The state of college basketball is in disarray, with so many players under-recruited and so many underachieving on the roster.
As a result, there are a lot of young, promising prospects that are left out of the spotlight as the season approaches.
While the college game has been plagued by injuries, injuries have been a big part of the problem.
With that in mind, we decided to rank the top 10 most underrated college players in the game.
Derrick Rose This is probably the most overlooked name on this list.
Derrick has been one of the most consistent, underrated players in college basketball for a while now.
His ability to score inside the arc, finish at the rim, and drive to the basket has been a key part of his game, and he’s one of only a handful of players to have averaged more than 20 points per game in every season of his college career.
He has the potential to be a top-five player at the next level, and a solid top-10 player at his position.
The most underrated part of Derrick Rose’s game is his jumper.
The average NBA player has a better 3-point shot than the average college player.
Derrick’s 3-pointers make him look so good in the paint, and his ability to make those shots at the end of the game makes him a terrifying threat in transition.
He’s also a tough defender who has made more plays than any other player on the entire college basketball roster, and should be able to contribute on both ends of the floor in the pros.
Justin Jackson Justin Jackson is a guard with great size.
He can make the big shot and can create his own shot.
Justin’s ability to create his shot from both sides of the ball is extremely valuable, and this is evident in his ability as a scorer, who has averaged 21.9 points per 40 minutes of play, second most on the team behind only Duke’s De’Aaron Fox.
Jackson is also a fantastic defender, allowing opponents to take advantage of his lack of size.
Justin is also one of those guys that will go off in the fourth quarter if the defense can’t stop him.
Jackson will be a great asset to any team that drafts him.
Marcus Smart Marcus Smart is an athletic big man that can guard all five positions.
His athleticism and length make him an ideal wing defender, and can help the Pistons defend the post, in addition to his ability defensively to be able control the paint.
Smart’s shot is also extremely well above average, averaging 38.5% on catch-and-shoot 3s this season, good for the ninth-best mark in the nation.
He is also the third-best scorer on the court, averaging 6.2 assists per game.
Smart will also be a fantastic complement to Reggie Jackson.
Smart is one of three players to average at least 15 points per contest this season and shoot above 40% from 3, while being an elite rebounder and passer.
Smart may be one of two players to ever make it into the Hall of Fame.
Isaiah Canaan Isaiah Canaan is a big man with great length and athleticism that can defend all five spots.
Canaan is one-of-the best rim protectors in the country, and while he can’t guard most positions, he can guard multiple positions.
He was a great scorer in high school, and is capable of playing both power forward and small forward in the league.
Canaan’s offensive game also is very versatile, and will be an asset in the right situation.
Canaan will be very valuable for any team looking to get a high-level talent in the draft.
Jahlil Okafor Jahlil is one player who could be an ideal fit in the Pistons system.
His length and versatility are extremely valuable for the Pistons to have in the frontcourt, and Oka for sure will be one player to watch in the 2017 NBA Draft.
The 6-foot-9 shooting guard has the ability to guard multiple spots, and has shown flashes of his talent at the college level.
He averaged 17.9 ppg and 4.2 rpg per 40 in his junior year, and could develop into a decent player in the future.
Jalen Brunson Jalen Brunton is an undersized big man who is an extremely effective scorer.
Brunson averaged 11.4 points and 4 assists per 40 as a sophomore.
He also shot 42% from the field and 70% from beyond the arc as a junior.
Brunton has the length and wingspan to be an effective stretch four, and the athleticism to play both center and small forwards.
Brunsons versatility could be extremely useful for any roster, as his versatility should allow him to be effective both offensively and defensively, and if the Pistons draft him, he could be one the first names on many teams draft.