NCAAB Betting: Players That Surprised With Star Showing
Every year, there are numerous preseason lists of college basketball players who are expected to be the top players in the sport. There are numerous All-American lists, Wooden Award candidates, and other media award lists reserved for players that many predict to be among the top players in Division 1. These preseason lists always undergo some changes throughout the season, as we tend to see numerous players break out during the regular season. Let’s take a look at some of this season’s top breakout players so you can bet against their NCAAB odds.
Players That Exceed Expectations With Star Performances – NCAA Basketball
Jalen Wilson, Kansas
The redshirt freshman has been a huge surprise for the Jayhawks. Wilson only played two minutes last season, so not much was expected from him. He is now the Jayhawks scoring and rebounding leader. He is now one of the leaders for the Big 12 Player of the Year award, and could possibly even garner some All-American votes.
Andrew Jones, Texas
While Jones is best known as the player who overcame leukemia, Jones should now be known for his outstanding basketball skills. Jones is averaging nearly 15 points per game and has hit some clutch shots this season for the Longhorns. He has been one of the main reasons that the Longhorns have climbed as high as #4 in the polls.
Justin Champagnie, Pittsburgh
Champagnie has burst onto the scene as one of the best scorers in college basketball. The sophomore is truly enjoying a breakout season, and many of the top analysts in college hoops are recognizing how good of a player he has become. He leads the ACC in scoring and rebounding. At 6’6” he has the length to play numerous positions on the floor. Champagnie should be on everyone’s short list of All-American candidates.
Cameron Thomas, LSU
The five-star freshman has exceeded expectations this season. He wasn’t looked upon to lead the Tigers this season as they returned some experienced starters. Thomas has been one of the best freshmen in the country this season, and he has done most of his work with very little fanfare. He leads the SEC in scoring, averaging nearly 25 points per game. We should enjoy his game now, as he looks ready to make the jump to the NBA after his freshman season.
Liam Robbins, Minnesota
The Drake transfer had a reputation for being a good player, but he has taken his game to another level since enrolling at the University of Minnesota. The center was very good at Drake, but he has elevated his game at Minnesota. Playing in a loaded Big 10 conference, Robbins is averaging nearly 19 points and 10 rebounds per game, while swatting nearly four shots per contest. Last season at Drake, he averaged 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game. Robbins has been a huge factor in Minnesota’s uprising this season. Many experts predicted that Minnesota would finish near the bottom of the Big 10. Robbins has helped propel the Gophers into the Top 25, and into the upper echelon of a stacked Big 10 conference.