|Son||Current team||NBA dad||NBA team of note|
|Gary Payton, Jr.||Oregon State||Gary Payton||Seattle Supersonics|
|Domantas Sabonis||Gonzaga||Arvydas Sabonis||Portland Trailblazers|
|Jalen Brunson||Villanova||Rick Brunson||Toronto Raptors|
|Sam Cassell Jr.||UCONN||Sam Cassell||Houston Rockets|
|Isaiah Wilkins||Virginia||Dominique Wilkins (stepfather)||Atlanta Hawks|
|Elgin Cook||Oregon||Alvin Robertson||San Antonio Spurs|
|Justin Robinson||Duke||David Robinson||San Antonio Spurs|
|Wyatt Lohaus||Northern Iowa||Brad Lohaus||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Bryce Alford||UCLA||Steve Alford||Dallas Mavericks|
|A.J. English III||Iona||A.J. English II||Denver Nuggets|
|A.J. Davis||UCF||Antonio Davis||Indiana Pacers|
|Trey Mourning||Georgetown||Alonzo Mourning||Miami Heat|
|Aubrey Dawkins||Michigan||Johnny Dawkins||Philadelphia 76ers|
|Kameron Rooks||California||Sean Rooks||LA Clippers|
|Brandan Stith||Old Dominion||Bryant Stith||Denver Nuggets|
|Nick Kerr||California||Steve Kerr||Chicago Bulls|
|Lasani Johnson||Stephen F. Austin||Larry Johnson||Charlotte Hornets|
|Avery Johnson Jr.||Alabama||Avery Johnson||San Antonio Spurs|
With players transferring basically at-will, 5th year seniors shaking things up, and the landscape of college basketball constantly shifting, let’s just do it. Let’s allow for in-season trades. The one caveat is that both the student and coach have to sign-off on it. Here are some win-wins I could envision for current programs.
Trade Proposal 1:
Purdue receives: Darius Thompson, G Virginia
Evan Nolte, F Virginia
Virginia receives: Isaac Haas, C Purdue
Big man Isaac Haas played 8 minutes in the last outing for Purdue. Meanwhile, at Virginia, explosive sophomore Darius Thompson played 7 in a win versus Syracuse. I propose a trade between the two teams. Adding Isaac Haas could elevate Virginia to a national championship contender (if they weren’t already). Virginia would have to throw in Evan Nolte to compensate for size. Purdue could use some help handling the ball, but they have an embarrassment of riches with big men and senior center A.J. Hammons demanding around 25 minutes a game. If Purdue added Thompson, it would give them a nice scoring option at point guard to compliment some nice swing players they already have. Thompson is not just a feed-the-post-then-watch type of guard. His ability to attack the basket and slash without the ball could make Purdue’s length at the rim even more dominant. The emergence of freshman power forward Caleb Swanigan at Purdue has also made this trade possible. Avid college basketball junkies like myself have been salivating over the prospect of Haas and Hammons seeing the floor at the same time, but it is just not to be.
Trade Proposal 2:
West Virginia receivers: Brannon Greene, G Kansas
Cheick Diallo, F Kansas
Kansas receives: Devin Williams, F West Virginia
I understand that coach Huggy Bear loves Devin Williams. But our ficticious, Eye Test GM has to step in with a simple observation. Williams struggles at times to defend in West Virginia’s full court pressure. He has fouled out of 3 of the first 20 games and finished another 3 games with 4 personals. Meanwhile, Bill Self doesn’t play that full-court havoc defensive style. Kansas loves to feed the post, but Landen Lucas and Hunter Mickelson aren’t dominant offensive players. Adding Devin Williams with a starting five that could include Perry Ellis, Wayne Selden, Devauntes Graham and Frank Mason III would put the Jayhawks in the UNC and Maryland neighborhood as far as the best roster on paper. Meanwhile, despite the glut of publicity the “Free Diallo” movement made, the freshman can barely find a role in KU’s rotation. However, when he finds the floor, his tenacity and hustles quickly allows him to find a niche. This versatility and high motor would work perfectly in West Virginia’s system. Brannon Greene would get his shots and help boost West Virginia’s scoring punch.
Trade Proposal 3:
Arizona receives: Derrick Gordon, G Seton Hall
Seton Hall receives: Dusan Ristic, C Arizona
Arizona has lost two straight Pac 12 games and needs to get right. The Wildcats still have a void of a court-general point guards after T.J. McConnell graduated. The veteran leadership for the Wildcats has been based, instead, in the post with the addition of Ryan Anderson. With Kaleb Tarzewski back from injury, Dusan Ristic is only averaging 18 minutes-per-game, which is on the decline. At 7 foot, he would instantly become the tallest post player for the Pirates. Seton Hall has a full cast of ball-handling sophomores. As a bubble team, Ristic would balance the team and allow a strong run in the Big East tournament. Gordon, meanwhile, is one of the better backcourt defenders in the Big East. His experience will help against remaining Pac-12 point guards like Gary Payton Jr. and Bryce Alford. Gordon, a Massachusetts transfer, is a 24-year-old senior and ready to win now.
It’s the Gold Glove syndrome. Once a player is given a gold glove, he is grandfathered in for years to come.
In college basketball, it’s a similar formula for top 25 teams. Once anointed in the preseason top 25, teams have to bobble the ball to cease receiving votes.
Here are 5 teams that could jump on our radar in March:
- Seton Hall
They beat both SEC bubble teams, Georgia and Ole Miss, that they faced. They shocked Wichita State. Most recently, the Pirates ransacked Marquette in their building. This Seton Hall bunch was ranked this time last season, as then-freshman Isaiah Whitehead was making his presence known. Now their cast of super-sophomores (Carrington, Sanogo, Rodriguez and others) are only getting better. Add a splash of senior leadership from UMASS transfer, and defensive stopper, Derrick Gordon. This team is city tough and doesn’t rely on one or two guys to lead in the box score. If Big East counterparts such as Butler and Providence are consistently ranked in the top 15, it’s time that Seton Hall starts receiving ballots. The Pirates currently sit atop the standings in the Big East, although four teams are ranked nationally above them in the AP poll.
2. High Point
The Panthers have one of the best players no one knows about. Forward John Brown is scoring 18 per game, shooting 57% and grabbing 7 rebounds. Brown is undersized, yet slippery in the post. His game reminds you of Kenneth Faried in terms of his high motor. The Panthers have a 1,000 point scorer at guard in Adam Weary. Lorenzo Cugini is a guy who can both bang down low but stretch the floor at the 4-spot. High Point has four losses on the season, none by more than four points. They almost won a game in Georgia despite Brown being in foul trouble throughout.
The Crusaders are another team without a bad loss and a bad-ass defense. Valpairaso ranks third in kenpom.com’s defensive ranking nationwide. And, when you watch the games, you’ll see the strong defense begins with rim-protector Vashil Fernandez. Alec Peters has been emerging in the last year, averaging 17 and 7 per game. The 6-9 junior could have a Wally Szczerbiak type of splash on the national scene if opposing defenses sleep on his versatility.
4. Wichita State
Here’s a not-so-bold-prediction. Wichita State will win the Missouri Valley and head into the tournament pissed off with their #11 seed. They’ll end out rolling over a West Virginia or South Carolina. Teams with full or aggressive ball pressure won’t scare Fred Van Vleet and Ron Baker. The Shockers sit at 7-5 in no small measure because of a November injury to Van Vleet in where the Shockers were competing in holiday tournaments. They also added Connor Frankamp, the Kansas transfer guard, since Van Vleet’s return. The Shockers are younger and more inexperienced in the post, but Greg Marshall is finding his rotation inside as he always does. They did beat Utah this season. As you know, the Utes have one of the best true offensive post players in the nation with Jacob Poeltl. A major development for Wichita is that, while playing short-handed, 6-8 freshman from Jersey City Markis McDuffie has been inserted into a regular rotation. This team will be tournament ready with depth on the wings. The Shockers are another team that have stopped receiving AP votes.
It’s almost as if this team plays on an island. They’re 10-2 in the non-conference and no one is talking about them. The “Rainbow Warriors” are normally the team that gets crushed as their happy to host a holiday tournament that draws real talent. This year it was a role reversal. Hawaii dominated Northern Iowa and Auburn. Hawaii’s only losses include losing by 3 to third-ranked Oklahoma and also losing at Texas Tech. Hawaii is a team that wants to get into a track meet. They are undersized but very quick and ready to shoot on the spot. 6-11 power forward Stefan Jankovic is also finally playing up to his talent level in his junior season. He began his collegiate career at Missouri. Jankovic is averaging 14 points and 6 boards.