16. Isaiah Mobley USC
Mobley had a very good season becoming more of an offensive threat and really being a factor on the boards. Furthermore, his growth in his game is with the ability to stretch defenses with his improved three-point shooting at 43.6%. Next, he was really good in the dunker spot for cuts and for high low opportunities being efficient around the basket. Also, he is good in the post getting to his right hand either with a drop step or a jump hook. Continued, he is really good on the catch from the perimeter and can be a major factor as the trail is in transition. Additionally, he plays with a great amount of confidence and has the ability to take it from the perimeter into post-ups and to the rim.
Mobley is effective in ball screens being able to short roll from jumpers and being able to dive all the way to the basket. Now defensively, he has the size and toughness to defend the post well and brings mobility to guard out on the perimeter. He has the length as well to alter shots around the basket and rebounds consistently. Mobley will be one of the best bigs in college basketball if he returns after testing NBA draft waters.
17. Geo Baker Rutgers
Baker will be one of the best players in college basketball next season and one of the best pure scorers. Now, Baker will look to be more healthy than a season ago, looking to elevate into a more efficient scorer. Additionally, Baker has the ability to make shots off the dribble and will need to continue to elevate his game by creating separation. Also, he does a very solid job of getting to the rim and finishes with consistency. Continued, his growth with his perimeter jumper will be key in expanding his game as he shot 30.3% from three. Furthermore, he does a very solid job of moving off the basketball being in a great position to score the basketball.
His dependability as a late-game scorer for Rutgers is very beneficial and him being one of the most clutch players in the country is vital. As for defensively, he is solid on the basketball with his activity and lateral movement. Also, applies consistent ball pressure and has the size to handle opposing guards well. Geo Baker will be one of the best scorers in the country looking to lead Rutgers back to the NCAA tournament.
18. Paola Banchero Duke
Banchero will be a major addition to Duke in the frontcourt adding scoring and athleticism on both ends. Additionally, he will be a perfect combination with Mark Williams playing in the mid-post area with the ability to make jumpers and drive to the rim. Next, he will be a good passer for a big and will be a consistent threat on the glass for extra possessions. Continued, the ability to develop his range at a high level could make him one of the most versatile scorers in the country next season. Banchero should have a tremendous season at Duke before entering the NBA draft.
19. Patrick Baldwin Jr. Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Baldwin Jr. will be one of the best players in college basketball and should have massive numbers in the Horizon League. Furthermore, he will add offense with his ability to make shots with consistency from the perimeter. Next, he has a very good basketball IQ and skill set that makes him an even more difficult matchup with his athleticism. Also, he will be able to be a catalyst offensively with his scoring ability either on or off the basketball. Along with, being a matchup problem, he will cause in most games especially in the Horizon League. Patrick Baldwin Jr. should have an extraordinary freshman season before going to the NBA draft.
20. Max Abmas Oral Roberts
Abmas had a very good sophomore season leading the country in scoring and being the focal point of Oral Roberts’s run to the Sweet 16. Furthermore, Abmas must be picked up immediately when he crosses half court with his shot-making from three off the bounce. Next, his ability to attack off of ball screens is elite being able to expose any missed step or mismatch. Continued, he is very good off the catch as well being a great spot-up shooter at 42.9% from the three-point line. Additionally, he is more than capable of getting to the basket with his speed and finishes well around the basket. The overall efficiency Abmas plays with is impressive being a player who can score from all three levels. Also, Abmas is a solid playmaker for others getting them in great positions to score the basketball.
Abmas has the ability to take over games in the biggest moments with his star power with the basketball. Now defensively, he could improve his engagement on the basketball by applying more ball pressure, as well as being more active off the ball to be a strong help defender. Abmas is an offensive juggernaut and will look to lead Oral Roberts back to the NCAA tournament.
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