10.) TJ Long – Vermont
After a solid two years at Fairfield, winning 2022-23 MAAC Sixth Man of the Year for averaging 10.5 PPG, Long’s transfer to a Vermont program that’s as consistent as any mid-major in the country surprised none. However, in joining head coach John Becker up in Burlington, Long has effectively taken over the Catamounts offense, averaging a career-high 12.9 PPG to lead a 14-5 record and a 4-0 start to conference play.
Long’s already put together some outstanding performances early in the season, including 15 points and seven boards to lead a win over Charleston, 23 points to defeat Yale, and more recently, 17 points over America East foe NJIT. It’s Long’s three-point shooting that makes his game so enjoyable to watch, managing 40% from behind the arc where the three-point sniper just might carry Vermont to another NCAA Tournament appearance.
9.) Andre Curbelo – Southern Miss
Is this not the most entertaining guy in college basketball?
He goes from dropping a triple-double against Georgia State while shooting 24% from the field, to leading an upset of No. 19 James Madison with 15 points and nine assists before going down injured against ULM, and shows up on Wednesday against Arkansas State in a full suit, sun glasses, and ball cap.
🔘 In a full suit on the sidelines pic.twitter.com/beZpc9Loie
— Barstool Southern Miss (@usmbarstool) January 18, 2024
That being said, since garnering eligibility in mid-December the former Illinois and St. John’s transfer is finding success for the Golden Eagles, averaging 12.0 PPG and 5.0 APG through six appearances. While there still hasn’t been much information on his injury situation following a loss to Troy and a win over Arkansas State, a return for Curbelo this weekend could be key to preserving this solid start from Southern Miss.