Top 10 Thursday: Best reserves

The 2014-15 season will commence this weekend for some programs as practice begins.

It might take some time for most teams to finalize their rotations. But the coaches with legit depth will have some tough decisions to make. The good news, however, is that they'll also have some talented players to use off the bench.

These 10 players might not start, but that doesn't mean they won't contribute. They're going to find a way to help.

1. Gabe York, Arizona Wildcats

The Arizona junior shot 39 percent from the 3-point line and averaged 6.7 points per game last season. After a strong offseason, a leaner York will be vital for a Wildcats squad that has an abundance of scorers but limited options for perimeter shooting.

2. Grayson Allen, Duke Blue Devils

The Blue Devils boast one of the strongest rosters in the country, so Allen will fight for minutes with the rest of Duke's stacked backcourt. But the former McDonald's All-American is an elite athlete who can slash, score from the perimeter and play multiple positions.

3. Abdel Nader, Iowa State Cyclones

The 6-foot-6 wing averaged 13.1 PPG for Northern Illinois in 2012-13. Now that he's eligible after sitting out a season, he's expected to help an underrated Iowa State backcourt by giving the Cyclones a boost off the bench.

4. Calvin Godfrey, Memphis Tigers

Yes, Memphis is his fourth school in five seasons (he committed to a fifth school, LSU, but never played for the Tigers), and his career has been plagued by red flags. But he can help a Memphis frontcourt with his shot-blocking and rebounding ability (13.1 PPG, 8.8 rebounds per game and 1.6 blocks per game for Southern in 2013-14).

5. Tyler Ulis, Kentucky Wildcats

The freshman could turn out to be Kentucky's starting point guard as the season progresses because he's a terror on offense and defense. During Kentucky's exhibition tour in the Bahamas this summer, Ulis was the best player on the floor in stretches, showcasing a mojo that few first-year players possess.

6. Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin Badgers

The 6-foot-7 forward is built like a truck and he plays like it, which is why Bo Ryan could decide to slide him into the starting rotation. But the potential reserve also understands the game and uses his physicality as an extension of his refined skill set and IQ that helped Wisconsin reach the Final Four last season.

7. Shaqquan Aaron, Louisville Cardinals

The fight for playing time in Louisville will be intense in 2014-15. Aaron, an explosive wing from Seattle who will likely begin the season on the bench, will push Wayne Blackshear for minutes at small forward throughout the season in one of the most intriguing position battles in the country.

8. Gabriel Olaseni, Iowa Hawkeyes

Fran McCaffery has a deep frontcourt again with Aaron White, Adam Woodbury, Jarrod Uthoff and Olaseni. Last season, the center finished ninth overall in the Big Ten in offensive efficiency per Ken Pomeroy (120.2 rating).

9. Durand Johnson, Pittsburgh Panthers

A season-ending knee injury in January ruined a strong campaign last season. But Johnson (8.8 PPG before the injury) will be ready to help Jamie Dixon's squad from the wing as a top reserve in the ACC once he's healthy this season.

10. Jamari Traylor, Kansas Jayhawks

The rugged big man didn't play big minutes last season but he did a lot of dirty work, and all signs suggest that he'll be a stronger contributor this season. Traylor (4.8 PPG, 4.1 RPG in 16.1 minutes per game) has to be more than an energy guy in 2014-15.