For the second consecutive season the college basketball crew at CBSSports.com, Jeff Goodman, Gary Parrish, Matt Norlander and Jeff Borzello have compiled their rankings for the top 100 players in college basketball as we head into the 2012-13 season.
Although Louisville didn’t have a player named to the preseason All American Teams, the Cardinals are the only team that had four players ranked in the top 50. Gorgui Dieng, Chane Behanan, Peyton Siva and Wayne Blackshear all made CBS’ rankings. Here is an excerpt from CBSSports.com.
22. Gorgiu Dieng, 6-11, 245, C, Jr., Louisville
Surefire NBA draft pick, and that wasn’t the case this time a year ago. Dieng has adapted extremely well to paint play. Defensive monster who doesn’t tire easily. — M.N.
29. Chane Behanan, 6-6, 250, PF, Soph., Louisville
Behanan is a bruising power forward just big enough to dominate at the collegiate level and just short enough to be forced to remain at Louisville a little longer than somebody with his overall talent should. The winner because of this is Rick Pitino because Behanan could turn into a terrific four-year player. — G.P.
34. Peyton Siva, 6-0, 185, PG, Sr., Louisville
Siva has been through a lot during his career at Louisville, with plenty of highs and plenty of lows. This year, Siva will be the leader of a team with national championship aspirations. He’s up for it. — J.B
47. Wayne Blackshear, 6-5, 230, SF, Soph., Louisville
Because of shoulder injuries last season, Blackshear didn’t get a chance to show his potential. When healthy, he’s a physical wing scorer who can drive to the rim or get points in the mid-range. — J.B.