Mike Huguenin of rivals.com picked his top five players of this season, in reverse order. If you were at the RBC Center this weekend for the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament you got to see two of the five players in action.
5. Notre Dame’s Luke Harangody
4. Davidson’s Stephen Curry: The sophomore had big games during the regular season against North Carolina, Duke and N.C. State, then stayed hot when the Wildcats played Southern Conference opponents. Still, there probably were a few people who questioned how good he was. If there still are people questioning his talent after what he has done in the NCAA Tournament – 40 points against Gonzaga in the first round (a game he essentially won by himself), then 30 against Georgetown in the second – we question their knowledge about basketball. He has unlimited range, a hair-trigger release and he can run all day. In short, he’s a joy to watch – and a nightmare to cover.
3. UCLA’s Kevin Love
2. North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough: When you talk about passionate players, Hansbrough, a junior, has to be at the top. He goes full out all the time. But it’s not just about his effort. The man has talent. He’s great at worming his way underneath. He can pop the occasional 15-foot jumper. He’s more athletic than he looks. He knows how to get defensive position. He’s a good rebounder, and he knows how to get to the line. Once he’s at the line, he knows how to put the ball in the basket.
1. Kansas State’s Michael Beasley