The college basketball season is coming down the home stretch and with that are thoughts about who the best players around the sport are. There are some surprising names that make this list as their names aren’t always all over SportsCenter on a daily basis. Here is a look at the top ten players in college basketball today.
1. Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
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The Sooners guard has turned into a scoring machine this season averaging 25.4 points per game through February 23. He is also hitting 48% of his 3-point shots and also is averaging 5.5 rebounds a game. If Oklahoma is going to make some noise in the NCAA Tournament, it will be because of Hield.
2. Anthony Barber, N.C. State
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Barber averaged just 12.1 points a game last season but the junior has shot that average up to 23.1 points a game for the Wolfpack. Barber is going to the free throw line much more this season as well. Barber is averaging 4.5 rebounds a game even at 6-2 along with 4.5 assists per contest.
3. Grayson Allen, Duke
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Allen didn’t get a ton of minutes last season for the Blue Devils but has broken out during the 2015-16 year, averaging 21 points a game and 4.7 rebounds per contest. At 6-5, the sophomore has become one of the most improved players on the court all around college basketball.
4. Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga
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This has become a season where the top seniors are going to lead their teams deep into March Madness. Wiltjer is one of those players as he averages 21 points and 6.4 rebounds a game for the Bulldogs. Witljer is also a deadly three-point shooter and is making 41.5% of his long-range shots.
5. Stefan Moody, Ole Miss
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Moody has been a solid player for the last two seasons but has turned it up a notch this year with his 23 point a game average. Moody has also increased his assist average from 2.4 a game to 4.3 this season. If the Rebels make the tournament, watch out for Moody taking it to a whole new level.
6. Georges Niang, Iowa State
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There hasn’t been many more consistent players over a four-year period than Niang and he is having another great season this year. Niang is averaging 19.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists a game for the Cyclones. Iowa State is one of the best teams in the country and Niang is a big reason for it.
7. Denzel Valentine, Michigan State
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The Spartans would be lost without Valentine over the last two seasons and this senior year of his has turned into one of lore in East Lansing. Valentine is averaging 19.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists a game. Michigan State will be looking for a big March out of Valentine to make a deep tourney run.
8. Kevin Punter, Tennessee
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While the Volunteers are very unlikely to make the NCAA Tournament, Punter has been such a bright spot that it is hard to ignore him as one of the best players in the country. Punter is averaging 22.2 points a game, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists. He is a senior and go out in the SEC tournament probably but shouldn’t be overlooked.
9. Ben Simmons, LSU
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When Simmons arrived in Baton Rouge; he was looked at as the top freshmen in the country. Simmons hasn’t disappointed while averaging 19.5 points, 11.9 rebounds and five assists per game for the Tigers. Simmons may lead LSU into the NCAA Tournament but will need some help to get them deep.
10. Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa
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Many people didn’t expect the Hawkeyes to be so high in the rankings but they are there because of Uthoff. The senior is averaging 18.8 points and 6.5 rebounds a game. Iowa will be a team to reckon with in March. Uthoff has shown all season that he is that steady leader that the Hawkeyes need.