It’s not just the under-the-radar high school prospects that end up playing their college ball at non-BCS schools nowadays. 15 out of Rivals.com’s top 150 prospects for 2008 committed to non-BCS schools. Add to that the 18 players from the year before and you’ve got a serious influx of talent for the Davids to help fight off the Goliaths.
Pick Six: Non-BCS
Throughout the week, check back for articles highlighting the Top 6 players in each BCS league. Tomorrow we’ll be rolling out the Top 6 at each position.
1. Stephen Curry – Davidson – Junior
The biggest no-brainer of all-time was putting Stephen Curry atop this list. Not only is he heads-and-shoulders above the rest of the non-BCS talent, he will give Tyler Hansbrough a strong run for national player of the year honors.
Stats: 25.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.9 apg
2. Jeremy Pargo – Gonzaga – Senior
After flirting with following his brother into the NBA, Jeremy Pargo wisely decided to return to Spokane. Extremely quick but also very big for a point guard (6’2” 219lbs) he’ll be looking to lead perhaps the best team ever at Gonzaga deep into the NCAA tournament.
Stats: 12.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 6.0 apg
3. Eric Maynor – Virginia Commonwealth – Senior
Eric Maynor isn’t quite as hot a commodity as he was after his sophomore season, when he led the Rams over Duke in the NCAA tournament. While he might not be the trendy player to talk about like he was then, he is still a dangerous player. A terrific scorer, rebounder and assist man, he’ll have plenty of NBA scouts venturing down to Richmond this season.
Stats: 17.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.5 apg
4. Dionte Christmas – Temple – Senior
Temple’s Dionte Christmas fills up the hoop like Santa fills stockings. After leading the Atlantic 10 in scoring the past two seasons, he’ll try to go for an unprecedented third scoring title this year. Even if he doesn’t accomplish the feat, he will no doubt still be lighting up the league’s scoreboards like a Christmas tree.
Stats: 19.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.5 apg
5. Robert Vaden – Alabama-Birmingham - Senior
What Tom Crean would give to have Robert Vaden still in Bloomington. After two seasons with the Hoosiers, Vaden followed coach Mike Davis to UAB where he exploded last year for 21.1ppg and 142 three-pointers made. His total points scored and threes made were both school records.
Stats: 21.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.6 apg
6. Tyreke Evans – Memphis – Freshman
Tyreke Evans had a similar high school career as O.J. Mayo. Both hyped since they were youngsters, Evans spent a good portion of his life considered the top player in his class before falling out of favor and dropping in the rankings his senior year. Still, he is a dangerous player and brings an explosive scorer to the Tigers backcourt.
Stats: DNP Freshman
Next in line: Lester Hudson – Tennessee-Martin; Lee Cummard, BYU; Patrick Mills, Saint Mary’s; Marqus Blakely, Vermont.
Tomorrow: Top 6 PG's