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October 6, 2009

Stat-sheet stuffers: Top triple-double threats

Baseball has its five-tool players, football has its dual-threat quarterbacks and college basketball has its version of players who would be taken early in fantasy drafts -- the stat-sheet stuffers.

These are some of the nation's top triple-double threats -- a feat a few on this list already have accomplished. Often, they are the team MVP, and in some cases, they're the only star player on a roster.

Here is Rivals.com's list of the 10 best stat-sheet stuffers -- listed alphabetically -- for the 2009-10 season, plus three more to watch:

G Matt Bouldin, Gonzaga
Stats stuffed: 13.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.4 apg, 52 steals, 55 3-pointers
The buzz: Bouldin is Gonzaga's only returning starter. That situation isn't ideal for coach Mark Few, but Bouldin is a nice building block for a young team. Bouldin, a 6-foot-5, 224-pound senior, can play both guard positions and small forward.

G Courtney Fortson, Arkansas
Stats stuffed: 14.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 5.9 apg, 33 steals
The buzz: Arkansas was 2-14 in the SEC last season, but Fortson usually was a bright spot. He recorded a triple-double against North Carolina Central in December. He also has stuffed the wrong columns on the stat sheet with 128 turnovers and other questionable decisions.

G Manny Harris, Michigan
Stats stuffed: 16.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 4.4 apg, 43 steals, 176-of-204 on free throws
The buzz: Harris is one of the best stat-sheet stuffers in a conference full of good candidates. He was second in the Big Ten in scoring and led all conference guards in rebounding. And he certainly didn't shy from contact, as evidenced by more than 200 trips to the free-throw line.

F Robbie Hummel, Purdue
Stats stuffed: 12.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.9 apg, 37 steals, 20 blocks
The buzz: Hummel battled a back injury last season; he missed five games and come off the bench in five others. Though it hindered his game, he still ranked fourth in the Big Ten in rebounding. If he's as healthy as he showed during international play over the summer, Hummel could be headed for a career year as a junior.

C Greg Monroe, Georgetown
Stats stuffed: 12.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 57 steals, 45 blocks
The buzz: Monroe certainly isn't a typical Hoyas big man, as he proved with his high numbers of assists and steals, but the Big East Rookie of the Year is a perfect fit for John Thompson III's offense. Georgetown expects Monroe to blossom as a sophomore, especially if he becomes more aggressive.

F Damian Saunders, Duquesne
Stats stuffed: 13.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.3 apg, 88 blocks, 71 steals
The buzz: Duquesne's fast-paced, aggressive style helps Saunders' numbers, and it's a noteworthy feat to lead the Atlantic 10 in steals and finish third in blocks. With high-scoring guard Aaron Jackson gone, the Dukes will need Saunders to add more scoring to his repertoire.

F Kyle Singler, Duke
Stats stuffed: 16.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.4 apg, 57 steals, 38 blocks, 69 3-pointers
The buzz: Can Singler play guard for the backcourt-thin Blue Devils? Though he might have been Duke's best interior player last season, Singler will play more on the perimeter this season. In fact, he might see some minutes at shooting guard.

G Ryan Thompson, Rider
Stats stuffed: 18.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.2 apg, 56 steals
The buzz: The brother of former NBA first-round pick Jason Thompson, the younger Thompson was second in the MAAC in scoring and second on his team in rebounding despite playing point guard. Thompson was in the top 11 in the conference in scoring, rebounding, assists, field-goal percentage, free-throw shooting, steals, 3-point shooting, 3-pointers made and assist-to-turnover ratio. Oh, and he played more than 38 minutes per game.

G/F Evan Turner, Ohio State
Stats stuffed: 17.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 4.0 apg, 58 steals, 27 blocks
The buzz: Turner was the Big Ten's leading scorer last season, when he was one of eight players to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists and steals, and one of only two to return to his team this season. Ohio State needs him to play a similar role this season, especially as the team's top passer. Like a few other players on this list, he could stand to cut down on his turnovers (117).

G Greivis Vasquez, Maryland
Stats stuffed: 17.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 5 apg, 49 steals
The buzz: Vasquez was one of the eight players nationally to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists and steals, and he and Turner are the only ones returning this season. He was a turnover machine as a sophomore, but cut that number by 51, to 98, last season. His standout moment came against North Carolina, when he had 35 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists against the would-be national champions.

UP AND COMING
F Devin Ebanks, West Virginia
Stats stuffed: 10.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.6 apg, 29 steals, 25 blocks
The buzz: West Virginia is built around versatile forwards Ebanks and Da'Sean Butler. The Mountaineers can be Big East front-runners if Ebanks, a sophomore, continues to develop as he did over the last half of the season -- when he had seven double-doubles in the last 11 games.

UNDER THE RADAR
C Marqus Blakely, Vermont
Stats stuffed: 16.1 ppg, 9.0 rebounds, 2.5 apg, 88 blocks, 67 steals
The buzz: It's hard to imagine, but Blakely's numbers took a dip last season after he led the America East conference in scoring (19 ppg), rebounding (11 rpg) and blocks (2.72 bpg) as a sophomore. Not that his overall game dropped off, though. Blakely is a two-time America East Player of the Year and America East Defensive Player of the Year.

ON THE SPOT
G Kemba Walker, Connecticut
Stats stuffed: 8.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.9 apg, 38 steals
The buzz: Walker is the heir apparent to A.J. Price at point guard after spending time at both guard spots last season. Will he match his rebounding numbers from last season (3.5 in 25.2 minutes per game)? Maybe not, but his assist numbers should rise.

David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at dfox@rivals.com.



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