hoopsgalore
Most of the talk is always about the squads from the major conferences, but why not give some love to the mid-major conferences?

Who is/are the best player(s) and team(s)?

1.) Elliot Williams; Memphis - One of the most versatile players in the country is also Memphis' leading scorer and one of the country's best when it comes to perimeter defense.
2.) Omar Samhan; St. Mary's - A high energy interior presence that has become a force, whether it be scoring (20 PPG), rebounding (11 RPG), or blocking shots (2.5 BPG)
3.) Paul George; Fresno St. - Another versatile presence that is a very physical rebounder despite being 6'7". Tenacious defender that can get up and down the floor with ease; legit lottery pick for the NBA.
4.) Marqus Blakely; Vermont - A freak of an athlete that might be the country's most complete player; leads UVM in every major statistical category in points (19 PPG), rebounds (9 PPG), assists (4 APG), steals (3 SPG), blocks (2.5 BPG), and FG% (56%).
5.) Ben Uzoh; Tulsa - We hear so much about Jerome Jordan that we forget Uzoh is the motor that makes Tulsa move. He is a deadly three point shooter and his ability to rebound as a guard is second to none. A big part of Jordan's transformation into a lottery pick has been Uzoh's ability to get the ball to him.
6.) Kyle Gibson; Louisiana Tech - A pure, but streaky scorer. His ability to score anywhere on the floor is as impressive as it gets; when he's hot, there may not be a better finisher in the country. He's a big reason as to why Louisiana Tech is looking strong in the WAC
7.) Luke Babbitt; Nevada - Next in line as a good player to come out of Nevada. He is one of the best sophomores in the country and has taken the role as a go-to player. Don't foul him, though. He knocks free throws down with ease. As a sophomore, he's averaging 20 and 10.
8.) Larry Sanders; VCU - Has gotten some publicity being on the same team as former standout, Eric Maynor. His wingspan gives him the ability to alter any shot, much like Hasheem Thabeet did. He is still learning how to play offense, but his athleticism and length allows him to dominate big men in the CAA.
9.) Matt Bouldin; Gonzaga - Known for his versatility, there may not be a more composed player than Matt Bouldin. He is Gonzaga's facilitator and leader. Many defenses focus on keeping him contained that it'll open up things for players like Steven Gray and Elias Harris. Plus, the man was rumored to be dating Taylor Swift late this past summer!
10.) Gordon Hayward; Butler - The most intriguing NBA prospect in the mid-major ranks. Still learning the game and has increased his physicality. He can score in a variety of ways and is setting himself apart from many others in the Horizon League as the best player... even teammate, Matt Howard.

Best Teams:
1.) Gonzaga
2.) Northern Iowa
3.) St. Mary's
4.) Butler
5.) Wichita State

I was bored, so I went more in-depth than I probably needed to. Oh well...
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dkelly28
Memphis and Gonzaga are no longer mid-majors. They may play in mid-major conferences but they are not mid-major programs. Butler is almost in that same boat.
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hoopsgalore
DKelly28 wrote:


Memphis and Gonzaga are no longer mid-majors. They may play in mid-major conferences but they are not mid-major programs. Butler is almost in that same boat.



Actually, I was looking and Memphis was no longer listed in the mid-major Top 25; Gonzaga still is. In that case, I guess Elliot Williams is voided.
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dkelly28
hoopsgalore wrote:


DKelly28 wrote:


Memphis and Gonzaga are no longer mid-majors. They may play in mid-major conferences but they are not mid-major programs. Butler is almost in that same boat.



Actually, I was looking and Memphis was no longer listed in the mid-major Top 25; Gonzaga still is. In that case, I guess Elliot Williams is voided.


Yeah once Gonzaga gets to their first final four (same thing with Butler) that might move them out of the mid-major arena. Although George Mason did and is still a mid major but they haven't had the constant level of success the last 10-11 years Memphis, Gonzaga and Butler have had.


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