25 under-the-radar college hoops players to keep an eye on

Posted 19 hours ago | By Jeff Mezydlo

We know about the stars of the 2020-21 college basketball season. The all-Americans and one-and-done elite freshmen. But what about those underrated performers who don’t get the attention they deserve?

Here’s a look at 25 names to remember going forward during this unique college basketball season.

Keve Aluma, Forward, Virginia Tech

Keve Aluma, Forward, Virginia Tech
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Aluma spent his first two college seasons at Wofford, where he averaged less than 7.0 points. However, the 6-foot-9 Maryland native is off to a strong start for the ranked Hokies. Through his first four contests, Aluma averaged 17.8 points and 6.8 rebounds. He scored 23 and pulled down eight rebounds during Virginia Tech’s 81-73 overtime win over then-No. 3 Villanova on Nov. 28.

Joel Ayayi, Guard, Gonzaga

Joel Ayayi, Guard, Gonzaga
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Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert is a preseason all-American, big-man Drew Timme has been surrounded by hype and freshman Jalen Suggs is a blue-chip elite for the Bulldogs. Then there is Ayayi, who has been nothing but solid during his first two seasons with the Zags. Through the first three games of his junior season, now a regular starter, Ayayi averaged 13.7 points, while shooting 57.6 percent, and 7.7. rebounds.

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