This article is part of our College Hoops Barometer series.
Are we in the midst of a West Coast revival in college hoops? Gonzaga landed the No. 1 recruit in the country in the form of Chet Holmgren, and the program has become a perennial title contender. Meanwhile, UCLA went to the Final Four last year, and the Bruins are once again a top-10 squad. The Trojans lost Evan Mobley to the NBA, but his older brother and an uber-talented supporting cast remain and have vaulted undefeated USC into the national conversation as well. And let's not forget about Arizona, as the Wildcats are also undefeated and possess arguably the most unselfish team in the country. All four of the above-referenced squads teams currently reside in the top-8 of the rankings. The Wildcats face UCLA and USC in the next week or so as well, which should make for some captivating theater. There might just be a little Left Coast envy going on in college basketball right now.
Let's take a look at some players who can expect gifts under their trees this holiday season, and some others who might be receiving coal. Happy Holidays and a happy, healthy and safe New Year!
Marcus Bingham, C, Michigan State – Bingham has come out of his shell this season, averaging 10.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.9 swats per game. He's more than doubled his season averages from last year as his playing time has increased nearly two-fold. He is also shooting a career-best 59.1 percent from the