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: None (Freshman)
Why They Are Here
Billy Preston is one of the least talked about recruits to come to Kansas in the past few years. This is surprising as Preston came from the prestigious Oak Hill Academy and is ranked in the Top 15 of all recruiting services. Preston is your prototypical new style power forward. He can score on all three levels and is very comfortable with the ball in his hands. He is not great at any one skill but is very good in every area. Preston will be a force on the offensive end as he will be bigger and quicker than most guys guarding him. His NBA ready body will allow him to bully players for rebounds and paint touches.
Role on This Year’s Team
Kansas will have a ton of turnover from last year with Frank Mason and Josh Jackson departing. Devonte Graham and Malik Newmann will provide a fantastic backcourt while the front court remains up in the air. Bill Self does a great job bringing the freshmen along and not throwing everything at them at once. Josh Jackson looked horrible against IU in November and then looked like a completely different player when February came around. Expect Preston to be on the same path taking on more of the load as the season goes along and the veterans are more comfortable with him. Preston’s versatility will be essential to the Jayhawks success this season.
College Season/NBA Prospects
I have had the honor of writing about future lottery picks and first round quality players thus far and Preston is no exception. Although he may not receive the hype and publicity of many of the freshman he will be right up there in the lottery come draft night 2018. Preston will have a chance to show his versatility and polished skills off at Kansas and NBA scouts will be awed at his development and potential at such a young age.
Be sure to check out tomorrow’s Top 100 player.