The college hoops 2010s all-decade team

The 2010s were a wonderful time in college basketball that saw a variety of great teams and great players come through some great arenas and gyms in the country. There were can’t-miss one-and-dones as well as four-year players who developed over time. Some became big-time NBA stars, and others found their professional paths taking them elsewhere.

We will attempt to wade through all the great talent of the past decade and pick the players to fill our 13 allotted spots to form our All-Decade team. The list includes two No. 1 overall picks and eight Naismith Award winners. Enjoy! 1 of 13

Jalen Brunson, Villanova

Brunson has the distinction of starting for two national championship teams. In 2016 he was more of a role player, as Kris Jenkins hit a buzzer-beater to beat North Carolina for the NCAA championship. He was a much larger part of the equation for a Villanova team that in 2017-2018 was ridiculously efficient and a lethal three-point shooting squad. The national Player of the Year was the perfect point guard for a team whose offense had some many diverse weapons but needed the right leader to bring it all together. He averaged 18.9 points and 4.6 assists for the 2018 national champions. 2 of 13

Anthony Davis, Kentucky

Davis may be the best player of the 2010s and certainly had the best freshman season of the decade. Davis averaged 14.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.7 blocks per game in 2011-2012, earning him national Freshman of the Year honors as well as numerous Player of the Year awards. His 188 blocks that season were more than what most Division I teams had all year. To top it all off, Davis led Kentucky to the 2012 national championship where he earned Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors.  3 of 13

Jimmer Fredette, BYU

“Jimmer Mania” ushered us into this decade. As a senior in 2010-2011, Fredette led the nation in scoring (28.9 ppg) and was the consensus National Player of the Year. Despite playing at BYU, his games were of national interest and his scoring exploits were a regular feature on highlight shows…including a 47-point effort against over Utah where he hit a half-court shot to close out a 32-point first half. He set many school and Mountain West Conference records and became a folk hero of sorts for fans around the country who were craving a Steph Curry-like, long-range gunner. 

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Buddy Hield, Oklahoma

Hield was a two-time Big 12 Player of the Year but it was his senior season that stands out as one of the best of the decade. In 2015-2016, Hield averaged 25.0 points and 5.7 rebounds while shooting 45.7 percent from three and winning the Wooden Award as the top player in the nation. This is how good Hield was: After scoring 46 points in a win over Kansas at “Phog” Allen Fieldhouse, the Jayhawks fans gave him an ovation. He would lift the Sooners to the 2016 Final Four before a nine-point effort from Hield ended their season in a 44-point route by Villanova.  5 of 13

Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin

Unlike many on this list, Kaminsky wasn’t a highly rated high school star nor was he the prototypical scorer one associates with an eventual national Player of the Year. He broke out during his junior season when he finally made it into the starting lineup and raised his scoring average from 4.2 to 13.9 ppg. As a senior, it increased to 18.8 points, which was quite a feat considering the Badgers played a deliberate style of offense. He was huge in Wisconsin’s win over undefeated Kentucky in the Final Four before losing to Duke in the NCAA championship game. Not only was Kaminsky tough to deal with in the post, but he also shot over 41 percent from three during that senior season.  6 of 13

Frank Mason III, Kansas

Mason was many different things during his four years at Kansas. He was a role player who was the tough-minded point guard then became an All-Defensive player as a junior. As a senior he shined, averaging 20.9 points and 5.2 assists, winning the Bob Cousy Award, and he became the national Player of the Year. It wasn’t just that he was a good player all year, but he also was at his best in the biggest games and one of the toughest guards of this decade. 

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Doug McDermott, Creighton

McDermott had arguably the best four-year career of anyone in the past decade. He was a three-time First Team All-American, a two-time Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and the 2013-2014 leading scorer and Wooden Award winner. When he finished his college career, he was fifth all time in scoring. He could put up points in a variety of ways as a post player and a shooter. (He made 49 percent of his threes as a junior.) He wasn’t just a great scorer though. As a senior he gave up his scholarship and became a walk-on to give a teammate a scholarship opportunity.  8 of 13

Jahlil Okafor, Duke

Okafor dominated the paint in Duke’s national championship season of 2014-2015. He was one of the more efficient big men whose combination of footwork and soft touch overwhelmed opponents who already had to deal with Duke’s other weapons. For the year, Okafor averaged 17.3 points and 8.5 rebounds while winning the ACC’s Player of the Year Award. That team had a major impact on Mike Krzyzewski’s recruiting philosophy of taking on more and more one-and-done players.  9 of 13

Jared Sullinger, Ohio State

People tend to forget about how good Sullinger, a Columbus native, was for Ohio State. As a freshman, he averaged 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds and helped lead the Buckeyes to a 34-3 record and the top overall seed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. He led them to the Final Four the following year, as his stats stayed around the same but he became a much better outside shooter. 

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Denzel Valentine, Michigan State

Valentine was a do-everything offensive talent at Michigan State. In his senior season, he averaged 19.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.8 assists for the Spartans and won several national Player of the Year Awards. In a win over Kansas, Valentine became just the fourth Spartan to record a triple-double, joining Magic Johnson, Draymond Green and Charlie Bell. His unique blend of size and athleticism mixed with being a 44 percent three-point shooter made him a matchup nightmare.  11 of 13

Kemba Walker, UConn

Walker’s run in March 2011 is legendary. The Huskies finished 9-9 in the Big East standings but used an epic five-wins-in-five-nights conference tournament run (which included a buzzer beater against Pittsburgh) to lock down an NCAA Tournament berth. Once in the Big Dance, Walker carried UConn on his back and led it to the program’s third national championship. In that junior season, he averaged 23.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists and was a finalist for several Player of the Year Awards.  12 of 13

Zion Williamson, Duke

Have you heard of him? Williamson took college basketball by storm in 2018-2019, as it seemed as if every moment of his college career was dissected and debated. It was certainly covered by ESPN with a streaming series and wall-to-wall coverage of his exploits. (The network even had a camera devoted to him when he was injured.) His powerful yet graceful dunks filled highlight shows, but it was his motor and smile that made him a fan favorite. Sure the media overkill turned some fans away, but his impact on the sport was undeniable even if for just one season. 

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Trae Young, Oklahoma

Young led the nation in scoring in 2017-2018 with a 27.4 ppg average. He also led the country in assists that season (8.7), becoming the first player to ever head both categories. Seriously…how does that happen? He got off to a hot start at the beginning of the season before the Sooners cooled off a bit during conference play, as turnovers and his defense were criticized. Still there was no playmaker like Young all decade long. His 22 assists against Northwestern State tied the single-game record.

By: Shiloh Carder

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Nets Trade For Jah Okafor

Written by Zach Lowe at ESPN.com

Jahlil Okafor got his wish on Thursday when the Philadelphia 76ers finally traded the beleaguered No. 3 overall pick of the 2015 draft to the Brooklyn Netsin exchange for forward Trevor Booker.

The deal ends the stalemate that had kept Okafor on the bench for all but two games this season.

Once a prized piece of The Process, Okafor rapidly fell out of favor with the rise of star center Joel Embiid.

“Love you. New beginnings,” Embiid said he texted Okafor. “Good luck. And I made sure to let him know I was going to kick his ass.”

Team president Bryan Colangelo said he reached a deal with a team he declined to name to trade Okafor last season until it fell apart at the last minute. That led to an awkward situation where Okafor didn’t even travel with the team during the trade deadline. Okafor led the Sixers in scoring as a rookie with Embiid out with injuries. Okafor played 55 games last season and never really meshed with the franchise center. Okafor started piling up DNP-CDs and those stretched into this season, where the Sixers will chase a playoff berth without him.

“He can go play basketball again,” coach Brett Brown said.

The Sixers also sent seldom-used guard Nik Stauskas, the No. 8 overall pick in the 2014 draft, and a 2019 second-round pick to the Nets for Booker. Booker, the 23rd overall pick of the 2010 draft, averaged 10.1 points and 6.6 rebounds with the Nets.

 “There is a level of toughness and versatility that interests me,” Brown said. “He’s shown that he can play, handle not [playing] and be good people and handle himself like a pro.”
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Jah Could Land In Chicago or Atlanta

Written by Chris Barnewell at CBS Sports.com

Jahlil Okafor has been odd fit with the 76ers ever since he was drafted. Not only because of the multiple bigs that were already on the roster, but also because of his style of play. Okafor is best as a traditional back-to-the-basket big. He can face his man and also play in the pick-and-roll, but teams in the NBA are starting to phase out the style of play that made him a highly-coveted lottery pick out of college. It’s something that teams need to take into account when it comes to the offensive side of the ball and it just doesn’t work in Philadelphia

That’s why Okafor needs to go somewhere that won’t have expectations for him. He can just be himself, play his game and finally get some real chances as an NBA player. According to David Aldridge, two spots where he can get that are the Bulls and Hawks. Via NBA.com:

“League sources indicate the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks are the most likely destinations for Okafor. But the Sixers are still holding out for at least a Draft pick, and could still opt to keep Okafor either as insurance against further injury to Embiid, or as a potential expiring contract to aggregate as the trade deadline nears.”

Philadelphia has had a hard time creating trade value for Okafor. When they declined his option it made teams that might want him have no reason to give up anything of value. If they really want Okafor then they can just sign him to a contract in the summer. However, in the case of the Bulls and Hawks, trading for Okafor right now is a risk they may be willing to take. Both teams are in the midst of a rebuild and a young player like Okafor would be able to freely make mistakes and grow on those teams.

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Jah Okafor Wants Out Of Philadelphia

Written by Nick Metallinos at ESPN.com

Embattled 76ers center Jahlil Okafor admitted that his time with the team is likely over, saying he’s fine with them not picking up the fourth-year option of his deal and that he has requested a buyout or trade from the team.

“Honestly, I did not want them to pick up my option,” Okafor said at the team’s shootaround Wednesday. “This is my life. This is my career, and I’m not getting an opportunity here, which is fine. The team looks great and I’m not a part of that. I want the team to do great things, but at the same time I want to play.”

Earlier this week, Philadelphia decided to not pick up the fourth-year, $6.3 million option on Okafor’s rookie deal, after having tried to trade him for some time. He now joins a list of players that includes Anthony Bennett (2013) and Hasheem Thabeet (2009) as other first-round picks who did not have their fourth-year options exercised.

Okafor had fallen out of the team’s rotation this season, appearing in just one game against Toronto in which he played 22 minutes and finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.

A buyout would allow Okafor to test the market, potentially sign a short-term contract and then set himself up for free agency in 2018, but Okafor says that team president Bryan Colangelo has so far been resisting his request for a buyout, despite failing to find a trade for him.

“I’ve asked for a buyout,” he said. “I had a talk with Bryan about that yesterday, just because I want to play. I know that’s not being here. I know a buyout is one of the options where I get an opportunity to play elsewhere and to get on the court. But Bryan didn’t think that would be a good idea because he said then they would be giving me away to a team for free, but that’s pretty much where we stand right now.”

He added that he would like a resolution to his situation as soon as possible.

“A buyout or a trade,” Okafor said. “A buyout’s not the only option. It’s just, I want to get on the court. That’s not happening here. It could be a buyout, it could be a trade. I just want something to happen rather quickly.”

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Pacers Looking To Trade For Jahlil Okafor

Written by Kyle Neubeck at Liberty Ballers.com

Following the DeMarcus Cousins trade, it appeared the Sixers were running out of potential trade partners. But a new name has emerged in the Jahlil Okafor rumor mill, and they are known to be shopping a first round pick to get some help for their star player.

The latest comes courtesy of ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, who alongside Chris Haynes and Jeff Goodman relays interest from the Indiana Pacers in the Sixers’ backup center:

Indiana seems to be one of the more active teams right now as they try to get Paul George some help. One name Jeff Goodman, Chris Haynes and I have all heard they’re pursuing: Jahlil Okafor.

This report follows information we learned over the last few days regarding the motivation for the Pacers, as well as what they’re willing to give up. Over the weekend, Haynes reported Indiana was willing to concede its first round pick this year in order to get help for George, who has an opt-out in his contract following the 2017-18 season.

Yesterday, the focus zeroed in on one player in particular

Lopez and Okafor are semi-similar in that they share a few primary weaknesses in the defense and rebounding department, but Indiana’s attachment to several offense-first bigs is an encouraging sign for the Sixers even without reported interest in Okafor specifically. It’s unclear whether they’re willing to part with the available first in order to pursue Okafor — all indications seem to point toward a desire for more “instant help” — and that will be a key sticking point for a potential Sixers-Pacers swap.

Aside from the Pacers’ pick, which figures to land in the mid-teens of this year’s draft, the Sixers would likely be choosing from a mix of older guards in the return package. None of them are great options; bringing Monta Ellis to Philadelphia over a half decade after people pined for the Sixers to trade Andre Iguodala for him would be hysterical, but he’s less productive than he’s ever been and trending in the wrong direction.

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Pelicans Trying To Trade For Jahlil Okafor

Written by Marc Stein and Marc J. Spears at ESPN.com

The New Orleans Pelicans are trying to bolster their frontcourt and are in advanced talks with the Philadelphia 76ers to acquire ‎big man Jahlil Okafor, according to league sources.

Sources told ESPN.com that the teams were still negotiating ‎Monday in an attempt to complete the trade.

If the sides agree to go through with a trade, sources said, New Orleans is expected to send backup center Alexis Ajinca and a future first-round pick to Philadelphia in exchange for Okafor. A source told ESPN’s Justin Verrier that a 2018 first-rounder is being discussed.

No deal, though, had been agreed to as of Monday afternoon.

Philadelphia, sources said, is seeking at least one future first-round pick in exchange ‎for Okafor, who was selected with the No. 3 pick in the 2015 draft but has been on the trading block for months — along with fellow Sixers center Nerlens Noel — as a result of the Sixers’ glut of big men.

Fellow lottery picks Joel Embiid and Dario Saric have had strong rookie seasons in Philadelphia, which has increased the likelihood that either Okafor or Noel would be dealt before the Feb. 23 trade deadline.

The Pelicans have previously pursued centers such as Milwaukee’s Greg Monroe and Brooklyn’s Brook Lopez in search of an offensive-minded frontcourt sidekick to star big man Anthony Davis.

“Obviously, at this time of the year all the GMs are talking,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said Monday night. “In that situation right there it’s best that you guys ask Dell [Demps]. I don’t want to get misquoted or anything. Like I said, all the GMs are talking back and forth.”

USA Today was the first to report Monday that the Pelicans and Sixers were talking about an Okafor trade.

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Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor May Get More Minutes for 76ers

Written by Kelly Dwyer at YahooSports.com

The Philadelphia 76ers won’t play on Christmas this year because, well, why would they?

The team is still stuck deep within The Process, losers of five straight to begin the season after winning just 47 combined games in the three previous seasons while gathering the sort assets that only losing can provide. The NBA doesn’t usually like to schedule teams boasting a 47-199 record to work on the league’s showcase slate of day and evening games on the holiday, especially the sort of 47-199 team that can start a season 0-5 without a blown synapse in the house. The Sixers, as usual, are playing as expected.

What will improve, reportedly starting on Dec. 26, is the team’s ability to field its best players. “Rookie” center Joel Embiid and scoring pivotman Jahlil Okafor will see their playing time restrictions (currently stuck at around 24 minutes a game) lift following that unofficial demarcation point, placed nearly two months following the start of the 2016-17 season.

Sixers coach Brett Brown, prior to his team’s close loss to the Cavaliers on Saturday evening, confirmed the idea. From Dave McMenamin at ESPN:

“As I understand it, [the minutes] will not escalate until Christmas and then it will only be judged,” Brown said Saturday before the Sixers lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-101. “It may stay the same then, too.”

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“There is always a judgment, a decision in relation to back-to-backs, but as a sort of a cut-off minute restriction, I believe that it’s going to stay at 24 until Christmas,” Brown said. “And then we’ll judge that second third [of the season] after that first third ends. We’ll judge that second third accordingly.”

From Jessica Camerato at CSN Philly:

“I think as I watch them and we judge their fitness, I think at times going beyond four five-minute segments is not good for them,” Brett Brown said. “I feel like fatigue sets in given the amount of time that they’ve been able to play and practice, etcetera.”

This would be wonderful news for any team, as Embiid clearly looks like a franchise center to begin his career, and Okafor remains an intriguing prospect despite some on and off-court setbacks from 2015-16.

If we’ve learned anything from the myriad significant injuries that can befall pro talents, meniscus tears in the knee and Jones fractures in the foot are certainly worth minding in ways that even ACL tears or (if Paul George is any indication) broken legs are worth fretting over.

Okafor, who slightly tore his right meniscus late in his pockmarked rookie season, is averaging just 19.5 minutes in four games thus far with Philly in 2016-17. He’s averaged 10.5 points and 4.3 rebounds, in work off of the 76ers’ bench.

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Okafor To Miss the Rest of the Season


Written by Bob Cooney at Philly.com

TO LONGTIME 76ers fans, it was a sight to see. Julius Erving graciously and, as always, eloquently speaking to the media when Allen Iverson joined the session and the two shared a couple of bearhugs before Doc planted a kiss on Iverson’s forehead.

It was a look into the past. Into what had been a great franchise on a night when the bridge from past to present continued to be constructed.

The team hosted the Sixers Youth Foundation gala Thursday night on the floor of the beloved Palestra, a charitable event with the proceeds benefiting area kids who are less fortunate. Current and former players, coaches, sponsors and fans got a chance to mingle and forget about what has been a wretched period of professional basketball. And they got a chance to remember what once was.

But, as is all things Sixers right now, a bit of bad news appeared to be on the horizon.

Although coach Brett Brown wouldn’t say exactly what is wrong with Jahlil Okafor’s right knee, a CT scan was taken early in the week. If the news were good, you would assume Brown would be eager to share it.

“It’s something serious enough for us to wait this long to try to figure it out,” Brown said. “He’s clearly that important to the program, and it’s just something that we don’t feel comfortable with making any decision right now on declaring something categoric to the marketplace. When we do, we will. Right now we are not in that position.

“We don’t know everything. When we don’t know everything, that’s enough for us to realize that we have to hold things right now close to our chest, so we can figure it out. I think (Friday), with the collaborative effort of everybody involved, we’ll be in a position to declare to the marketplace that this is what’s going on, this is what we intend to do, and this is the path that Jahlil will follow for a while, and off we go.”

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