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We all know the big names in college basketball that ESPN feeds us 24/7, such as Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett, Markus Howard etc. However, there is loads more talent across the nation in mid and low major conferences. These players do not get talked about enough. Let’s take a look at the 5 best mid-major players. Here is my Mid-Major All-American ballot.
Chris Clemons – Campbell
The 5’9” spark plug has amassed over 3,000 career points and is currently leading the NCAA in scoring with 30.1 points a game. He also averages 5 rebounds and 3 assists a game. Clemons is absolutely must-see TV when Campbell plays. It will be interesting to see if any NBA teams take a chance on him in the draft.
Mike Daum – South Dakota State
The 2 time Summit Player of the Year is back and is having the best year of his career. He is putting up averages of 25.8 points a game 11.8 rebounds. The Dauminator has propelled the Jackrabbits to a 23-7 record and currently sit atop of the Summit League. Daum has made the NCAA tournament every year but has yet to get a win. Hopefully this year he can find some magic for the Jackrabbits to pull off a first-round upset.
Ja Morant – Murray State
Morant is a known commodity and will most likely be an actual All-American and top 5 NBA draft pick. He is a truly special talent averaging a double-double with 24.4 points, 10.3 assists and 5.3 rebounds a game. He has lead the Racers to a tie a top of the Ohio Valley Conference. Morant will have everyone’s attention in March when Murray State takes the floor.
Justin Wright-Foreman – Hofstra
This senior guard is putting up 26.6 points a game, 4.2 rebounds, and 3.0 assists a game. He is also connecting on 43.3% of his 3s and is making 3.2 of them a game. He has lead Hofstra to a 23-6 record and the Pride are a favorite to make a Cinderella run in the tournament. Wright-Foreman deserves a lot more buzz than he is getting.
Dylan Windler – Belmont
The forward is currently averaging a double-double with 20.7 points a game to go with 10.2 rebounds. Windler also shoots an efficient 40.5% from 3 and can stretch the floor. He has lead the Bruins to a tie in first place in the Ohio Valley Conference with Murray State. He poured in 41 points against Morehead State. Keep an eye out for the Belmont-Murray State showdown in the OVC Tournament.