I’m going to do this for every conference as I with an in-depth breakdown and since the first in-depth one I did was the PAC-12, I’ll do them first for this also.
Alonzo Verge Jr: Verge is Senior guard for Arizona State, he’s from Chicago and spent 2 season at Moberly Area CC in Missouri and won JUCO player of the year in 2018-19. Verge averaged 30 PPG at Moberly and had a tough time adjusting to the Power-5 level of College Hoops, he missed his first 14 three-pointers and was 7-32 in the non-conference portion of the season. Despite that slow start, he did show off sometimes, including scoring 43 of ASU’s 56 points in a November neutral site game at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, in which they lost by 40 to St. Mary’s. Verge showed his mid-range ability which is a lost skill in today’s game. He has great speed and he has a fearlessness at the rim. He was ASU’s best player down the stretch of the season and ended up averaging 14 PPG, 3 RPG, and 2 APG. Verge shot 43% from the field but only 29% from three, but with how poorly he shot in Non-Conference play I’d consider that solid. Currently along with Remy Martin, Verge has his name in the NBA Draft but he’s fully expected to come back and have a breakout season for ASU who is the conference favorite, he real PAC-12 Player of the year potential.
Will Richardson: Speaking of PAC-12 Player of the year, here’s my early preseason pick to win the award. Junior guard Will Richardson was the sixth man on last year’s PAC-12 Championship Ducks’ team behind Payton Pritchard. Richardson was a huge disappointment his Freshman Season only averaging 6 PPG, on 27% shooting from 3. This season it was different, I saw many Oregon games and Richardson just had a feel for the game this year he shot 46% from 3 on 81 attempts which is a decent-sized sample. He shot 49% as a whole from the field which is very good, plus he shot 84% from the line. He has everything you want in a Guard, great shooter, ball-handler, defender, Richardson is the total package and will become a National Name. He will be an All American when it’s all set and done and he deserves to get some recognition.
Branden Carlson: The 7-Footer for Utah was alright this past season only playing 20 MPG, but will get much more this season. As a 7-footer he only had 4 RPG, that needs to improve for his spot on this list to come to fruition, but with more minutes he should get more. 7.4 PPG isn’t too bad for someone they didn’t rely on for scoring but he can average much more given the opportunity and he should have that this season. He had 1.8 Blocks a game which is very solid and he will look to improve on that. He’s a great defender down low and anyone that size is a force in the paint. The Utes even with losing Both Gach are going to be an underrated team who should definitely get an NCAA Tournament bid.
Jalen Graham: The Sophomore big man for ASU will need will be given a huge role in a pre-season Top 15-20 team, losing Romello White, Khalid Thomas, and Andre Allen all to the transfer portal takes a lot of size away, in addition, they lose Mickey Mitchell who’s out of eligibility. Graham only played 10 MPG, he was hurt for a few games and didn’t play too much but when he did his impact was felt. He only had 3.2 PPG and 2.8 RPG in 10 minutes, which isn’t bad at all, he also had 1 block a game, but just wasn’t given a role with Romello White there. There were some games Graham just looked better than White is, he’s quicker than White is, but not near as polished and needs to bulk up. He plays much bigger than his 6’9 frame and if he can have 10 PPG and 8 RPG like White did for 3 years at ASU, It’ll be a huge breakout for Graham.
Nahziah Carter: The 6’6″ Wing from New York who’s entering his senior season, he had 12 PPG, 4 RPG on a team dominated by Isaiah Stewart. He’s super athletic and flying through the air for some acrobatic dunks, but didn’t get much National Attention due to the huge collapse for the Huskies this season. He shot 36% from three which is very good, but he could probably get close to 40. His biggest issue is Free Throw Shooting, he missed 36 free throws and only shot 61% which is a ton of missed points if he can get to the 70’s it’ll be a lot better. He can easily average 15-18 RPG with a lot of players gone and maybe help the Huskies get back to the Big Dance.