Column: Top 5 players for the Tigers next season

November is not far away from us college basketball fans, but there is still room to talk about your favorite team. The Memphis Tigers Basketball team will be observed by the entire city of Memphis, including myself. The Tigers will be loaded with talent but everyone will not be an important piece to the team’s success.

Here are the top 5 players for next season:

1. Joe Jackson- He was the leading scorer for the Tigers last season and shot over 50% from the field. He is a senior and has to be a leader on this team. I do not see Jackson stopping now and he will turn it up when Pastner needs him the most.

2. Geron Johnson- He is the ‘Tony Allen’ for the Tigers. He loves to get up in his opponent’s face and make him panic with the basketball. Not only can he play defense, he can also shoot from the field. He averaged 10.4 points a game last season for the Tigers. Expect Johnson to have an solid senior season.

3. Chris Crawford- Crawford has to get going early next season, especially when the Tigers face off against Florida and Oklahoma State. Last season, he had an ugly start, but was able to get going during the second half of the season. Like Johnson, Crawford also averaged 10.4 points a game and shot nearly 40% from the 3-point line. Crawford has to be more consistent than ever and after three years at Memphis, he will do just that.

4. Austin Nichols- Are y’all shocked that I placed an freshmen onto this list? Well, too bad because he deserves to be on this list. Nichols can make some noise in his first year at Memphis. He can run the floor and plays good defense. His strengths are on the offensive end. This guy can either shoot the ball or slash to the basket. His averages could possibly land in the double-double range. Simply expect Nichols to have a solid season like Cody Zeller from Indiana did last season.

5. Kuran Iverson- Iverson is one of the most athletic guys I have seen in awhile come into college basketball. It will be hard for Pastner to keep Iverson off of the court, because he just loves to play. He wants to play at point guard, but Joe Jackson has that position on lock for at least one more year. Iverson will play a lot of his minutes at the two spot due to his excellent athleticism. When he said he thinks Memphis is better than Kentucky’s recruiting class, well he will eventually get his chance to prove it.


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