The question itself is purely subjective in nature. There is no such thing as the “best” players in basketball most seasons, and it’s occasionally arbitrary in nature with requirements being “I like this guy more than the other for no real reason,” or “he’s just better, damnit.” So when someone makes a list of the 50 best players in college hoops, when “your guy” isn’t on it, you take it in stride.
Well Maryland’s guy is Dez Wells (or Jake Layman or Romelo Trimble, if you’re a hipster), and he’s not on Jason McIntyre of TheBigLead.com’s list of top fifty players. He is technically on the page as an also-ran in the “Just missed the cut” portion of the article, however, which I guess counts for something. But Wells, who was one of the ACC’s better scorers and incredibly effective in his time on the court, is supplanted by some pretty interesting names.
12. Terry Rozier, G, Louisville. Didn’t put up massive stats (7.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg) as a freshman on a loaded team, but somebody has to fill the scoring void Russ Smith left.
I get that replacing Russ Smith won’t be easy, and someone could well make up for that void in scoring, but 12th? I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve to be on the list…but 12th? If he’s pushing out a guy like Wells to even be mentioned on the list, that’s gutsy.
41. Jabari Bird, SG, California. Battled injuries during a frustrating freshman year (8.3 ppg) but the high profile high school recruit will be expected to come close to doubling that output this season.
Having seen Jabari Bird a few times in high school, he is absolutely a talented player, and I recognize that it’s hard to make lists. But Bird didn’t show much of anything his freshman year that would suggest he’s going to be a top fifty player. What’s wrong with going for results rather than complete guesswork?
Oh, and there are three Duke players who haven’t played a minute of college basketball in the top twenty. That may be correct, but just feels like McIntyre is reaching a bit here.
Those are really just a few examples, and you can check out the rest of the list yourself (which is admittedly decent at times and well researched), but it certainly feels like Wells has a case to be made that he was snubbed here.
What do you think?