Jeff Goodman's College Basketball Dream Team
BSSports.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.
|Goodman likes Self, who's dominated the Big 12 since he got there, to run his squad. (US Presswire)|
Jeff Goodman's Dream Team:
F - Alex Poythress , Kentucky Wildcats - He doesn't necessarily have the make-up to be the go-to guy, but we won't need him to be the star. He will be one hell of a piece, though -- with his length, athleticism and ability to score from anywhere and everywhere.
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F- Doug McDermott , Creighton Bluejays - Super-skilled and the ideal complement to Poythress and Zeller up front. Can extend the defense with his ability to drain 3's -- and also able to do work in the paint.
C - Cody Zeller , Indiana Hoosiers - Here's where you have to start your team. He's the big you build around, a mobile 7-footer who can do it all: Run, score, pass and defend the paint.
G - Phil Pressey , Missouri Tigers - Makes everyone better and pushes the ball. Fast and will create wide open shots for all of his teammates. Imagine how many layups these guys would get.
G - Michael Snaer , Florida State Seminoles State" data-canon="Florida Gators" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM" id="shortcode0"> - Maybe the best two-way perimeter player in the nation. Can really guard -- and is also capable of scoring 20 each and every night.
Top Three Reserves
F - Gorgui Dieng , Louisville Cardinals - We need a rim-protector in case something happens to Zeller. Here's our guy. He won't give you the offense of Zeller, but he's a relentless competitor and shot-blocker.
G - Rotnei Clarke, Butler Bulldogs - I dare you to find a better pure shooter. Anywhere. He also fills my No. 1 rule (always carry three point guards).
G -Aaron Craft, Ohio State Buckeyes State" data-canon="Ohio Bobcats" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM" id="shortcode0"> - Here's my backup point guard behind Pressey. Mr. Intangibles. No one would get the ball past halfcourt with Craft and Snaer on the perimeter.
Two non-power league reserves
F - Adonis Thomas , Memphis Tigers - Never showed what he could truly do a year ago, but Thomas is a big, strong wing who is extremely versatile. He's quick, athletic, powerful and has a high IQ.
F - Jamaal Franklin , San Diego Toreros State - We could use another wing -- and Franklin is a big-time athlete who can play multiple positions. He'll also bring toughness to this team.
Two true "bench players"
G - Katin Reinhardt , UNLV Rebels - When I watch him, I think "Bobby Sura." That was enough for me to find a spot for him. He's athletic, aggressive and can also make shots -- and has good size.
F - Grant Jerrett , Arizona Wildcats - We need another big man and the 6-foot-10 Jerrett is extremely skilled. He's long, has great hands and can step out and shoot it from deep. He's also a terrific passer for someone his size.
C - Josh Smith , UCLA Bruins - I'm going to hire someone to make sure there's no more late-night snacks and no more McDonald's. If he stays off the munchies, there will be no stopping the big man.
Bill Self, Kansas Jayhawks - I went with Coach K last year, but need someone a bit younger. We all knew he could recruit, but Self proved he was one of the elite X's and O's guys in the business last year.
Mike Hopkins, Syracuse Orange - He's the coach-in-waiting once Jim Boeheim calls it a career. Versatile with the ability to instruct, recruit and connect with kids.
Russell Springmann, Texas Longhorns - Recruited Kevin Durant and D.J. Augustin to Austin. Extremely well-regarded in the industry and has had several opportunities at head jobs.
Raphael Chillious, Villanova Wildcats - Built two prep schools from scratch, has strong Nike ties and now is in his wheelhouse in the northeast after spending the last few years at Washington Huskies .
Recruits to Target
Andrew Wiggins - The Canadian forward is the top-rated player in the class of 2014, but all signs point to him reclassifying to 2013. He'll still be numero uno because he can literally do it all.
Aaron Gordon - Big, strong and athletic. Gordon is a monster in the paint and has plenty of similarities to Blake Griffin.
Jabari Parker - Was hurt this past summer and may have lost his No. 1 ranking because he wasn't on the circuit, but he's so versatile and skilled and is a high-character kid.
Julius Randle - Even though Wiggins handled him this past summer, Randle is still a stud. He’s big, strong, fairly skilled and plays with a high motor.
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