Friday, October 5, 2007

Player Rankings: Break-Out Performers


Every season, there are players who were role players the year before who improve greatly the next season and end up being a star. Sometimes, it is the work they put in over the summer, and other times, the players just did not get the opportunity the year before. Either way, here are sixteen players who could make the jump and have an outstanding season.

(Note: The only stipulation is that the player could not have averaged more than 20 minutes per game, or started the majority of his team’s games.)

Darrell Arthur, Kansas:
The most obvious choice on this list, Arthur has the talent and athleticism to dominate the Big 12.

Mouhammed Faye, Georgia Tech:
He can play both inside and outside thanks to his size and versatility.

Deon Thompson, North Carolina: Demonstrated flashes of his potential last season; will replace Brandan Wright.

Othello Hunter/David Lighty, Ohio State: One of these two will have to come up huge for talented but young Buckeyes.

Marcus Landry, Wisconsin: Many have pegged this season as the year that Landry truly shows his myriad abilities.

Donald Sloan, Texas A&M: Acie Law’s replacement, Sloan is primed for a big season with his strength and athleticism.

Stanley Robinson, Connecticut: Highly-touted recruit struggled last season, but will bounce back and should start.

Earl Clark/Derrick Caracter, Louisville: These two might be the most talented players on a loaded Cardinals roster.

Lazar Hayward, Marquette: Although he is undersized, he could become the frontcourt scorer Tom Crean needs.

Sam Young, Pittsburgh: Most fans have waited three seasons for Young to fully break-out; this could be the year.

Doneal Mack, Memphis: Without Jeremy Hunt’s sharp-shooting at sixth man anymore, Mack is primed to take that role.

Jonathan Tavernari, BYU: If given consistent minutes, he has a chance to step in and replace the departed Keena Young.

Jordan Hill, Arizona: Moved into the starting line-up late in the year; excellent defensive player who can finish inside.

Marreese Speights, Florida: Someone has to produce inside for the Gators, and Speights played well in limited minutes.

Photo Credit: The Daily Kansan


  1. Barry Stewart was chosen as national Breakout Player of the Year, and you failed to even mention him.

  2. I don't know if you didn't read the thing at all since you just have Mississippi State radar on, but I clearly said that you won't be considered if you started half the team's games or played more than 20 minutes per game.

    Thanks for missing that part, though.

  3. You're very welcome.

    And for the record, I didn't read it other than looking at the're not worth the time.

  4. I'm not worth the time? Is that why you've commented on like, 80% of my articles?

  5. it will be othello hunter for ohio state. mark it down.