- Drew Timme, 6’10 240, C, JR, Gonzaga
Stats: 19 PPG, 7.0 RPG,
The man with the mustache displays elite footwork, and will enter the season as the consensus national player of the year after all first-team all-americans from last year departed. Mark Few’s Zags could get to the pinnacle this season after a devastating finish to last season, Timme will be the key part of that.
- Chet Holmgren, 7’1 190, F, FR, Gonzaga
FIBA U19 Stats: 11.9 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 3.3 APG, 2.7 BPG
Holmgren’s the top recruit in the 2021 class out of the state of Minnesota, now headed to Spokane the transcendent talent looks to help ease the pressure off Timme as the freshman 7-footer runs the floor exceptionally well for a guy his size, paired with the raw shooting ability, and shot-blocking prowess should make for a surefire All-American.
3. Max Abmas, 5’11 162, G, JR, Oral Roberts
2020-21 stats: 24.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 3.8 APG
The nation’s scoring king from last season is primed for another huge season after taking Oral Roberts on a historic run in the NCAA Tournament. The Pick & Roll specialist will have all the attention from opposing teams, but he’s too difficult to contain for a whole 40 minutes.
4. Grant Sherfield 6’2 189, G, JR, Nevada
2020-21 stats: 18.6 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 6.3 APG
The Wolf Pack’s star guard brings that Killer Instinct late in games, when time is ticking down, give him the ball and reep the benefits. Nevada’s a legitimate top-25 contender that’ll be guided by the impressive offensive ability of Sherfield. Improving his defensive ability could factor into becoming an All-American next season.
5. David Roddy 6’5 252, F, JR, Colorado State
2020-21 stats: 15.8 PPG, 9.4 RPG
Roddy brings a unique skillset to the table, despite only measuring at 6’5, Roddy’s strength allows him to play significantly bigger inside than many players of his stature. Not only is Roddy a load to handle inside, but he’s gradually improving his shooting ability to a passable 27 percent last season, led by Roddy the Rams should be ranked in the Associated Press’s first poll of the season. Roddy will see time at the five this season, bringing a different dynamic for opposing Mountain West teams to deal with.
6. Alex Barcello 6’2 185 G, 5-yr-SR, BYU
2020-21 stats: 16.1 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 4.3 APG
The sharpshooting Barcello returns to Provo for one final season trying to bring BYU to the unchartered territory for the program — making a second-weekend appearance in the NCAA Tournament, a feat only achieved one time in the program’s history, nods to Jimmer Mania.
7.) Kenneth Lofton Jr, 6’7 275 F, SO, Louisiana Tech
2020-21 stats: 12.2 PPG, 7.5 RPG
Louisiana Tech’s program centerpiece is an old-school player that brings a different flavor to College Basketball. This hard-nosed big-man plays with a relentless effort at all times and loves generating contact from opposing defenders inside. One underrated aspect of Junior Lofton’s game is his ability to disrupt a passing lane, creating a turnover leading to a transition opportunity for the Bulldogs.
8.) Matt Bradley 6’4 220 G, SR, San Diego State
2020-21 stats at California: 18.0 PPG, 4.6 RPG
San Diego State got a steal by getting an established elite-scorer at the power conference level, Bradley, finished top-three in PAC-12 scoring in 2019-20, 2020-21 for a scuffling Golden Bears team. The Aztecs lose Matt Mitchell, Jordan Schakel to the professional ranks, which makes the addition of Bradley absolutely massive.
9.) Kyle Lofton Guard, St Bonaventure
2020-21 stats: 14.4 PPG, 5.5 APG
The Bonnies are my top mid-major team in the country outside Gonzaga, coming in at 15th in my most recent rankings. Senior guard Kyle Lofton is a key reason why the Bonnies dealt with COVID issues last season, limiting them to only 21 games, but Lofton made his presence felt by averaging 14.4 points, 5.5 assists in 2020-21. Lofton’s made two consecutive All-A10 first-team lists, and he’ll finish that up with a conference player of the year nod in his last ride.
10.) Jacob Gilyard 5’9 160, G, 5th-YR-SR, Richmond
2020-21 stats: 12.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.6 SPG
Gilly’s name is soon to be etched into the College Hoops record book for eternity– the Richmond guard is only 27 swipes away from passing John Linehan for the top spot in career steals. The nation’s top steals getter brings a valuable scoring skillset to one of the few teams that deploy the Princeton offense.
11.) Isaiah Stevens, 6’0 180 G, JR, Colorado St
2020-21 stats: 15.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 5.4 APG
Stevens is the consummate “stat-sheet-stuffer,” but his dynamite speed element brings a different dimension to a stellar Colorado State offensive attack. The Junior guard from Texas is exceptional at finishing over bigger defenders when driving, which is paramount for a more undersized guard.
12.) Osun Osunniyi 6’10 220, C, SR, St Bonaventure
2020-21 stats: 10.7 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 2.9 BPG
The Bonnies defensive anchor made the A-10 all-defensive team in each of his first three seasons on campus as a result of elite shot blocking ability. Mark Schmidt’s top-shot blocker is a dangerous player for the Atlantic 10’s top dog.
13.) Jeenathan Williams 6’5 225, F, SR, Buffalo
2020-21 stats: 17.6 PPG, 6.8 RPG
Buffalo’s continues to develop MAC Player of the year caliber players. This time, Jeenathan Williams is that guy after putting forth a career year in 2020-21. Jim Whitesell’s Bulls enter the season as the odds-on-favorite in the MAC after a disappointing season by their standards. Williams improved into a stout three-point shooter at 38 percent following two-years of subpar shooting from distance, which marks the vast improvements he’s made throughout his college career.
14.) Toumani Camara 6’8 220, F, JR, Dayton
2020-21 stats at Georgia: 12.6 PPG, 7.7 RPG
The Georgia transfer figures to be the next star in Dayton following in line impressive former Flyers. Camara, a Belgian forward brings a versatile tool-kit that includes shot-blocking, shooting, length making for a conference player of the year candidate. You can draw similarities between Camara, and Dayton legend Obi Toppin pretty easily — incredibly high stakes to live up to, but Camara is similar.
15.) Andrew Nembhard 6’5 193, G, SR, Gonzaga
2020-21 stats: 9.2 PPG, 4.4 APG
Gonzaga wouldn’t have finished 31-1 without the under-the-radar contributions from point guard Andrew Nembhard, bringing a high-IQ lead guard that can thread the needle on a whim is always vital to a championship contending team. This season, Nembhard’s role will be larger with the departure of Jalen Suggs.
16.) Patrick Baldwin Jr, 6’8 190, F, FR, Milwaukee
Baldwin made a historical commitment by becoming the most well-renowned recruit in Horizon League history, having the opportunity to play his father, Pat Sr, is why the younger Baldwin opted to pick Milwaukee over Duke. The lengthy wing should star for Milwaukee from the jump thanks to his two-way style of play, including an impressive jumper from outside. Baldwin missed much of his HS Senior season with an injury, but the talent is undeniable.
17.) Antoine Davis 6’1 165 G, SR, Detroit
2020-21 stats: 24 PPG, 4.9 APG
If any player in the country can knock-off ORU’s Max Abmas as the nation’s scoring king, it’s Detroit Mercy’s Antoine Davis, who’s set to break the Titans’ all-time scoring record fairly early in the season, and will sit in program lore, but making an NCAA Tournament would put him in higher standing within the program. In the Horizon, it’ll be a top-heavy league, and you can put Detroit in the upper-echelons of the league standings.
18.) Eli Scott, 6’8 240, F, 5th-Yr-SR, Loyola Marymount
2020-21 stats: 18 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 3.6 APG
Eli Scott’s name has been in the public limelight well before he even began his career in college due to his close relationship with the Ball Brothers at Chino Hill High School. If you’re a diehard College Hoops fan, you know Scott as an incredibly strong forward that can make plays for his teammates. LMU could make the NCAA Tournament next season, finishing out Scott’s legacy on campus.
19.) Taveion Kinsey 6’5 185 W, Marshall
2020-21 stats: 19.2 PPG, 6.0 RPG
The nation’s most electrifying athlete resides in Conference USA, a real human highlight reel that fits the mold of Dan D’Antoni’s frantic-paced offense like a glove. Kinsey shooting more shots from outside could make him a top player in the country this season.
20.) Jalen Ray 6’2 175, G, 5th-yr-SR, Hofstra
2020-21 stats: 19.3 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 3.3 APG
When Ray kicks it into another gear, the Hofstra guard is one of the premier scorers in College Basketball, which got showcased in the CAA quarterfinal victory over Delaware when Ray poured in 34. In Speedy Claxton’s first season at the helm, Hofstra will be pigeonholed in the top spot next season.
21. Grayson Murphy 6’2 175 G, RS-SR, Belmont
2020-21 stats: 10.8 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 5.8 APG
There isn’t a better statsheet stuffing guard in the country than Belmont’s Grayson Murphy — despite not showcasing elite speed, elite scoring, Murphy is the OVC’s best player because of his defense, rebounding, effort, and timely scoring when others aren’t hitting their shots makes him that guy.
22.) Grant Basile 6’9 225, F, RS-JR, Wright State
2020-21 stats: 15.0 PPG, 7.0 RPG
Scott Nagy is the big-man whisperer, in the past five years, Nagy’s coached Mike Daum at South Dakota State, 7th leading scorer in College Basketball history, and 2X Horizon POY Loudon Love — next up? Grant Basile, a mix between Daum/Love that dropped 34 points in the devastating Horizon league semifinals loss to Milwaukee. As Love departs, Basile’s role will gradually grow.
23.) Johni Broome 6’10 235, F, SO, Morehead State
2020-21 stats: 13.9 PPG, 9.0 RPG
The lengthy lefty from Tampa provided a jolt in Morehead State that guided them to the NCAA Tournament last season by knocking off conference juggernaut Belmont — heading into next year, Broome should grow in the mid-range/perimeter aspect of the game, in addition to his already elite post play on both ends of the floor.
24.) Rocky Kreuser, 6’10 245, F, 5th-YR-SR, NDSU
2020-21 stats: 15.7 PPG, 7.0 RPG
The best non-Abmas Summit Leaguer resides in Fargo, ND, skilled forward Rocky Kreuser from North Dakota State — his underrated athleticism paired with his expanded range makes him a top-player in the nation’s top scoring league. NDSU could be an NCAA Tournament team after narrowly shy to Oral Roberts last season.
25.) John Knight III, 6’3 200, G, RS-SR, Southern Utah
2020-21 stats: 14.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.2 APG
Knight is the heart and soul of Todd Simon’s Southern Utah unit that are poised for a big final run in the Big Sky. Knight’s quickness, and innate ability to finish over defenders at the basket makes him a tough customer for opposing teams.
26.) Gaige Prim, 6’8 235, F, 5th-Yr-SR, Missouri State
2020-21 stats: 16.7 PPG, 9.0 RPG
Prim had an incredible first senior-season, where he posted three 15+ rebound efforts, including 21 rebounds in a rout of Southern Illinois late in the season. Now that the Michigan native *hopefully* will have a full season (injury in 2019, covid stoppages in 2020), the 6’9 bruiser is a legitimate contender for conference player of the year.
27.) Darius McGhee 5’9 160, G, SR, Liberty
2020-21 stats: 15.5 PPG
The reigning A-SUN player of the year is flamethrower from deep, fitting the mold Ritchie McKay deploys with ease. The ability McGhee has coming off screens in conjunction with a silky-smooth jumper makes McGhee tough to gameplan for.
28.) Fardaws Aimaq 6’10 245, C, R-JR, Utah Valley
2020-21 stats: 13.9 PPG, 15.0 RPG
Utah Valley’s WAC player of the year demands constant attention from opposing teams due to his overwhelming size that led him to accumulate the most rebounds per game in a single season since 1980. This season, Aimaq will see constant double-teams, which makes showcasing high-level passing ability paramount.
29.) Tevin Brown, 6’4 175, G, SR, Murray State
2020-21 stats: 14.7 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 4.3 APG
Matt McMahon’s top scorer is shooting an astounding 38.7 percent from deep during his first three years in college — trying to bolster his NBA Draft Stock further, Brown will try guiding the Racers to the NCAA Tournament.
30.) Mark Sears, 6’1 185, G, SO, Ohio
Ohio lost Jason Preston, one of the dynamic players in the entire country, but what if I told you that Jeff Boals had a player equally as dynamic to replace him? That guy is Mark Sears. Let’s compare per/40 stats from last season between the two guards:
Sears: 17.4 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 6.7 APG,
Preston: 18.2 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 7.4 APG
Expect Sears to lead the Bobcats to a top-three finish in the MAC this season, and display his fantastic speed, passing, finishing combo.
31.) Jamaree Bouyea, San Francisco 6’1 180 G, 5th-YR-SR, San Francisco
2020-21 stats: 17.3 PPG, 3.7 APG
The captivating speed of Bouyea makes him an exciting player to watch in the West Coast Conference, in addition to his quickness, he’s gradually improved his three point shooting to an above-average 37 percent from deep. The Dons could contend for an NCAA Tournament berth in Bouyea’s final season of college.
32.) Hunter Sallis, 6’5 175, G, FR, Gonzaga
Sallis is a highly touted freshman Guard/Wing that can play all three front court positions, making him a perfect fit for a Gonzaga team that likes upping the tempo
33.) Ryan Davis, 6’8 250, F, JR, Vermont
2020-21 stats: 18.5 PPG, 6.3 RPG
Vermont consistently during the John Becker era’s had big-men that score in a plethora of ways, finishing close inside, mini-hook-shots, and shots from deep, first off with Anthony Lamb, now with reigning America East POY Ryan Davis. The incredible touch at the basket that Davis showcases is incredibly impressive.
34.) Javonte Perkins 6’6 210 W, 5th-Yr-SR, SLU
2020-21 stats: 17.1 PPG
Travis Ford lost two senior’s to the pro’s (Hasahn French, Jordan Goodwin), but his leading scorer Javonte Perkins opted to utilize his extra season of eligibility. Chaifetz should be rocking when the gifted wing scorer steps onto the floor next season.
35.) Nick Muszynski 6’11 235, C, JR, Belmont
2020-21 stats: 15 PPG, 5.6 RPG
Musynski’s been an incredible player for the Bruins from the day he stepped onto campus, now he’s 10th in all-time program scoring in only three seasons. The smooth lefty is poised, with fantastic footwork that gets him past less-agile defenders in the post. One area of Muszynski’s game that is leaves question is his three-point shooting — last season, the 6’11 big-man only shot 13 three’s, a career-low for him.
36.) Baylor Scheierman 6’6 180, G, SR, South Dakota State
2020-21 stats: 15.4 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 4.0 APG
Scheierman on the offensive side, might be a top-ten player in the entire country, given he’s a 6-foot-6 point guard, who lights it up from deep — On the other end, he’s a high-level rebounder that pushes the ball in transition.If South Dakota State makes the tournament next season, Scheierman will get a ton of well-deserved buzz.
37.) Cameron Shelton 6’1 190, G, SR, LMU
2020-21 stats at NAU: 19.2 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 4.2 APG
Shelton had one of the top-seasons in the country last season on-paper, but it didn’t translate to wins for a horrific Lumberjacks team. However, if they didn’t have Shelton, NAU could’ve been a bottom ten team in the country, his ability to finish with both hands at the cup is a massive part of his attack. The California native teams up with former Chino Hills teammate, Eli Scott in the Lions quest to roar in the Big Dance.
38.) Isiaih Mosley, 6’5 200, W, JR, Missouri St
2020-21 stats: 19.8 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 3.1 APG
Mosley had a breakout sophomore campaign for Missouri State last, improving his scoring from 8.9 points to a splendid 19.8 points-per-game, which marked one of the nation’s biggest jumps. Not only is Mosley an efficient scorer, but he’s a phenomenal passer for his position, playing the P&R game especially, cleaning up the turnovers could put the Bears leading scorer to the next level.
39.) Marcus Tsohonis, 6’3 185, G, JR, VCU
2020-21 stats at Washington: 10.4 PPG
Mike Rhoades compiles wins despite the roster construction, but there won’t be a season more challenging than this one for VCU. Why’s that? Bones Hyland is gone for the NBA, Ace Baldwin tore his achilles instantly wiping out the starting backcourt from an NCAA Tournament level team, which makes Washington transfer Marcus Tsohonis a valuable offensive player that had five games of 24+ points for the Huskies last season.
40.) Theo Akwuba 6’11 235, C, SR, Louisiana
2020-21 stats: 11.3 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 2.6 BPG
I don’t think anybody knew what Bob Marlin was adding when seldom-used Portland transfer Theo Akwuba moved onto Lousiana — The Ragin Cajuns added an elite rim-protector, double-double threat, and improving offensive player. I could’ve posted a top 500 mid-major players list last season and I’m unsure Akwuba would’ve notched a spot. This season, Akwuba is within the top 40.
41.) Grant Golden 6’11 240, C, 6th-yr-SR, Richmond
2020-21 stats:12.7 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 3.5 APG
In the Princeton offense the traditional “center” acts as the point guard of the offense, often being the decision maker near the free-throw line eagerly awaiting a back-cut, or an open shooter on the wing. For Richmond, Golden plays that pivotal “Point-Center” role, and thrives for the Spiders.
42.) Ryan Rollins, 6’4 180, G, SO, Toledo
2020-21 stats: 13.7 PPG, 5.2 RPG
This one is simple, Rollins won freshman of the year in the MAC showing off his incredible scoring prowess, now Toledo loses Marreon Jackson, and Spencer Littleston, giving the reins to the sophomore Rollins. If Rollins wants to become a more complete player, improving his three-point shooting is the place to look — last season the Macomb, Michigan native shot a forgettable 32 percent from outside, look for that to improve next season.
43.) K.J. Buffen 6’8 240, F, SR, UAB
2020-21 stats w/Ole Miss: 8.4 PPG, 4.5 RPG
The Ole Miss transfer brings a dynamic defensive-mind to Andy Kennedy’s defensive first UAB squad. Buffen’s no slouch on the offensive end, scoring the ball at a 50% clip in a lower-usage role — his role should expand on offense next year.
44.) Jordan Hall 6’8 210, G, SO, St Joe’s
2020-21 stats: 10.6 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 5.7 APG
The past four months has been quite the journey for St Joe’s star Jordan Hall, transferring to Texas A&M shortly after the season ended, followed by speculation that he could stay in the draft before ultimately returning back to St Joe’s. Hall’s a true 6’8 point guard that led all freshmen in assists last season, improving his efficiency would make him a sure-fire first round pick next season. The Hawks won’t be a contender in the Atlantic 10, but it’s impossible to ignore the potential nightly triple-doubles from Hall.
45.) Cam Wynter 6’1 180, G, SR, Drexel
2020-21 stats: 16.2 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 5.2 APG
Wynter is a gifted scorer and playmaker, especially scoring wise from the perimeter — his jumper can extend to 25+ feet, all while sinking it over the teams top opposing defender. The Dragons got into the NCAA Tournament by winning the CAA tournament, in a wide-open conference the Dragons could repeat.
46.) Roman Penn, 6’0 185, G, SR, Drake
2020-21 stats: 11.2 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 5.5 APG
Darien DeVries’s conductor of the offense further proved himself as one of the country’s best facilitator’s you’ll find — it’s not just the passing with Penn, when his team is in danger, he can take over on the scoring side. Drake is a borderline ranked team next season, Penn is a major reason for that.
47.) Koby McEwen 6’4 205, G, 6th-yr-sr, Weber St
Randy Rahe got an absolute steal by adding a double-digit scorer from the Big East with McEwen. Heading into next season the Wildcats lose their top player Isaiah Brown, and there’s nobody better to fill the void than McEwen, who could emerge as a top scorer in the Big Sky next season.
48.) Teddy Allen, 6’4 220, G, 5th-Yr-SR, NMSU
Allen’s college tour across America began in Morgantown, since spending time at Wichita State, Western Nebraska Community College, Nebraska, finally concluding at New Mexico State. At NMSU, Allen will bring elite scoring punch to a team that hasn’t had a scorer of his caliber in a while — the real question remains: does the high-volume shooting of Allen lead to wins? The answer to that question should dictate how the season goes in Las Cruces.
49.) Alden Parham, 6’4 175, G, 5th-Yr-SR, South Bama
2020-21 stats at VMI: 18.4 PPG, 4 APG
The Jags lost lead guard Michael Flowers to Washington State, and Coach Riley added Parham to fill the lofty shoes. Parham scorers the ball efficiently, and in a more traditional offense should see more opportunities to get his teammates involved.
50.) Kevin Samuel, 6’11 255, C, SR, FGCU
2020-21 stats at TCU: 8.8 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 2.1 BPG
How often can Atlantic Sun teams say the following:
“We just added an 8.8 point, 7.7 rebound, two block shot average player in the Big 12” Only Michael Fly at Florida Gulf Coast can say that. Samuel will be a dominant force in the A-SUN.
51.) Tyson Jolly 6’4 180, G, 5th-Yr-SR, Iona
2019-20 stats at SMU: 14.2 PPG, 6.2 RPG
During last season, Jolly only appeared in eight games due to injury (reasoning for listing 2019 stats), when healthy, Iona gets the top-scorer in the conference, a label held by outgoing Gael, Isaiah Ross. In a low-scoring conference, Jolly should have superseded everyone else in what could be a dream season in New Rochelle.
52.) Bryce Hamilton, 6’4 220, W, SR, UNLV
2020-21 stats: 17.9 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 3.9 APG
Hamilton drew the interest of Kentucky, Kansas, among many other suitors after entering the transfer portal, but Kevin Kruger brought the Rebels top-scorer back to campus. There’s no doubt that the senior guard is a lights-out scorer, efficiency remains the big question mark that can plague Hamilton’s overall production. When the 6’4 lefty is revving though, he can drop 30 on any given night.
53.) Josh Mballa, 6’7 220, F, SR, Buffalo
2020-21 stats: 15.3 PPG, 10.8 RPG
The former Red Raider led the entire MAC in rebounding last season — after testing the NBA Draft Waters, Mballa decided to remain on campus for another season in hopes of getting the Bulls to an NCAA Tournament.
54.) Bodie Hume, 6’6 190, W, SR, Northern Colorado
2020-21 stats: 15.9 PPG, 7.1 RPG
Northern Colorado loves shooting the ball from deep, Hume fits that play style perfectly, shooting the ball 39 percent from deep, while rebounding his position.
55.) Jalen Moore, 5’11 155 G, SR, Oakland
2020-21 stats: 17.9 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 8.9 APG
During his first Division One season, Moore led the country in assists with 8.4 dimes, finishing nearly a full assist per game before the number two player. It’s not only the passing ability that Moore contains, also proving to be a lethal scorer despite efficiency issues at times.
56.) Jahmir Young, 6’2 185, G, JR, Charlotte
2020-21 stats: 18.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.5 APG
Young had a phenomenal sophomore season, frequently showcasing his speed driving inside, while showing his smooth lefty form, despite inconsistency leading to a subpar 33 percent from deep. Ron Sanchez is a Tony Bennett understudy, similarly plays a snail’s-pace, which could drop Young’s overall scoring, but the team is vastly more talented with the additions of transfers like Austin Butler, Clyde Trapp, Musa Jallow all should take some of the workload off of Young next season.
57.) Elijah Olaniyi, 6’4 190, W, 5th-yr-sr, Stony Brook
Olaniyi pulled the ole Uno-Reverse card going back to his old stomping grounds of Stony Brook. Following the conclusion of the 2019-20 season, Olaniyi transferred to Miami after an impressive three-year-stint at Stony Brook. The Seawolves get a 17 PPG scorer back from two seasons ago, instantly making them a contender in the conference.
58.) A.J. Green 6’4 189, G, RS-JR, Northern Iowa
I’m slightly lower on Green due to the severity of his injury issue — that injury was a hip issue that sidelined him for the entirety of last season. If Green can recapture his prior form, he’s an easy contender for Missouri Valley Conference player of the year in Ben Jacobsen’s high-powered offensive unit. Green, when healthy, could average 20 points-per-game.
59.) Norchard Omier 6’7 230, F, SO, Ark St
2020-21 stats: 12.9 PPG, 12.3 RPG
Omier burst onto the season by becoming the ONLY freshman in the country to average 10 points, 10 rebounds per game last season (shoutout to sports-reference for the stats.) Heading into next year, the double-double machine looks to chop down on fouls a bit to maximize his potential.
60.) Malachi Smith, 6’4 200, W, SO, Chattanooga
2020-21 stats: 16.6 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 3.3 APG
Smith began his career at Wright State, where he was a seldom-used bench piece for a stacked roster. Later, he transferred to Chattanooga, and emerged as a conference player of the year candidate in the Southern Conference. Smith led the Mocs in rebounding as a 6’4 wing, while finishing second in scoring behind David Jean-Baptiste — with all the turnover from rosters in the conference, Chattanooga could feasibly win the conference next season.
61.) K.J. Williams 6’10 245, F, SR, Murray St
2020-21 stats: 15.6 PPG, 8.5 RPG
Williams adds a dynamic that many teams yearn to have — a big-man who can score in the post, while showing the ability to hit a three if left open. The Racers are my top-dog in the OVC entering next season.
62.) Tank Hemphill, 6’6 195, F, RS-SR, Drake
2020-21 stats: 13.2 PPG, 5.9 RPG
The Bulldogs lost their leading scorer to a broken foot in February, but the resiliency of the team absorbed injuries to not only Tank, but also Roman Penn, staying afloat to make the NCAA Tournament. Heading into next season, the freakishly-athletic Hemphill looks to have another big season for the Bulldogs.
63.) John Meeks 6’8 240, F, 5th-YR-SR, Charleston
2020-21 stats: (8 games) 25.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG
The former Bucknell lefty was incredible in his small-six game sample in 2020, but injuries derailed a potential historic season. Now headed to the College of Charleston, Meeks’ versatile scoring ability at the forward spot makes him an All-CAA first team caliber player.
64.) Orlando Robinson 7’0 235, C, JR, Fresno
2020-21 stats: 14.6 PPG, 9.2 RPG
The Bulldogs star 7-footer drew NBA intrigue, earning him an invite to the “G-League elite camp.” During the G-League camp, Robinson scored 21 points in the two games. The next steps for Robinson to become a bonafide mid-major superstar is showing a consistent three-point jumper, in addition to improving his defensive effort.
65.) Lucas Williamson 6’4 200, W, 5th-Yr-SR, Loyola-Chicago
2020-21 stats: 8.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG
The last holdover from Loyola’s magical March to the final four is back for another season, and could be his most notable season. Everyone knows that Williamson is an elite defender, earning the conference DPOY award last season — however, Williamson’s never averaged more than 9 points in a season, which could change as he’ll become the focal point of the offense without Cameron Krutwig on the roster. I’m banking on the fifth-year senior taking a jump on the offensive end this season.
66.) Collin Welp 6’9 225, F, SR, UC Irvine
2020-21 stats: 15.6 PPG, 7.6 RPG
UC Irvine’s mid-range technician looks to have another strong season as UC Irvine enters the season as favorites in the Big West. It’ll be interesting to see how Welp plays at the five, or if a different true center slips into the spot of the departing Brad Greene.
67.) Desmond Cambridge Jr 6’4 180, G, RS-SR, Nevada
2020-21 stats: 16.3 PPG, 4.5 RPG
When you look up “bucket getter,” you might see a picture of Nevada’s Desmond Cambridge. The streaky scorer can drop 25 on any given night, but finding consistency is the difference-maker for the senior guard.
68.) Mike Bothwell 6’3 190, G, SR, Furman
2020-21 stats: 15.6 PPG, 4.9 RPG
Bothwell’s already sizable role will become exacerbated as a result of Furman losing Clay Mounce, Noah Gurley. Bothwell looks to rebound his shooting from deep, which saw a 10% dip to a measly 27 percent last season.
69.) Tevian Jones 6’7 190, W, SR, Southern Utah
2020-21 stats: 16.9 PPG
Todd Simon completed a heist when Tevian Jones transferred in from Illinois last season. Jones brings a skillset that includes size, shooting, athleticism, which makes him one of the high powered players in the Big Sky. Southern Utah will enter the season listed as the “favorites’ ‘ in the Big Sky, Jones will be an integral piece of the equation.
70.) D.J. Burns, 6’9 260, F, SR, Winthrop
2020-21 stats: 10.1 PPG, 3.4 RPG
On the surface, Burns’s statistics may not jump off-the-page, but his production was paramount for Winthrop winning two consecutive Big South titles. Burns brings a dynamic, old-school attack on the offensive end — playing bully ball using his overwhelming size, while having the capability of drilling a 12-footer with a defender in his face. If you extrapolate the hometown heroes stats out to a per-40 basis the results are astounding: 25.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, meaning Burns may not get a ton of minutes, but he’ll make your life difficult in short spurts.
71.) Dimencio Vaughn 6’5 215, W, 5th-Yr-sr, Rider
2020-21 stats: 1.7 PPG, 1.5 RPG at Ole Miss
An example of transferring up not always working out is Dimencio Vaughn, who went from a highly-productive player at Rider to the 10th man at Ole Miss. Vaughn returns home to Lawrenceville in hopes of recapturing his 14.8 point average from two seasons ago.
72) Quincy Olivari, 6’2 190, G, JR, Rice
2020-21 stats: 16.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG
Rice now dons the moniker “Green Light U” because of the Owls’ fearlessness and letting everyone know if they have a wide-open look from deep, they’ll take it without hesitation. The leader of that crew is Atlanta native Quincy Olivari, who drilled 40 percent of his three-pointers in his breakout campaign, and could become the top scorer in conference USA.
73.) Tommy Kuhse, 6’1 190, G, 5th-Yr-SR, SMC
2020-21 stats: 12.8 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 5.0 APG
Kushe embodies the culture Randy Bennett’s established at Saint Mary’s, former walk-on that never played important minutes until getting in the fold behind Jordan Ford in 2019-20, as Ford departed following the season, SMC needed a guard to make a jump. That guard turned out to be the smooth Tommy Kuhse, an unathletic guard that gets opposing big-men to bite on his pivot move near the rim. SMC’s heart and soul is back for one more ride, and could lead his team to an NCAA Tournament.
74.) John-Michael Wright, 6’1 185, G, JR High Point
2020-21 stats: 20.7 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 3.2 APG
JMW is an incredibly gifted player, who dropped 24+ points on eight occasions during last season. The only reason High Point’s star guard is down on the list is due to the team’s potential struggles once again next season.
75.) Souley Boum, 6’3 163, G, RS-JR, UTEP
2020-21 stats: 18.8 PPG, 3.7 APG
Boum goes the dynamite! UTEP’s leading scorer will thrive in Joe Golding’s defensive system because of his elite on-ball defensive pressure he forces, making the pairing with the new head coach perfect. Expect far more transition scoring opportunities for Boym next season.
76.) Jalen Cone, 5’11 180, G, JR, NAU
2020-21 stats at Virginia Tech: 9.2 PPG
Seldom do players that average double-figures, while getting widely-regarded one of the potent shooters in the country transfer from an ACC team to a bottom-three team in the Big Sky. For Cone, he dropped down to Northern Arizona, a program that’s struggled to find consistency over the years, but lost their top two-scorers from last season (Cam Shelton, Luke Avdalovic.) The Lumberjacks won’t be in contention for the conference, however, Cone could be a top 10 scorer in the country fairly easily.
77.) Eilel Nsoseme, 6’8 225, F, RS-SR, GA ST
2020-21 stats: 11.7 PPG, 10.9 PPG
Nsoseme’s immense strength allows him to be a dominant rebounder on both ends of the floor. Georgia State’s veteran lefty is a double-double machine.
78.) Justin Bean, 6’7 210, F, SR, Utah St
2020-21 stats: 11.4 PPG, 7.7 RPG
Aggie fans have some semblance of normalcy from the recent season, as Justin Bean returns. The Aggies lost the entire starting five from a team that earned an at-large bid, sans Bean.
79.) Trae Hannibal 6’2 217, G, JR, Murray St
2020-21 stats w/ South Carolina: 6.0 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 2.0 AP
After having a solid sophomore season at South Carolina, Hannibal transfers down to the OVC, where his explosiveness to the basket brings a different dynamic to a Murray State team that didn’t have a guard that plays the style of Hannibal. There’s vast amounts of untapped potential in the 6’2 guard’s game that could make him the X-Factor for a Murray State team capable of winning the OVC.
80.) A.J. Bramah 6’7 210, F, 5th-Yr-SR Nevada
2020-21 stats w/ RMU: 21 PPG, 10.3 RPG
Back in February, Bramah put his name after a big season for a scuffling Robert Morris unit. The defensive intensity, aggressiveness on the glass, in addition to being a marksman from the mid-range, a lost art in today’s basketball. The Wolf Pack were missing one piece when evaluating the roster, that piece was Bramah.
81.) Tyreke Key, 6’3 205, G, 5th-YR-SR, Indiana St
2020-21 stats: 17.2 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 2.0 APG
For newly-minted head coach Josh Schertz, being able to keep Tyreke Key on campus for the extra season of eligibility is humungous — not only could Key have moved onto the professional ranks, but many high-major teams could’ve used a player the caliber of Key. The Sycamores get their dynamic scorer back for one final ride.
82.) Darrion Trammell, 5’10 165, G, JR, Seattle
2020-21 stats: 20.5 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 5.3 APG, 2.0 SPG
The top guard in the WAC resides in Seattle — Trammell had a tremendous sophomore season after transferring in from a JUCO. The undersized guard is an incredibly gifted ball-handler, and shooter, who shot a delightful 86 percent from the free-throw line — being able to shoot that high of a clip at the line shows there’s a ceiling that Trammell could eclipse 40 percent from deep during his career.
83.) Josip Vrankic, 6’9 215, F, 5th-YR-SR, Santa Clara
2020-21 stats: 15.2 PPG, 8.2 RPG
The Ontario born forward returns to Santa Clara after leading the Broncos in scoring last season. Vrankic played through injury, which could be a contributing factor to his noticeable shooting decline — going from 34 percent from deep, falling down to 22 percent from deep.
84.) Hyunjung Lee, 6’8 215, W, JR, Davidson
2020-21 stats: 13.5 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.5 APG
Only two players in the entire country finished with a 50-40-90 shooting split. One the 17th Pick in the 2021 draft Trey Murphy, and the other is Davidson wing Hyunjung Lee, a player that thrives in Bob McKillop aesthetically pleasing motion offense.
85.) Tajion Jones, 6’5 190, W, JR, UNC Asheville
2020-21 stats: 15.9 PPG
UNC-Asheville’s top scorer heading into last season, Devon Baker, only appeared in four games, which allowed Jones to become the top flamethrower in the Big South, shooting a staggering 42 percent from deep. There’s no Baker on the squad next season, meaning Jones will be the top-scorer for Mike Morrell once again.
86.) Dalton Knecht, 6’7 220, W, JR, Northern Colorado
2020-21 JUCO Stats: 23.9 PPG
Knecht is an impressive scorer, leading him to earn JUCO All-America honors at Northeastern JC. Northern Colorado’s offense is three-point oriented, which fits what Knecht can do perfectly, but he’s also a skilled finisher at the basket.
87.) Ashan Asaduallah 6’8 265, C, SR, Lipscomb
2020-21 stats: 14.1 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 3.4 APG
Opposing A-SUN teams had their scouting reports set to double Asadullah in the post often last season, looking to make his teammates beat him — overall dropping his production from 18 PPG to 14 PPG. The old-school back-to-the-basket center is a dangerous force when he gets post-positioning no matter if he’s doubled or not. Lipscomb’s top scorer should be a dominate force in the Atlantic Sun once again.
88.) Jordan Brown 6’11 235, F, RS-JR, Louisiana
2020-21 stats at Arizona: 9.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG
The former McDonald’s All-American is in his third school, in a surprising move to the general public, Brown selected Louisiana over Texas, Tennessee. So, why did Brown choose a Sun Belt school? His father, Dion, played for the Ragin Cajuns in the 80’s. The younger Brown earned sixth-man player of the year honors in the PAC-12 last season, and will form a massive frontcourt duo next to Theo Akwuba in Lafayette.
89.) Tyler Stevenson 6’8 225 F, SR, Southern Miss
2020-21 stats: 14.1 PPG, 7.1 RPG
In the era of the portal, getting your own players back can be seen as a victory. For Southern Miss, that happened as Tyler Stevenson removed his name from the transfer portal after initially entering. Stevenson’s a gifted post-scorer, who’s blossomed from a seldom-used freshman into a bonafide star in Conference USA.
90.) Rayshon Harrison 6’4 180, G, SO, Presbyterian
2020-21 stats: 17.3 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.5 APG
Only three freshman averaged more points than Presybyterian’s star guard in 2020-21 — who are the three? #1 overall pick Cade Cunningham from Oklahoma State, First-Rounder Cam Thomas from LSU, and finally, first-rounder Sharife Cooper from Auburn. Safe to say that’s a prestigious company to have your name with in any context. Harrison could emerge as a top-five scorer in the entire country next season, but the reason why he’s this deep into the list is because of Presbyterian does not have a roster capable of competing for the Big South.
91.) Gideon George 6’6 190, F, SR, BYU
2020-21 stats: 5.4 PPG, 3.5 RPG
George showed his presence on the defensive end often during his junior campaign, being able to defend all five positions, often switching onto the opposing team’s best perimeter player. There’s untapped potential scoring wise for George, especially three-point shooting wise. The Nigeria born wing spent time with the Nigerian national time, coached by Warriors assistant Mike Brown, who dropped this quote
“Gideon George from BYU, and Warith Alatishe from Oregon State are your prototypical NBA wings. They’re long, they’re athletic, they’re energetic, and they’re ability to get to the rim, finish above the defense is second to none for young men their age. More importantly, their defense they brought to the table, rebounding, ability to get to 50-50 balls is at a very high-level.”
George didn’t end up making the stacked Nigerian olympic team, but that quote from Coach Brown shows why George deserves a spot on the list.
92.) Amadou Sow 6’9 235, F, SR, UCSB
2020-21 stats: 13.6 PPG, 7.6 RPG
Sow was ever so close to making a layup that would’ve given UCSB the victory in the tight R64 game against Creighton. Heading into next season, Sow is back, and will be the leader of the team as JaQuori McLaughin moves on from College Hoops.
93.) Azar Swain 6’0 185, G, SR, Yale
2019-20 stats: 16 PPG
Many players from the Ivies transferred after the season got axed before it tipped off due to COVID-19 concerns. One player that didn’t is Yale’s Azar Swain, the top shooter in the entire conference, and one of the top in the country.
94.) Dre Gholston 6’5 215, W, SR, Milwaukee
2020-21 stats: 16.8 PPG
The 1-2 punch between the #6 ranked PBJ, and Dre Gholston forms one of the mid-major tandem’s in the country. Gholston had 31 points in Milwaukee’s unlikely comeback against Wright State in the Horizon League tourney.
95.) Savion Flagg 6’7 223, F, SR, Sam Houston
2020-21 stats at Texas A&M: 8.8 PPG, 4.5 RPG
The Bearkats lost the Southland POY, Zach Nutall via the transfer portal, but Jason Hooten got an absolute steal in the form of Flagg, who scored over 1,000 points for Texas A&M. In the revamped WAC, the long-time SEC forward should be a top player in the conference for Sam Houston.
96.) Caleb Lohner, 6’8 230, F, SO, BYU
2020-21 stats: 7.0 PPG, 7.1 RPG
BYU found a shining star in one-time Utah signee Caleb Lohner, a double-double threat each night that is capable at stretching the floor. It’s pretty evident that Lohner will be a mainstay in the WCC, and if his shooting improves from his disappointing 33 percent from outside, Lohner could be a top-player in the conference.
97.) Tyler Burton 6’7 215, W, JR, Richmond
2020-21 stats: 12.0 PPG, 7.6 RPG
Burton was forced into a larger role as a result of Nick Sherod tearing his ACL shortly before the season tipped-off — the sophomore didn’t disappoint showing he’s an elite pure athlete, while shooting the ball from deep at a 36 percent clip. The junior wing isn’t Richmond’s best player, but he’s got the best chance to play in the NBA of anybody on the roster.
98.) Tylor Perry, 5’11 173, G, JR, UNT
2020-21 stats at Coffeyville CC: 17.6 PPG
Coach McCasland did a tremendous job getting his Mean Green to the NCAA Tournament, mainly headlined by productive JUCO players, including superstar floater-technician Javion Hamlet. North Texas’s star left for the pro’s, enter JUCO National Champ Tylor Perry to control the offensive attack, an incredibly speedy undersized guard with shooting ability from the logo. If Perry was a bit taller, he’d be playing on a high-major team.
99.) Max Fiedler, 6’10 235, F, JR, Rice
2020-21 stats: 11.2 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 3.2 APG
Fiedler’s passing ability brings resemblance to Nikola Jokic, that’s not a direct comparison, but passing-wise you won’t find many better passers than Fiedler. In addition, the junior forward brings consistent scoring inside, and doesn’t force shots.
100.) Peter Kiss 6’5 200, W, RS-SR, Bryant
The college career of Peter Kiss is an intriguing one — beginning his career at Quinnipiac (becoming a high-level player in the conference), transferring to Rutgers (where he started games during the 2018-19 season), and transferring to Bryant following a medical redshirt in 2019-20. Kiss proved to be a tough player to contain in the NEC due to his size, athleticism, IQ, and defensive attack. Coach Grasso’s Bulldogs will be in contention for the NEC title once again.
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