Grayson Allen given surprising title from ESPN analyst Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 04: Grayson Allen #3 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after a play during their game against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 4, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

ESPN’s John Gasaway has put together his list of best college basketball players for this season and he is convinced that he will be right this year when he says Grayson Allen will be at the top. Despite some stellar freshmen coming in like Michael Porter Jr., Trae Young and Kevin Knox as well as returning players like Miles Bridges and Bonzie Coulson, Gasaway really believes in Allen to step up his game and prove his worth. Here’s what he said about Allen:

“One year ago I named Allen my No. 1 player in college basketball heading into 2016-17. No, that forecast didn’t turn out so well. If you had told me in advance that Allen would trip opposing players repeatedly and indeed with recidivist zeal I would have been markedly less bullish on his prospects. What has changed now? There will still be Grayson moments, I trust, but I’ll go out on a limb and predict a suspension-free year, one characterized additionally by a heaping helping of featured-scorer minutes and a very high number of makes from beyond the arc. If Trevon Duval is the point guard everyone says he is, that can only help Allen’s candidacy for national player of the year.”

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Here’s the full list of players:

  1. Grayson Allen – Duke
  2. Michael Porter Jr. – Missouri
  3. Bonzie Coulson – Notre Dame
  4. Ethan Happ – Wisconsin
  5. Jalen Brunson – Villanova
  6. Jock Landale – St. Mary’s
  7. DeAndre Aytonn – Arizona
  8. Miles Bridges – Michigan State
  9. Allonzo Trier – Arizona
  10. Wendell Carter – Duke
  11. Devonte’ Graham – Kansas
  12. Jevon Carter – West Virginia
  13. Kelan Martin – Butler
  14. Trevon Duval – Duke
  15. Landry Shamet – Wichita State
  16. Trevon  Blueitt – Xavier
  17. Nick Ward – Michigan State
  18. Mohamed Bamba –  Texas
  19. Joel Berry – UNC
  20. Rawle Alkins – Arizona
  21. Hamidou Diallo – Kentucky
  22. Moe Wagner – Michigan
  23. Angel Delgado – Seton Hall
  24. Robert Williams – Texas A&M
  25. Jeffrey Carroll – Oklahoma State
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