The CBS Sports crew is bringing back the “Candid Coaches” segment to pass the time before college basketball season. Matt Norlander, Gary Parrish, and Jeff Borzello spent the summer asking basketball coaches their opinions on various topics, and have compiled them into a series of previews.
Today’s question for the coaches was “Which player in college basketball would you most want on your team next year?” Survey says?
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State (34 percent)
Doug McDermott, Creighton (24 percent)
Andrew Wiggins, Kansas (15 percent)
Aaron Craft, Ohio State (6 percent)
Julius Randle, Kentucky (5 percent)
Others receiving votes: Montrezl Harrell(Louisville), Jabari Parker (Duke), C.J. Fair (Syracuse), Aaron Gordon (Arizona), Mitch McGary (Michigan), Chris Obekpa (St. John’s), Andrew Harrison (Kentucky), Aaron Harrison (Kentucky), Travis Bader (Oakland)
Several of the coaches surveyed admitted they didn’t vote for Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, or the other freshmen because they are (so far) unproven. Something tells me that Julius Randle will be much higher on that list by season’s end.