NCAA Men's Basketball Top Returning Players

Who are the best returning players in college hoops?

8/1/13 in NCAABB   |   NicholasJPenkala   |   3 respect

March 21, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Marcus Smart (33) shoots against Oregon Ducks forward Arsalan Kazemi (14) during the second half of the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at HP Pavilion. Oregon defeated Oklahoma State 68-55. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY SportsTop Players:

5. Kaleb Tarczewski- Arizona 

Standing at 7'0" feet tall Tarczewski is a versatile big man who can shot as well as be a force in the post.  As a freshman at Arizona he put up decent numbers, averaging seven points a game along with six rebounds for the Wildcats.  Early in the season playing time was hard to come by for Tarczewski, but as the season progressed it seemed coach Sean Miller got more comfortable with his playing style.  Look for Tarczewski to put up big numbers for the Wildcats this season.

4. Glen Robinson III- Michigan 

In his freshman year at Michigan Robinson put up great numbers playing along side Trey Burke.  Robinson averaged 11 points a game along with five rebounds.  The Wolverines did not really need big scoring out of him last year with Burke, but this year watch out for his post and mid-range game to take center stage in Ann Arbor.

3. Gary Harris- Michigan State

  Harris took over the shooting guard role at Michigan State last year and rose to the occasion.  Averaging 13 points a game he was a huge part of the Spartans run in March.  With a poor recruiting class coming in next year, Harris is going to have to step his game up even more if Michigan State is going to have any type of success this season.

2. Willie Cauley-Stein- Kentucky 

This Kentucky team is going to be interesting to watch this coming year.  After a very disappointing season last year, I can not wait to see how they bounce back.  A huge part of that bounce back is going to be Stein.  Averaging only eight points and six rebounds last season Stein is going to need to step his game up if he want to get playing time.  I believe he will and will show the country why he should be a lottery pick in next years draft.

1. Marcus Smart- Oklahoma State

If he left Oklahoma State this year I think that he would have been a lottery pick, but he decided to stay for another season.  Last year Smart averaged 15 points a game along with six rebounds, huge numbers for an upstart Oklahoma State program who has not seen success for a number of years.  Look for Smart to have another excellent season and lead the Cowboys once again.
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8/1/13   |   NicholasJPenkala   |   3 respect

Thanks for the input Dan. I fully agree with Smart being head and shoulders above everybody. And with McDermott I feel like he had a hell of a season this year but lets be honest he wasn't playing against the best teams every week. Should be interesting to see what he does in the Big East this season.

8/1/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

2 things: 1. I think Marcus Smart is head and shoulders above the rest of the gang. 2. Where is Doug McDermott?