SI.com's 2014-15 College Basketball Season Preview
With college basketball games beginning on Nov. 14, we're rolling out our preview content daily. This year, SI's Luke Winn has teamed up with economist Dan Hanner to use an advanced statistical model to project the top performing players, teams and conferences in college basketball. Check back on this page daily as we update it with our latest content.
"It was only four seasons ago that a BYU senior shooting guard was the nation's leading scorer and most talked-about player: Jimmer Fredette. The Cougar who could take that crown this season is far less famous: Tyler Haws, who was the country's sixth-leading scorer in 2013-14, on a team that lost its NCAA tournament opener to Oregon. Three of the players ahead of Haws graduated, one turned pro early and the other, Antoine Mason, transferred from Niagara to Auburn, where we forecast a scoring drop-off due to the increased level of competition. Haws' high-volume shooting tendency, reasonable efficiency and BYU's fast tempo makes him the most likely No. 1." by Dan Hanner & Luke Winn
"Our No. 1 scorer, Jahlil Okafor, is the RSCI's No. 1 overall recruit and also the freshman most likely to be a first team All-America. He's projected to average nearly a double-double with a high rate of efficiency, playing major minutes on a Duke team with plenty of shots available following Jabari Parker's departure to the NBA." by Dan Hanner & Luke Winn
"When Walker became eligible on Jan. 29 after dealing with concerns over his amateur status, the Gators were in the midst of a 30-game winning streak, and it was too late for him to break into the rotation. He's been suspended for the first two regular season games this year for violating team rules, but once he takes the court, we will finally get a chance to see this immensely talented prospect play a significant role, as he's likely to replace Patric Young at the five-spot." by Dan Hanner & Luke Winn
"Sheldon McClellan (1) played his first two seasons at Texas, where he was quietly one of the country's most efficient freshman scorers in 2011-12. The model projects him to regain that form at Miami, which lost its primary shot-taker from last season, Rion Brown, and needs McClellan and new point guard Angel Rodriguez (10) to carry a significant load." by Dan Hanner & Luke Winn