College Hoops’ Modern-Day Fab Five
Jalen Rose’s recent documentary about Michigan’s Fab Five spurred tons of discussion about the glory days of college basketball. If I had to assemble a Fab Five from all of college basketball this season, here’s who would be on my list.
G – Kemba Walker, UConn – Arguably the best player in the nation over the last few weeks. He carried the Huskies to the Big East Tournament title by winning five game in five days, something that had never been accomplished. Kemba is averaging 23 points per game, and has turned from a nice player into a true impact player over his three years in Storrs.
G – Jimmer Fredette, BYU – I’m not going to get into all the debates about what Jimmer will turn into at the NBA level. In Division 1 basketball, he’s a tremendous scorer for the Cougars, carrying BYU to one of their best seasons ever. Fredettee pours in 28+ points per game, shooting over 40% from beyond the arc. Considering how much effort opposing defenses put into containing him, how could I leave Jimmer off this list?
F – Derrick Williams, Arizona – He might be the best player in the nation, and could be the top overall pick in the NBA Draft in a few months. Longhorns fans know all about the big man from Arizona, who terrorized Rick Barnes and company with the clinching three-point-play last Sunday in the NCAA Tournament. Williams has carried a decent team into the Sweet 16, and is a terrific combination of scorer and rebounder. I think he’s better than the likes of Nolan Smith and Ben Hansbrough, so I’ll go with three forwards.
F – Marcus Morris, Kansas – I’ll go with Morris over JaJuan Johnson, at least in part because I have a bitter taste in my mouth from Purdue crashing out of the NCAA Tournament in a bad loss to VCU. Morris has really improved this season, and he’s a crafty big man on the offensive end. Morris is extremely efficient (58% from the field), and the Jayhawks offense basically runs through him.
F – Jared Sullinger, Ohio State - One of the most impressive freshmen big men I’ve seen in quite a while. He averages a double-double, and has consistently come through all season for the best team in the nation. You have to love the fact that the Buckeyes go to him in last-second, clutch situations, which you rarely do with a center/forward. Sullinger and the Buckeyes could win the NCAA title at Reliant Stadium in a couple of weeks.