In the months leading up to the 2021-’22 college basketball season, BTPowerhouse will be releasing a 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:
-- Joey Hauser (Michigan State Spartans)
- Eligibility: Redshirt Junior
- Career Totals: 62 games, 1,593 minutes, 600 points, 337 rebounds, 122 assists
- 2020-’21 Averages: 21.5 min, 9.7 pts, 5.6 rebs, 1.4 asts, 0.2 blks, 0.4 stls
- Positional Role: Power Forward
While last season didn’t go as some might hope for Hauser and the Spartans, he still had a relatively productive season and helped Tom Izzo keep his NCAA Tournament streak alive. Hauser became a consistent depth piece for the team toward the end of the season and a reliable presence on the boards.
Hauser will have more competition for playing time this season, but his ceiling could be much higher, especially if the Spartans can find a reliable point guard this year. Hauser’s game felt underutilized with last year’s squad because of the problems with the backcourt. We’ll see if it comes together this time around.
-- Bryce McGowens (Nebraska Cornhuskers)
- Eligibility: Freshman
- Career Totals: N/A
- 2020-’21 Averages: N/A
- Positional Role: Point Guard
Since Fred Hoiberg was hired at Nebraska, things haven’t gone all that smoothly. The program has struggled to find consistency and success in March. However, this is a new season and hope springs eternal. And a big part of this year’s hope is true freshman Bryce McGowens, who arrives on campus as one of the highest rated Nebraska commits in recent memory. In fact, he’s the highest rated Nebraska recruit in the history of 247Sports.
McGowens proably won’t have a ton around him this year, but his talent jumps off the screen when you review his tape. He can create his own shot, drive the lane, and can shoot over defenders. Expect him to put up some solid numbers this season. And if others develop around him, perhaps Nebraska can turn some heads.
'BTPowerhouse 25' Rankings To Date:
- #27-28 - Players That Just Missed The Cut
- #25 ... to be continued.