Friday, October 5, 2007

Player Rankings: Go-to-Guys


Every national championship team has that one player that they can go to with the game on the line and he will come through in the clutch. Florida was an anomaly with balanced distribution the past two seasons, but someone who can score down the stretch is an important ingredient in March. Guys that can get baskets in the closing seconds are imperative for successful teams. Here are the top 10 go-to-guys in the country:

1. Drew Neitzel, Michigan State: Terrific clutch player, and single-handedly kept MSU in games last year.

2. Sean Singletary, Virginia: If he gets hot from deep, it’s over. He is also very good at getting into the lane for points.

3. Chris Lofton, Tennessee: If you need a three to tie the game, there is no one I’d rather have than Lofton.

4. Eric Maynor, VCU: His ability to get into the lane or pull-up for a mid-range jumper down the stretch is outstanding.

5. D.J. Augustin, Texas: Can get past nearly any defender with his quickness, and is a solid finisher.

6. Jamont Gordon, Mississippi State: His strength and size make him very difficult to defend straight-up.

7. Chris Douglas-Roberts, Memphis: He can get to the basket with ease, and can finish with both hands.

8. Scottie Reynolds, Villanova: One of the best scorers by the end of last season, he can knock down shots.

9. Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina: The only big man on the list, he’s relentless around the rim.

10. Mario Chalmers, Kansas: Can get to the rim to either finish himself or dish off to a teammate for a score.

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