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Fantasy AnalysisHead coach Jim Boeheim said that there isn't any cause for concern, and that Thorpe will be ready to go long before the beginning of the season. The South Florida graduate transfer is expected to play major minutes for the Orange this season after averaging 15.1 points and 4.6 assists for the Bulls last year.
Fantasy AnalysisThere hasn't been word on anything specifically plaguing Allen, but it's likely that he will be out an extended period of time as the season approaches. The sophomore did not play in any games for the Bears last season, but was in line for some solid playing time behind starting center Jo Lual-Acuil.
Fantasy AnalysisFitzgerald missed all of last season due to a torn ACL and meniscus, and was out the previous season because of NCAA transfer rules, so the team continues to take it easy with the junior. Head coach Richard Pitino said that the Gophers will have to be "extremely patient" with him, as he's expected to take the place of Eric Curry, who suffered a season-ending knee injury a couple months ago.
Fantasy AnalysisMason was back on the court Wednesday, after dealing with a minor ankle sprain for the last few days, and should be completely healthy heading into the 2017-18 season. Last season, Mason averaged 15.2 points, 5.0 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game.
Fantasy AnalysisMcBrayer has been out for about three months with a leg injury, but has been able to join the team for short doses of contact during practice, although he hasn't be fully cleared at this point. Pitino didn't seem too worried about his shooting guard during the conferences' media day Thursday, and he's expected to rejoin the team in full within the next couple weeks.
Fantasy AnalysisThis wasn't much of a surprise after the freshman underwent a surgery to repair a torn meniscus in the offseason. He was a three-star recruit and expected to be able to provide some solid backcourt depth for Huggins, who is known for having a long bench. Knapper will be looking at a much larger role likely next year as Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles will both graduate after this coming season.
Fantasy AnalysisCook was suspended indefinitely by the team in early September following his arrest for assault, disorderly conduct and public intoxication. Coach Mike Anderson disallowed him to partake in any sort of team activities at the time, but that appears to be in the rear-view mirror now that Cook is back practicing. Although he will be on the roster for the team's Red-White scrimmage in the near future, Anderson is waiting on the legal process to determine what to do with him regarding the regular season.
Fantasy AnalysisMcMahon was able to partake in individual instruction Thursday, but remains on the sidelines during team practices. This minor injury doesn't seem likely to impact McMahon's status for the start of regular season play, but he may be a little limited while he continues to recover.
Fantasy AnalysisLynch underwent knee surgery in early-September, and although he hasn't gotten back on the court as fast as originally hoped, it won't be long until the big man is participating in live scrimmages. Coach Richard Pitino didn't give a definitive answer on Lynch's clearance, but his statement seems to indicate that Lynch's status is not in jeopardy for the regular season opener Nov. 10 against USC Upstate. Barring any setbacks, Lynch should serve as the Gophers' starting center after starting 33 games for the team last season. His main contributions are on the defensive end, as Lynch is projected to be the top source of blocks in the conference after averaging 3.5 rejections per game a season ago.
Fantasy AnalysisJackson is currently penciled in as the starting small forward, but his versatility will allow Turgeon to execute multiple lineup strategies. Regardless of role, Jackson will be able to score -- he posted 10.5 PPG on 43.8 percent shooting during his freshman campaign. Selected to the 2017-18 Preseason All-Big Ten Team, Jackson is the team's leading returning scorer and also chipped in 6.0 rebounds per game last season. With Melo Trimble gone, look for Jackson to be the focal point.
Fantasy AnalysisHapp has exceeded expectations since the beginning of his collegiate career, but will now take on a leadership role on a unit that lost four starters since last season's Sweet 16 run. He's tremendous from close range, and possesses the agility and nifty post moves to get around much larger defenders. What the 6-10 forward really lacks, however, is any semblance of mid-range game. In fact, his jump shot total remains in single digits during his first two years with the Badgers. This is undoubtedly something he's worked on this offseason, and should this aspect of his game develop, a traditional, plodding big man will have no chance of guarding him. Even if Happ can't work through his jump shooting issues, he'll still be a threat to post a double-double on a nightly basis, while sneakily providing fantasy owners with contributions in the steals category (he's averaged 1.8 per contest in each of the last two years). Happ is easily a first-round pick in Big Ten-only formats, and should be rostered on the national scale as well.
Fantasy AnalysisIn addition to all-conference honors, McIntosh finds himself as one of 20 players on the Bob Cousy Award watch list, which is given to the best point guard in the country at the end of each season. As a senior, this will be McIntosh's best opportunity to lead a talented and experienced Northwestern unit to a deep tournament run. Fantasy-wise, McIntosh is as safe as they come. He's produced double-digit scoring in each of his first three collegiate seasons, and last year added averages of 5.2 assists and 2.8 rebounds. He did struggle from the three-point line in 2016-17, shooting a career-low 30.7 percent, but that only means there is room to grow from his junior year stat line. McIntosh will combine with Scottie Lindsey to form one of the conference's top backcourt duos.
Fantasy AnalysisSince Hartman hasn't been ruled out for the relatively meaningless scrimmage as of yet, it doesn't appear as though this setback warrants any major concern for the start of the season. Looking ahead, Indiana will compete in a couple exhibition games before hosting Indiana State on Nov. 10 to open the 2017-18 campaign. There will be an update on Hartman's status within the next couple weeks as that contest approaches.
Fantasy AnalysisDickens is a 7-0 freshman who has a reputation as a shot blocker. While Young and Watson may be better rebounders, they do not guard the tin quite like Dickens. It could be that coach Ed Cooley will mix and match his young bigs while Holt recuperates.