Making the Madness is back with the annual Top-100 players in College Basketball list. In last year’s edition, there was some good and some bad when it came to the list, none more notable than the complete omission of Obi Toppin. This year, I will once again be going through the list, looking ahead at the Top 100 Players in College Basketball for the 2020-21 season. This is a task that was difficult given the roster uncertainty that was seen with a delayed NBA Draft process and a record amount of transfers, plus the waivers that could come with this.
Here are a couple of quick notes about the list before we begin. First, all transfers that are scheduled to sit out this season are not included. While some players have a good chance of receiving a waiver, we are not playing a game of guess which player gets a waiver and which player doesn’t. Second, and maybe most importantly when it comes to the rankings, the list will look at the overall value that I believe that player has on the sport when it comes to winning, statistics are a factor but things that aren’t on the box score are another factor. Without any further introduction, here is the Making the Madness Top-100 players in College Basketball.
1.Cade Cunningham – Freshman Guard, Oklahoma State
While this is somewhat controversial, Cade Cunningham comes in at number one on the Top-100 Players list, despite not having played a single game in College. Watching Cunningham, he is such an outstanding player. He has the ability to score at all three levels, he has a tremendous basketball-IQ and he is a great defender and passer. He may put up the stats that Garza will, but his ability to make things happen will be key for Oklahoma State, while it will also make him the number one pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.
2.Luka Garza – Senior, Iowa
2019-20 Stats: 23.9 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 1.2 APG
In maybe the most controversial decision but Luka Garza comes in at number two on the list. Garza’s season averages are something to be admired without a doubt and it earned him a spot on every Postseason First Team All-American list a season ago. The main issue with Garza is that he is a defensive liability, he plays hard but he is not able to guard mobile bigs. While Garza is going to be the preseason National Player of the year for most people, I would like to see him improve defensively before joining that train of thought.
3.Jared Butler – Junior, Baylor
2019-20 Stats: 16 PPG, 3.1 APG, 3.2 RPG
Jared Butler is the best player on a Baylor team that will be a Preseason Top-3 team next season. Butler is a really good all-around player, he’s a good ball-handler, scorer, shooter, passer, and defender, although I wouldn’t say he’s elite at any one thing. Butler has a legitimate shot at the Player of the year award, if he improves as a scorer, although even without a major jump, he should still be able to be a First Team All-American this next season.
4.Ayo Dosumnu – Junior, Illinois
2019-20 Stats: 16.6 PPG, 3.3 APG, 4.4 RPG
Out of all the players that decided to return, the one that surprised most people was the one of Ayo Dosumnu. Dosumnu is a big and athletic guard, who excels at scoring around the rim and in the mid-range game, while he is one of the most clutch players in the sport. Dosumnu will look to lead the Illini not only to the NCAA Tournament but if things break right, the Illini can make a Final Four.
5.Marcus Garrett – Senior, Kansas
2019-20 Stats: 9.2 PPG, 4.6 APG, 4.5 RPG
College Basketball’s top glue-guy a season ago, is ready to take a big step forward for this upcoming season, with the Jayhawks losing Udoka Azubuike and Devon Dotson. Garrett is an elite defender, who can switch 1-4, he’s a good passing guard, who led the Big 12 in assist-to-turnover ratio, while he is a crafty scorer inside. Garrett will need to take a step forward from a scoring perspective but if he takes a step forward, he should be able to help the Jayhawks contend for another Big 12 title while being an All-American.
6.Marcus Zegarowski – Junior, Creighton
2019-20 Stats: 16.1 PPG, 5.0 APG, 3.8 RPG
Before the season was shut down, Creighton was playing like one of the best teams in the sport, and Marcus Zegarowski was a big reason for that. Zegarowski’s offensive talent makes him a tough guard for any team, as he is a great passer, scorer, and shooter, he made 42.4% of his threes a season ago, passer. He took a step forward last season and should take another step forward this season as he looks to help the Blue Jays compete for a second-straight Big East title.
7.Collin Gillespie – Senior, Villanova
2019-20 Stats: 15.1 PPG, 4.5 APG, 3.7 RPG
Villanova has had a run of great point guards with Ryan Arcidiacano, Jalen Brunson, and now Collin Gillespie. Gillespie is your typical Villanova point guard, he has the ability to score and find teammates on a nightly basis. Gillespie isn’t necessarily going to blow people away by making any highlight plays or anything like that but on a nightly basis, he will show up and make a major impact for a Villanova team that can win a National Championship.
8.Remy Martin – Senior, Arizona State
2019-20 Stats: 19.1 PPG, 4.1 APG, 3.1 RPG
Remy Martin has had a long and illustrious career at Arizona State but this year he has a chance to leave a legacy. Martin is a guard who is extremely quick and flashy, he’s a player that can score at an elite level while he’s great at finding teammates. Martin will likely take a step back from a scoring perspective, however, he will look to continue to play at a high-level while helping the Sun Devils compete for a PAC-12 Championship.
9.Evan Mobley – Freshman, USC
Cade Cunningham has taken over as the consensus top freshman in the recruiting class but before him, many thought that prize belonged to Evan Mobley. Mobley is a 6’11” big man that is very skilled as he can finish at a high-level around the rim. Mobley should make a major impact for a USC team that will hope to get back to the NCAA Tournament.
10.Trayce Jackson-Davis – Sophomore, Indiana
2019-20 Stats: 13.5 PPG, 1.2 APG, 8.4 RPG
Coming into this season, Indiana will be looking to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the Archie Miller era, and a major reason for those expectations is the return of Trayce Jackson-Davis. Jackson-Davis is a long forward that is a really solid all-around player, he’s a good defender, an efficient scorer, and a good rebounder. Jackson-Davis should continue to put up double-doubles while helping the Hoosiers have high-levels of success this season.
11.BJ Boston – Freshman, Kentucky
Kentucky has had a long line of great one-and-done prospects and BJ Boston looks like he will be adding his name to the list. Boston is a high-volume shooter/ scorer who should come in and lead the team in scoring. His scoring abilities, matched with his length and athleticism will have him in line to be a potential Top-5 pick in this year’s NBA Draft, while he hopes to lead Kentucky to another SEC title.
12.Corey Kispert – Senior, Gonzaga
2019-20 Stats: 13.9 PPG, 2.1 APG, 4.0 RPG
One of the most valuable pieces in modern-day basketball is having a 3-and-D wing, and that is exactly what Kispert is. Kispert is a 6’7” guard who can defend 1-4, while he’s an elite shooter, last year making 43.8% of his shots from beyond the arc. Kispert’s combination of size and shooting ability is hard to come by and when you add that to an already well-built Bulldogs team, the expectations are through the roof.
13.James Bouknight – Sophomore, Uconn
2019-20 Stats: 13.0 PPG, 1.3 APG, 4.1 RPG
Uconn is back in the Big East and this year they have some high expectations in their first season back, which is in large part because of the return of James Bouknight. Bouknight is a big and athletic guard, who showed he can do it all but he is a score-first guard at heart. Bouknight has already proven himself to be a really good player and if he takes a jump, him winning Big East Player of the year is well within his grasps.
14.David Johnson – Sophomore, Louisville
2019-20 Stats: 6.3 PPG, 2.8 APG, 2.8 RPG
Louisville comes into this season with a quietly good roster and a major factor for that is the likely breakout from guard David Johnson. Johnson is a big guard, who is a really good finisher at the rim and a high-assist guard. Chris Mack looks to hand Johnson the keys to the point guard spot, with a likely breakout season, look for Johnson to have a big season this upcoming season.
15.Jalen Crutcher – Senior, Dayton
2019-20 Stats: 15.1 PPG, 4.9 APG, 3.2 RPG
After Dayton had the most successful season in program history, the Flyers will be in a slight rebuild but don’t expect them to drop far off thanks to the return of Jalen Crutcher. Crutcher is an elite lead guard who is great at finding teammates, shooting, and he is one of the most clutch players in the sport. With Obi Toppin and many others out of the program, the Flyers will need the rest of their players to take a step forward and that starts with Crutcher.
16.Oscar Tshiebwe – Sophomore, West Virginia
2019-20 Stats: 11.2 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 1.0 BPG
West Virginia has arguably the best frontcourt in the sport going into this next season and a large reason for that is Oscar Tshiebwe. Tshiebwe is a big and strong center, who is one of the most physically dominant bigs in the sport, his ability to grab rebound after rebound alongside Derek Culver, makes the Mountaineers one of the worst matchups for many modern-day College Basketball teams. Tshiebwe should average a double-double this season while helping the Mountaineers stay in the mix atop the Big 12 standings.
17.Garrison Brooks – Senior, North Carolina
2019-20 Stats: 16.8 PPG, 2.0 APG, 8.5 RPG
North Carolina had by far its worst season in the Roy Williams era but if there is one positive from last season, it is that Garrison Brooks took a major step forward. Brooks proved himself to be a really solid interior scorer for the Heels a season ago, which included him stepping out in the mid-range a bit. Expect Brooks to put up similar numbers statistically this season but it should come for a North Carolina team that is way better than it was a season ago.
18.Isaiah Livers – Senior, Michigan
2019-20 Stats: 12.9 PPG, 1.1 APG, 4.0 RPG
Michigan returns its top scorer in Isaiah Livers who has had a really good career at Michigan thus far. Livers is a knockdown shooter from three, a versatile defender, and he should have a big season. Look for Livers to have a really good season while helping the Wolverines contend near the top of the Big Ten standings.
19.Scottie Barnes – Freshman, Florida State
Following Florida State’s first-ever ACC title, the program momentum for Leonard Hamilton’s program is on the rise, while the Seminoles lose a couple of key pieces from last year’s team, they add a Five-Star recruit in Scottie Barnes who will look to fill the void. Barnes is a 6’8” forward that has the ability to handle the ball, rebound, pass, and defend at a high-level. Barnes’ skills will be on full display this season while he hopes to help the Seminoles contend for an ACC title once again.
20.Drew Timme – Sophomore, Gonzaga
2019-20 Stats: 9.8 PPG, 1.3 APG, 5.3 RPG
Gonzaga has become a program where every year the expectations are that they will compete for a National title, no matter what players leave. While the Bulldogs lose Filip Petrusev, Drew Timme looks to step in and produce at a high-level. Timme is a skilled player on the low-block, who will be able to block and rebound shots at a high-level. Look for Timme to have a big season in his first year as a starter, while he could potentially help the Bulldogs win their first National Championship.
21.Ziaire Williams – Freshman, Stanford
After struggling in his first few years at Stanford, Jerod Haase has built some positive program momentum and a big reason for optimism is the addition of Five-Star freshman Ziaire Williams. Williams is a physical wing/ forward who has the ability to knock down shots and he projects as a great defender. Look for Williams to have a really good season for the Cardinal as they will hope to get back to the NCAA Tournament for what should be a second straight season.
22.Nate Reuvers – Senior, Wisconsin
2019-20 Stats: 13.1 PPG, 1.9 BPG, 4.5 RPG
The reigning Big Ten regular-season Champion Wisconsin Badgers, return 5 of their top-6 scorers from last year’s team, which includes their leading scorer, Nate Reuvers. Reuvers is a 6’11” big man who is a good scorer, capable shooter, and good low-post defender. Reuvers should continue to develop offensively while helping the Badgers contend for another Big Ten title.
23.Terrence Clark – Freshman, Kentucky
Joining a long line of great one and done prospects that have played at Kentucky, this season the team has two great prospects in BJ Boston and Terrence Clark. Clark is a long and athletic wing who is a great passer and has all the skill sets needed to be an elite defender. While Boston will put up better-shooting numbers, Clark’s athletic ability and ability to score will help him make a big impact for the Wildcats this season.
24.Jay Huff – Senior, Virginia
2019-20 Stats: 8.5 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 2.0 BPG
Coming off a tough 2019-20 season, Virginia will look to have a bounce-back season which should be in part because of the development of Jay Huff. Huff is an elite defender who can block shots at will, while he’s a decent offensive player that can step out and shoot while scoring on the interior. Huff should once again put himself in a position to succeed at Virginia as they look to win the ACC title.
25.Coleby Ross – Senior, Pepperdine
2019-20 Stats: 20.5 PPG, 7.2 APG, 4.7 RPG
While the WCC Player of the year race will likely run through a collection of Gonzaga players, the one non-Gonzaga player that has a realistic shot is Coleby Ross. Ross is a small guard that is an elite scorer and passer, while he’s an outstanding shooter. His overall playmaking ability is something to rave about and if he continues to perform, he could win league Player of the year while leading Pepperdine to a high finish in the league.
26.Trevion Williams – Junior, Purdue
2019-20 Stats: 11.5 PPG, 1.5 APG, 7.6 RPG
Purdue has had a recent trend of great big men and Trevion Williams will without a doubt be in line to join that list. Williams is 6’9” and 270 pounds of all strength, he is a great interior scorer and rebounder, while he’s a good defender. Williams should continue to get better this season while he hopes to help the Boilermakers make a potential second weekend in the NCAA Tournament once again.
27.Yves Pons – Senior, Tennessee
2019-20 Stats: 10.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 2.4 BPG
Tennessee has as good of a chance as anyone to claim the SEC title and while a large part of that is because of the return of Yves Pons. Pons is an athletic and physical forward that can switch 1-5 and he is an elite shot-blocker. While he is not elite on offense, he can score in many different ways. Look for Pons to continue to be one of the best defensive players in the sport while helping the Volunteers contend for an SEC title.
28.Greg Brown – Freshman, Texas
Is Texas back? While this has been a question that has been up in the air for years, now might be the time for the Longhorns basketball team to get back to relevancy and this is in large part because of the addition of Five-Star freshman Greg Brown. Brown is a 6’9” forward that is long and athletic, Brown feels like a modern-day four-man that can score inside and out, while he has all the attributes to be a great defender. Brown will look to have a really good season this year while helping Shaka Smart have his best season since his arrival in Austin.
29.McKinley Wright IV – Senior, Colorado
2019-20 Stats: 14.4 PPG, 5.0 APG, 5.7 RPG
One of the most productive players in the PAC-12 is Colorado guard McKinley Wright IV, who is hoping to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time in his career. Wright is an undersized guard that is an elite ball-handler and passer, while he’s a good scorer. Wright will look to improve as a shooter this season for his pro chances while his leadership ability will be big if the Buffs are able to dance in 2021.
30.Geo Baker – Senior, Rutgers
2019-20 Stats: 10.9 PPG, 3.5 APG, 3.0 RPG
If there had been an NCAA Tournament, Rutgers would have been part of it and a big reason for that was because of Geo Baker. Baker is a 6’4” guard that is a solid point guard that can score and pass at a high-level, while he’s one of the most clutch players in the sport. Baker will look to improve as a shooter, while his leadership at the point guard spot will be big for this Rutgers team.
31.Ochai Agbaji – Junior, Kansas
2019-20 Stats: 10.0 PPG, 2.0 APG, 4.2 RPG
Kansas comes into each season with high expectations, and while the Jayhawks lose two huge pieces, players like Ochai Agbaji will hope to fill the void. Agbaji is a big and athletic guard that can defend 1-4, while he is a streaky shooter. Agbaji’s main struggle is consistency but going into this year he should be more consistent, which should help Kansas contend for a 16th league title in 17 years.
32.Terry Taylor – Senior, Austin Peay
2019-20 Stats: 21.8 PPG, 1.4 APG, 11.0 RPG
Terry Taylor is the reigning Ohio Valley Player of the year, and he is one of the best players, not only at the mid-major level but in the sport as a whole. Taylor is a 6’5” forward that is a really good scorer, especially on the interior, while he’s a solid shooter. Look for Taylor to continue to put up numbers for Austin Peay as he will look to help lead the Governors to the NCAA Tournament.
33.Moussa Cisse – Freshman, Memphis
One of the biggest late additions in the sport came when Memphis landed Five-Star big man Moussa Cisse. Cisse is a big and athletic player that will look to dominate inside, especially defensively where he projects to be an elite shot-blocker. Cisse should fit in nicely to a talented Memphis team, while the Tigers hope to get to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the Penny Hardaway era.
34.Jeremiah Robinson-Earl – Sophomore, Villanova
2019-20 Stats: 10.5 PPG, 1.9 APG, 9.4 RPG
The second player on this list from what should be a loaded Villanova team is big man Jeremiah Robinson-Earl. JRE showed himself to be solid all season long, he’s a good defender, rebounder scorer, and he’s capable of shooting threes. JRE isn’t elite at any one trait but he is an important player for a Villanova team that has a chance to win their 3rd Championship in the past six years.
35.Josh Christopher – Freshman, Arizona State
Arizona State has the talent on paper to have its best season of this century and a big part of the reason why is the addition of five-star freshman Josh Christopher. Christopher is a long and athletic guard that has shown at the high school level to be a high-level shot maker. Christopher will look to come in this season and produce at a high-level right away for a Sun Devils team that could win the PAC-12.
36.Jalen Johnson – Freshman, Duke
Coach K has fully bought into the one-and-done style of recruiting, and that is no different this year with the addition of Five-Star wing Jalen Johnson. Johnson has the skill set of a modern-day wing as he’s quick, athletic, and long, while he’s a capable scorer. He should step in right away and produce for a Duke team that will look to replace its two best players from a season ago.
37.Jacob Gilyard – Senior, Richmond
2019-20 Stats: 12.7 PPG, 5.7 APG, 3.2 SPG
Coming into this season, Richmond has a very good chance to not only win the Atlantic 10 but they could advance to the second weekend, as they return most of their roster including Jacob Gilyard. Gilyard is an undersized guard that is a good shooter, passer, and an outstanding defender, especially when playing against other team’s best guards. This season the Spiders will be the favorite to win the Atlantic 10, and a big reason for that is Gilyard’s ability to play both ends at an elite level.
38.Keyontae Johnson – Junior, Florida
2019-20 Stats: 14.1 PPG, 1.6 APG, 7.1 RPG
Coming off a somewhat disappointing season, the Gators will look for a rebound season, and leading the way for them will be Keyontae Johnson. Johnson is a 6’5” wing that is built like an NFL Tight End, he is a really good scorer inside who can step out and shoot, while he’s a great rebounder and defender. He will play both the 4 and the 5, while he hopes to be a major contributor for a Gators team that should be much improved this season.
39.Caleb Love – Freshman, North Carolina
Coming off an absolutely awful season, North Carolina has a bounceback season on their mind and a large reason for that is the addition of Five-Star guard Caleb Love. Love is a guard that comes in being known for his scoring ability, while he can run the point and set up teammates as a passer. Look for him to take over and be successful as the point guard spot while helping North Carolina finish near the top of the ACC standings, unlike a season ago.
40.Chris Smith – Senior, UCLA
2019-20 Stats: 13.1 PPG, 1.6 APG, 5.4 RPG
After a great finish a season ago, UCLA comes into this season with high expectations and a large reason for that is because of Chris Smith. Smith is a long and athletic wing that can score with ease inside and pop out and hit a three, making him a really tough guard when playing at the 4. Look for Smith to continue to be the go-to option inside for a Bruins team that could easily win the PAC-12 this season.
41.Sam Hauser – Senior, Virginia
2018-19 Stats with Marquette: 14.9 PPG, 2.4 APG, 7.2 RPG
Coming into this season, Virginia adds a talented sit-out transfer in Sam Hauser who will look to play a major role for the Cavaliers, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Hauser is a new-era four man that can step out and shoot it while going inside as well. With a year in the system, Hauser should come in ready to produce for a Virginia team that will hope to add a second National Championship banner.
42.Kofi Cockburn – Sophomore, Illinois
2019-20 Stats: 13.3 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 1.4 BPG
In a season where Illinois will look to win the Big Ten regular-season title, the improved play of big man Kofi Cockburn will be a major factor. Cockburn is a physically dominant big man at 7’0, 290 pounds of pure strength, Kofi is a really good interior scorer, rebounder, and low-post defender. Cockburn will look to improve upon his mobility and if he can do that, he can help Illinois achieve success levels not seen since 2005.
43.Isaiah Miller – Senior, UNC Greensboro
2019-20 Stats: 17.8 PPG, 3.1 APG, 5.0 RPG
Going into this season, UNCG is the current favorite to win the SoCon and it is led by the Miller duo of Wes and Isaiah (not related), who are the best at their positions in the league. Isaiah Miller is the reigning SoCon Player of the year, his ability to score at a high-level while being a great defender and passer makes him one of the best players in the sport. Miller will look to develop as a shooter and if he can become just a 35% shooter from three-point range, the rest of the SoCon is in big trouble.
44.MaCio Teague – Senior, Baylor
2019-20 Stats: 13.9 PPG, 1.9 APG, 4.6 RPG
While Jared Butler gets the majority of the praise for Baylor’s success, MaCio Teague’s ability to be an elite secondary scorer is part of why the Bears are expected to have a big season. Teague is a good scorer/ shooter that has shown an ability to make shots at an elite level while playing off the ball. Teague will look to continue to be an elite shooter and solid defender as he looks to help the Bears win the Big 12 and make a run at a National Championship.
45.Oscar Da Silva – Senior, Stanford
2019-20 Stats: 15.7 PPG, 1.5 APG, 6.8 RPG
Stanford is looking to have an excellent season thanks in large part due to the addition of Ziaire Williams but the steadying influence of Oscar Da Silva cannot be overstated. Da Silva is a really good scorer on the interior, who can step out and make a jumper, while he’s a good defender in the low-post. Expect Da Silva to continue to quietly produce for a Stanford team that should make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015.
46.Jalen Suggs – Freshman, Gonzaga
Among the many reasons why Gonzaga will have as good of a chance as ever to win a National Championship is the fact that they add their highest-rated recruit in program history in Jalen Suggs. Suggs is a dynamic lead guard that is long and athletic, while his game translates into him being a high-level scorer and defender at the next level. Suggs should come in and start in the backcourt while helping the Bulldogs contend for the National Championship.
47.Mike DeVoe – Junior, Georgia Tech
2019-20 Stats: 16.0 PPG, 3.4 APG, 3.9RPG
Georgia Tech will be entering this season with the highest expectations it has had in the Josh Pastner era and in order to live up to that hype, they will need Mike DeVoe to continue to be an elite player. DeVoe is best known for his ability to knock down threes at an elite-level, although he improved scoring-wisd around the basket a season ago. Look for DeVoe to continue to put up numbers while helping the Yellow Jackets make the NCAA Tournament.
48.Chris Duarte – Senior, Oregon
2019-20 Stats: 12.9 PPG, 1.6 APG, 5.6 RPG
After being one of the top JUCO transfers a season ago, Chris Duarte will be looking to take over as go-to guy for the Ducks. Duarte is a really solid scorer that can score at all three levels, while he’s not an elite shooter, he can improve upon that this year. Look for Duarte to become the primary option for a Ducks team that should contend for a PAC-12 title.
49.Joel Ayayi – Junior, Gonzaga
2019-20 Stats: 10.6 PPG, 3.2 APG, 6.2RPG
The last of the Gonzaga players that will make this list is all-around solid junior guard Joel Ayayi. Ayayi is a 6’5” guard that does everything well, he’s a good defender, solid scorer/ shooter, and a good passer, he can also play both on and off the ball. Ayayi won’t stand out like other players on their roster but he should be a great player on what should be a title-contending Gonzaga team.
50.Wendell Moore – Sophomore, Duke
2019-20 Stats: 7.4 PPG, 1.9 APG, 4.2 RPG
Coming into this season, Duke has a lot of inexperience, meaning sophomores like Wendell Moore will need to take more of a leadership role. Moore is a long and athletic guard that is a really good defender, as he can switch 2-4, while he can score on the interior. Moore is a three-point shot away from becoming an elite player but even without that, he should help the Blue Devils contend for an ACC and National title.
51.Jhivan Jackson – Senior, UTSA
2019-20 Stats: 26.8 PPG, 2.4 APG, 5.6 RPG
The nation’s leading returning scorer is UTSA guard Jhivan Jackson. Jackson is an elite scorer, that is pretty efficient and he is the centerpiece of the UTSA offense. Jackson will continue to put up huge numbers well hoping to lead UTSA to a high finish in Conference USA.
52.Sandro Mamukelashvili – Senior, Seton Hall
2019-20 Stats: 11.9 PPG, 1.4 APG, 6.0 RPG
Following the departure of guard Myles Powell, the Seton Hall Pirates have some shoes to fill, and for that, they will look to turn to senior big man Sandro Mamukelashvili. Mamu is a long big man that is a hybrid 4-5, he’s a good interior scorer that can step out and shoot it, while he’s also a monster on the glass. Look for Mamu to take a huge step forward this season as he hopes to extend the Pirates NCAA Tournament streak.
53.Javonte Smart – Junior, LSU
2019-20 Stats: 12.5 PPG, 4.2 APG, 3.5 RPG
LSU has quietly become one of the more consistent programs in the SEC and with a group of key returners, headlined by Javonte Smart, that should be no different this season. Smart is a long guard that has the ability to score and pass at a high-level and while he could improve as a shooter, the rest of his game is stronger than a Will Wade offer. Smart will be asked to be the point guard for the Tigers while he will hope to help the Tigers get back to the NCAA Tournament.
54.Justin Turner – Senior, Bowling Green
2019-20 Stats: 18.8 PPG, 2.5 APG, 4.6 RPG
Bowling Green has not made the NCAA Tournament since 1968 but they have their best chance to do so thanks to the return of Justin Turner. Turner is a big guard that is an elite scorer and shooter, he can score from anywhere on the court. Turner will look to become a better passer and a more efficient scorer this year while hoping to lead the Falcons to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 53 years.
55.Franz Wagner – Sophomore, Michigan
2019-20 Stats: 11.6 PPG, 1.0 APG, 5.6 RPG
Year two of the Juwan Howard era will have some high expectations as the Michigan Wolverines will add a great recruiting class alongside veterans like Franz Wagner. The sophomore guard started every game he played in a season ago and he was very useful, becoming a decent defender and shooter while playing on the wing. This season Wagner should be fully healthy for the entire season, which should allow his offense to be more consistent, and he’ll look to be counted on more within the Wolverines offense.
56.AJ Green – Junior, Northern Iowa
2019-20 Stats: 19.7 PPG, 3.0 APG, 3.0 RPG
AJ Green, the reigning Missouri Valley Player of the year is back for the Panthers, and he is looking to help guide the Panthers to the NCAA Tournament. Green is a 6’4” guard that can play both on and off the ball, but he is an especially good shooter, last year making 39.1% of his three-point attempts. Look for Green to continue to excel shooting the ball, while he will hope to help his team get back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016.
57.Alonzo Verge Jr. – Senior, Arizona State
2019-20 Stats: 14.6 PPG, 2.3 APG, 3.5 RPG
The third of the three-headed monster in the Arizona State backcourt is a high-scoring guard in Alonzo Verge Jr. Last season Verge came off the bench and was one of the most electric scorers, especially as the season went along, he finished the year scoring in double-figures in 12 of his last 13 games, while his most notable game was him scoring 43 against Saint Mary’s. Arizona State will have three really good guards that could all be All-League players, which could help the Sun Devils win the Pac-12.
58.Caleb Mills – Sophomore, Houston
2019-20 Stats: 13.2 PPG, 1.1 APG, 2.6 RPG
Houston will once again look to win the American this season thanks to a backcourt headlined by Caleb Mills. Mills is a combo guard that can play both on and off the ball, while he’s not an elite shooter, he can keep teams honest with his jumper but his scoring is superb. Look for Mills to take a step forward and become one of the candidates for AAC Player of the year.
59.Davion Mitchell – Junior, Baylor
2019-20 Stats: 9.9 PPG, 3.8 APG, 2.7 RPG
Baylor has an elite duo of defenders returning this season, with both Mark Vital and Davion Mitchell returning for another season. Looking at Mitchell, he’s maybe the best on-ball defender in the sport, he’s good at defending one-on-one, while on offense he’s a good facilitator, although he’s not an elite shooter, he can hit shots from deep. Look for Mitchell to continue to run the offense, defend at a high-level, and maybe improve as a shooter while helping Baylor to have its best season in program history.
60.Mitch Ballock – Senior, Creighton
2019-20 Stats: 11.9 PPG, 5.3 APG, 3.1 RPG
Coming off a season where Creighton won the Big East title, the Blue Jays come into this season with high expectations, in large part because of guards like Mitch Ballock. Ballock is an elite shooter who shot 43.5% from beyond the arc this past season. Ballock will look to continue to make shots at a high-level while helping the Jays contend for a second-straight Big East title.
61.Aaron Henry – Junior, Michigan State
2019-20 Stats: 10.0 PPG, 2.9 APG, 4.6 RPG
With Michigan State losing a lot of talent from this past season’s team, there is a lot of room for players to step up, including junior guard Aaron Henry. Aaron Henry is a prototypical NBA wing, he’s long and athletic and has shown himself to be a solid three-point shooter, scorer, and defender. Look for Henry to try to take on more of a scoring role this year, him developing into a lead or secondary scorer will be big in helping the Spartans contend for another Big Ten title.
62.Jordan Goodwin – Senior, Saint Louis
2019-20 Stats: 15.5 PPG, 3.1 APG, 10.4 RPG
Saint Louis has a chance to have its best season since 2013, thanks to the return of a lot of key pieces, including Jordan Goodwin. Goodwin is a guard that is a really good scorer, while he’s an elite rebounder for his size. Look for Goodwin to lead the Billikens in scoring once again while he will hope to help his team win the Atlantic 10.
63.Marcus Carr – Junior, Minnesota
2019-20 Stats: 15.4 PPG, 6.6 APG, 5.3 RPG
Minnesota comes into this year with a realistic NCAA Tournament hopes, thanks to a group of players that includes Marcus Carr. Carr is a 6’2” guard that is good at pretty much everything, he can shoot and score at a high level, he’s an outstanding passer, with the only issue really being that he’s extremely inconsistent. If Carr can limit the bad games, turnovers, and play more within himself, he has a chance to carry the Golden Gophers to the promise land.
64.Isaac Likekele – Junior, Oklahoma State
2019-20 Stats: 10.9 PPG, 4.5 APG, 5.6 RPG
Despite the fact that Oklahoma State will likely not make the NCAA Tournament, it cannot be understated how exciting this team will be next year with the duo of Cade Cunningham and Isaac Likekele in the fold. Likekele never really found his form last season after missing time with the flu but as a point guard, he has shown that he’s an elite ball-handler, defender, and a capable scorer, especially at the rim. Look for the duo of Likekele and Cunningham to make plays and help the Cowboys end the season near the top of the Big 12 standings.
65.Rocket Watts – Sophomore, Michigan State
2019-20 Stats: 9.0 PPG, 1.7 APG, 2.3 RPG
Michigan State loses one of the best players in program history with the graduation of Cassius Winston and while it will be hard to replace him, Rocket Watts will look to step in to fill the void. Watts is a combo guard that will look to fill in at the point this year, he’s a solid playmaker, shooter, and defender. Look for Watts to take a major step forward while helping the Spartans contend for another Big Ten title.
66.Will Richardson – Junior, Oregon
2019-20 Stats: 11.0 PPG, 2.3 APG, 3.7 RPG
Oregon has been consistently one of the best teams in the Pac-12 over the past decade, and for them to once again maintain that standing, the Ducks will need a breakout year from many players including Will Richardson. Richardson is an elite shooter, last year shooting 46.9% from three, while he’s a solid scorer around the rim and a decent ball-handler as well. Look for Richardson to take a step forward in terms of a production standpoint while he hopes to help lead the Ducks to another Pac-12 title.
67.Charles Bassey – Junior, Western Kentucky
2019-20 Stats: 15.3 PPG, 9.2 APG, 1.7 BPG
Western Kentucky has high expectations going into this season and a big reason for them is the return of big man Charles Bassey. Bassey will be coming off an ACL tear, so he could take a while to get in the grove but as he’s shown in the past, he’s an excellent scorer, rebounder, and defender, especially for the Conference USA level. Look for him to continue to produce at a high-level for a Western Kentucky team that should win Conference USA.
68.Blake Francis – Senior, Richmond
2019-20 Stats: 17.7 PPG, 2.0 APG, 2.2 RPG
Coming off a season where Richmond would have made the NCAA Tournament, a veteran group that includes Blake Francis will look to help lead the Spiders to an Atlantic 10 Championship. Francis, who transferred from Wagner, led the Spiders in scoring a season ago, he’s a really good shooter that can score efficiently while he’s at his best playing off the ball. Look for him to continue to be a high-volume scorer that can help Richmond make a run in March.
69.Jalen Pickett – Junior, Siena
2019-20 Stats: 15.1 PPG, 6.0 APG, 4.6 RPG
Coming off a season in which Siena won the MAAC regular-season title, a Jalen Pickett led Saints team will be looking to make the NCAA Tournament. Pickett is a fantastic player, he’s a long and athletic guard that can knock down shots at a consistent level, while he has excellent court vision. Look for Pickett to continue to produce at a high-level while he should once again win MAAC Player of the year.
70.Micah Potter – Senior, Wisconsin
2019-20 Stats: 10.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.0 BPG
In Big Ten play, Micah Potter emerged as a productive piece for the Badgers, as they won big games down the stretch en route to the Big Ten title. Potter is a long forward that matches up well playing next to Nate Reuvers, he can step out and make threes, while he’s an efficient scorer inside. Look for Potter to continue to be a really good player that will be a more consistent threat playing for a full season, he will be key in helping the Badgers repeat as Big Ten Champions.
71.Jaden Shackelford – Sophomore, Alabama
2019-20 Stats: 15.0 PPG, 1.4 APG, 4.5 RPG
In year two of the Nate Oats era, the Tide will be looking to make the NCAA Tournament and a big reason for that is the development of sophomore guard Jaden Shackelford. Shackelford is a 6’3” guard who is a very good scorer, that can make shots at all three levels. Look for Shackelford to be the go-to option for Alabama this upcoming season, while helping the team make the NCAA Tournament.
72.Jermaine Samuels – Senior, Villanova
2019-20 Stats: 10.7 PPG, 2.0 APG, 5.5 RPG
Villanova will be looking to win its third National Championship since 2016, and a key contributor to that cause will be Jermaine Samuels. Samuels is a 6’7” wing that is a really solid all-around player, he’s a good defender, scorer, with his main issue being his inability to shoot from the perimeter. Samuels’ ability to play 30 minutes per game and be a good piece all-around will be key for the Wildcats as they look to continue to dominate the Big East.
73.David Duke – Junior, Providence
2019-20 Stats: 12.0 PPG, 3.1 APG, 4.2 RPG
Providence has been consistently competing for an NCAA Tournament bid on a yearly basis and with David Duke back for his junior season, that shouldn’t change. Duke is a 6’5 guard that can play both on and off the ball, he’s a good shooter, defender, and scorer, he is better playing off the ball but he could run some point if needed. Duke will be the go-to scorer this season while he hopes to help lead the Friars back to the NCAA Tournament.
74.Fatts Russell – Senior, Rhode Island
2019-20 Stats: 18.8 PPG, 4.6 APG, 3.4 RPG
Rhode Island has some expectations going into this season thanks to the return of Fatts Russell and the addition of four different transfers that received waivers. Russell is an undersized guard that is a really good shot creator, passer, and scorer, with the main issue being he can sometimes get out of control. In an ideal situation, Russell can act more as a passer instead of a scorer, while he hopes to help the Rams get to the NCAA Tournament.
75.D’Mitrik Trice – Senior, Wisconsin
2019-20 Stats: 9.8 PPG, 4.2 APG, 4.0 RPG
A veteran group of Wisconsin players will once again look for D’Mitrik Trice to be the main playmaker at the guard spot this Badgers team as they look to repeat as Big Ten Champions. Trice is a really solid guard that is a really good ball-handler, shooter, and defender. Trice won’t do anything spectacular but he’s someone that is solid and will be productive for this Wisconsin team.
76.Khristian Lander – Freshman, Indiana
Indiana has not made the NCAA Tournament since 2016 but thanks to a really good young core that includes freshman Khristian Lander, that streak looks to be snapped this season. Lander is 6’2” guard that is quick and athletic, while he is a really good finisher around the rim. Look for Lander to take over as the point guard and be a productive piece for a Hoosiers team that will look to have its most successful season in the Archie Miller era.
77.Kihei Clark – Junior, Virginia
2019-20 Stats: 10.8 PPG, 5.9 APG, 4.2 RPG
Coming into this season, Virginia has high expectations thanks to a group of veterans that includes Kihei Clark. Clark is an undersized point guard that is solid all-around, he is a good shooter, defender, and passer, while his best attribute may be as the leader on the court. Clark may not be the most gifted player but with him, you can trust that he is going to get everything he can out of himself while trying to give his teams wins.
78.Ron Harper Jr. – Junior, Rutgers
2019-20 Stats: 12.1 PPG, 1.0 APG, 5.8 RPG
One of the main reasons why Rutgers was on pace to make the NCAA Tournament a season ago was the emergence of guard Ron Harper Jr. Now as a junior, Harper will look to continue to be one the main options for Rutgers, his ability to score efficiently inside, while being able to pop out and shoot on the perimeter are what makes his a dangerous offensive weapon. Look for him to continue to produce this season while helping the Scarlet Knights end their long NCAA Tournament drought.
79.Ryan Daly – Senior, St. Joseph’s
2019-20 Stats: 20.6 PPG, 4.3 APG, 6.8 RPG
It is no secret that St. Joseph’s struggled a season ago but if there was one thing to be optimistic about, it was Ryan Daly. Daly is 6’5” guard that is a good ball-handler, creator, shooter, and overall scorer, who put up huge numbers a season ago. Daly should continue to put up huge numbers while he will look to help his team get out of the Atlantic 10 basement.
80.Myreon Jones – Junior, Penn State
2019-20 Stats: 13.3 PPG, 3.0 APG, 2.7 RPG
Coming off the most successful season in the Pat Chambers era, Penn State will be looking for Myreon Jones to take over as the go-to option this season. Jones is a 6’3” guard that can facilitate the ball, however, he’s known for being an elite shooter. Look for Jones to take a slight drop in efficiency but take on the role as the go-to scorer for Penn State this season.
81.Austin Reaves – Senior, Oklahoma
2019-20 Stats: 14.7 PPG, 3.0 APG, 5.3 RPG
Oklahoma has been one of the most consistent teams in the Big 12 and that should be no different this year thanks to the return of a core that includes Austin Reaves. Reaves is a 6’5” guard that is really good playing off the ball, he has the potential to be a good three-point shooter, while he can go downhill and score inside. Look for him to lead Oklahoma in scoring while the Sooners should get back to the NCAA Tournament.
82.Derek Culver – Junior, West Virginia
2019-20 Stats: 10.4 PPG, 1.7 APG, 8.6 RPG
West Virginia has the frontcourt in place to once again dominate inside thanks to the return of Oscar Tshiebwe and Derek Culver. Culver is a 6’10” big man that can play both the 4 and the 5 for West Virginia, he is a really solid scorer while he and Tshiebwe will dominate on the glass. Look for Culver to once again average a near double-double while the Mountaineers should compete near the top of the Big 12.
83.Tevin Brown – Junior, Murray State
2019-20 Stats: 17.9 PPG, 3.7 APG, 4.6 RPG
Murray State has been spoiled with talented players, a list of greats includes Isaiah Cannon, Cameron Payne, Ja Morant, and it will soon have Tevin Brown on that list. Brown is a 6’5” guard that is a lights-out shooter from beyond the arc, while he has also really taken a step forward in his overall playmaking for this Racers team. Look for Brown to continue to produce at a high-level while he hopes to help get the Racers back to the Big Dance.
84.Mark Vital – Senior, Baylor
2019-20 Stats: 6.1 PPG, 1.8 APG, 6.2 RPG
While an elite backcourt is something special, the key to Baylor’s success comes from their undersized forward, Mark Vital. Vital is 6’5” and can defend any position on the court. Vital’s offensive game is limited but having someone that can guard any player on the court while having a great physical presence is key to the Bears’ success.
85.Carlik Jones – Senior, Louisville
2019-20 Stats: 20.0 PPG, 5.5 APG, 5.1 RPG
Coming over from Radford, Carlik Jones comes into this season looking to be a high-level player at the ACC level. Jones is a 6’3” guard that can play both on and off the ball, while he’s a gifted scorer and passer. Jones will probably be asked to play the 2 for this Louisville team but he should be able to produce and help the Cardinals contend for an ACC title.
86.Landers Nolley – Sophomore, Memphis
2019-20 Stats: 15.5 PPG, 2.4 APG, 5.8 RPG
Coming over from Virginia Tech, Landers Nolley is looking for a new system to play in and after getting a waiver, Memphis looks to use Nolley right away. Nolley is a 6’7” combo forward that projects as 3 or a 4 at the next level, he’s a solid shooter, defender, and overall scorer. Playing in a Memphis offense that has some really good pieces should benefit Nolley as he hopes to have a big sophomore season while hoping to help lead the Tigers to an AAC title.
87.Timmy Allen – Junior, Utah
2019-20 Stats: 17.3 PPG, 3.0 APG, 7.3 RPG
Coming into this season, Utah will be looking to get to the NCAA Tournament thanks to a group of returning players, which includes Timmy Allen. Allen is a prototypical modern-day wing, the 6’6” wing is a solid three-level scorer, with his main issue being efficiency. If Allen maybe takes a step back in terms of stats but works on getting the right shots, Allen can help lead the Utes to the NCAA Tournament.
88.Jaden Springer – Freshman, Tennessee
In a season where Tennessee will be looking to win the SEC title, the incoming freshman class, which includes Five-Star freshman Jaden Springer will be key for the Volunteers. Springer is a big and physical guard that can score at all three levels while having the ability to set up teammates. The Volunteers have a good group of players as is but if Springer can come in and be the go-to option on the wing, they can have a special season.
89.Aamir Simms – Senior, Clemson
2019-20 Stats: 13.0 PPG, 2.6 APG, 7.2 RPG
Clemson is coming off a season where they beat Duke and got their first-ever road win at North Carolina, and a big reason for that is because of Aamir Simms. Simms is a 6’8” forward that is quick and athletic, which makes him a tough matchup when the Tigers go small by playing him at the 5. Simms should continue to produce at a high-level for the Tigers as they look to potentially contend for the NCAA Tournament.
90.Jason Preston – Junior, Ohio
2019-20 Stats: 16.8 PPG, 7.4 APG, 6.4 RPG
Ohio is a program that has high expectations going into this season thanks to the return of guard Jason Preston. The 6’4″ guard is an elite passing guard that has shown an ability to knock down shots and score at a high level. Look for him to have a game this season where he has a triple-double, while he will hope to help Ohio make the big dance.
91.Chris Lykes – Senior, Miami
2019-20 Stats: 15.4 PPG, 2.4 APG, 2.1 RPG
Coming off back to back disappointing seasons, the Hurricanes will be hoping to have a good season, and for that to be the case they need production from Chris Lykes. Lykes is a 5’7” guard that can play both on and off the ball, he’s a good shooter, and a polished scorer, which makes him a valuable commodity. Lykes should continue to score at a high-level but the odds are not in favor of that being enough to get Miami into the NCAA Tournament.
92.Day’Ron Sharpe – Freshman, North Carolina
Looking to rebound after an awful season, North Carolina adds a great recruiting class that includes big man Day’Ron Sharpe. Sharpe is a physically demanding big that plays with a lot of energy, while he will look to help this team rebounding-wise. Look for Sharpe to come in and play a lot at the 5, while helping the Tar Heels get back to the big dance.
93.Kyler Edwards – Junior, Texas Tech
2019-20 Stats: 11.4 PPG, 3.1 APG, 4.0 RPG
Texas Tech has built a program that is set up for success going forward, and while there aren’t any superstars on this year’s roster, there is an abundance of really good players like Kyler Edwards. Edwards is a 6’4” guard that was asked to play point guard late last season, he’s proven to be a good shooter and scorer for this Red Raiders team. Edwards should be able to increase his production once again, while he hopes to have a similar level of efficiency to what he had during the 2018-19 season where he shot over 40% from three.
94.Derrick Alston Jr. – Senior, Boise State
2019-20 Stats: 17.3 PPG, 3.1 APG, 5.2 RPG
Boise State comes into this season looking to get back to the NCAA Tournament thanks to an influx of transfers and the return of Derrick Alston Jr. Alston is a 6’9” forward that is a really good overall scorer, and shooter for this Boise State team. I anticipate him taking a step back in terms of overall production this season but he should up his efficiency while being a key part of a Boise State team that could win the Mountain West.
95.Cameron Krutwig – Senior, Loyola-Chicago
2019-20 Stats: 15.1 PPG, 8.1 APG, 4.2 RPG
The last remaining starter from the 2018 Loyola-Chicago Final Four run is big man Cameron Krutwig, who remains one of the top players in the Missouri Valley. Krutwig is a 6’9” forward that has the ability to score inside and rebound at an elite level, while he has a terrific passing ability for a big man. Krutwig should continue to play at an elite level while he hopes to get Loyola back in the NCAA Tournament.
96.Scottie Lewis – Sophomore, Florida
2019-20 Stats: 8.5 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 1.2 SPG
After a somewhat disappointing season a year ago, Florida will be looking to have a breakthrough season but in order to do so, they will need a sophomore breakout season from Scottie Lewis. Lewis is a 6’5” modern-day wing that can play 2-4, he’s not really an elite shooter or scorer but he’s an elite athlete that will look to develop his offensive skillset. Look for Lewis to improve as a scorer while he hopes to help the Gators compete for an SEC title.
97.Hasahn French – Senior, Saint Louis
2019-20 Stats: 12.4 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 1.8 BPG
Saint Louis has a chance to not only make the NCAA Tournament but they have a good chance to win the Atlantic 10, this is partly because of the return of big man Hasahn French. French is a 6’7” forward that is a really good interior scorer, excellent rebounder, and a good defender, his only issue is that he’s a career 34.5% free throw shooter, which is awful. If French can improve as a free throw shooter, even becoming a 50% free throw shooter, while continuing to be dominant inside, he’ll dominate the Atlantic 10.
98.John Fulkerson – Senior, Tennessee
2019-20 Stats: 13.7 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 0.9 BPG
In a season where the Volunteers have high expectations going into this season thanks to their great recruiting class and a returning group that includes John Fulkerson. Fulkerson is a 6’9” forward that is an excellent scorer inside, he’s very efficient and he has a good mid-range jumper that keeps teams honest. Fulkerson should continue to produce for the Volunteers as they look to continue to succeed in the SEC.
99.Tyon Grant-Foster – Junior, Kansas
Every year there are a few JUCO players that come in and make a major impact for a team and that should be the case with new Kansas wing Tyon Grant-Foster, who is the top JUCO prospect to head to College. Grant-Foster is a 6’7” wing that is very athletic and skilled, he will look to be a major threat offensively while playing the small-ball 4 for Kansas. Look for him to come in right away and be one of the top-scoring options for a Kansas team that will look to win the Big 12 once again.
100.Trendon Watford – Sophmore, LSU
2019-20 Stats: 13.6 PPG, 1.7 APG, 7.2 RPG
While there is adversity off the court with LSU, on the court, the Tigers have a really good team that includes forward Trendon Watford. Watford is a 6’9” forward that is a really good scorer while being efficient, and he’s also a good rebounder. Look for Watford to continue to be an effective scorer and rebounder, while helping the Tigers contend near the top of the SEC.
Honorable Mentions: Neemias Queta (Utah State), Bryce Aiken (Seton Hall), Nimari Burnett (Texas Tech), John Petty (Alabama), Kyle Lofton (Saint Bonaventure), Keon Johnson (Tennessee), Tre Mitchell (UMass), MJ Walker (Florida State), Buddy Boeheim (Syracuse), David McCormack (Kansas), Seth Towns (Ohio State), Matthew Hurt (Duke), Aaron Wiggins (Maryland), AJ Lawson (South Carolina), Matt Haarms (BYU), Aaron Thompson (Butler)