2011-2012 Preseason NHR All-Sophomore Team

12 Oct

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

The sophomore class of college basketball is loaded with stars at all levels. At the top of the class, there are a number of clear-cut superstars in the class. Two of the nation’s best players are sophomores. One of the fastest rising stars in the nation is a sophomore. Perhaps the most versatile player in the nation and one of the best “upside” prospects are both sophomores.

The class is loaded. Here is who the National Hoops Report team thought were the five best of the class.

Harrison Barnes, SF, North Carolina – The former number one player in high school basketball is living up to the expectations that he entered college basketball with.  The anchor of a very good UNC team, Barnes will have national eyes on him every time out this year. The great ones can handle that kind of pressure. Barnes has always performed in that arena. With the stars around him in Chapel Hill, Barnes has the opportunity to do what he does best – be the best amongst his peers.

Perry Jones, PF, Baylor – The pages in the book of Jones tell similar stories at different stages of his young career. “Big time potential”. That seems to be the general theme. The sophomore chapter of the book of Jones has a similar tone as we start the season. Jones showed he can shine like a superstar (see his 20 point game at Kansas and his 27 points against a good defensive team like Texas A&M). Baylor has the pieces in place for a tremendous year. Jones can write out his chapter with a better ending than the one he finished with last season.

Terrence Jones, SF/PF, Kentucky – There is a serious star inside of Jones and we saw glimpses of him last season. With a terrific freshmen class behind him, Jones will have to fill a newer role for the Wildcats this year. The role should be go-to guy. Having Anthony Davis beside him on the low blocks should allow for more flexibility for the Portland, Oregon native. He has the skill set to develop into a terror on the wing. From a versatility standpoint, Jones is one of the best in the nation.

Jeremy Lamb, SG, UConn – The brightness of his star potential peeked through in the post-season last year. The ride he was on in March and April continued to the summer, where he starred for USA Basketball. With Kemba Walker now gone from Storrs, Lamb is the new leader of the Connecticut clubhouse. He’s the big dog now for the defending champions. All signs point to him being ready for the challenge ahead. We could be watching a top notch lottery pick develop even further before our eyes.

Jared Sullinger, C, Ohio State – Win. That’s what the big fella does. And he does it really well. Sullinger is one of the few true big men stars in college basketball and few can dominate a game like he can in the low blocks. Sully is stronger and quicker than what he was last year, according to those in Columbus. That’s scary. As a freshman he posted 17 points and 10 rebounds a game last year. The sequel to a 34-3 season could be a trip to the Final Four.

The NHR team of Bobby Bancroft, Sam Duren, Brian Flinn, Matt Fultz and Justin Young voted on the All-Freshmen, All-Sophomore, All-Junior, All-Senior and All-American teams. We will release the teams on the NHR this week.

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