This article is part of our College Basketball Waiver Wire series.
There are two ways of thinking about these early season tournaments in college basketball. The more positive spin is that you get a bunch of neutral-court games that can lead to some tremendous matchups. For example, Duke and Gonzaga could meet in the Maui Invitational later this week. Coaches who don't schedule the most arduous non-conference slates are given a break because they enter a wider field and have the chance to make some noise.
On the other hand, they give fantasy leagues headaches because the tournaments are not always present on team's schedules. The games are not set, so the sites figure that they can be added later. Ugh. This speaks to the haphazardness of fantasy college hoops. You have to do the research yourself … unless you come here and find a handful of players to pick up for the coming weeks. This week, we'll look at some solid producers from each major conference and a few of the less major ones as well.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker, guard, Virginia Tech Hokies
Last year, Alexander-Walker was good for a freshman. The heavily hyped first-year player did not quite make the All-American team, but he might this year. The 6-foot-5 guard is doing it all for the Hokies, including scoring and facilitating the offense. Alexander-Walker has scored at least 20 points in each of the team's three wins (but not more than 21 points). If and when Chris Clarke returns from suspension, the sophomore guard may be affected, but he