The Big Lead has published its list of the top 50 players in basketball for this upcoming season. To a certain extent: yadda, yadda, yadda. It's pretty much a bar-stool approach to this kind of list. Which is fine, because it's conversation fodder. And I won't bother to comment on the larger scale. What I am interested in, though, is the Big Ten players. Vonleh, at 31, is the highest IU player. Sheehey checks in at 46. Yogi is nowhere to be seen.
What I take issue with, though, is that the following players are in the list (much) higher than either of our guys:
Craft, #6. Probably a little high in terms of overall numbers. I'd have him as a pre-season all conference, though. Hard to argue with this.
Gary Harris, #8. This is right. Can't complain.
GR3, #9. No. This begs the question: is Little Dog > Sheehey. My non-statistical analysis: no.
Adreian Payne, #10. Also slotted as a pre-season all-conference. I am curious to see if he's consistent, night in and out.
Mitch McGary, #11. As the article notes, he had a big Tourney. Curious to see if he gets his without Burke. Curious to see Vonleh match up against him, too.
Sam Dekker, #13. No.
The list also has Dre Hollins and LaQuinton Ross ahead of Sheehey. And Sam Thompson (by virtue of his being a "dunking machine") is on the honorable mention list, and therefore checks in ahead of Yogi. Hollins I can kind of understand, though I'd take Yogi over him in a heartbeat. But I don't get the love for LQR and Thompson (or GR3 for that matter) beyond their athleticism. And I don't think that any of them are more athletic than Sheehey, and none of them play defense or pass anywhere as well as Will.
Let me know if I am a hopeless and rampant homer. I am interested in everyone else's thoughts on the list, as well as the aforementioned players.