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Goodman's Wooden Preseason Top 50

Posted on: September 16, 2011 3:39 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2011 5:14 pm
By Jeff Goodman

The deadline for submitting the list of 50 players for the John Wooden Preseason watch list was this afternoon.

My guess is that my colleague, Gary Parrish, missed it. I did not. 

Anyway, here's my list of 50.

Remember, transfers and freshman are not eligible, so that means that guys like frosh Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers - as well as transfer Arnett Moultrie - couldn't be included.

My Wooden Preseason Top 50

Tim Abromaitis, 6-8, PF, Sr., Notre Dame
Harrison Barnes, 6-8, SF, Soph., North Carolina
Will Barton, 6-6, SG, Soph., Memphis
Dee Bost, 6-2, PG, Sr., Mississippi State
William Buford, 6-5, SG, Sr., Ohio State
Kyle Casey, 6-7, SF, Jr., Harvard
Jason Clark, 6-2, G, Sr., Georgetown
Aaron Craft, 6-2, PG, Soph., Ohio State
Matthew Dellavedova, 6-4, G, Jr., Saint Mary's
Festus Ezeli, 6-11, C, Sr., Vanderbilt
Ashton Gibbs, 6-2, G, Sr., Pittsburgh
Mike Glover, 6-7, F, Sr., Iona
Drew Gordon, 6-9, PF, Sr., New Mexico
Draymond Green, 6-6, PF, Sr., Michigan State
JaMychal Green, 6-8, PF, Sr., Alabama
Jorge Gutierrez, 6-3, G, Sr., California
Tim Hardaway 6-5, SG, Jr., Soph., Michigan
Elias Harris, 6-7, F, Jr., Gonzaga
John Henson, 6-11, PF, Jr., North Carolina
Tu Holloway, 6-0, PG, Sr., Xavier
Robbie Hummel, 6-8, F, Sr., Purdue
Joe Jackson, 6-0, PG, Soph., Memphis
Scoop Jardine, 6-2, PG, Sr., Syracuse
John Jenkins, 6-4, SG, Jr., Vanderbilt
Orlando Johnson, 6-5, SG, Sr., UC Santa Barbara
Kevin Jones, 6-8, F, Sr., West Virginia
Perry Jones, 6-11, F, Soph., Baylor
Terrence Jones, 6-9, PF, Soph., Kentucky
Ryan Kelly, 6-10, F, Jr., Duke
Jeremy Lamb, 6-5, SG, Soph., UConn
Kendall Marshall, 6-4, PG, Soph., North Carolina
Trevor Mbakwe, 6-8, PF, Sr., Minnesota
Ray McCallum, 6-3, PG, Soph., Detroit
Rodney McGruder, 6-4, SG, Jr., Kansas State
Doug McDermott, 6-7, F, Soph., Creighton
Shabazz Napier, 6-1, PG, Soph., UConn
Reeves Nelson, 6-7, PF, Jr., UCLA
Andrew Nicholson, 6-10, PF, Sr., St. Bonaventure
Alex Oriakhi, 6-9, C, Jr., UConn
Thomas Robinson, 6-9, PF, Jr., Kansas
Terrence Ross, 6-6, SG, Soph., Washington
John Shurna, 6-9, F, Sr., Northwestern
Peyton Siva, 5-11, PG, Jr., Louisville
Josh Smith, 6-9, C, Soph., UCLA
Jared Sullinger, 6-9, PF/C, Soph., Ohio State
Jeffery Taylor, 6-7, SF, Sr., Vanderbilt
Jordan Taylor, 6-1, PG, Sr., Wisconsin
Maalik Wayns, 6-2, PG, Soph., Villanova
Patric Young, 6-9, C, Soph., Florida
Tyler Zeller, 7-0, C, Sr., North Carolina

Since: Mar 2, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2011 4:35 pm

Goodman's Wooden Preseason Top 50

Good call.  Tarik Black should definately join Joe Jackson and Will Barton on this list.  If you don't know him know, you will next March when the Madness sets in!!!

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2011 1:58 am

Goodman's Wooden Preseason Top 50

Where is King Kyle Kuric?

Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: September 17, 2011 7:56 pm

Goodman's Wooden Preseason Top 50

No Kris  Joseph?  Now that he's healthy from the knee tendinitis that slowed him up all of last year, and has spent the summer working on his 3 point shot, he could make you look very mistaken.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2011 5:44 pm

Goodman's Wooden Preseason Top 50

On paper, UNC's 4 "Top 50" players should more than qualify them as the 2011-12 team to beat........12/3/11.......UNC-UK in Rupp........should be a hoot.

Since: Oct 3, 2009
Posted on: September 17, 2011 4:35 pm

Goodman's Wooden Preseason Top 50

Seth Curry was top 10 in the ACC in steals last year, and he played limited (25) minutes per game.  He has quick feet and quicker hands, which make up for his lack of height.  And he excels in defensive intensity and relentless pursuit, which is the key to being a defensive leader at Duke.  I don't think there's anything outlandish in assuming that Curry will be Duke's defensive leader this year, given the departure of Singler and Smith, and Coach K's appraise for his defensive prowess thusfar through the offseason.  He's certainly more likely to lead on the defensive end than Dawkins, Rivers, or Kelly.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2011 3:58 pm

Goodman's Wooden Preseason Top 50

"Seth Curry will carry Duke through the non-conference schedule, from a leadership, scoring, and defensive position."

Seth Curry a defensive leader for Duke?!?!  While I think he's bound to have a decent to strong year offensively for Duke, in no way can I ever see him as being considered a defensive leader!

Since: Oct 10, 2009
Posted on: September 17, 2011 1:39 pm

Goodman's Wooden Preseason Top 50

Memphis player Tarik Black is far removed from this list.  Huh?  However, two on this list is a huge accomplishment.  Wait a second, is that light at the end of our little mid-major tunnel?  Too early to decide.  But, has all the signs and with a little luck.  Go Tigers!

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2011 8:31 am

Goodman's Wooden Preseason Top 50

Kelly is on there because of how he played this summer in China.  Of course Zeller should be on the list.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2011 11:31 pm

Goodman's Wooden Preseason Top 50

Pretty embarrassing for CBS that their "national" guy apparently isn't clued in on Allen Crabbe.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2011 7:42 pm

Goodman's Wooden Preseason Top 50

Keen eye putting Terrence Ross (Washington) on the list.  Kid was in the shadows of Terrence Jones in high school, and a reserve for most of last year at Washington, and is only at the beginning of discovering just how good he really is.  Kinda like with pro athletes, many times it's the youngest kid in the family, not the "all-star" big brothers, that make it to the highest level, because they had to work a little harder to get noticed.  Kid can flat out play.  Can drop a 3 at any time, and in a couple steps can go flush to the hoop-- easily reaching above the rim.  Only sad part is that I'm guessing if he DOES discover the next level of his game, he's probably gone after this year.

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