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NHR Top 100: #27 Draymond Green, SF, Michigan State

3 Nov

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By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 27 – Draymond Green, SF, Sr., Michigan State

If you play in a fantasy college basketball league, you are probably eye-balling Green as the number one spot. As David Fox of Rivals.com puts it, Green is the ultimate stat-stuffer. You can’t even debate it. Green gets so much done. Continue reading

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NHR Top 100: #28 Trevor Mbakwe, PF, Minnesota

3 Nov

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By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 28 – Trevor Mbakwe, PF, Sr., Minnesota

Mbakwe played for Matt Painter and USA Basketball over the summer and the Purdue coach recalled an interesting moment regarding the Gopher big man. Continue reading

NHR Top 100: #29 John Shurna, PF, Northwestern

3 Nov

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By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 29 – John Shurna, PF, Sr., Northwestern

The Most Interesting Man in the World, he is not. In fact, John Shurna looks like a kid you’d see on Sunday helping his grandmother out of the family van in a church parking lot. He looks like the nicest of guys. Not that there is anything wrong with that. Continue reading

NHR Top 100: #30 James Michael McAdoo, PF, North Carolina

3 Nov

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 30 – James Michael McAdoo, PF, Fr., North Carolina

I know, I know, I know. He’s not going to be playing a lot this year. I know you’ve said something to debate this selection already. I get that.

But let’s not debate the fact that McAdoo is one of the premiere big men in college basketball right now. Continue reading

NHR Top 100: #31 Orlando Johnson, SG, UC Santa Barbara

2 Nov

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 31 – Orlando Johnson, SG, Sr., UC Santa Barbara

He has the size. He has the upward progression. He has ever-growing confidence. He has a final year to prove himself as one of the nation’s best. He also wants to get back to the NCAA tournament. Continue reading

NHR Top 100: #32 Allen Crabbe, SG, Cal

2 Nov

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By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 32 – Allen Crabbe, SG, Soph., Cal

I always liked it when coaches would lean over to their colleagues in the uncomfortable bleachers at an AAU event and say without hesitation “he’s a pro,” nodding their head in the direction of a kid that they knew was bound for stardom.

I tried that last year while watching Crabbe. “He’s a pro,” I’d say to some of my media row brethren. The uniformed laughed.

I stand by it. Crabbe is a pro. He has the size, the shot, the potential and the team to become an instant star in college basketball. From my vantage point at Matthew Knight Arena, Crabbe was the best player to roll through my point of view last season.

USA Basketball could have used his outside touch this summer on the U19 team. Had he been there, the finish may have had something to do with gold. Crabbe was out due to a concession.

After the season ended, I wrote this about Crabbe:

“You don’t know the name if you live east of the Rocky Mountains. Heck, you probably don’t even know the name if you live east of California but Allen Crabbe is a star in waiting. The Cal Bear sophomore-to-be was the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year this season after a stellar college debut. The long-armed wing averaged 16.4 points a game in the 2011 calendar year. He scored over 20 points in four of his last five games of the year. Crabbe is a terrific shooter, incredibly confident and surging at the right time. Don’t be surprised to see him become a hot name on NBA draft boards next year.”

Hey, he’s a pro.

2010-2011 STATS: 13.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2 apg, 44.6% FG, 40% 3PT

NHR Top 100: #33 Reeves Nelson, PF, UCLA

2 Nov

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By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 33 – Reeves Nelson, PF, Jr., UCLA

Tough guy? Check. Great rebounder? Check. Mismatch? Check. Smack-talker? Check. Will tackle his grandmother for a loose ball? Check.

Sounds like a Big East power forward, right? Check…wait, don’t check that. Nelson, a California kid, is the resident tough guy in the Pac-12 and one of the reasons why the Bruins are being touted as a team to be reckoned with on the West Coast this year. Continue reading

NHR Top 100: #34 Maalik Wayns, PG, Villanova

1 Nov

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By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 34 – Maalik Wayns, PG, Jr., Villanova

Is anyone else surprised that Villanova isn’t being talked about as a top 25 team? Yes, they lost Corey Fisher and Corey Stokes – a combined 31 points a game from the backcourt. But remember when Scottie Reynolds, an All-American, graduated? Nova recovered nicely with Fisher. Continue reading

NHR Top 100: #35 Doug McDermott, SF, Creighton

31 Oct


By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 35 – Doug McDermott, SF, Soph., Creighton

There are a couple of mid-major darlings out there to start the season and one of the best is Creighton. Several key pieces are back, including McDermott. The 6-foot-8 wing was one of the most productive freshmen in America last year. Continue reading

NHR Top 100: #36 Jared Cunningham, SG, Oregon State

31 Oct

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By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 36 – Jared Cunningham, SG, Jr., Oregon State

The National Hoops Report is a big fan of the flying Beaver from NorCal, aka Flight Time.

He was a national favorite last year with his amazing put back dunk against Arizona (the best #dunkage of the season if you ask the NHR) and he’s also known for being a defensive dynamo. In fact, he’s one of the top five defenders in America. That’s a fact. Continue reading