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College Basketball Preview: Top 30 wings for 2013-14

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Michigan State's Gary Harris scored 12.9 ppg as a freshman last season . (USATSI)

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Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins is the CBSSports.com Preseason National Player of the Year. So, obviously, he has to lead our list of the nation's Top 30 Wings. But Duke's the school with two of our top four (and a total of three players listed). And there's also three Kentucky players on this list because, honestly, why would there not be three Kentucky players on this list.

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CBSSports.com Top 30 Wings

1. Andrew Wiggins

Kansas

Vitals: 6-8 | Fr.

Comment: So the story about Wiggins possibly getting a $180 million shoe deal when he leaves college was apparently rooted in a myth. But this central point remains true -- that Wiggins is expected to be the face of a NBA franchise someday, and make a lot of money while doing it. First, though, he'll have one really nice season at Kansas, where he should help Bill Self win a 10th straight Big 12 title. -- Gary Parrish


2. Jabari Parker

Duke

Vitals: 6-8 | Fr.

Comment: Formerly the No. 1 prospect in his class, Parker lost some of luster after suffering a foot injury. But he's fully recovered now and should this season get back to being the matchup nightmare he was a couple of summers ago. -- Jeff Borzello


3. Gary Harris

Michigan State

Vitals: 6-4 | Soph.

Comment: Harris is the Spartans' key asset in getting Tom Izzo to his seventh Final Four. The sophomore guard could very well be the best player now in the Big Ten. He was the league's Freshman of the Year last season, which made him the first Michigan State player to ever earn the honor. -- Matt Norlander


4. Rodney Hood

Duke

Vitals: 6-8 | Soph.

Comment: Hood averaged 10 points and five rebounds per game two years ago as a freshman at Mississippi State, and he's expected to emerge on the national scale this season. He and Parker should be great for the Blue Devils, provided they play well together. -- GP


5. C.J. Fair

Syracuse

Vitals: 6-8 | Sr.

Comment: Fair has a chance to be ACC Player of the Year in Syracuse's first season in the ACC. He is now clearly the go-to-guy on offense for the Orange, meaning the Baltimore native might see his scoring average rise for the fourth straight season. -- JB


6. Glenn Robinson III

Michigan

Vitals: 6-6 | Soph.

Comment: Robinson passed up potentially being a first-round pick to come back and give Michigan a shot at reaching another Final Four. He has an incredibly smooth stroke and will be the best all-around option on offense for the Wolverines. -- MN


7. Cleanthony Early

Wichita State

Vitals: 6-8 | Sr.

Comment: Nobody (outside of maybe Michigan's Mitch McGary) did more for his national reputation in last season's NCAA tournament than Early, the 6-8 former JUCO star who averaged 14 points and five rebounds last season. He had 24 and 10 in the Shockers' Final Four loss to Louisville. -- GP


8. Joe Harris

Virginia

Vitals: 6-6 | Sr.

Comment: Harris was one of the most dangerous scorers in the country before last season's late-season slump. His signature moment came when he dropped 36 points in a win over Duke. -- JB


9. Alex Poythress

Kentucky

Vitals: 6-7 | SOPH

Comment: Poythress can be a big or a wing. We know that. But we're slotting him in this category given the bigs --Julius Randle, Willie Cauley-Stein, etc., -- that UK will be working with this season. At 6-8 and nearly 240 pounds, Poythress is one of the toughest individual matchups in college basketball. -- MN


10. LaQuinton Ross

Ohio State

Vitals: 6-8 | Jr.

Comment: Ross is set for a breakthrough season after averaging 15 points per game in last March's NCAA tournament. He'll have plenty of opportunities to score now that Deshaun Thomas is no longer around to take all the shots. -- GP


11. Sam Dekker

Wisconsin

Vitals: 6-7 | Soph.

Comment: Dekker, a top-25 prospect coming out of high school. was mostly stuck behind an all-senior frontline last season. But now he's the main man up front -- one who has a terrific feel and is an excellent shooter for his size. -- JB


12. Wayne Selden

Kansas

Vitals: 6-3 | Fr.

Comment: Wait, you're telling me Kansas has the No. 1 and No. 12 player on this list? Selden has reportedly been an incredible player in preseason practice sessions. He's 6-5, about 220 pounds, and is extremely physical. Kansas is a nightmare to matchup with, physically, this season. -- MN


13. Jordan Adams

UCLA

Vitals: 6-5 | Soph.

Comment: Shabazz Muhammad got more attention last season, and Kyle Anderson is getting more attention this preseason. But UCLA's best player -- or at least UCLA's most consistently good player -- is Adams, the Atlanta native who averaged 15.3 points per game last season before breaking a bone in his foot during the Pac-12 tournament. -- GP


14. Rasheed Sulaimon

Duke

Vitals: 6-4 | Soph.

Comment: This Houston native is the ideal third option for Duke. Sulaimon is capable of carrying the offense -- he had 11 games of at least 16 points last season – but completely content in his role. Either way, he's a future first-round pick. -- JB


15. Tyler Haws

BYU

Vitals: 6-5 | Jr.

Comment: BYU's prime scorer led the West Coast Conference in points last season and was the first Cougar to be top 10 in the nation in points per game -- as a sophomore. (Jimmer didn't do it until his later years.). Haws is a smooth, athletic player that can hit the mid-range shot and also score by way of getting to the foul line. -- MN


16. Marshall Henderson

Ole Miss

Vitals: 6-2 | Sr.

Comment: Love him or hate him, there's no denying the impact Henderson made at Ole Miss and on the SEC in general last season. He averaged 20 points per game and took the Rebels to the NCAA tournament. -- GP


17. Aaron Harrison

Kentucky

Vitals: 6-6 | Fr.

Comment: The lesser-heralded of the Harrison twins, Aaron was a top-10 prospect in his own right. He has deep range on his jumper, and is very good at getting by his defender and either pulling up in the mid-range or finishing at the rim. Capable of monster outings.


18. P.J. Hairston

North Carolina

Vitals: 6-6 | Jr.

Comment: Forget the troubling offseason here. Hairston's got an NBA body and an inside/out game that will help UNC be a top-25 team. He led the Tar Heels in scoring last year and will likely do it again, becoming more of a 3-point threat in the process. -- MN


19. Jordan McRae

Tennessee

Vitals: 6-6 | Sr.

Comment: McRae averaged 1.8 points per game as a freshman, 8.6 as a sophomore and 15.7 as a junior. So he's progressively improved, and he should have the Vols in the Field of 68 this season. -- GP


20. Sean Kilpatrick

Cincinnati

Vitals: 6-4 | Sr.

Comment: Without backcourt mate Cashmere Wright, Kilpatrick could find the sledding a bit tougher on the Bearcats' perimeter. His shooting numbers slipped last season, and he needs to get back to being more efficient. But, that said, he's a big-time scorer who last season dropped 32 on Iowa State and 36 on Marquette. -- JB


21. Dez Wells

Maryland

Vitals: 6-5 | Jr.

Comment: Wells is a fierce competitor who has the ability to be higher on this list. He had his year of adjustment at Maryland last year; I can't wait to see what he does this season when given the reins. -- MN


22. Markel Brown

Oklahoma State

Vitals: 6-3 | Sr.

Comment: How good is Marcus Smart? So good that Brown, his older teammate, gets almost no attention nationally despite averaging 15.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game last season. -- GP


23. T.J. Warren

North Carolina State

Vitals: 6-8 | Soph.

Comment: Warren's scoring numbers could skyrocket this season. He didn't start on a consistent basis for all of last year, but he still managed to average 12 points on an astonishing 62 percent from the field. -- JB


24. Olivier Hanlan

Boston College

Vitals: 6-4 | Soph.

Comment: The Boston College slender sophomore put up more than 15 points, four rebounds and two assists per game in 2012-13. He was the league's Freshman of the Year and has serious breakout potential for 2013-14. -- MN


25. Branden Dawson

Michigan State

Vitals: 6-6 | Jr.

Comment: Dawson, who has the perfect frame for a wing, averaged 8.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game last season. He should be even better this season and a key part on a team built for a Final Four.


26. Nick Johnson

Arizona

Vitals: 6-3 | Jr.

Comment: Johnson's numbers won't jump off the page at you, but his tenacious on-ball defense and ridiculous athleticism are certainly impressive. He is disruptive to opposing ball-handlers, and his outside shooting is steadily improving. This could be a big year for him.


27. Le'Bryan Nash

Oklahoma State

Vitals: 6-7 | Sr.

Comment: Nash has the talent -- now let's see him finally capitalize on it with Marcus Smart running point again for the Cowboys. Nash has an improved jump shot and great ability to knife into the lane. If he's at his best, OSU can reach a Final Four. -- MN


28. Treveon Graham

VCU

Vitals: 6-6 | Jr.

Comment: Shaka Smart predicted before last season that Treveon Graham would have a breakout year, and he was right. Now the Rams have a 6-6 wing who could be an All-American if he leads VCU to an A-10 title. -- GP


29. Nik Stauskas

Michigan

Vitals: 6-6 | So.

Comment: It's time for this Canadaian to become a go-to option offensively. With Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. gone, Stauskas must take on a bigger role – and he's ready. Stauskas scored 22 points against Florida in the NCAA tournament, and he's tough to guard when he gets hot from deep. -- JB


30. James Young

Kentucky

Vitals: 6-6 | Fr.

Comment: Just another Kentucky player that'll be drafted in the first round. His placement here might make us look dumb at year's end, because word is NBA scouts have been most impressed with him -- over any other player -- thus far in UK's workouts. Must be nice. -- MN


 
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