Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Group Rankings: Top Trios


In addition to a solid inside-outside combo, which many teams have, the thing that sets apart the elite from the also-rans is that third option. Opponents can set up a game plan to shut down the top two players, but it is nearly impossible to contain a solid troika. When teams that have three outstanding players are hitting on all cylinders, they usually don't lose. Here are the top trios heading into the season:

1. Kansas: Sherron Collins, Xavier Henry, Cole Aldrich
2. Purdue: E'Twaun Moore, Robbie Hummel, JaJuan Johnson
3. Kentucky: John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson
4. Texas: Avery Bradley, Jordan Hamilton, Damion James
5. Connecticut: Kemba Walker, Jerome Dyson, Stanley Robinson
6. Georgia Tech: Iman Shumpert, Gani Lawal, Derrick Favors
7. Michigan State: Kalin Lucas, Durrell Summers, Raymar Morgan
8. Washington: Abdul Gaddy, isaiah Thomas, Quincy Pondexter
9. Illinois: Demetri McCamey, Mike Davis, Mike Tisdale
10. Oklahoma: Tommy Mason-Griffin, Willie Warren, Keith "Tiny" Gallon
11. Vanderbilt: John Jenkins, Jeffery Taylor, A.J. Ogilvy
12. Florida State: Michael Snaer, Chris Singleton, Solomon Alabi
13. California: Jerome Randle, Patrick Christopher, Theo Robertson
14. Butler: Shelvin Mack, Gordon Hayward, Matt Howard
15. Villanova: Corey Fisher, Scottie Reynolds, Mouphtaou Yarou

Others to Watch:

Notre Dame: Tory Jackson, Ben Hansbrough, Luke Harangody
Cincinnati: Deonta Vaughn, Lance Stephenson, Yancy Gates
Georgetown: Chris Wright, Austin Freeman, Greg Monroe
West Virginia: Casey Mitchell, Da'Sean Butler, Devin Ebanks
Syracuse: Andy Rautins, Wesley Johnson, Arinze Onuaku
North Carolina: John Henson, Ed Davis, Deon Thompson
Mississippi State: Dee Bost, Renardo Sidney, Jarvis Varnado
Arkansas: Courtney Fortson, Rotnei Clarke, Michael Washington


  1. Utah State: Jared Quayle, Tai Wesley, and Tyler Newbold

  2. wow, no OSU? Turner, Lighty & Buford

  3. no Duke? Singler, Smith, and Scheyer all averaging over 15 points. The highest scoring trio in the country and they are not even on your list.