We may only be a few games in the college basketball season, but sparks are already flying. Upsets and superstars have been formed. Lets take a closer look at who and what’s happened.
Number 1 has already been upset by a mid-major. North Carolina traveled to take on North Iowa and left with the loss. Carolina layed an egg against the boys from UNI. No Marcus Paige and a Wes Washpun on fire is what did the Tar Heels in. A 29-8 run over a 12 minute span is what fueled the Panthers. Tough loss for the Heels, huge win for the Panthers.
Grayson Allen is the new Christian Laettner. I’m not afraid to say it in the least. After last years title game performance we were given just a glimpse of the superstardom of Allen. He went off against Georgetown for 32 in the 2K Classic. He also became the first player since JJ Reddick to score 30 in back to back games. Did I say he was 20? Yeah he’s only 20, Coach K has himself his next horse for the next few years.
Maryland is a scary team. Jake Layman and Melo Trimble are two names who could take this year over. Trimble can slash defenses, and Layman can do it all, from the outside, from the inside and on defense. The transfer Rasheed Sulaimon has been huge addition, not only a solid defender but can shoot from the outside. Diamond Stone could be freshman player of the year, and has the best name in all of basketball.
Kentucky and Coach Cal, not only opened with a big win against Duke, but proved that freshman can be overwhelming. Isaiah Briscoe is flat out awesome. He will probably be a top 20 pick next year. Tyler Ulis is not slouch either, they should be happy he came back. Alex Poythress, as long as he’s healthy, is a force in the paint. Something you will need against LSU and Ben Simmons later in conference play.
Speaking of Ben Simmons, there’s a lot of talk about him. I’ve heard everything from he’s the next Lebron to he’s best player we’ve seen since Anthony Davis. Lets cool off on that. Yes he’s a very good player, but remember it’s LSU we are talking about here. They’ll struggle down the stretch like they always do. If they don’t then I will eat my words. But Simmons could be the real deal, and should be a top 5-8 pick in the draft. Hint hint, Celtics, hint hint.
But we still have plenty of Dickie V lines left this season. The pandemonium baby!