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Posted On: 08/31/18 12:48 PM
The 2016 class was loaded with Division I talent, especially at guard. Here is a look at what the top five guys in the class are doing now.
Winston was an amazing player for the Cubs but has gotten even better under Tom Izzo at Michigan State. As a sophomore, Winston averaged 12.6 points and 6.9 assists while shooting 50 percent from the field and beyond the arc. Entering his junior season at MSU, Winston will be asked to take on a larger role. He will probably be a four year player at MSU, but I could see him getting drafted after his senior season.
After a successful career at Onsted earned him a scholarship to the University of Michigan, Davis has struggled to crack the Wolverines’ rotation. He redshirted his freshman year and appeared in just 16 games last season, averaging 1.2 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. With the departure of Moritz Wagner to the NBA, Davis could see some extra playing time, but he will still have to battle with Jon Teske and some talented incoming freshmen.
Like most top players, Neely was an incredible scorer in high school. However, at Oakland, it’s his passing ability that has allowed his game to take off. After appearing in 24 games last season, Neely tore his meniscus in February and missed the remainder of the year. Before the injury, Neely averaged 4.0 points and 5.5 assists per game. He will likely be a key piece for Oakland this year.
After he graduated from high school, Newman took his talents to George Mason, but after one season with the Patriots, Newman decided to transfer to Oakland. In one season with George Mason, Newman averaged 4.7 points and shot 33 percent from beyond the arc. He sat out last season due to transfer rules, but will be eligible to play this season.
Turner sustained an injury in his freshman year at Bowling Green, which led to him redshirting, but in his redshirt freshman year, Turner was fantastic for the Falcons. He broke the single season freshman scoring record, collecting 507 points. On the season, he averaged 15.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. Turner should have another great year as a sophomore.