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Conference USA Basketball: 5 Most Important Incoming Freshmen For 2015-16

Conference USA Basketball: 5 Most Important Incoming Freshmen

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Conference USA is one of the many mid-major college basketball leagues on the rise as we head into the 2015-16 season. Transfers and graduate students seem to be the biggest bonuses in offseason talent to the conference, but there are some high-potential incoming freshmen as well. Here are the five most important incoming 2015 recruits for C-USA.

5. SF Eric Turner – FIU

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5. SF Eric Turner – FIU

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The Panthers struggled last year, so expect Turner to be able to make his mark on the court as a freshman.

4. SG Derric Jean – Louisiana Tech

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4. SG Derric Jean – Louisiana Tech

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Although unlikely to get starter's minutes, Jean could be a major asset off the bench. The Bulldogs were the regular season winners of Conference USA, so expect them to compete once again this season.

3. SF Marquez Letcher-Ellis – Rice

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3. SF Marquez Letcher-Ellis – Rice

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Rice showed flashes of being a very good team last season; Letcher-Ellis could be one of the missing pieces.

2. C Rickey Brice – North Texas

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2. C Rickey Brice – North Texas

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The Mean Green pick up a huge 7-foot, 260-pound center in Brice. He should bully some of the much smaller centers in C-USA for years to come.

1. PF Paul Thomas – UTEP

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1. PF Paul Thomas – UTEP

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Arguably the highest-rated recruit coming into C-USA, Thomas should be a top conference player year-in and year-out.

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