ESPN'S Seth Greenberg: Gators Dorian Finney-Smith nation's best sixth man
ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg told me this week he believes the Gators have a shot to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament because of their versatility on offense and defense.
Part of that belief stems from the play of F Dorian Finney-Smith.
Finney-Smith is currently averaging 9.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, and his play off the bench, Greenberg said, makes him the nation's best sixth man.
Here's what Greenberg wrote today on ESPN.com:
Although it’s crucial to have a talented and efficient starting lineup in college basketball, it’s almost as important to boast depth. Bench players are integral pieces in a quest for a national title. Who will fill the void when someone gets in foul trouble? Who will provide a spark if the team gets in an offensive rut?
Let’s take a look at the nation’s best sixth men and what they mean for their respective programs.
1. Dorian Finney-Smith | F | Florida Gators
Finney-Smith adds a different dimension to No. 1 Florida. He can come off the bench and play the 3 or the 4 and is a sneaky offensive rebounder and ball mover. Although he’s not an exceptional long-range shooter, he has the ability to hit a 3-pointer when needed.
Defensively, Finney-Smith, who sat out last season after transferring from Virginia Tech, is terrific. He’s strong as an on-ball defender and as a ball-screen defender and is really alert off the ball. Finney-Smith is averaging 13.9 points, 10.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per 40 minutes for the 25-2 Gators, and his rebounds-per-game mark (7.0) is best on the team.
He’s a system player who, on any given night, can influence the outcome of a game.
The rest of Greenberg's list, which is on the Insider version of ESPN.com.:
2. Travis Trice, G, Michigan State
3. Gabriel Olaseni, C, Iowa Hawkeyes
4. Michael Dixon, Jr., G, Memphis
5. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, F, Arizona
6. Brice Johnson, F, North Carolina