Earlier this week, matt Norlander of CBSSports released his list of the top 20 breakout candidates heading into the 2016-17 college basketball season. It’s an intriguing group of players that should play big roles in how this season unfolds.
The mid-major conferences found themselves with two players making the cut on the list. This clearly speaks to what fans should expect out of the mid-major teams heading into this season.
Here’s a full look at the mid-major players listed below.
Mid-Major Players On CBS Breakout Players List:
- Zylan Cheatham (San Diego State)
- Markis McDuffie (Wichita State)
It wasn’t surprising to see whether Cheatham or McDuffie make the cut considering that both are projected to have big years. Each should be on a team in the national conversation and in the NCAA Tournament hunt.
Cheatham showed his talent during last season, averaging 7.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as a freshman. His rebounding numbers were also impressive with a 9.0% offensive rebounding rate and a 19.4% defensive rebounding rate. If he can expand his offensive usage, he should be one of the nation’s best players.
Likewise, McDuffie really played well in limited time as a freshman last year. He posted a 104.1 offensive rating and was a solid defensive presence with a 2.6% steal rate. McDuffie will have to improve his outside shot and his efficiency if he’s going to reach the next level, but things look good on paper.
If you’re interested in reading the full list, you can see it here.