By now if you're a D2 basketball fan, you're used to seeing the weekly conference top 5's, so we'll get straight to the point. We took a look at the Sunshine State Conference and compiled a list of guys that are great all-around players. Think we missed anyone? Hit us up on Twitter @HEROSportsNews and let us know!
5. Elvar Fridrikkson, G, Barry
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Elvar Fridrikkson was chosen for the list because he's a great example of a true point guard in the modern game. He still manages to score, but scoring isn't really his highest and best use. Even still, he's averaging around 10 points per game. The interesting aspect of his game is his 8.4 assists per game — the best figure in not only the conference, but the division.
Like a true ball distributor, Fridrikkson is humble about his skills, saying, "My role is to control our offense and make plays for my teammates. I am lucky to have great teammates that are good players and have a good feeling for the game, so it makes my job easier to find the open man- and all of them are able to make the shot."[divider]
4. Fred Landers, F, Lynn
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Nearly doubling his scoring average from last season, Fred Landers averages 20.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, and about a block and steal per game. One reason he's seen such an uptick in his production has been because of the influence of his head coach, Jeff Price.
"Coach Price is one of those coaches that I believe every student-athlete would love," Landers said. "When he comes to the court for practice you can tell by the look in his eyes and the way his shoes are tied that he is ready to go to work. This year he has thrown many different challenges at me whether it's me being a leader, becoming a better three-point shooter, or challenging me to challenge other guys to get better. Everything he does I know he is doing it to not just make me a better player but also a better man."[divider]
3. Corbin Jackson, F, Florida Tech
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Corbin Jackson is doing a double-double with his double-doubles…because this is his second year in a row with a double-double average. Last year's Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player of the Year puts up 14.5 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game. He also got All-Second Team Honors last year, but could this be the year he makes the jump to first team?[divider]
2. Dylan Travis, G, Florida Southern
Dylan Travis came off the bench in every game last season, but that didn't stop him from making the Sunshine State Conference's All-Newcomer Team as he turned out to be a spark plug off the bench. Now that he's starting, Travis has proved to be a very capable starter who can contribute in all categories. He's currently averaging 22.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 5 assists, and a conference best 2 steals per game.[divider]
1. Yunio Barrueta, G/F, Barry
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Here at HERO Sports, we had Yunio Barrueta as a second team pre-season All-America selection, and he's more than lived up to expectations so far. There are many keys to Barrueta's success, but he attributes one thing in particular to his scoring ability, "I work to get myself open. I try to move around a lot so I can confuse my defenders."
His defenders have certainly seemed confused so far, as he's currently averaging a conference-best 25.5 points per game, plus 9.5 rebounds, and a block and steal per game. He deserves all recognition that he's been given so far — including the top spot on this list.