Leading up the season we are doing a countdown of the Top 100 players in college basketball. These rankings are based on a poll made up of 14 CPP writers. These writers span from UCLA to Seton Hall so there is very little bias. Each day we will release the latest player on our ranking with a small write-up. Be sure to check out the rest of the Top 100 articles!
2016-2017 Stats: 17.8 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 1.4 bpg
Why They Are Here
Standing at 6’5, Colson was one of the best rebounders in the ACC and a dominant forward that had a case for ACC Player of the Year. As crazy as that sounds for his size, the rising senior is an undersized yet over-skilled big man who can work the post with the best of them, with excellent footwork and a soft touch. Despite his lack of size, he’s got a 7-foot wingspan that helps against larger opponents as well. Colson is one of the most fun players to watch because of his creativity down low. He’s not a physical specimen, but he leaves you wondering how he just out-rebounded two 6’10 dudes for an offensive board.
Role on This Year’s Team
Like last year, Colson will be the centerpiece in what should be another good offensive team for Mike Brey. This year, however, Colson will shoulder much of the load, likely carrying the team with guard Matt Farrell. Notre Dame’s second-most experienced forward averaged only 3.1 ppg and 3.4 rpg, so Colson will be doing yeoman’s work inside. Colson will also be a front-runner for ACC POY going into the season, as opposed to last year when he launched himself into the conversation. Colson will also likely get some love for preseason All-American teams and Player of the Year awards. To justify the hype, he’ll have to surpass last year’s success.
College Season/NBA Prospects
Colzon’s NBA potential is a tough nut to crack. Obviously, the highlights to his game are his post moves and rebounding abilities, but he’s not limited to just the role of, essentially, a center. He has a little bit of perimeter game and is more than capable of taking the ball off the dribble. To be really successful, he’ll have to have a bit more dependable perimeter game, and by that I mostly mean utilizing it more consistently, because the talent is there. The snag with Colson is his size. What position does he play at the next level? Small forward is the obvious choice, but with a college career made mostly in the post, it’s tough to see him transitioning to the league without a huge adjustment in style of play.
Be sure to check out tomorrow’s Top 100 player.