2010 Top Ten NCAA Small Forwards

Posted on 14. Jun, 2009 by Nolan Shulman in NCAA, Top 10 by Position

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1. Kyle Singler, Duke- Singler came to Duke as a top 5 recruit in the class of 2007 and thus far hasn’t disappointed the coaching staff or the fans. At 6′9, 220 Kyle has great size and length to be an elite level Small Forward. He can knock down both open and contested jumpers, rebounds the ball well on both ends of the floor, and has good enough ball handling skills and speed to get by his defender off the bounce. He’s been asked to play a lot of Power Forward in his first two seasons at Duke, something he’s handled admirably. Blue Chip Power Forward Ryan Kelly has been brought in, which shoud allow Singler to slide over and spend more time at the 3 next season. Singler averaged 16.5 points and 7.7 rebounds as a sophomore and is poised to improve on those numbers as a Junior. With his development and the stellar incoming recruiting class, Duke should have a team capable of going deep into March next season.

2. Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest- Aminu is a terrific rebounder for a Small Forward. As a freshman he averaged 8.3 rebounds per game and was extremely active on the offensive glass. A high school McDonald’s All-American, Aminu came in with a lot of hype. Although his offensive game still needs lots of work, Aminu found ways to be extremely effective and efficient as a freshman. He works hard, hustles, and brings a lot of energy to the floor. He moves well away from the ball and scores the majority of his hoops in the paint. Al-Farouq’s range as a shooter is pretty limited right now. He shot just 18% from 3 point land last season. He will be shooting hundreds of jump shots a day in the off-season and this should improve next season. With a little development in his offensive repitoire, Aminu could become unstoppable next season for the Deamon Deacons. He’s determined to get better and my gut says he gets a lot better and takes his game to the next level as a sophomore.

3. Da’Sean Butler, West Virginia- Da’Sean is coming off a monster Junior season in which he averaged 17 points per game and just shy of 6 rebounds. Bob Huggins has done an excellent job helping this kid develop his game as he’s now more than a one trick pony. De’Sean is a bit of a volume shooter and only shoots 42% from the field. If his shot selection improves, he could become an electric scorer with a more efficient game. I had the chance to see the kind of player this kid could become when he torched Villanova for 43 points. He was everywhere that night and I believe it’s a sign of things to come in his Senior year. Has a legitimate chance to be the Big East Player of the Year this season.

4. Sylvan Landesberg, Virgina- Although Virginia didn’t have much success in the win column last season, the blame cannot be placed on the shoulders of Sylvan Landesburg. This Freshman came in and did everything asked of him and more. He is always looking to attack the glass, has excellent handles, and displays a very high basketball IQ for someone so young. As a freshman, Landesberg didn’t get the same type of hype some of his fellow classmates got even though he averaged over 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists per game as the go-to-go on the Cavaliers. He’s not the greatest shooter in the world, but if he gets in the gym and works on his mechanics, he will be on everyone’s radar by the end of next season.

5. Wesley Johnson, Syracuse- With the departures of Jonny Flynn, Eric Devendorf, and Paul Harris, the Orange are going to lean on Wesley to pickup the scoring load. He’s long, has really deep range, plays excellent in transition, and bring the cuse the type of versatility they covet on the wing. He should be the most offensively gifted 3 to play for Jim Boeheim since Carmelo Anthony. Coach Boeheim has been singing his praises all summer and thinks he could be an All-Big East first team selection at seasons end. Wesley also brings length to back end of the 2-3 zone, something Syracuse has been missing the last few years. Cuse fans should get excited about Johnson, because this Jr. transfer is likely to be the go-to-guy in 2010.

6. Stanley Robinson, Uconn- Stanley showed flashes of brilliance last season, but also had the tendency to disappear at times. If Uconn is going to recover from the losses of Hasheem Thabeet, A.J Price, and Jeff Adrien, he’s going to have to show quite a bit more consistency. Stanley has every tangible asset required to be an elite Small Forward. He’s got an incredible wing span, enormous leaping ability, and is an excellent finisher in transition. His jumper can use some work and his motor needs to stay energized for 40 minutes but the talent is their to become an NBA lottery pick. Expect Jim Calhoun to ride Stanley hard next season, as he knows he’s going to need him to play great for the team to be successful.

7. Robbie Hummel, Purdue- Hummel averaged 12.5 points and 7 rebounds last season for the surprise Boilermakers. This is a kid who stands 6′8 and connects on 40% of his triples. That’s impossible to stop. He has a high release, is never shy about jacking, and is consistently deadly. He can take it inside, is clearly great outside, and was a huge reason Purdue had a breakout season last year. Robbie could use a little weight on his frame to help him bang inside and do an even better job on the glass. If he adds another piece or two to his game, he could lead the Boilermakers back to the tournament and help make them relevant again.

8. Jordan Hamilton, Texas- Jordan is ranked the #1 small forward in the upcoming Freshman class. Known as a dynamic scorer, Hamilton will be asked to pick up some of the slack left behind by A.J Abrams. With the return of Damion James, and the addition of fellow freshman sensation Avery Bradley, the Longhorns have simply reloaded this season. Rick Barnes has done an absolute sensational job on the recruiting trails landing two of the top 10 freshman in the Nation. Jordan has every move you would want in a small forward prospect. He can take it to the goal, has an excellent jump shot, and makes very polished head fakes. He has a chance to be a top 5 pick in next years NBA Draft. The Sky is the limit for this young man. Longhorn fans better appreciate what they have, as it’s likely going to be a quick stint in college.

9. Lance Stephenson, Cincinnati- “Born Ready” will be bringing his game to the Big East Conference next season. After enduring the roller coaster ride to decide where he was going to play, Stephenson finally chose the Univerisity of Cincinnati. On top of all the drama this kid bring with him, he can flat out hoop. With an NBA body and attacking style, Lance gets to the rim whenever he feels like it. He is excellent at using his superior muscles to his advantage and loves to take advantage of players who can’t match up physically. Players like this have struggled at the next level at times but Lance is unique. He’s as competitive a kid as you’ll find in the nation, and pairing him up with Deonta Vaughn and Yancy Gates should give the Bearcats a chance to win the Big East Championship.

10. Deshawn Sims, Michigan- When Sims plays great, the Wolverines are tough to beat. That was true when they upset both UCLA and Duke last season. Sims went for 18 points over the Bruins and had career highs in both points and rebounds (28,12) against the Blue Devils. With all the key pieces back in the fold next season, expect the Wolverines to get back in the national spotlight next season. If they do, your going to hear alot of buzz surrounding Deshawn Sims. Deshawn has a very polished offensive repertoire that includes being able to face up his opponent, back him down on the low block, and also take him outside and stick the J. He’s a terrific teammate and should once again improve leaps and bounds under coach Beilein.

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One Response to “2010 Top Ten NCAA Small Forwards”

  1. duke hoops fan

    14. Jun, 2009

    Great article! Go Duke and Go Singler!

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