Various college basketball teams have already begun to practice for the upcoming hoops season. With multiple returning All-American players, this season could see the surfacing of elite teams with a multitude of potential national champions.
Having such an impressive roster of players readying themselves to prove themselves and potentially move onto the NBA draft after the conclusion of the upcoming 2022/2023 season goes to show exactly why the college basketball scene is thriving more than ever before!
Whether you’re interested in making wagers on NCAAB odds or simply want to know more about these up-and-coming players, here are some top names in the 2022 college basketball scene that you just have to know.
Team: Kentucky Wildcats
As one of the most prolific rebounders currently playing in the college basketball league, Oscar Tshiebwe is a name to look out for. His strong work ethic and dominating physicality on the court are a huge reason why he leads the country in rebounding with an astonishing 15+ each game!
He also ranks in the top five of the SEC in terms of his scoring average and is one of the only players averaging 1.6 steals and 1.6 blocks each game. As a result of his achievements, Tshiebwe is all but certain to win the Naismith Trophy and the Wooden Award.
Position: Power Forward
Team: Indiana Hoosiers
When you think of Trayce Jackson-Davis, you think of an accomplished college player with impressive dunks and an intimidating stature. But the Indiana big man is so much more than just a scorer or a vertical threat.
Known for his significant presence and more explosive style of playing on the defensive end, Jackson-Davis draws more fouls at the basket than any other player. He has also remained a central part of his team's production from the very beginning of his career.
Notably, during last season, Jackson-Davis Became the 54th Indiana player to break the barrier and score at least 1,000 career points. He also helped the Hoosiers reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016.
Team: Gonzaga Bulldogs
Drew Timme is a 6’10” power forward for the Bulldogs. Last season, he averaged 6.8 rebounds, 18.4 points, and 2.8 assists per game. As a result of his skill, he has proven himself as one of the most productive players in college basketball during the past two seasons.
He has scored a total of 1,521 points during his career. If he maintains his high scoring level from the last two seasons then he’s in with a shot of smashing 2,000 total points! After withdrawing from the 2022 NBA draft, the senior has plenty of time to maintain his impressive statistics with the Bulldogs in the upcoming college basketball season.
Team: Michigan Wolverines
Dickinson is a 7’2” powerful force who dominates the court in every game. Dickinson’s presence continues to make the Wolverines a preseason national title contender.
As a sophomore, Dickinson was a first-team All-Big Ten rookie selection. This occurred only one season after he became the Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
Hunter Dickinson earned top honors as one of the Wolves’ most valuable players last season. He averaged a team-best of 18.6 points and a total of 8.6 rebounds for each game to lead the Wolverines in both of these categories. He managed to improve his scoring average by 4.5 points per game.
Team: Houston Cougars
Sasser is a skilled and agile combo guard who can shoot and score in a game of basketball. He’s renowned as an offensive catalyst on his team and has a consistently strong playing style that sees him constantly dominate on the court.
He averaged a team-best 17.7 points per game before he suffered a season-ending foot injury just 12 games into last season. However, in the season before, Sasser was made a second-team All-American Athletic Conference selection. This occurred just one season after being a member of the conference's all-freshman team.
In his upcoming senior season, Sasser is in line to showcase his offensive prowess yet again.
Position: Power Forward/Center
Team: North Carolina Tar Heels
Bacot had a breakout junior season under the guidance of coach Hubert Davis. Paired with Brady Manek, the 2020-21 campaign was a real career year for the rising basketball star. Bacot will continue to highlight his talents in his senior season later this year.
Bacot averaged a double-double with his rebounds (13.1) and points (16.3) per game and even ranked top ten nationally for a defensive rebound rate of 30 percent. He also showcased improved fitness and conditioning by playing a career-best 31.6 minutes per game and solidifying UNC’s defense.
These are some of the top college basketball players of 2022. While there are other names to keep in mind from various states, these five players are clear standouts in the world of college basketball due to their talent, determination, drive, and dedication to the sport.