Dom's CBB Top 25 (2/1/21)
Here are my updated Top 25 teams, followed by some key players to keep an eye on going forward that should probably be getting a lot more attention than they are.
8. Ohio State
14. Florida State
16. Texas Tech
17. Loyola Chicago
19. Oklahoma State
22. Virginia Tech
25. Saint Louis
Corey Kispert - Gonzaga (1)
Freshman Jalen Suggs may be the Gonzaga player drawing the most attention by NBA GMs as a potential top two pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. However, it's a different Zags player that is making a legitimate case for National Player of the Year. While everyone has Iowa's Luka Garza penciled in as NPOY, Kispert is actually scoring more efficiently from behind the arc, inside the arc, and at the free throw line, all while playing for the best team in the country. At 6'7", 220 pounds, the senior is simply unstoppable this year. Kispert is currently averaging over 20 points per game on better than 55/45/90 (FG/3pt/FT) shooting percentages, a feat absolutely no player has done in the last several decades, if not ever.
Justin Gorham - Houston (4)
Houston has stars like Quentin Grimes and Marcus Sasser, but Houston's identity is toughness and rebounding. The best offensive rebounder in the country is not a 7-footer - it's actually 6'7" Gorham, who currently has over 18% offensive rebounding percentage. Gorham is a major reason Houston leads the country in offensive rebounds per game, and a key reason I see Houston as a Final Four team right now.
Ayo Dosunmu - Illinios (12)
While the 7-footer Kofi Cockburn gets a lot of attention, the 6'5" junior Dosunmu will determine how far Illinios will go in March. Dosunmu showed that when he dropped 25 in a big win over Iowa last week. He can shoot the three, but more importantly he is the type of guy you can depend on to drive into the lane and either finish or kick out to an open shooter. In a tight spot at the end of the game, there's not many guys I'd want handling the ball over Dosunmu.
Cameron Krutwig - Loyola Chicago (17)
The senior center is dominating the Missouri Valley Conference with his old school post moves. Krutwig already made a Final Four as a freshman, and his team is good enough to get him back there as a senior. I like their chances, and I love their odds, currently at 50/1 to make the Final Four.
Yuri Collins - Saint Louis (25)
The Billikens sophomore point guard doesn't score a ton of points - he has seniors Jordan Goodwin and Javonte Perkins to take care of scoring. What Collins does better than almost anyone in the country is pass. Collins is averaging 7.7 assists per game, with an incredible assist-to-turnover ratio of 4.3. Collins runs the point on a very good SLU squad that just lost their first game back from a 33-day COVID pause. Assuming they get back in the groove, this will be a dangerous team in March.
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