Burlison: The Top 50 Returnees

A whole flock of freshmen, most of which you are already aware of, will eventually make huge dents on any list of the best players in college basketball for the coming season. In the meanwhile, here are some of the very best veterans of college hoops...

John R. Wooden Award advisory committee members have to fire off their suggestions by Oct. 8 for the Top 50 returning players in college basketball.

 

It's not a preseason All-American team, per se (and we'll offer that to you a week or so before the start of the season).

 

But it's something that might delight, perplex or down right anger you in the meantime.

 

My handful of "just-misses" included: Darrell Arthur (6-9, So., Kansas), Stefhon Hannah (6-2, Sr., Missouri), Drew Lavender (5-7, Sr., Xavier), Maarty Leunen (6-9, Sr., Oregon), Tasmin Mitchell (6-7, Jr., LSU), Luc Richard Mbah A Moute (6-7, Jr., UCLA), Jeff Pendergraph (6-9, Jr., Arizona State) and Trent Plaisted (6-11, Jr., BYU).

 

The breakdown of the 50, by class: 23 seniors, 17 juniors and 10 sophomores.

 

GUARDS

D.J. Augustin (6-0, So., Texas)

Patrick Beverley (6-1, So., Arkansas)

Jaycee Carroll (6-2, Sr., Utah State)

Mario Chalmers (6-2, Jr., Kansas)

Darren Collison (6-1, Jr., UCLA)

Stephen Curry (6-0, So., Davidson)

A.J. Graves (6-1, Sr., Butler)

Dominic James (5-11, Jr., Marquette)

Ty Lawson (5-11, So., North Carolina)

Chris Lofton (6-2, Sr., Tennessee)

Derrick Low (6-2, Sr., Washington State)

Eric Maynor (6-2, Jr. VCU)

Drew Neitzel (6-0, Sr., Michigan State)

Jeremy Pargo (6-2, Jr., Gonzaga)

Scotty Reynolds (6-2, So., Villanova)

Sean Singletary (6-0, Sr., Virginia)

Jonathan Wallace (6-1, Sr., Georgetown)

 

WINGS

Chase Budinger (6-7, So., Arizona)

Chris Douglas-Roberts (6-5, Jr., Mempis)

Shan Foster (6-6, Sr., Vanderbilt)

Jamont Gordon (6-3, Jr., Mississippi State)

Malik Hairston (6-5, Sr., Oregon)

Alex Harris (6-6, Sr., UC Santa Barbara)

Lawrence Hill (6-8, Jr., Stanford)

Joseph Jones (6-9, Sr., Texas A&M)

Marcelus Kemp (6-4, Sr., Nevada)

Courtney Lee (6-5, Sr., Western Kentucky)

DeMarcus Nelson (6-3, Sr., Duke)

Brandon Rush (6-6, Jr., Kansas)

Josh Shipp (6-6, Jr., UCLA)

JaJuan Smith (6-2, Sr., Tennessee)

Bryce Taylor (6-4, Sr., Oregon)

Kyle Weaver (6-6, Sr., Washington State)

 

POSTS

Jeff Adrien (6-7, Jr., Connecticut)

Ryan Anderson (6-9, So., California)

Jon Brockman (6-7, Jr., Washington)

Brandon Costner (6-8, So., North Carolina State)

Joey Dorsey (6-9, Sr., Memphis)

Taj Gibson (6-9, So., USC)

James Gist (6-8, Sr., Maryland)

Kentrell Gransberry (6-9, Sr., South Florida)

Tyler Hansbrough (6-9, Jr., North Carolina)

Richard Hendrix (6-9, Jr., Alabama)

Josh Heytvelt (6-10, Jr., Gonzaga)

Roy Hibbert (7-1, Sr., Georgetown)

Brook Lopez (7-0, So., Stanford)

Alexs Maric (6-11, Sr., Nebraska)

Ahmad Nivins (6-9, Jr., Saint Joseph's)

Jason Thompson (6-10, Sr., Rider)

D.J. White (6-9, Jr., Indiana)



 

Inducted into the USBWA Hall of Fame in April, 2005, Frank Burlison is Scout.com's national basketball expert and is also a columnist for the Long Beach (Calif.) Press-Telegram. He can be reached at frank.burlison@presstelegram.com. Read more of Burlison's pieces at www.frankhoops.com


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