Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News is one of the brightest, best-informed college basketball writers in the country. But he apparently doesn’t think much of Cal’s senior backcourt duo of Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher.
DeCourcy unveiled his top-10 national rankings at each of five positions last week, and neither Randle nor Christopher was mentioned.
Here are a few highlights:
Point guard: Kansas senior Sherron Collins tops this list, with Kentucky’s super-freshman John Wall at No. 2. Arizona’s Nic Wise secures the No. 6 rung on the PG ladder, one spot ahead of Washington freshman Abdul Gaddy, one of the nation’s top prep stars a year ago.
Shooting guard: Oklahoma’s Willie Warren tops the position, with Cal-killer Greivis Vasquez of Maryland at No. 2. UCLA sophomore Malcolm Lee, who averaged 3.2 points a year ago and scored more than four points in a conference game just once, is DeCourcy’s curious pick at No. 4. Washington’s explosive Isaiah Thomas, the Pac-10′s most prolific freshman a year ago, checks in at No. 8.
Small forward: Evan Turner of Ohio State is No. 1 on a list that includes no one from the Pac-10. Kansas freshman Xavier Henry, good enough that few expect him to become a sophomore, is No. 7.
Power forward: The Pac-10 gets shut out here, too, with Kentucky’s Patrick Patterson topping the list. North Carolina sophomore Ed Davis, who never has played more han 25 minutes in a game against a Division I opponent, is third.
Center: Again, no Pac-10 players are listed among the 10. Notre Dame’s Luke Harangody gets DeCourcy’s nod over Cole Aldrich of Kansas for the top spot.