Posted On: 11/21/19 5:01 AM

Considering team success and one’s individual influence towards winning, who will be the five faces of Cincinnati basketball this season?

Nekhi Smith (2020) | 6-5 PF | Taft

The benefits of Taft's additions — Mark Wise, Rayvon Griffith, and Leroy Walker — boils down to two things: they're now the favorites to win states (their move down to Division III is also huge here) and more one-on-one opportunities for Smith.

We expect Smith to absolutely punish teams on a nightly basis with his combination of skill and power. On nights when others are struggling to find a rhythm, Smith may be able to will them to victory. In the other scenarios when his teammates are also rolling, Smith's force will have a demoralizing effect.

We're sure Taft will see a lot of 2-3 zone looks, especially in non-conference games. His shooting and playmaking ability from the high post will be instrumental during those matchups. 

Evan Prater (2020) | 6-5 SF | Wyoming

Prater is the clear-cut choice for CHL Player of the Year and should, frankly, have his way with almost every team in the league. The four-star Cincinnati football recruit creates

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