— Jordan Taylor was the most underrated player in the country heading into Saturday against Ohio State. Then, on national television against the then-No. 1 team in the country, Taylor scored 21 points and handed out four assists in the final 13:16 of the game, spurring a 15 point comeback by Wisconsin, which won 71-67.
Taylor finished with 27 points, seven assists, four rebounds, and one turnover.
I think its safe to say he is fairly rated now.
Who are this season's other hidden gems? (Those on this list have been deemed ineligible. By me.)
Alec Burks, Colorado
In a season that's seemingly loaded with backcourt stars, would you believe that Alec Burks is the best shooting guard prospect? Well, he is according to Draft Express. The 6-foot-6 guard still needs to improve on his perimeter touch, but he has already proven to be a potent slasher, averaging 19.5 ppg and 6.0 rpg while getting to the line more than seven times per game.
Marshon Brooks, Providence
Brooks may be the best player you have never heard of. Why? Because he plays for Providence, a team not exactly known for their basketball acumen and pumping out all-americans. Brooks leads the Big East at 24.2 ppg while also averaging 7.5 rpg. If you missed it, he recently dropped 43 and 10 on Georgetown.
Norris Cole, Cleveland State
You surely heard about Cole's performance vs. Youngstown State when he became just the second player in the last 15 years to have a 40-20 game. (Blake Griffin was the other). What you may not know is that Cole has been doing this all season long, as he averaged 21.1 ppg, 5.4 apg, 6.1 rpg, and 2.3 spg.
Brandon Davies and Jackson Emery, BYU
When you talk about BYU, the first, second, and third name you know is Jimmer Fredette. But the Cougars would not be a top 10 team if it were not for the play of guys like Davies and Emery. Davies provides coach Dave Rose with a legitimate and consistent scoring threat on the block, while Emery has become a lethal shooter capable of hitting threes in bunches.
Festus Ezeli, Vanderbilt
Jeff Taylor and John Jenkins get the headlines, but Ezeli does the dirty work for coach Kevin Stallings. Stuck behind A.J. Ogivly the past few seasons, Ezeli has become one of the SEC's best big men, averaging 12.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg, and 2.3 bpg. He's certainly provided the Commodores with improved toughness in the paint.
Reggie Jackson, Boston College
If it wasn't for Nolan Smith, Reggie Jackson would the favorite for ACC player of the year. The 6-2 guard averages 18.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg, and 4.5 apg and is the biggest reason B.C. is in the hunt for an at-large bid. Look for a big game from Jackson on Saturday as B.C. heads to UNC for one of their biggest games of the year.
Charles Jenkins, Hofstra
At this point, if Hofstra's senior point guard is not on your radar, you're just trying to ignore him. He's averaging 23.3 ppg, 4.9 apg, and 3.5 rpg while shooting 42.3 percent from beyond the arc. He's also led a Hofstra team without much talent on it to an 11-4 mark in the CAA, two games out of first place.
Ben Hansbrough, Notre Dame
There is a legitimate argument to be made for Psycho B as the Big East's player of the year. He's averaging 17.3 ppg, 4.1 apg, and 3.8 rpg for No. 7 Notre Dame, he's shooting 41.7 percent from three, and he's not only the team's best playmaker, he's their best on-ball defender and emotional leader.
Justin Harper, Richmond
If you follow along with the NBA Draft boards, Harper is a guy you do know. The 6-10 senior, is one of the country's most versatile forwards. He averages 18.0 ppg and 6.7 rpg, but he also shoots 49.6 percent from three, taking five per game. He's the perfect complement to spread the floor for a guy like Richmond's Kevin Anderson
Darius Morris, Michigan
Morris, an L.A. native and a player in George Dohrmann's book "Play Their Hearts Out", has helped spark a recent resurgence for the Wolverines. While they are still a long way from reaching the NCAA tournament, Michigan has won five of its last six, including its first win in East Lansing since 1997. Morris is averaging 15.4 ppg and 6.8 apg on the season.
Jamie Skeen, VCU
The Rams sit in second place in the CAA, and a huge reason for that has been Skeen's play. The Wake Forest transfer is averaging 14.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg, and 1.2 bpg, but more importantly he mans the paint for a VCU team that is loaded with perimeter players.
Keith Wright, Harvard
It's not often you use the terms "beast" when talking about a big man for an Ivy League team, but Wright is just that. He's averaging 15.6 ppg and 8.5 rpg, upping those numbers to 18.4 ppg and 9.8 rpg against George Mason, UConn, Colorado, B.C., and Michigan.