Who is no. 1 top college player often not top nba prospect – west hawaii today kansas university athletic department

While several freshmen will likely hear their names called as one of the top-five draft picks, brunson has been the man in college. And brunson has NBA talent at the helm of a team playing in this weekend’s final four in san antonio, but recently there seems to be a disconnect between college production and NBA potential.

“I think it’s hard for players to figure that out,” villanova coach jay wright said. “like, ‘hey, I’m one of the best players in college basketball, how can I not be a first-round draft pick?’ there’s just a big difference between what the NBA guys think they want to use draft picks for and who’s the best player in college basketball.”

Ten of the 19 different players named the associated press college player of the year between 1980-2000 — virginia’s ralph sampson won three times — became the no. 1 overall NBA draft pick, including sampson, georgetown’s patrick ewing, navy’s david robinson, LSU’s shaquille O’neal and wake forest’s tim duncan.College basketball

But in the years since, only three players — utah’s andrew bogut in 2005, oklahoma’s blake griffin in 2009 and kentucky’s anthony davis in 2012 — have been AP player of the year and the no. 1 overall pick. Last year’s AP winner, frank mason III of kansas, was a second-round draft pick.

This year’s leading contenders include possible no. 1 draft picks in ayton and bagley, along with a potential top-10 pick in young, while brunson could be a second-rounder like mason.

The shorter college careers of top players can explain some of that change. Formerly, they routinely developed over three- and four-year stays that offered a clearer picture of player potential.

“there’s less of an emphasis on college productivity,” said ESPN analyst dino gaudio, wake forest’s head coach from 2007-10. “is it a factor? Sure it is, but it is less of a factor than what it was many years ago because of the one-and-done (rule) and how early kids can come out.College basketball

Brunson is still playing in the final four as the top-seeded wildcats pursue a second national championship in three seasons. Bagley helped the blue devils reach the elite eight before losing in overtime to kansas, while ayton and young both suffered first-round losses.

The AP named its all-america team tuesday, with brunson and kansas’ devonte’ graham joining bagley, ayton and young on the first team. The AP names its player of the year thursday in san antonio.

Ayton is an athletic 7-foot-1 freshman with power and a soft shooting touch, averaging 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds. Arizona state coach bobby hurley said ayton “may be the best big I’ve seen in college as a player or coach” — high praise considering hurley played against O’neal and michigan’s chris webber, and alongside christian laettner at duke.College basketball

Bagley, a 6-11 forward, has the wingspan to score over defenders, rebound through traffic and step out to the arc, making him the atlantic coast conference’s leading scorer (21.1) and rebounder (11.5).

“you’re trying to develop as an individual, you’re trying to win as many games as a team,” oklahoma coach lon kruger said. “if you can do all those things well, as trae has done, you’re going to position yourself well.”

Bagley announced wednesday that he would enter the draft , joining ayton and young, who previously declared. And there are several other freshmen looking like potential lottery picks, including mo bamba from texas and missouri’s michael porter jr. (who was injured nearly all year) along with possible one-and-done guard collin sexton of alabama.

Meanwhile, there’s brunson, the steady 6-3 junior leading a team that spent a national-best eight weeks atop the top 25.Ayton young he averages 19.2 points and shoots 53 percent, though he lacks elite athleticism and isn’t regarded as the best pro prospect on his team (that would be 6-7 junior mikal bridges).

“so is jalen brunson the best player in college basketball?” gaudio said. “for me, I think so. And I think he is a great college player. Will he be one of the top five picks in the draft? No, because it’s so heavily weighted on how these guys can impact a team at the next level. And so much of that is related to athleticism, how high their ceiling is.”

The maui field is annually one of the best among college basketball’s holiday tournaments and the 2019 bracket, announced on tuesday, will include teams that have combined for 16 national championships and 44 final four berths.

The field will also include BYU, dayton, georgia, virginia tech and host chaminade.Ayton young the division II silverswords, who pulled off another upset by beating california in the 2017 tournament, will not play in the championship round in 2018 after announcing last year that they will only play in the opening round every other year.

Kansas won the maui invitational in 1996 and 2015. The jayhawks won a record 14th straight big 12 title this season and reached the final four for the first time since 2012 after beating duke in overtime of the elite eight.