshman. But here are the guys that are in jeopardy of losing their starting job.

G Chris Allen, Michigan State
I held my tongue on this because I'm not even sure if Allen will return, but if he does, watch out for Keith Appling. Appling is the best recruit Head Coach Tom Izzo acquired. He is a very explosive athlete off the wing. With Appling ability and skill set, it's going to be tough to keep him off the court. He is a game changer and will have the ability to take over games.

G Larry Drew III, North Carolina
Do you know that Drew was a part of the UNC championship squad? He gave them 10 minutes that year and had a great learning experience behind Ty Lawson. However, after accumulating 3.2 turnovers per game, the Tar Heels newly acquired freshman Kendall Marshall could take his place. Marshall is the complete guard that rarely makes mistakes. Not to mention, one of his strongest traits is passing.

G Abdul Gaddy, Washington
Gaddy was considered to be one of the better guards out of the 2009 recruiting class. He was actually the second-best behind some kid named John Wall. But, after a learning season Gaddy was poised to start. However, Terrence Ross has something to say about that. Ross has the talent, skill set and the perimeter jumper. Gaddy just might have to wait another year before cracking the starting lineup.

F Bill Cole, Illinois
Cole will have a very tough time trying to keep a hold of his starting position. Right behind him on the depth chart is highly-touted Jereme Richmond. Richmond has a ton of upside and is considered to be one-and-done talent. During the season, or before, I believe Richmond will be the starter

F Mike Tisdale, Illinois 
Surprised? Don't be. Meyers Leonard has the most size on the team. Not to mention, his 7-foot frame is something to cherish if you're Bruce Weber. Leonard has the ability to handle the ball in the post. He displays soft hands and the ability to finish strong with contact. Leonard will be in contention for the starting spot heading into the season.

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