Wednesday, October 13, 2010

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. Duke: Kyrie Irving, Nolan Smith, Kyle Singler
  • 2. Purdue: E’Twaun Moore, Robbie Hummel, JaJuan Johnson
  • 3. Michigan State: Kalin Lucas, Durrell Summers, Draymond Green
  • 4. Ohio State: William Buford, David Lighty, Jared Sullinger
  • 5. Kansas State: Jacob Pullen, Jamar Samuels, Curtis Kelly
  • 6. Kentucky: Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones, Enes Kanter
  • 7. Butler: Shelvin Mack, Ronald Nored, Matt Howard
  • 8. Memphis: Joe Jackson, Will Barton, Wesley Witherspoon
  • 9. North Carolina: Harrison Barnes, John Henson, Tyler Zeller
  • 10. Kansas: Josh Selby, Tyshawn Taylor, Marcus Morris
  • 11. Mississippi State: Dee Bost, Ravern Johnson, Renardo Sidney
  • 12. Virginia Tech: Malcolm Delaney, Dorenzo Hudson, Jeff Allen
  • 13. Georgetown: Chris Wright, Jason Clark, Austin Freeman
  • 14. Baylor: LaceDarius Dunn, Quincy Acy, Perry Jones
  • 15. Gonzaga: Steven Gray, Elias Harris, Robert Sacre

Others to Watch:

  • Texas: Cory Joseph, Jordan Hamilton, Tristan Thompson
  • UCLA: Malcolm Lee, Tyler Honeycutt, Reeves Nelson
  • Syracuse: Dion Waiters, Kris Joseph, Fab Melo
  • North Carolina State: Lorenzo Brown, C.J. Leslie, Tracy Smith
  • Illinois: Demetri McCamey, Jereme Richmond, Mike Davis
  • Marquette: Vander Blue, Darius Johnson-Odom, Jimmy Butler
  • San Diego State: Kawhi Leonard, Malcolm Thomas, Billy White
  • Pittsburgh: Brad Wanamaker, Ashton Gibbs, Gilbert Brown
  • Florida: Kenny Boynton, Chandler Parsons, Alex Tyus

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