7. Tyree Ihenacho - North Dakota
Ihenacho is the player who was least likely to make this list when the season started but the North Dakota guard has shown very well in his two games that he has been eligible to play. Ihenacho started his career at North Dakota and then transferred to spend two seasons at James Madison. At James Madison, he played a lot but didn’t have a consistent role in the offense. North Dakota was already a team that looked like one of the best teams in the Summit League but with Ihenacho they are a better shooting team and will have added depth at the guard spots.
In his two games for the Hawks the guard has scored 15.5 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Those numbers are inflated by a great game against the Nebraska Huskers. He has been shooting the ball well and as the Summit league season goes on the guard will provide the Hawks with three great scorers. Ihenacho is going to have a role in the offense and is likely going to be a starter before long.
Will he still continue to average 16 a game? Likely not but if he can still shoot 38% from deep and average around 10 points per game, North Dakota will be a very tough out in the Summit League. Ihenacho has made the offense much better and it has resulted in a blowout win over Utah Tech and a close loss to Nebraska. Ihenacho belongs on this list.