In the months leading up to the 2020-’21 college basketball season, BTPowerhouse will be releasing a new series called the 'BTPowerhouse 25,' which features the Top 25 players in the Big Ten as voted by members of the staff. All players set to be on Big Ten rosters for next season were eligible during the staff vote with their top selection receiving 25 points and their 25th and final selection receiving 1 point.
Today's edition will take a brief look at the players that just missed the cut for the Top 25 players list. These players come from a variety of teams and are expected to make major contributions this season.
'BTP 25' Just Missed List:
-- Gabe Kalscheur (Minnesota Golden Gophers)
- Eligibility: Junior
- Career Totals: 67 games, 2,138 minutes, 722 points, 155 rebounds, 89 assists
- 2019-’20 Averages: 33.3 min, 11.6 pts, 2.3 rebs, 1.3 asts, 0.3 blks, 1.0 stls
- Positional Role: Shooting Guard
With so many talented guards playing around him the last few seasons, Kalscheur has slipped under the radar. However, he’s been a productive player in each of the last two seasons. His efficiency numbers regressed last season, but he still had respectable shooting percentages. And if the team can get a little more consistent around him, perhaps his three-point shooting numbers can get back where they were as a freshman.
Consistency will be the key thing for Kalscheur this season. While he had some truly remarkable performances (like 34 points against Oklahoma State), there were too many off nights to rank higher on this list. He had 20 games with an offensive rating below 100, which won’t cut it for a high level player. Fans will hope improved shooting numbers and more consistency around him will get him back to his freshman form. He and Marcus Carr should make up one of the league’s better backcourts.
-- Justice Sueing, Jr. (Ohio State Buckeyes)
- Eligibility: Redshirt Junior
- Career Totals: 63 games, 2,093 minutes, 886 points, 358 rebounds, 105 assists
- 2018-’19 Averages: 34.5 min, 14.3 pts, 5.7 rebs, 1.7 asts, 0.5 blks, 1.7 stls
- Positional Role: Small Forward
After sitting out the 2019-’20 season due to NCAA transfer rules, Sueing is now ready to go for the Buckeyes. And it couldn’t have come at a better time. The team is losing two huge contributors in Andre and Kaleb Wesson and need to find alternative scoring options. Sueing should be able to do that after averaging 14.3 points a game at Cal.
And while he was not remarkably efficient at Cal, Sueing played extensive minutes (88.3 percent of team minutes) and had one of the highest usage rates in the Pac 12. Fans will be hoping he can carry over his volume scoring and get just a tad better from outside the arc. If so, Sueing and Ohio State could be in for quite a season. He should be one of the better newcomers in the league this season.
'BTPowerhouse 25' Rankings To Date:
- #27-28 - Players That Just Missed The Cut
- #25 ... to be continued.