Jeff Borzello's College Basketball Dream Team
CBSSports.com's stable of college basketball writers -- Gary Parrish, Jeff Goodman, Matt Norlander and Jeff Borzello -- have again decided to put together their own college basketball dream team.
|Calipari gets two spots on our Dream Teams. Tough to argue when you see the recruiting he's done at UK. (US Presswire)|
Jeff Borzello's dream team:
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F - C.J. Leslie , NC State - When Leslie is focused and out of foul trouble, there aren’t many players better than him. If he’s on the court, he’s capable of dominating on the glass and in the paint.
C - Cody Zeller , Indiana Hoosiers - The best player in college basketball this season. There’s really not a thing Zeller can’t do at the center position. Moreover, he won’t complain about a balanced offense.
G - Isaiah Canaan , Murray State Racers - He’s not a pure point guard at the college level, but he draws plenty of defensive attention and can pass the ball. Also capable of heating up from anywhere.
G - Michael Snaer , Florida State Seminoles State" data-canon="Florida Gators" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM" id="shortcode0"> - My starting five isn’t exactly the best defensive crew around, but Snaer is a lockdown defender. He also knocks down jumpers and is not afraid to take big shots.
Top Three Reserves
G - Phil Pressey , Missouri Tigers - Pressey would be perfect for a change of pace off the bench. He’s extremely quick with the ball, and hounds opponents on the defensive end. Playmaker.
G - BJ Young , Arkansas Razorbacks - Young was vastly underrated on a national level last season, but he’s one of the most efficient perimeter scorers around. Confident, scores off the dribble or from the arc.
F - Gorgui Dieng , Louisville Cardinals - His offense continues to improve, but he’s on my team for his rebounding and shot-blocking ability. With his length and timing, he is one of the best post defenders in the country.
Two Non-power League Reserves
G - Matthew Dellavedova , Saint Mary’s - The team needs another ball-handler -- and a guy who can consistently knock down jump shots. Dellavedova does both, and is also experienced.
F - Anthony Bennett , UNLV Rebels - Bennett could end up being the National Freshman of the Year. He’s capable of scoring in many different ways, and he is an absolute matchup nightmare for most opponents.
Two true "bench players"
G - J.J. Moore , Pittsburgh Panthers - Moore came on strong down the stretch last season, and adds consistent perimeter shooting off the bench. Size will help if we go small at the four spot.
F - Ronald Roberts, Saint Joseph’s - Roberts is athletic, productive and makes the most of his minutes. He can run the floor effectively, and is also very good at drawing fouls on the inside.
G - Ricardo Ledo, Providence Friars - Ledo is allowed to practice with the Friars this season, so he can do the same for me. He has deep range and is one of the better pure scorers from the class of 2012.
John Calipari, Kentucky Wildcats - Went with him last year, and nothing has persuaded me not to do it again. Can take a team loaded with talent and get everyone to buy in for a championship.
Mike Hopkins, Syracuse Orange - Whenever Jim Boeheim steps down, Hopkins is next for the Orange -- and that’s good enough for me. Great recruiter and knows how to relate to players.
Russell Springmann, Texas Longhorns - He’s well-respected by people in the industry, a future head coach -- and one heckuva recruiter. Knows how to go into different areas and get players.
Chris Jent, Ohio State - He’s not as well-known as some of the big-time recruiters, but Jent has NBA experience and is one of the best X’s and O’s guys in the business.
Recruits to Target
Andrew Wiggins - If he reclassifies to 2013, Wiggins immediately becomes the best player in the country. Shoot, he would be the No. 1 pick in the draft next June if that were allowed.
Aaron Gordon - The class of 2013 isn’t loaded with big-time centers, but Gordon is the best of the power forwards. A highlight reel waiting to happen, Gordon continues to get better.
Kasey Hill - With Andrew Harrison off the board, I still need a point guard -- and Hill is the cream of the crop. At his best, Hill is essentially unguardable with the ball in his hands.
Keith Frazier - I need an explosive wing scorer that can knock down shots (and I don’t want to just go after the top four guys like Goodman). Frazier has unlimited range and can really fill it up.
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