Great scorers find a way to get the job done.
These aren’t one-dimensional players who take 3-pointers or jump shots. These are the players you want to have the ball in their hands when the game is on the line.
They’ll create their own shot, they’ll take a jumper, they’ll drive to the basket or they’ll get to free throw line.
Leading the way in our superlatives in this category is Russ Smith. The Louisville guard still plays wild at times on both ends of the court, but those tendencies have been channeled to make him one of the most dynamic and entertaining players in the country for 2013-14. A player not normally linked with efficiency, he was named the kenpom.com Player of the Year for his offensive metrics and role in the Cardinals’ defense.
Our list of the nation’s best scorers is 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 Scorers
Russ Smith, Louisville
Tyler Haws, BYU
Semaj Christon, Xavier
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati
Jordan Adams, UCLA
Markel Brown, Oklahoma State
Bryce Cotton, Providence
C.J. Wilcox, Washington
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
Tim Frazier, Penn State
OTHER SCORER SUPERLATIVES
Key veteran: Jerian Grant, Notre Dame
Super sophomore: Ryan Arcidiacono, Villanova
Breakout to watch: D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Georgetown
NIT to the big time: Roy Devyn Marble, Iowa