Tuesday’s are for rankings and with the NCAA Tournament in full effect, I figure why not stay on that theme – I have put together, my top 5 players remaining in the Sweet 16.
5- Collin Gillespie- Nova PG, steady eddy. He is definitely one of the best players left in the tourney, his #’s don’t pop out at you, but he patrols everything offensively for Villanova. 4 assists in each game, 34 total points thus far, he was 45% from 3 against Delaware, and then knocked down 8-8 free throws against Ohio State, so he finds ways to help his team win.
4- Bennedict Mathurin AZ PG, he played Superman on Sunday knocking down a couple clutch shots, and dropping 30 points on TCU in a round 2 win. He's averaging 24 points and 6.5 rebounds while making 3.5 3s per game thus far.
3- Drew Timme- Zags F, as good as Chet Holmgren is, this team lives off the production of Drew Timme, who is the YMCA version of Dirk Nowitski. 25 and 32 points in their 1st two tournament games, 27 total boards, 6 assists. He’s a complete pro on the court. Had to fit him in there.
2- Isaiah Wong- Miami G, I admit, I completely overlooked Miami heading into this tournament but Wong has been amazing. Wong scored 22 points in its first-round win over USC before fouling out, then followed it up with 21 points and six rebounds in a Sunday stunner as the No. 10 seed Hurricanes bounced No. 2 seed Auburn. He has yet to make a 3-pointer in the tournament (0 of 3), but he's 15 of 30 shooting from the floor and nearly perfect -- 13 of 14 -- from the free throw line.
Number 1!- Christian Koloko- AZ C, Completely dominant. He’s a monster. 28 points vs TCU, 17 in round 1. He’s got 25 boards in 2 games, and 8 blocked shots. In a college game that often comes down to who owns the paint, no one is more dangerous than Koloko.
I mean, look, its only a list of 5 so, of course some players were left out. Most notably, Paolo Banchero- Duke F, I thought he finally showed some assertiveness against Michigan State, he probably has the best mid-range jumper of anyone left in the tournament. He’s a skilled passer with the ability to takeover games in several ways. I’m becoming a fan. 19 and 17 in his first 2, 17 rebounds, 8 assists, some blocks and steals thrown in there too.
Also not on the list but deserves a shoutout.
-Doug Edert, Saint Peter’s, Hunter Dickinson, Brady Manek, Jaden Ivey, and RJ Davis.