Who is the best player of the Skinner era?
The ACC named Jared the Conference Player of the Year. He is the second BC player under Skinner to win a conference Player of the Year award. (Troy Bell won it twice in the Big East.) So who is the best player of the Skinner era? I would still have to give it to Bell. Below is my ranking. Feel free to add your opinion. (I excluded Granger, Woodward and Curley since they were JOB recruits and only had one season under Skins.)
1. Troy Bell. The school and Big East’s All-Time leading scorer. Without Bell there is no Skinner era. Troy put the program on his back and gave us credibility, stability and a championship. Not as demonstrative as Dudley or a physical specimen like Craig Smith, Bell was just one of those guys who could score on anyone.
2. Jared Dudley. Statistically he didn’t put up the same sort of numbers as Smith, but I think his leadership and his efficiency are superior to anyone else who played under Skinner. If Bell is the guy who rebuilt the program, Dudley is the role model for anyone we ever recruit. No one gave him a chance but BC. He took that opportunity and ran with it.
3. Craig Smith. He might turn out to be the best NBA player of the Skinner era. He was not nearly as well rounded as Bell or Dudley, but he was a beast none the less. A great combination of touch and strength.
After the Big 3, I ranked the remaining guys below. This is highly subjective. I based it on a mix of talent, accomplishment and impact on the program. Rice could work his way up the list depending on how the next two seasons go.
4. Uka Agbai
5. Louis Hinnant
6. Tyrese Rice
7. Sean Marshall
8. Kenny Harley
9. Sean Williams
10. Ryan Sidney/Jermaine Watson* (Sidney was outstanding until he broke his jaw and lost his way. Watson took a while to blossom.)