Shots in the arm

The college basketball season is a grind that can sap players' strength as the calendar turns to February. Fortunately for a few teams, they'll be getting some reinforcements for the season's second half. Here's a look at some of the best players who are just now breaking in.

Matt Carlino, PG
When deadeye Jimmer Fredette graduated last season, he left the Cougars in dire need of a 3-point threat. Luckily for BYU, Carlino -- a 6-foot-2 lefty who transferred from UCLA in late 2010 -- became eligible on Dec. 17. That night, the freshman scored 18 points off the bench in an 86-83 loss to then-No. 7 Baylor, and he's been a starter ever since. Sure, he's no Jimmer (yet), but Carlino's anywhere-in-the-gym range (78.5 percent of his jump shots came from beyond the arc through Jan. 16) gives BYU a quartet of double-figure weapons: PF Noah Hartsock (17.7 ppg), Carlino (12.2), PF Brandon Davies (14.3) and G/F Charles Abouo (11.3). That inside-outside balance will be key as the new member of the WCC attempts to challenge Gonzaga and Saint Mary's for the conference crown.