Don’t sleep on these SEC sleepers

27 Oct

Auburn's Frankie Sullivan is back from injury and the Tigers need his scoring right away. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

By Matt Fultz
National Hoops Report

With so much talent in the SEC this year, there are bound to be players that slip through the hype cracks and rise up. Here are five players that you have to keep your eyes on this year.

Julyssus Nobles (Arkansas)

Perhaps not one of the Arkansas players left over from the John Pelphrey era will benefit more from playing in Mike Anderson’s up-tempo style than Nobles. He led the team in steals with 35 last year as a sophomore, expect that number to only increase this season. He has improved offensively as well doubling his scoring average from four points as a freshman to better than eight a season ago.

Varez Ward (Auburn)

After suffering a leg injury at the beginning of his sophomore season at Texas, Ward decided to leave the Longhorn program and transferred to Auburn. While he won’t knock down many shots from the outside, he finds a way to score especially in transition. He is a n above average defender, averaging 2.3 steals a game before being injured in 2009.

Frankie Sullivan (Auburn)

Many people have forgotten about Sullivan, after he was forced to miss most of last season following left knee surgery. He received a medical redshirt and will have two years remaining. What most people don’t realize was that he put up very good numbers as a sophomore, averaging almost 13 points and 4 rebounds a game.

Dundrecous Nelson (Ole Miss)

With Chris Warren now playing in Australia, someone on the Ole Miss roster is going to have to step up and account for offensive void left by Warren. As a freshman, Nelson played in all 34 game and averaged 7.2 points in just over 15 minutes of action. If he can keep that points per minute ratio the same, he could be looking at an All-SEC selection

Darius Miller (Kentucky)

Miller is not a sleeper in the sense that no one knows who he is, because most know who his name from the past two Kentucky seasons. What most people don’t know however is how talented the senior really is. He has shown flashes like his career high 20 points against Wake Forest in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament, but a lack of consistency has frustrated many Wildcat fans. Look for Miller to finally put it all together this season and make a run at All-SEC

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