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The Ncaas Covid Season Provides A Supplementary Year Of Basketball For Elite Seniors

The repercussions of the unprecedented, pandemic-affected collegiate basketball season of 2020-21 will be seen in 21-22 and beyond.
Due to the NCAA’s decision in 20 to not count the anticipated disrupted year against a player’s eligibility, dozens, if not hundreds, of “super seniors” will be able to play one more year.
This should have significant ramifications for the sport, which will be older and more mature than it has been in previous years.
It may potentially jeopardize a number of all-time records as a result of players playing more games.
Here’s a look at some of the best men’s players who are returning to college, both those who are staying at the same school and those who are transferring.
Remaining at the Same School Villanova’s Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels’ comeback propelled the Wildcats into the preseason national title debate.
Few players in the country can match Gillespie’s accomplishments, which include a national championship ring from his rookie season and a Big East Player of the Year award this season.
However, Samuels’ versatility makes him a wonderful fit in Jay Wright’s attack, and the 6′ 7″ forward has progressed in each of his college seasons.
If Jordan Bohannon of Iowa stays healthy, he will become the longest-tenured player in men’s collegiate basketball history. Bohannon is recognized not just for his skills on the court, but also for his outspokenness over name, image, and likeness rights.
He only needs 15 more games to pass former Ohio State player David Lighty for the all-time NCAA men’s Division I games played record.
That record may never be broken until another extenuating circumstance occurs that allows the NCAA to grant players a fifth season of eligibility.
Nate Watson, Providence In an otherwise disastrous year for the Friars, Watson finally put it all together in his senior season, developing into one of the nation’s top post players.
Ed Cooley’s team, which lost star guard David Duke to the NBA this spring, benefited greatly from his choice to return for a fifth season.
Watson, with over 660,000 TikTok followers, could be another player who benefits considerably from the new NIL rules.
Alex Barcello, BYU There may not be a better shooter in the country than Barcello, who has helped BYU finish in the top 20 in KenPom for the first time since the Jimmer Fredette era in Provo.
Despite being the Cougars’ No. 1 shooter, the Arizona transfer shot over 47% of his threes in 2020-21.
a single offensive option
He should have another big season ahead of him.
Geo Baker, Rutgers Since stepping foot on the Rutgers campus in 2017, Baker has been a trailblazer both on and off the court as part of the #NotNCAAProperty movement.
Baker, a previously unheralded recruit, helped Rutgers win its first men’s NCAA tournament game since the early 1980s, putting the Scarlet Knights on the road to long-term success under Steve Pikiell.
Rutgers loses three players from the historic 20-21 team, but the return of Baker and Ron Harper Jr. gives Pikiell’s team a chance to dance once more in 22.
Richmond’s Grant Golden, Evan Gilyard, and Nathan Cayo Last season was anticipated to be spectacular for Richmond, and it started off on a high note with a win against Kentucky.
However, the Spiders were unable to compete due to several COVID-19-related shutdowns and injuries, and therefore were unable to compete in the Big Dance.
With the return of Golden, Gilyard, and Cayo, Richmond has one last chance to win the A-10 with this core.
Golden’s unusual passing skill as a large makes him one of the toughest covers in the country, while Gilyard is on his way to breaking the NCAA men’s all-time steals record and Cayo is a 1,000-point scorer.
Xavier’s Paul Scruggs and Nate Johnson, a high-scoring backcourt tandem, are back in Cincinnati for another season with the Musketeers.
Scruggs was on the verge of turning pro before changing his mind in late March, and he should be considered one of the country’s most complete players.
He’s one of only six players in the country that averaged 14 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game last season.
Johnson’s best weapon is his shooting ability: he was second in the Big East with a 45% three-point percentage previous season.
Trent Frazier, Illinois With over 100 career starts and nearly 1,500 points, Frazier provides an seasoned shot-maker and defender for an Illinois squad that is without star guard Ayo Dosunmu.
Frazier has welcomed role adjustments throughout his career, developing into one of the finest point-of-attack defenders in the Big Ten while also serving as a big offensive threat from three positions.
As the Illini continue to develop outstanding rookie point guard Andre Curbelo, his leadership will be crucial.
Taz Sherman, West Virginia Sherman blossomed into one of the best scorers in the Big 12 in his second season at WVU in 2020-21.
In less over 25 minutes each game, the JUCO product averaged more than 13 points.
In the final month of the regular season, he also put in large numbers for his squad, scoring 26 points against Baylor and 25 points against Kansas.
After the early pro departures of standout point guard Miles McBride and big man Derek Culver, his return to Morgantown is crucial for the Mountaineers.
Eli Brooks, Michigan Despite being overlooked by players like Hunter Dickinson, Isaiah Livers, and Franz Wagner, Brooks was an excellent role player for the Wolverines last season.
He shot 40% from three-point range, had nearly three times as many assists as turnovers, and was a tenacious defender on the defensive end.
With Dickinson as a sophomore and several significant freshmen from the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class, his return is crucial for a Michigan squad that will be quite young otherwise.
Kellan Grady, Kentucky, is transferring for his senior year. A 2,000-point scorer at Davidson, Grady will spend his final year in Lexington, where he will have the opportunity to help lead Kentucky’s turnaround in 2021-22.
The Boston native brings something British to the table.
Last season, he lacked consistency in his shooting and the ability to generate his own shot.
He’s part of a loaded transfer class for John Calipari that includes Georgia’s Sahvir Wheeler, Iowa’s CJ Fredrick, and West Virginia’s Oscar Tshiebwe.
Bill Self scouted Remy Martin out of Sierra Canyon High School in California as a fast schooler, and now he’ll have the chance to coach the high-scoring point guard.
With Bobby Hurley’s guard-friendly system, Martin averaged more than 19 points per game in each of the previous two seasons for Arizona State.
He has the potential to be the next great undersized shot-creating guard for Self if he improves his decision-making.
Brady Manek, North Carolina After the late arrival of Marquette transfer Dawson Garcia, Manek may find himself on the bench for new coach Hubert Davis and the Tar Heels, but he remains one of the most accomplished players in the country.
In his four years at Oklahoma, the floor-spacing big scored over 1,500 points.
His acquisition signals a shift in the Carolina attack from the Roy Williams era, when the team used more traditional nonshooting big men.
Garrison Brooks, Mississippi State Brooks will play for his father, George, who has been a long-time assistant coach for the Bulldogs, in Starkville.
While Garrison’s senior season at North Carolina was a disappointment, as a junior, he averaged just under 17 points and 8.5 rebounds for the Tar Heels.
He’s also known for his leadership qualities, and he’ll be a key component for a Bulldogs squad trying to return to the NCAA tournament.
Bryson Williams, Texas Tech After playing for Rodney Terry for the first five years of his college career (two years at Fresno State, three years at UTEP), Williams will spend his extra year at Texas Tech under Mark Adams.
He has a solid track record against big-time competition, including 23 points and 13 rebounds earlier this year at Kansas.
In Lubbock, Hell will complement Oral Roberts transfer Kevin Obanor up front.
Darryl Morsell, Marquette In a transition year for Shaka Smart and the Golden Eagles, Morsell, a defensive specialist at Maryland, could show more of his offensive game.
Morsell is a high-level glue player who defends, rebounds, passes, and cuts.
Nevertheless, with Marquette lacking in scoring depth, we’ll have to wait and watch how Smart uses his versatile veteran.
Fatts Russell, Maryland Russell, who struggled with inefficiency at times during his up-and-down career at Rhode Island, joins a talented Maryland lineup to fill a vacancy at point guard.
His finest year at URI was as a junior, when he averaged nearly 19 points, five assists, and three steals per game while playing alongside top players like Jeff Dowtin, Tyrese Martin, and Cyril Langevine.
With a solid supporting cast in College Park, can Russell revive that level of success?
Stanley Umude, Arkansas Umude has had a spectacular career arc, going from a freshman averaging 1.1 points per game to becoming one of the finest players in program history and a clear high-major prospect.
In 2020-21, he became only the fifth player in the last decade to average at least 21 points, seven rebounds, and three assists per game.
Eric Musselman’s system should benefit greatly from an versatility, which is packed into his athletic 6′ 6″ body.
Carlik Jones transferred from Radford to Louisville as a grad transfer last year and quickly established himself as one of the ACC’s greatest players.
Jackson might follow a similar path from Toledo to ASU, where he will take over for Remy Martin in Tempe.
With the ball in his hands, Jackson is a dynamic player who can take over from three positions.
It’s worth mentioning that Jackson beat out Ohio’s Jason Preston for MAC Player of the Year honors in 2020-21. Preston is a potential first-round NBA draft pick.
Flowers poured in buckets in his lone season at South Alabama and will now use his additional season of eligibility for a Washington State club poised for a breakout year.
From Isaac Bonton at WSU to Frankie Ferrari at San Francisco and Maodo Lo at Columbia, WSU head coach Kyle Smith prefers high-usage guards who can create in ball screens.
Flowers should be a good fit for that role, acting as a strong supporter for star winger Noah Williams.
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