College basketball season is over. As the calendar turns to April, we have NBA Playoffs and Draft conversation to keep us going. All American teams and most other individual awards have been handed out by now, but we’re doing our first Hoop Group All-Alumni teams. We’ll highlight twelve Hoop Group alumni who had exceptional NCAA seasons this year.
Disclaimer: There were A LOT of candidates who had strong seasons. Hoop Group alumni live all over the NCAA, at all levels. Future pros were left off this list. Lottery picks didn’t make the cut. Even players who were first team all-conference in their respective conferences didn’t make the cut.
Jalen Brunson-Villanova: 18.9 PPG, 4.6 APG, 3.1 RPG
Not much to say that hasn’t been said about Brunson already. He was the engine that made Villanova go. He’s the AP Player of the Year, and winner of the the Naismith Award, Bob Cousy Award and the Wooden Award as college basketball’s best player.
Devonte’ Graham-Kansas: 17.3 PPG, 7.2 APG, 4 RPG
Devonte’ Graham got stronger as the season progressed, and so did Kansas. After the Trae Young and Keenan Evans hype died down a little, it was Graham being awarded Big 12 Player of the Year, a year after his teammate Frank Mason won.
Miles Bridges-Michigan State: 17 PPG, 7 RPG, 2.7 APG
Many thought Bridges had a down year after deciding to return to school for his sophomore season. That said, 17 and 7 is pretty darn good for a “down” year. Bridges was still one of the best players in the Big Ten, and college basketball this season. His numbers support it.
Mikal Bridges-Villanova: 17.7 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.5 SPG, 1 BPG
Some would argue Mikal Bridges was Villanova’s actual best player, and some of his play would support that. A long and athletic player, Bridges was a major impact on both ends of the floor for the national champions. And he elevated his draft stock in the process.
Tony Carr-Penn State 19.6 PPG, 5 APG, 4.9 RPG
I think Tony Carr flew under the radar this year, mainly because Penn State did fail to make the tournament. Carr did a little bit of everything for Penn State, and the Nittany Lions saw the results, winning the NIT this year. Carr was one rebound shy of a triple-double in the championship.
Shamorie Ponds- St. John’s: 21.6 PPG, 4.7 APG, 5 RPG, 2.7 Steals PG
St. John’s may have had a down year, but Ponds was a major bright spot. He did it all for the Johnnies, and his stats attest to that. In the Red Storm’s back to back wins over Duke and Villanova, Ponds combined for 59 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals.
Gary Clark-Cincinnati: 12.9 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.7 spg, 1.2 bpg
Similar to Bridges, Clark helped Cincinnati in every aspect this season. He scored in double digits 29 times and recorded double digit rebounds 16 times this season. He was the best player on the best AAC team, and he took home Conference Player of the Year as a result.
Jaylen Adams-St. Bonaventure: 19.1 PPG, 5.1 APG, 1.5 SPG, 3.4 RPG
Adams, and Davidson center Peyton Aldridge, took home co A-10 Players of the Year this season. Adams has been an elite scorer in the A10 for the past four seasons. He hit 40+ in back to back games this season for the Bonnies.
Peyton Aldridge-Davidson: 21.2 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 2.5 APG
Alridge is no slouch scoring the basketball either. He scored over 30 on five occasions this season, while leading the A-10 in scoring. More impressively he did it almost shooting 50% from the field. His best game was a 45 point, 12 rebound game versus St. Bonaventure in triple overtime.
Angel Delgado-Seton Hall: 13.6 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 2.8 APG
Delgado may not have been first team All-Big East, but he was a machine for Seton Hall this season. He recorded a double-double in 22 games this season, including a ridiculous 24 points and 23 rebounds in the final game of his career versus Kansas. He cemented his great career and season by taking home the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award.
Chris Silva- South Carolina: 14.3 PPG, 8 RPG, 1.4 BPG
Silva became the man at South Carolina after a lot of players departed following a Final Four season. He responded by upping his points per game from 10 to 14 and averaging 2 more rebounds a game. He was the focal point of Frank Martin’s team, and likely will be next year.
Kelan Martin- Butler: 21.2 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 2 APG
Jerome Robinson- Boston College: 20.7 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 3.3 APG
Caleb Martin-Nevada: 18.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 2.4 APG
Mo Bamba-Texas: 12.9 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 3.7 Blocks PG
Tremont Waters- LSU: 15.9 PPG, 6 APG, 3.4 RPG
Vincent Edwards- Purdue: 14.6 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 2.9 APG