The nation's best mid-major players
Ranking top players, best NBA prospects from smaller conferences
During college hoops season, Jay Bilas and Chad Ford will start the week by addressing a big question, evaluating NBA prospects on the rise and looking ahead to the next week.
The discussion: Who are the nation's best mid-major players?
Jay Bilas: By now, most college basketball fans know about Creighton's Doug McDermott, Lehigh's C.J. McCollum and Murray State's Isaiah Canaan, even though they do not play in big conferences and receive big-time exposure. In addition, most fans are likely aware of Gonzaga's outstanding big men Kelly Olynyk and Elias Harris, Wichita State's Carl Hall and Cleanthony Early, San Diego State's Jamaal Franklin, VCU's Treveon Graham and Troy Daniels, UNLV's Anthony Bennett, and Butler's Rotnei Clarke and Roosevelt Jones, as all have played for ranked and/or celebrated teams this season.
So instead of providing yet another look at the non-power-conference players you should already know, here are five top players you might not know, from teams that are not quite as celebrated as Gonzaga, Butler, VCU and those from the Mountain West.
Muscala is one of the best big men in the country; he can play inside and can step away from the hoop. He is a high-volume rebounder who averages 18.7 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game while shooting 51 percent from the floor and 78 percent from the line. Muscala is an excellent offensive rebounder, and has been much better this season against bigger, better athletes.
To read more from Chad Ford and Jay Bilas on the nation's best mid-major players, you must be an ESPN Insider.
We see that you are not an ESPN Insider. Upgrade today and gain access to our exclusive coverage.
MORE MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL HEADLINES
- Selection committee to monitor Embiid injury
- Florida, Wichita St. remain 1-2; UK falls out
- Delaware clinches 1st NCAA bid since 1999
- Manhattan wins MAAC, punches NCAA ticket
MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM
Insider CBB content
• Greenberg/Telep: Kansas Jayhawks
• Greenberg/Finkelstein: Marquette
• Gasaway/Rankin: Indiana Hoosiers
• Gasaway/Rankin: Michigan Wolverines
• Gasaway/Rankin: Ohio State Buckeyes
• Greenberg/Finkelstein: Memphis Tigers
• Gasaway/Rankin: Florida Gators
• Greenberg/Telep: Kentucky Wildcats
• Gasaway/Finkelstein: Louisville Cardinals
• Gasaway/Finkelstein: Syracuse Orange
• Greenberg/Biancardi: NC State Wolfpack
• Biancardi/Gasaway: Duke Blue Devils
• Biancardi/Gasaway: North Carolina Tar Heels
• Biancardi/Gasaway: Arizona Wildcats
• Greenberg/Telep: UCLA Bruins
• Gasaway: Breakout second-year coaches
• Lunardi: Could Louisville repeat as champs?
• Greenberg: UVA tops list of surprise teams
• Fraschilla: How returning stars can improve
• Gasaway: Top title challengers to Kentucky
• Lunardi: Who will earn No. 1 seeds in 2014?
• Telep: Latest on No. 13 junior Theo Pinson
• Rankin: What Wiggins means for Kansas
• Biancardi: KU to prep Wiggins for NBA success
• Telep: Updated look at top recruits
• Roundtable: Most impressive on AAU circuit?
• Ford: NBA draft lottery preview
• Ford: Winners from the NBA draft combine
• Fraschilla: Burke the draft's top point guard?
• Ford: Measurements concern some GMs
• Ford: Why Wiggins would go No. 1 in 2013
Jay Bilas Blog
Jay's take on latest from around the nation
Analysis from Fraschilla, Greenberg and Lunardi
Get news and rumblings before anyone
Hollinger's College PER
College basketball's top players
Get wagering advice for every game