SEC Basketball: Top 5 Scorers Going Into 2013-14 Season
SEC Basketball: Top 5 Scorers Going into the 2013-14 Season
When it comes to college basketball, the only thing that could be more exciting than a comeback or a Cinderella story is when a player has a breakout game and scores a ridiculous amount of points in a single game. Huge scoring performances are one of the rarest things in college basketball and help to make the sport great. The SEC is one college basketball conference that specializes in developing players into lethal scorers, and the top scorers won’t disappoint in the 2013-14 season.
Last season, the SEC had plenty of outstanding scorers all around the conference. Arkansas’ B.J. Young had one of the best three-point shots in the country, Georgia's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope couldn’t be stopped by anyone, Kentucky's Archie Goodwin averaged nearly 15 points a game and Texas A&M’s Elston Turner had multiple 40-plus point games. The SEC had so many good scorers it was hard to separate one from the rest.
This season, the top two scorers in the SEC from last season will return for their senior years to try and lead their team to the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Lead scorer Marshall Henderson's Ole Miss Rebels have lost two of their best players and will need a miracle from the shooting guard to make it to the NCAA tournament. Second leading scorer Jordan McCrae's Tennessee Volunteers return one of the most experienced and talented teams in the country and believe that they can make a Final Four run.
Both of these players are set to have huge seasons, but who are the best scorers in a conference with a who’s who of potential NBA talent? Here are the top five scorers in the SEC going into the 2013-14 season.
Note: I left out all of the incoming freshmen from every SEC team (Sorry, John Calipari).
Taylor Sturm is an SEC Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS or add him to your network on Google.
5. Patric Young -- Florida Gators
Young will have to carry a lot of the scoring load with Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario gone for the Gators. Expect his scoring average to increase as he becomes the focal point of Billy Donovan's offense.
4. Jabari Brown -- Missouri Tigers
Last season, he was one of six players to average at least 10 point a game on Missouri's team. This season, he's only one of two of those scorers that are returning and should be expected to improve.
3. Trevor Releford -- Alabama Crimson Tide
Releford is one of the most complete players in the conference. With Trevor Lacey leaving during the offseason, Releford will find himself taking those crucial game-winning shots that were Lacey’s specialty. Expect the senior to show off on the stat sheet and work his way onto an NBA team’s radar for the 2014 draft.
2. Marshall Henderson -- Ole Miss Rebels
The borderline insane shooting guard is going to be given even more freedom to shoot with Reginald Buckner and Murphy Holloway graduating. Expect Henderson to have an absolutely huge year in the SEC. Don’t be surprised if he has a few 40-plus point games against teams like Vanderbilt, Auburn and Texas A&M.
1. Jordan McRae -- Tennessee Volunteers
Marshall Henderson scored more points last season, but this isn’t about last season. With opposing defenses worrying about Jarnell Stokes and Jeronne Maymon down low, McCrae will have freedom all over the court. Did I mention he trained with LeBron James and Kevin Durant in the offseason?