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: 15.1 PPG 1.7 APG 4.5 RPG
Why he is here
Last year Bennie Boatwright was hurt with a knee injury but in his 19 games he played, no one could stop him. Boatwright averaged 15 points per game, but that also came with 37 percent three point shooting and 91 percent free throw shooting. For a 6’10” Power Forward those numbers are almost unheard of and align with shooting statistics of current NBA Player Steph Curry. Looking at him this year, there would be no surprise if Boatwright were to average around 18-20 points per game with around 6 or 7 rebounds per game and with those numbers on a USC team that is a potential Top-5 team, Pac-12 Player of the year seems inevitable.
Role on this years team
This year Boatwright is going to take major steps forward and become the go to scorer on USC, look for Boatwright to become a better three point shooter and a better scorer inside. When he makes those improvements it will take pressure off his other teammates allowing them to play with a free mind making them more confident as well. Overall if Boatwright makes these improvements there’s really nothing stopping USC from winning the Pac-12 and making the Final Four.
College season/ NBA Prospects
Looking at the way the NBA has changed to where shooters are more relied upon than ever teams need a Big man who can shoot. Boatwright who realistically can be a 40 percent three point shooter and 90 percent free throw shooter is a weapon. Looking at his skill set it seems that First rounder is an almost certainty and Lottery pick is likely when looking at where he will go in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Be sure to check out tomorrow’s Top 100 player