Maybe fans should change nicknames for Dwayne Polee II.
Instead of The Human Pogo Stick, maybe...The Structurally Sound Human Pogo Stick?
Bleacher Report's Brian Pederson would probably prefer the second one. Pederson ranked Polee 17th out of college basketball's 20 most fundamentally sound players.
Pederson called Polee "one of the best leapers in the country" and commended his all-around efficiency on the court.
"The 6'7" Polee got his hands on 10.4 percent of available rebounds, and even dished the ball out enough to have a 5.1 percent assist efficiency. He made 53.3 percent of his two-pointers and 39.1 percent of his threes, and when he got to the line three of every four attempts were good."
This is a new kind of recognition for a student-athlete mostly heralded for his athletic ability. But if Polee plays like The Structurally Sound Human Pogo Stick this year, Geoff Grammer's first-team all-conference predictions may turn out at least partially right.
Here's the rest of Pederson's top 20. You'll see that 19 of the 20 players are upperclassmen. I'll be sure to use that point in my next rant against the one-and-done craze. Those things kind of come out of nowhere, so it's good to have a stockpile of evidence.
Anyway, here you go:
|1.||Frank Kaminsky||Sr. C - Wisconsin|
|2.||Jacob Parker||Sr. F - Stephen F. Austin|
|3.||Pat Connaughton||Sr. G/F - Notre Dame|
|4.||Perry Ellis||Jr. F - Kansas|
|5.||Josh Hart||So. G - Villanova|
|6.||Dustin Hogue||Sr. F - Iowa State|
|7.||Walter Pitchford||Jr. F - Nebraska|
|8.||Sam Dekker||Jr. F - Wisconsin|
|9.||Joseph Young||Sr. G - Oregon|
|10.||R.J. Hunter||Jr. G - Georgia State|
|11.||Matt Bohannon||Jr. G - Northern Iowa|
|12.||Durand Johnson||Jr. F - Pittsburgh|
|13.||Jarrod Uthoff||Jr. F - Iowa|
|14.||Thomas Walkup||Jr. G/F - Stephen F. Austin|
|15.||Brandon Ashley||Jr. F - Arizona|
|16.||Treveon Graham||Sr. G - VCU|
|17.||Dwayne Polee II||Sr. F - San Diego State|
|18.||Dyshawn Pierre||Jr. F - Dayton|
|19.||Justin Martin||Sr. F - SMU|
|20.||Nemanja Djurisic||Sr. F - Georgia|