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Top 20 College Basketball Small Forwards for the 2020-2021 Season: 10-1

1. Aaron Henry Michigan State

Henry improved his ability to make shots and bring really good versatility on both ends of the floor. Furthermore, he’s a great attacker of the basket with his size and ability to finish around the basket. Next, he’s really solid with his ability to get to the mid-range jumpers making them consistently. His ability to move without the ball is really good. His versatility is huge being able to play multiple positions for Michigan State and he rebounds the ball very well. Also, his shot is his biggest weakness but that continues to get better and his three-point shot should take the next step forward. Henry is a swiss army knife and he has very solid touch around the basket. Now defensively, his length and ability to guard multiple positions are very good. Also, he moves extremely well on-ball and brings really good toughness. Henry is a very good player and should be one of the best wings in college basketball next season.

Edmonds native Corey Kispert has been a difference maker for ...2. Corey Kispert Gonzaga

Kispert is a knockdown shooter who really took great strides in becoming the go-to option for Gonzaga on the perimeter. Next, he’s very good in transition getting a three-point spot-up shot with great ease or using his size to get to the basket effectively. Also, he moves extremely well without the basketball creating space to get open for shots and his great shooting ability. Furthermore, he’s capable of being a really good cutter to the rim and having the size to finish very well. Additionally, he can be very good at ball screen action getting to the middle of the lane with runners and short jumpers. His area of improvement could be making more shots off the dribble and getting to the rim more often. Kispert is a very good scorer, not just a shooter. As for the defensive end, he moves well laterally and has the size to defend drives effectively. He’s a well-rounded defender who is solid in everything he does. Kispert will be one of the best players in college basketball looking to contribute to Gonzaga winning the National Championship.

3. MaCio Teague Baylor

Teague has really good size and the ability to be a knockdown dependable shooter for Baylor. Next, he does a good job of getting shots off the dribble and is really effective from the mid-range. Also, the ability to isolate Teague with his ability to create his own shot is very effective for Baylor. Furthermore, he moves well off the basketball with the ability to come off handoffs and screens to get really good looks. The scoring ability with the size of Teague is really good and makes him a difficult matchup for teams. On the defensive end, he does a solid job with his size and containing the basketball. Teague will be a major part of Baylor’s success next season, as they look to win the National Championship.

4. Scottie Lewis Florida

Lewis is very active off the basketball and cuts to the basket very effectively. Also, he has really good athleticism to finish around the rim on drives and rebounding the basketball. Additionally, he can make open threes, but he must improve his overall shooting to become a more consistent offensive player. The driving ability is a big strength of his especially in motion off the ball. Now defensively, he has very good length and athleticism which makes him very good on the ball and he can guard multiple positions. Next, his overall strength must increase to become an even better defender. The Swiss-army knife ability of Lewis makes him one of the best players in the country. Lewis will have a dynamic sophomore season, will develop his offensive game and should be one of the best two-way players in the country.

5. Jalen Johnson Duke

Johnson is set to the next freshman star at the wing position to join the likes of Brandon Ingram and Jayson Tatum. Now, he is an extremely skilled and talented player who should be able to flourish on the offensive end of the floor. Also, he is going to be a really good passer with his vision in the open floor and plays the game with a high IQ. He will be a really good shooter with the ability to make threes on a consistent basis. As a defender, he must improve his quickness to guard the ball well. Johnson’s overall size and skill set are setting him up to have a great freshman season at Duke.

6. Isaiah Livers Michigan

Livers is the go-to scorer for Michigan and has really good size. He brings good versatility and can post up smaller defenders effectively and really shoot well from the perimeter. Also, he does an effective job of attacking in transition with his size and ability to finish at the rim. Furthermore, he does a very solid job of attacking in isolated situations with his ability to shoot and drive. Next, he does a pretty good job of moving without the ball and getting in a scoring position. He’s a dependable scorer who brings really good consistency for Michigan. Defensively, he moves well and has the solid length to do a solid job on the ball. His physicality makes drives more difficult and protects the basketball well. Livers will be one of the best wings in the country next season.

Yves Pons Declares for 2020 NBA Draft | Rocky Top Insider7. Yves Pons Tennessee

Pons took major steps forward on the offensive end for Tennessee this past season. He’s an exceptional athlete with the ability to rebound the basketball very well and provide second chance opportunities. Next, he has the ability to play inside and out with his athleticism to attack slower forwards and his shot has vastly improved from deep. His mobility makes him a very difficult cover for defenses and he has the opportunity to get even better offensively. His post-up game could improve with going at people and settling less for turnaround fades. The potential for Pons is very high and if he can take even more strides he could be SEC Player of the Year. Defensively he’s an exceptional athlete and brings great effort on this end. He has really good length and size with great activity on and off the ball. Also, he will make plays the rim and help create transition opportunities by forcing turnovers. Pons and John Fulkerson will make for a very good frontcourt for Tennessee looking to win the SEC.

8. Ziaire Williams Stanford

Williams will bring major impact to Stanford on their perimeter with his ability to play in the open floor at a high level. Furthermore, he has major potential to be a really good scorer with his shooting ability from the perimeter off the dribble and catch. He has a really solid first step allowing him to get to the rim well and finishes with good touch. Next, the improved strength and continued development can allow him to be an effective two-way player. A backcourt with Tyrell Terry and Ziaire Williams could lead Stanford to a very good season.

9. Seth Towns Ohio State

Towns is a pretty good athlete with great size and can play inside or out. Furthermore, his face-up ability is very strong in the post and is good in one on one opportunities to just rise up to shoot from the perimeter. Also, his ball-handling is solid enough to get him good looks from the mid-range shooting over the top of defenders. His versatility makes him a very difficult matchup for teams to guard him. His isolation game is very effective. The post defense must get stronger so he can’t just get bullied in the post by bigger players. If he can be a more consistent defender he will be able to take advantage more in transition. Towns will be a terrific addition for Ohio State as long as he can stay healthy.

10. Ochai Agbaji Kansas

Agbaji had an up and down season as a sophomore and will be a lead guy for Kansas next season. He has really good size and the ability to get the basket effectively still needs to finish with more consistency. Also, his shot is solid in catch and shoot opportunities but he must improve the ability to make shots off the dribble. He runs the floor well in transition and does a good job of contributing on the boards. His size and athleticism allow him to make shots over defenders and putbacks around the basket. For Agbaji to really take the next step he must be a confident efficient scorer from the perimeter. As for defensively, he has good athleticism and length who rebounds the ball well he’s a key part to Kansas’ defensive success.

Images Courtesy of, MSU Athletics, The Seattle Times, Rocky Top Insider

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