The ten best four-year-old guys

The ten best four-year-old guys

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Four-year-old guys (or fifth/sixth-year guys in some cases) in the same program. They certainly still exist. Especially in the Big Ten. Transfer is the word of the modern college basketball era, but there are plenty of talented, full-career college hoops in the Big Ten.


A. Trayce Jackson Davis (Indiana). TJD played 94 games in Indiana and started in all of them. He’s a career 17 points, 8.5 rebounds per game player and his return to college basketball has left Bloomington with high hopes. Indiana is the preseason favorite in the Big Ten and if Jackson-Davis can help them live up to expectations, Jackson-Davis could leave IU a legend.

Of them. Malik Room (State of Michigan). Hall has been one of the toughest players in the Big Ten over the past three seasons. He played any role Tom Izzo asked him and this year I think Hall will have the year of the All Big Ten caliber that many believe he was able to have. I bet most fans don’t know that Hall is a career 39.6% three-point shooter.

Three. Tyler Wahl (Wisconsin). Our next four year old guy is Tyler Wahl, of Lakeville, Minnesota. Like Hall, Wahl is known for his toughness and like Hall and TJD, Wahl is a frontline player. I don’t believe Wahl will make Badger fans immediately forget Johnny Davis but I believe Wahl is capable of an All Big Ten-caliber third season leading the Badgers to another strong year.

Four. Patrick McCaffery (Iowa). Patrick went from an injury freshman year to a 6th key man two years ago to an average double-digit starter in 24 minutes per game as a third-year player. Next up for McCaffery is a 30-minute-per-game option for the Hawks. And Patrick has the potential to be just that.

Five. Thompson Race (Indiana). Thompson really is the Joe College on this list. He’s in sixth year for IU and another big reason the Hoosiers have such high expectations. The run will end up being a three-year-old full-time starter who is capable of giving the team 12s and 8s every night along with tenacity and team play.

Six. Boo Buie (northwest). Back to the real four-year-old guys, Buie has been an average double-digit scorer from day one and a playmaker. Much of the Wildcat 22-23 prospect rolls on Buie.

Seven. Paul Mulcahy (Rutgers). In Mulcahy, the Scarlet Knights have one of the best playmakers in the league. He is efficient, consistent, a good foul shooter, a good three-point shooter and was one of the league leaders in assists.

Eight. Caleb McConnell (Rutgers). McConnell is a fifth-year guy and an elite Big Ten defenseman. Caleb is the kind of guy his team can put on a top option and he can lock them in. Offensively he’s fine, not great, not terrible, just fine, but D Caleb is elite.

New. Donta Scott (Maryland). The 6’8 fourth-year forward scored nearly a dozen points per game last season as a talented forward. Maryland will rely heavily on four players this year and Scott is one of them.

Ten. Seth Lundy (Penn State). Lundy went from a part-time starter to a full-time starter last season, scoring a dozen points per game. Lundy has often been one of the most feared three-point shooters in the league and it will continue.


Five Plus

hakim hart (Maryland). Scored ten per game last year while completing 52% of his attempts.

Mason Gillis (Purdue). Rebounds, defends, shoots 41% from three points and is ready for a big role (fourth year in the program, third year).

Robbie Beran (North West). Entering his fourth year at Evanston as a strong position.

Myles Dread (Penn State). This is the fifth year for Dread who has been pretty much the same type of player since day one.

Conner McCaffery (Iowa). This is Conner McCaffery’s sixth year, which means there are two longtime McCafferys on the list!

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