The most difficult thing to do when putting together a list of the nation’s best back courts if figuring out who, exactly, belongs listed as a member of the back court. Take Brandon Ingram, for example. Last season, he played the four for Duke, typically lining up alongside Marshall Plumlee on the Blue Devil front line. But given his skill-set and his physical tools, he natural position is probably as a three. Then if you actually go back and watch the film, the role he played was essentially as a scoring guard, a two. Positionless basketball, by definition, makes identifying positions a nightmare. So we worked through a lot of these. Duke’s Jayson Tatum is listed as a guard because we expect
Sheldon Jeter practically did a spit take when Pittsburgh hired Kevin Stallings to replace Jamie Dixon last spring. ''I was shocked, as I imagine most people were,'' said the senior forward, who played under Stallings for one season at Vanderbilt before eventually making his way to the Panthers. When Jeter's teammates asked him for a read on Stallings while they pondered whether to leave or not, Jeter offered some salient advice.
The weakness in Ethan Happ's otherwise solid offensive game is so obvious that the Wisconsin big man knows how defenders are going to play him. Just check out the sophomore's stats from his Big Ten Freshman of the Year campaign: 12.9 points per game, 7.9 rebounds — and no 3-pointers. Not even an attempt from behind the arc. That should change this season. If the 6-foot-10 Happ can add a solid jumper to his offensive arsenal , a deep Badgers team led by seniors Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig will be even tougher to stop. Wisconsin is already the preseason favorite in the Big Ten. "I wouldn't say he's a prolific 3-point shooter but the confidence to be able to play on the perimeter is much higher