Monday, July 26, 2010
At the College Basketball Roundtable each week, we ask each member of the coverage staff for his opinion about a current topic in the sport. We have two questions this week, one today and one Sunday.
Today’s question: Who is the most underrated player in the nation?
David Fox’s answer:
I can’t claim I’m fully impartial on my pick of the most underrated player in the nation. This guy plays a few miles from Rivals.com headquarters, and we’ll be writing a story on him in the coming weeks. I’m going to go with Adnan Hodzic of Lipscomb. He’s the nation’s returning leading scorer at 22.7 points per game, and he’s not too far off from averaging a double-double, with 9.1 rebounds. Lipscomb shared the Atlantic Sun regular-season title before being bounced in the conference tournament, so his efforts aren’t for nothing. What’s most impressive to me, though, is his performance out of conference. Often, the top players from low-major leagues dominate their conference competition and get shut down by big-name teams. Not Hodzic. Last season, he scored 18 points against Vanderbilt, 18 against Ohio State, 18 against Cincinnati and had 34 points and 13 rebounds in a near-upset of Arizona. Thanks to those numbers, he has scored in double figures in 57 consecutive games, and so few have heard of him. I think that qualifies as underrated.