College Basketball has started with a bang this year. Coach K of Duke became the all-time winningest coach in Division I, we have seen high profile matchups between Duke-Michigan State and Kentucky-Kansas, and there have been a few upsets sprinkled throughout (thanks in most part to UCLA). As for the hometown Huskies, they have performed the way everyone has expected them to. Yes, they have an undefeated record through three games, but what else have we seen that is noteworthy. Let’s take a closer look at each individual player…
Terrence Ross: As expected, Ross has been his usual self, averaging a solid 16.3 ppg and catching fire as of late (24 pts vs. Portland). His play will determine how far this team will go. If he can become the superstar that we all believe he is capable of, we could be in for quite the treat.
CJ Wilcox: I had a feeling this was going to happen. CJ “two-tre” has been lights out from beyond the arc, shooting an impressive 61% from downtown. He currently leads the team with 19.3 ppg and has shown us that he is more than just one-dimensional. He can drive the lane, which makes him a handful to cover on defense. Look for him to take over games with his shooting throughout this season.
Tony Wroten Jr: It seems as though “Tone Tone” hasn’t missed a beat with the transition from high school to college ball. Dishing acrobatic passes left and right, his on-court vision is as good as I’ve seen in the game of basketball. Through the first three games he is averaging 12 ppg and a little over 4 apg. As usual, there have been some freshman mistakes; instances where he has held on to the ball a little too long or has tried to force some things. Also, his assist to turnover ratio is almost even, which is something that must improve. He will only get better as time goes on and he will continue to amaze all of us with his flashy, yet unselfish style of play. And as for the free throw struggles, I blame it on nerves. He has hit thousands of shots from the stripe in his lifetime. He will be fine.
Abdul Gaddy: When I think of Abdul, one word comes to mind: smooth. The third year point guard, coming off of knee surgery that sidelined him for most of last season, has continued his impressive play that he showed us at the beginning of his sophomore year. Now as a junior, he possesses a great feel for the game at this level and is showing it on the court. Averaging over 6 assists per contest and 12.3 ppg, Gaddy is the perfect type of player to pair with Wroten in the backcourt. They balance each other out. Abdul is a nice change of pace because of his calm demeanor on the court. He has even shown some signs of leadership, which was surprising given the fact that he seems like a quiet player, but you have to love that he is coming into his own. Expect great things to come for Abdul in his third year.