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Wooden Preseason Top 50 Released

Posted on: October 3, 2011 12:41 pm
 
By Jeff Goodman

The Wooden Preseason Top 50 was released today and, for the first time, four players from one team made their list. North Carolina placed Harrison Barnes, John Henson, Kendall Marshall and Tyler Zeller - and it's difficult to argue.

Remember, freshman and transfers aren't eligible for the preseason list (which is why I prefer the Naismith list).

I had seven players on my ballot that weren't included in the following list: Kyle Casey (Harvard), Jason Clark (Georgetown), Matthew Dellavedova (Saint Mary's), Ryan Kelly (Duke), Rodney McGruder (Kansas State), Shabazz Napier (UConn) and Terrence Ross (Washington).

The players I did not include on my list were Allen Crabbe (Cal), Marcus Denmon (Missouri), Darius Johnson-Odom (Marquette), Kris Joseph (Syracuse), Khris Middleton (Texas A&M), Casper Ware (Long Beach State) and Keith Wright (Harvard).

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
Allen Crabbe, 6-6, SG, Soph., California
Aaron Craft, 6-2, PG, Soph., Ohio State
Marcus Denmon, 6-3, G, Sr., Missouri
Festus Ezeli, 6-11, C, Sr., Vanderbilt
Ashton Gibbs, 6-2, G, Sr., Pittsburgh
Michael Glover, 6-7, PF, Sr., Iona
Drew Gordon, 6-9, PF, Sr., New Mexico
Draymond Green, 6-7, PF, Sr., Michigan State
JaMychal Green, 6-8, PF, Sr., Alabama
Jorge Gutierrez, 6-3, G, Sr., California
Tim Hardaway Jr., 6-5, SG, Soph., Michigan
Elias Harris, 6-7, F, Jr., Gonzaga
John Henson, 6-11, C, 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, 6-3, SG, Jr., Vanderbilt
Orlando Johnson, 6-5, SG, Sr., UC Santa Barbara
Darius Johnson-Odom, 6-2, G, Sr., Marquette
Kevin Jones, 6-8, PF, Sr., West Virginia
Terrence Jones, 6-8, F, Soph., Kentucky
Perry Jones III, 6-11, PF, Soph., Baylor
Kris Joseph, 6-7, SF, Sr., Syracuse
Jeremy Lamb, 6-5, SG, Soph., UConn
Kendall Marshall, 6-4, PG, Soph., North Carolina
Trevor Mbakwe, 6-8, PF, Sr., Minnesota
Ray McCallum, 6-1, PG, Soph., Detroit
Doug McDermott, 6-7, F, Soph., Creighton
Khris Middleton, 6-7, F, Jr., Texas A&M
Reeves Nelson, 6-8, PF, Jr., UCLA
Andrew Nicholson, 6-9, PF, Sr., St. Bonaventure
Alex Oriakhi, 6-9, C, Jr., UConn
Thomas Robinson, 6-9, PF, Jr., Kansas
John Shurna, 6-9, F, Sr., Northwestern
Peyton Siva, 6-0, PG, Jr., Louisville
Josh Smith, 6-10, C, Soph., UCLA
Jared Sullinger, 6-9, C, Soph., Ohio State
Jeffery Taylor, 6-7, SF, Sr., Vanderbilt
Jordan Taylor, 6-1, PG, Sr., Wisconsin
Casper Ware, 5-10, PG, Sr., Long Beach State
Maalik Wayns, 6-2, G, Jr., Villanova
Keith Wright, 6-8, PF, Sr., Harvard
Patric Young, 6-9, C, Soph., Florida
Tyler Zeller, 7-0, PF, Sr., North Carolina
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Comments

Since: Sep 18, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 6:04 pm
 

Wooden Preseason Top 50 Released

Since you asked, my definition of a "good coach" in the college game today is someone who can do the following (and roughly in this order of importance):  (1) recruit, and then (2) motivate or inspire good players, and this includes fostering good team chemistry and making sure everyong uderstands and can accept his role, (3) teach the game (which includes runnign effectie practices), (4) run a game well (design plays, substitue wisely, take advantage of momentary personnel mismatches, react quickly and appropriately to the other guy's moves, etc.) (5) Represent the university well and run a clean program. Actually, IMHO a big part of the "problem" with college athletics today is that (5) isn't higher on the list,  Not a very different list from yours, I suspect, although your  mocking post, your screen name, and your avatar all suggest you may be more interested in making fun of others than in sharing your own thoughts. ROFL indeed!



Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2011 12:49 am
 

Wooden Preseason Top 50 Released

3 OSU players!!!



Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 11:44 pm
 

Wooden Preseason Top 50 Released

Remember this name:  Michael Snaer.



Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 7:54 pm
 

Wooden Preseason Top 50 Released

Sorry, you forgot to include an excuse explaining why 2009 shouldn't really count, either.

Re: 2005, Roy didn't recruit most of those players (though one of his recruits - Marvin Williams - was quite instrumental in North Carolina's success) but if you're truly suggesting Doherty was on the path to a NCAA title, let alone a trip to the Elite Eight or Final Four, with that group of players, you need to take a step back and let the delusion and bias fade away. But, who am I kidding, you're not interested in giving credit where its due. Roy - who is a heck of a recruiter in his own right (but you already know this) - was the only reason that team ever sniffed the NCAA title game.
So true... In fact, Matt Doherty got fired because he lost the players' support... They all but refused to play for him. 

...and you know you can't mention the 2009 "Roy-can't-win-a-championship-with-his-own-r

ecruits-" busting championship!!  That kills one of their favorite arguments!!  LOLOL....



Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 7:47 pm
 

Wooden Preseason Top 50 Released

Wow, what a thought!  Roy Williams and John Calipari as "obstacles" to their teams' success?!  You may be the only guy in the entire country who thinks neither of these guys can coach!  Calipari's issues have to do with recruiting and NCAA violations, not at all with his ability to get the most out of his players or his in-game strategies, and Roy is almost universally viewed as a great recruiter, motivator, teacher, and game coach.  Why do you think BOTH are obstacles?
Don't these message board "experts" kill ya?!?  ROFL!!  I'd like to know this one's definition of a "good coach"!!! 



Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 4:00 pm
 

Wooden Preseason Top 50 Released

Giving Ol Roy credit for 2005 is like giving Tubby Smith credit for 1998, we all know those were Pitino's boy's.  Now, when Calipari wins a title, and then holds it for 3 years without sanctions or other penalties, maybe then the nation will recognize him as something other than a talent purchaser.

Sorry, you forgot to include an excuse explaining why 2009 shouldn't really count, either.

Re: 2005, Roy didn't recruit most of those players (though one of his recruits - Marvin Williams - was quite instrumental in North Carolina's success) but if you're truly suggesting Doherty was on the path to a NCAA title, let alone a trip to the Elite Eight or Final Four, with that group of players, you need to take a step back and let the delusion and bias fade away. But, who am I kidding, you're not interested in giving credit where its due. Roy - who is a heck of a recruiter in his own right (but you already know this) - was the only reason that team ever sniffed the NCAA title game.



Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: October 4, 2011 3:34 pm
 

Wooden Preseason Top 50 Released

This is going to be one of the best CBB seasons ever.  Starting early on Dec. 3rd w/ UK and UNC battling out in one of, if not THE, top CB venues ever - Rupp Arena in Lexington, KentuckY.  The season will just get even better from there w/ the two best programs leading all the way to a rematch Championship game in New Orleans at the new Mercedes-Benz Superdome.



Since: Oct 21, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 12:20 pm
 

Wooden Preseason Top 50 Released

Giving Ol Roy credit for 2005 is like giving Tubby Smith credit for 1998, we all know those were Pitino's boy's.  Now, when Calipari wins a title, and then holds it for 3 years without sanctions or other penalties, maybe then the nation will recognize him as something other than a talent purchaser. 



Since: Sep 18, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 12:07 pm
 

Wooden Preseason Top 50 Released

Wow, what a thought!  Roy Williams and John Calipari as "obstacles" to their teams' success?!  You may be the only guy in the entire country who thinks neither of these guys can coach!  Calipari's issues have to do with recruiting and NCAA violations, not at all with his ability to get the most out of his players or his in-game strategies, and Roy is almost universally viewed as a great recruiter, motivator, teacher, and game coach.  Why do you think BOTH are obstacles?



Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 11:56 am
 

Wooden Preseason Top 50 Released

UNC and UK both have the talent, they both just have to overcome one major obstacle to get to the title.... Coaching.

Yes, as evidenced by 2005 and 2009. Hate on, Dukie.


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