Harris, McGary, GR3 left off impactful sophomores list

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Forget classification for a moment, Michigan’s Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III and Michigan State’s Gary Harris should be mentioned among the nation’s elite any time it comes to 2013-14 outlooks. Consequently, it was quite the surprise not to see any of the three guys featured on ESPN.com Myron Medcalf’s impactful sophomores list.

Two Big Ten second-year stars were represented, in Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker (No. 2) and Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell (No. 4), and deservedly so.

[ ESPN.com: See the full top 10 impactful sophomores list ]

No matter the criteria, it’s hard to imagine how Harris, McGary and Robinson III aren’t included. No, half the list shouldn’t be comprised of Big Ten players, but at the very least Harris, a popular early Big Ten Player of the Year candidate, and McGary, a big man who dominated the NCAA tourney, should be included.

To his credit, Medcalf does have this disclaimer:

The following list highlights sophomores who will be asked to carry more weight next season. Some of these young men might have to carry an entire team.

Knowing that, maybe, Medcalf created the list with the belief that Harris, McGary and Robinson III play on loaded rosters and won’t “have to carry an entire team.” That said, all three “will be asked to carry more weight next season,” and that’s another part of his criteria.

Regardless, lists like these are for fun and to get people talking. Also, everyone has an opinion and sees things differently, which makes these features so popular.

About Brent Yarina BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina covers football and men’s basketball for BTN.com. He writes the popular uniform feature “Clothes Call,” which also focuses on the latest cosmetic changes across Big Ten arenas and stadiums. Read all of his work here. You can subscribe to Yarina’s RSS feed and follow him on Twitter @BTNBrentYarina.

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