The top three names in our list of inside-out players for 2013-14 each have something to prove.
Creighton’s Doug McDermott returned for his senior season with an opportunity to lead his father’s team in its first season in the Big East. Instead of facing Drake, Bradley and Southern Illinois, he’ll face Georgetown, Villanova and Marquette on a regular basis.
Adreian Payne could have made the leap to the NBA, but Michigan State hasn’t been to the Final Four in the last three seasons in what constitutes a drought for the Spartans.
And Jabari Parker is the superstar freshman who’s gone toe-to-toe with Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins in the AAU circuit. Wiggins may is the No. 1 freshman and the presumptive top pick in the NBA Draft, but Parker will get a crack at him on Nov. 12.
Our list of the nation’s best inside-out players is the one in a series of superlatives to prepare you for the 2013-14 season. Each list and more can be found in the the Athlon Sports College Basketball 2013-14 Preseason Annual. The magazine hits newsstands this week with previews for every team in every conference, plus exclusive Q&As with Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart, Louisville’s Russ Smith and UCLA’s Kyle Anderson.
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2013-14 Superlatives: Top Inside-Out Threats
Doug McDermott, Creighton
Adreian Payne, Michigan State
Jabari Parker, Duke
Rodney Hood, Duke
Dwight Powell, Stanford
Aaron Gordon, Arizona
C.J. Fair, Syracuse
Ryan Anderson, Boston College
LaQuinton Ross, Ohio State
JaKarr Sampson, St. John’s
Other Inside-Out Superlatives:
Freshman to watch: Preston “Chicken” Knowles, Houston
Junior college transfer to watch: Jonathan Holton, West Virginia
On the spot: T.J. Warren, NC State
Breakout candidate: Lamar Patterson, Pittsburgh
Underrated: Jamil Wilson, Marquette