This list is simple. We’re counting down the Top 21 basketball players in the Horizon League. Only those able to play this season are eligible for this list. Let the countdown begin.
21. Kenneth Lowe (Green Bay, Senior): Lowe has been a steady contributor in his career as a Phoenix. He does what is expected of him, and does it pretty well. He takes high percentage shots, grabs rebounds, and is a good defender. Reliable big men are not that easy to find any more in college basketball. But Lowe is definitely one of them.
20. K.J. Santos (UIC, Freshman): Coming out of a well-known high school program, Santos became the latest recruit to choose the Flames over high-major schools. A unanimous three-star prospect, Santos is long and athletic and should fit right into a UIC team that has similar attributes. He is the early favorite for Horizon League Freshman of the Year.
19. Jubril Adekoya (Valpo, Senior): A consistent role player over the last three seasons, Adekoya should
see a significantly increased role this season. He is a capable scorer, rebounder, and very good interior defender. With so much attention on Alec Peters, Adekoya will have the opportunity to have a breakout season. Having two freshman centers around him means Adekoya will be able to match-up better on the defensive end.
18. Matt Donlan (Youngstown St., Senior): Few players in recent years in the Horizon League have had a jump shot that looks as good as Donlan’s. He is a terrific shooter from anywhere on the court, and can be lethal from behind the arc. The Penguins just need to be a much better offensive rebounding team for when he does miss.
17. Drew McDonald (Northern Kentucky, Sophomore): With Jalen Billups having graduated, McDonald’s role will only increase as the Norse’s go-to big man. McDonald was very productive last season in averaging over 10 points and 6 rebounds in under 20 minutes per game. It is likely that all of those numbers will increase this season.
16. Khalil Small (Green Bay, Junior): With Keifer Sykes gone last season, the door was wide open for Small to have a big season for the Phoenix. The 6’2” guard seized the opportunity. As a result, Small was one of the most improved players in the Horizon League, averaging 10.2 points per game and shooting over 45% from the field.