4. Ali Ali - Akron
The Zips have been in desperate need of another scorer to compliment their star Enrique Freeman. They have found it in Ali Ali and the best part is that the guard is already familiar with the system at Akron. Ali started his career at Akron playing for head coach John Groce and was an integral part of the Zips run to the NCAA tournament in the 2021-2022 season. The guard then transferred to Butler last year where he played sparingly before transferring back to Akron for his final season.
The Zips bring out the best in Ali. He has a skill set that fits perfectly into what Akron is trying to do and he has the confidence of coach Groce to get things done in the offense. Ali has played only three games this year but is on pace for his best season of his college career. He is averaging 17 points per game, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Ali is doing that making over 60% from his shots from the field and not making anything from deep. He is likely going to shoot around 40% from the field and around 35% from deep for the year.
Even with that said he is going to be the guy that Akron plays through in the backcourt and will run a nice two man game with Ali and Freeman. The Zips are undefeated with Ali eligible to play and he makes the Zips a much better team. He can be one of the best players in the MAC throughout conference play.