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November 20, 2013 at 12:24 PM

2K Sports Classic players to watch

The 2K Sports Classic championship rounds brings a mixture of talented players who are currently flying under the radar. They could burst on the national with starring performances this week at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

This week’s schedule:

THURSDAY

No. 18 Connecticut (4-0) vs. Boston College (1-3), 4 p.m. …………… ESPN2
Indiana (4-0) vs. Washington (2-1), 6 p.m. ……………………………. ESPN2

FRIDAY

Consolation game, 2 p.m. …………………………………………….. ESPNU

Championship game, 4:30 p.m. ……………………………………….. ESPN2

And here’s a video compilation of a few players to watch.

CONNECTICUT GUARD SHABAZZ NAPIER

The junior guard is flat out exciting in a Chris Paul and Kemba Walker kind of way. At 6-1 and 180 pounds, Napier is undersized. However, he has next-level athleticism, which makes him a triple-double threat. He’s averaging 13.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 7.8 assists. Napier recorded a triple double (14-11-10) against Yale and he’ll likely do it a few more times this season.

BOSTON COLLEGE GUARD OLIVIER HANLAN

Hanlan earned the ACC Freshman of the Year award from both the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) and the ACC coaches last season when he averaged 15.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists. This season, he picked up where he left off. Hanlan scored 23 points in the opener and had 19 and 18 in the next two games respectively. On Sunday, he poured in 38 points – three shy of his personal best – to lead Boston College to its first win, an 82-79 victory over Florida Atlantic.

WASHINGTON GUARD C.J. WILCOX

The Huskies senior has a golden opportunity to change the national perception about him. He’s been tagged as a three-point specialist, which could very well be his role for a NBA team next season. However, Wilcox has displayed many talents so far this season. He’s driving to the basket. He’s getting fouled. He’s making plays for others. He’s defending and rebounding. Here’s his averages: 20.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 blocks. That’s getting it done.

INDIANA FORWARD NOAH VONLEH

Right now Duke’s Jabari Parker, Kentucky’s Julius Randle, Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins and Arizona’s Aaron Gordon are considered nation’s top four freshmen. Next on the list is Vonleh. He hasn’t received the national hype as the others, but all of that could change this week. The 6-10 forward is averaging 14.8 points and 12.5 rebounds. He’s had a double double in each of his first four games.

ALSO KEEP YOUR EYE ON: Boston College junior forward Ryan Anderson, UConn junior guard Ryan Boatright, Indiana sophomore guard Yogi Ferrell and Washington freshman guard Nigel Williams-Goss.

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