It is here, the Making the Madness Top-100 Players list is back for the 2023-24 season. This list was one that was very hard to make especially with the transfer portal and roster movement but the offseason has slowed down to make this possible. There are a few potential moves that could impact rankings throughout time but this is a snapshot ranking as of the first week of August, DeAndre Williams being the most notable one, given I don’t have him ranked, yet he is very much a preseason All-American is he gets cleared to play. With roster fluidity, a ranking in the first week of August could be a lot different come the first week of November.
I will always note that these rankings are my own, and I will try my best to make them look as accurate as possible, however, this list will likely be wrong in a ton of different ways. Different players will emerge as elite players and have breakout seasons, others might be projected to have breakout seasons and instead might be just an average player. In the last two years, the eventual National Player of the Year was ranked outside my Top 10, so this list is far from a perfect radar of what is to come. That said, let’s dive into my Top 100 Players for the 2023-24 season.
|1||Zach Edey |
|2022-23 Stats: 22.9 PPG, 12.9 RPG, 2.1 BPG|
Zach Edey is an elite scorer and rebounder, who hopes to not only look to win another Player of the Year award but he hopes to add a National Championship as well.
|2||Hunter Dickinson |
|2022-23 Stats: 18.5 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 1.8 BPG|
Long considered one of the best bigs in the sport, Dickinson now heads to Kansas, where he should dominate inside, while in search of a National Championship.
|2022-23 Stats: 17.7 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 2.9 APG|
Shannon is a high-level guard, he’s a good shooter, and capable passer and will be the clear go-to option for a Top-25 Illinois team.
|2022-23 Stats: 12.9 PPG, 7.5 APG, 4.1 RPG |
Kolek is arguably the best passer in the sport, combine that with big-time shotmaking and he’s the best returning point guard in the sport.
|5||Ryan Kalkbrenner |
|2022-23 Stats: 15.9 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 2.1 BPG|
Kalkbrenner is maybe the best two-way big, he’s an elite rim-protector while being a reliable inside scoring option inside for the Blue Jays.
|6||Kyle Filipowski |
|2022-23 Stats: 15.1 PPG, 8.9 RPG, 1.6 APG |
Filipowski should be one of the most dominant interior scorers in the sport, the question is can he lead Duke to the type of success that makes him an All-Time great Duke player.
|2022-23 Stats: 9.4 PPG, 3.3 APG, 3.1 RPG |
Proctor’s three-level scoring and passing showed flashes of NBA talent but an additional offseason to develop should see him develop into a star this season.
|Isaiah Collier is billed as the top recruit for this season, he’s a great passing guard that can also light it up as a scorer, which will be key for a USC team hoping to win the Pac 12.|
|2022-23 Stats: 15.8 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 2.3 APG|
Hopkins took advantage of his role becoming one of the best scorers and rebounders in the Big East, now he looks to build off that with Kim English.
|2022-23 Stats: 14.2 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.6 APG|
Ballo is finally set for his monster season, he’s an elite interior scorer and rebounder who should be Arizona’s go-to option this year.
|2022-23 Stats: 6.9 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 1.8 BPG|
Clingan was a good backup big for a title team but he steps into a role where he should be one of the most dominant bigs because of his scoring and shot-blocking abilities.
|2022-23 Stats: 8.9 PPG, 6.2 APG, 2.2 SPG|
Harris is the best two-way point guard in the sport, he’s maybe the best passer in the sport and an elite defender, who can score when needed.
|2022-23 Stats: 17.3 PPG, 4.5 APG, 3.4 RPGBuie is one of the premier guards in the sport, he is a big-time shotmaker, a good passer, and the leader of a veteran Northwestern team.|
|2022-23 Stats: 17.7 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 2.9 APG|
Shannon is a high-level guard, he’s a good shooter, and a capable passer, and will be the clear go-to option for a Top-25 Illinois team.
|2022-23 Stats: 21.9 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.0 APG|
Abams is one of the elite scorers in the sport, who can light it up from deep while being a good passer, now he heads to Texas where he’ll play tougher opponents each night.
|2022-23 Stats: 12.5 PPG. 4.6 RPG, 3.1 APG|
Vescovi is the premier scorer for Tennessee, he’s a lethal shooter and will lead a good Tennessee team in scoring once again.
|2022-23 Stats: 13.6 PPG. 2.7 RPG, 2.3 APG|
Pack struggled early but showed up big when it mattered most in the NCAA Tournament, he’s an elite shooter who now takes over as Miami’s best scorer this season.
|2022-23 Stats: 13.9 PPG, 2.1 APG, 2.0 RPG|
Mahaney established himself as an elite late-clock scorer for the Gaels and now will carry the majority of the scoring load this season.
|2022-23 Stats: 18.4 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 1.9 BPG|
Holmes is one of the premier forwards in the sport, the question comes down to whether he can finally get Dayton to the NCAA Tournament.
|20||Johnell Davis |
|2022-23 Stats: 13.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.5 SPG|
Davis is the best player from a great FAU team, he’s a good scorer and defender who hopes to take an even bigger leap this season.
|2022-23 Stats: 13.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 3.2 APG|
Off an Achilles injury, Moore wasn’t himself last year but could regain form as he hopes to have an All-American campaign for the Wildcats.
|2022-23 Stats: 17.3 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.3 SPG|
Perry was one of the best scorers at the mid-major level, now heads to Kansas State where he’ll flourish taking over for Markquis Nowell.
|2022-23 Stats: 15.1 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 1.4 SPG|
Jones led Marquette in scoring and established himself as a big-time shotmaker and solid defender for a Marquette team that won the Big East.
|2022-23 Stats: 13.6 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 2.6 APG|
Alexander is an established high-level shooting guard, who is a knockdown shooter, and a high-end defender, who hopes to flash NBA upside.
|Edwards is a high-level scorer for his size that can knock down shots from all three levels, who hopes to have a big season for a Kentucky team that hopes to win the SEC.|
|Walter is a high-level scorer who can light it up from deep, who should fill it up at Baylor similar to what Keyonte George did a season ago.|
|2022-23 Stats: 17.7 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 3.1 APG|
Boogie Ellis is an elite-level scorer and shooter, who will be the team leader of a Pac-12 title-contending USC team.
|2022-23 Stats: 15.2 PPG, 11.9 RPG, 1.4 BPG|
Soriano is a dominant big man that is an elite inside scorer and rebounder, who will be the centerpiece in Rick Pitino’s first season.
|29||Wade Taylor IV|
|2022-23 Stats: 16.3 PPG, 3.9 APG, 1.7 APG|
Taylor emerged as a top scorer for Texas A&M, he’s a good point guard and scorer who is elite at scoring from the free throw line.
|2021-22 Stats: 19.5 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 1.3 APG|
Ike was a dominant big man a year ago before missing last year, the question is whether he can get back to that form after a year off, while also joining a new team.
|2022-23 Stats: 14.2 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 2.4 BPG|
Broome is a premier defensive center for Auburn, he’s an elite shot-blocker, who impacts the game defensively, while being a good inside scorer as well.
|2022-23 Stats: 13.6 PPG, 3.1 APG, 2.5 RPG|
Jeremy Roach is the leader for Duke, he’s a good scorer who can knock down key late-clock shots for the Blue Devils.
|2022-23 Stats: 12.5 PPG, 2.6 APG, 1.2 SPG|
Sears is a guard that can go get a basket, pass, and defend but now will be asked to be the go-to option for the Crimson Tide.
|2022-23 Stats: 10.7 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 2.0 SPG|
McCullar might be the best glue guy in the sport, he’s elite defensively and versatile, can score big baskets, and can run an offense.
|2022-23 Stats: 10.5 PPG, 5.4 APG, 1.7 SPG|
Shead is a perfect Houston point guard, he’s an elite passer, and tough defender, who looks poised to take a step forward in scoring.
|2022-23 Stats: 15.2 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 2.9 APG |
Freemantle is a really skilled big man that can score efficiently around the basket, and pass at a high level, making him one of the top bigs in the Big East.
|2022-23 Stats: 16.1 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 3.2 APG|
RJ Davis is a veteran point guard that is a good scorer, passer, and defender, who hopes to lead the Heels to a bounceback season.
|2022-23 Stats: 15.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 3.1 APG |
Young will continue to be the go-to option for a Maryland team that hopes to build on Kevin Willard’s first-year success.
|2022-23 Stats: 13.2 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 2.1 BPG|
Omoruyi is one of the bigger interior forces in the sport, he’s a great shot-blocker, a good post scorer, and helps set the Rutgers identity of toughness.
|2022-23 Stats: 15.0 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 2.0 APG|
Houston gets LJ Cryer to come in and lead the team in scoring, as his shot-making display fits perfectly next to Shead after the loss of Marcus Sasser.
|2022-23 Stats: 14.8 PPG, 2.9 APG, 1.1 SPG|
Walker is an elite guard that is a clutch shot-maker, good passer, and defender, who is a go-to option for the Spartans late in games.
|2022-23 Stats: 15.7 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 1.7 APG |
Tolu Smith is one of the top bigs in the sport, he’s an efficient interior scorer and elite rebounder for a solid Bulldogs team.
|43||Zakai Ziegler |
|2022-23 Stats: 10.7 PPG, 5.4 APG, 2.0 SPG|
Ziegler isn’t the most gifted player physically, but he’s a good ball-handler, passer, scorer and is the head of the tough Tennessee defense.
|44||DJ Wagner |
|Kentucky has a loaded freshman class and DJ Wagner might be the best pure scorer from it as he’s a three-level scorer who should have a key role for the Wildcats.|
|2022-23 Stats: 17.9 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 1.8 APG |
Arkansas got their go-to scorer in the portal, as Khalif Battle comes over ready to score in bunches right away for the Razorbacks
|46||Mackenzie Mgbako |
|Mgbako heads to Indiana where he will be able to play a major role as a modern-day 4 man that can score from all three levels while being versatile defensively.|
|2022-23 Stats: 9.5 PPG, 5.3 APG, 1.8 SPG|
Beekman is a good all-around point guard who now looks to emerge as a go-to scorer for a solid Virginia team.
|2022-23 Stats: 10.1 PPG, 4.7 APG, 4.5 RPG|
Newton was pivotal as a point guard that could create his own shot, pass effectively, and defend, but now will get a larger offensive role.
|49||Ryan Nembhard |
|2022-23 Stats: 12.1 PPG, 4.8 APG, 4.0 RPG|
Nembhard is a really solid point guard that is a great passer and good scorer, who should thrive running the show at Gonzaga as his brother did two years ago.
|Cody Williams is a very versatile offensive threat, he can create shots off the dribble and is a fluid scorer that should be quite productive in year one at Colorado.|
|51||Ace Baldwin |
|2022-23 Stats: 12.7 PPG, 5.8 APG, 2.2 SPG|
Baldwin follows his coach to Penn State where he will bring his elite passing and on-ball defense to a Nittany Lions team that would like to have similar success to last year.
|2022-23 Stats: 16.3 PPG, 4.6 APG, 2.3 RPG|
Mintz established himself as a really good scorer, passe, and defender for Syracuse but can he help get the Orange into the NCAA Tournament for Adrian Autry?
|2022-23 Stats: 8.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.3 BPG|
Disu was iffy throughout the season but stepped up late for Texas becoming a go-to option for the Longhorns late in games down the stretch of the season.
|2022-23 Stats: 13.4 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.4 APG|
Martin was a key piece because of his ability to make key shots on the Florida Atlantic Final Four team, he should continue to be a key scoring piece for the Owls.
|55||Blake Hinson |
|2022-23 Stats: 15.3 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.2 APG|
Hinson stepped into a role as a go-to option for Pitt, as his ability to score at all three levels, rebound and defend will be critical for the Panthers.
|2022-23 Stats: 15.3 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 1.1 BPG|
Hall is a skilled big man that can score at a high-level inside, step out and shoot and will be the go-to option for a solid Clemson team.
|2022-23 Stats: 23.4 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 2.3 APG|
Dingle finished second in the country in scoring but brings his elite scoring ability to St. John’s where he hopes to lead the Red Storm to a big season in Rick Pitino’s debut season.
|58||Oso Ighodaro |
|2022-23 Stats: 11.4 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 3.3 APG |
Ighodaro is a really skilled big man that is efficient around the basket, a good passer, and a mobile defender, making him a huge piece for Marquette.
|2022-23 Stats: 12.3 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 1.7 APG|
Miller has been a good power wing that can defend and be a secondary scorer for a good TCU team but now steps into a role where he’ll be the go-to option.
|Castle is a high-level athlete that is elite at getting to the rim and scoring, while he projects as a versatile athlete for the reigning National Champions.|
|2022-23 Stats: 17.9 PPG, 6.7 APG, 3.4 RPG|
Stevens is back at Colorado State, where he should contend for MWC Player of the Year thanks to his high-level scoring, passing, and playmaking for the Rams.
|2022-23 Stats: 10.8 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 2.0 APG |
Nkamhoua joins Michigan ready to take on a go-to scoring role for a Michigan team that hopes to rebound after a poor season.
San Diego State
|2022-23 Stats: 8.8 PPG, 3.2 APG, 2.7 RPG|
Off of hitting a game-winner to send San Diego State to the title game, Butler returns ready to break out and be the Aztecs’ go-to option.
|2022-23 Stats: 13.1 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 1.1 BPG|
Omier isn’t the most physically imposing big, but has an incredible motor, is a great interior defender, and gives Miami what is needed inside.
|2022-23 Stats: 10.6 PPG, 2.6 APG, 2.7 RPG|
Bruce Thornton is a solid guard that can stretch it from the perimeter and is a good passer, who is due for a breakout year for the Buckeyes.
|2022-23 Stats: 8.7 PPG, 3.6 APG, 1.9 RPG|
Quinerly heads to Memphis to be their point guard, he’s a good passer who can get to the rim at will and should be a productive piece on an old Memphis team.
|2022-23 Stats: 12.8 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 3.3 APG|
Scheierman is a great do-it-all player that is a good shooter, passer, and rebounder that connects all the pieces for the Blue Jays.
|2022-23 Stats: 13.0 PPG, 2.5 APG, 1.8 SPG|
Carter is a good scorer and passer but is best known for his defense, where he is one of the premier guard defenders in the sport.
|2022-23 Stats: 15.4 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.4 APG|
Dixon is typical Villanova big, he’s skilled, can score in the post, is a good rebounder, and does what’s needed for the Wildcats to win.
|2022-23 Stats: 16.7 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 2.8 APG|
Caleb Love’s time at North Carolina had highs, such as big-time shot-making, but also was inefficient, now he heads to an up-tempo system in Arizona where he hopes to fit in.
|2022-23 Stats: 9.9 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 3.0 APG |
Not many embrace being versatile like Hawkins, who is a skilled big that can pass, defend, and score all at a high level for the Illini.
|2022-23 Stats: 19.9 PPG, 4.9 APG, 1.8 SPG|
Cook makes his return to LSU, he’s a high-volume scorer and passer who will be the go-to option for a solid LSU team.
|2022-23 Stats: 11.1 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 1.5 APG|
Aimaq had a rough season a year ago, but heads to Cal where he will show off his elite scoring and rebounding ability for Mark Madsen’s team.
|2022-23 Stats: 11.8 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.6 APG|
Kaluma is an athletic wing that can get to the rim, defend and rebound at a high level, who is a consistent jumper away from being in the NBA.
|2022-23 Stats: 7.7 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.7 BPG|
Bona is a defensive force, who showed last year that he will help make the Bruins defense elite, the question is whether he can be a key offensive option as well.
|2022-23 Stats: 11.5 PPG, 2.7 APG, 2.0 RPG|
Isaacs is a guard that has the ability to light it up from deep, who should play a role similar to Tylor Perry for Grant McCassland’s Red Raiders.
|2022-23 Stats: 10.3 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 2.5 APG|
Tyrese Hunter is a ball-hawk defensively, a good passer, and runs a team really well, the question is whether the jump shot can get better.
|2022-23 Stats: 17.9 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 2.1 APG |
Nelson was dominant at NDSU but heads to Alabama where the Tide should maximize his ability to stretch the floor, pass and score inside.
|79||Chucky Hepburn |
|2022-23 Stats: 12.2 PPG, 2.8 APG, 1.6 SPG|
Hepburn is a solid point guard that is a good passer, defender, and scorer for a Wisconsin team that should have a rebound season.
|80||Fletcher Loyer 6’4 Sophomore|
|2022-23 Stats: 11.0 PPG, 2.4 APG, 1.7 RPG|
Loyer started and was productive in year one at Purdue but hopes to take a bigger step forward in year two as the Boilermakers hope for Tournament success.
|2022-23 Stats: 10.9 PPG, 2.5 APG, 1.4 SPG|
Devo Davis is the steady guard for the Razorbacks, he’s a good defender and good scorer, who should be a solid veteran guard for the Razorbacks.
|2022-23 Stats: 11.3 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 2.5 APG|
Wahl is a skilled big man that can score at a high-level inside, rebound and create for others while being a potential late-game go-to scorer for the Badgers.
|83||Kerr Kriisa |
|2022-23 Stats: 9.9 PPG, 5.1 APG, 2.4 RPG|
Kriisa heads to West Virginia where he should see a high-usage guard that can pass at an elite level and lead the Mountaineers in scoring.
|Bradshaw is a uniquely skilled big man that has the length, athleticism, and defensive instincts to be an elite defender while bringing an inside presence offensively as well for the Cats.|
|2022-23 Stats: 9.9 PPG, 4.9 APG, 3.3 RPG|
Johnson missed most of last year but hopes to get back to being a high-level passer and a good scorer for a good Indiana team.
|2022-23 Stats: 10.6 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.9 APG|
Adams is a questionable shooter but is a really good switchable forward, a good inside scorer, good passer while being a pogo-stick athlete.
|2022-23 Stats: 12.9 PPG, 5.9 APG, 3.7 RPG|
Hoggard is a Tom Izzo point guard, he’s tough and able to score when needed but is also one of the best passing guards in the sport.
|Biliew is one of the most athletic bigs, he is a good defender with a ton of potential, while his offense has room to grow, he should be a solid option offensively.|
|89||Tristan da Silva|
|2022-23 Stats: 15.9 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.3 APG|
Tristan da Silva is a skilled 4-man that is a good scorer, that can stretch the floor and score inside, providing good versatility for the Buffaloes.
|2022-23 Stats: 18.6 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 1.1 SPG|
The coach’s son has established himself as the best player in the Valley, being a high-level scorer who can hit shots from the perimeter and dominate inside as well.
|2022-23 Stats: 9.1 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.3 APG|
Mitchell is a really good forward that is a good defender and athlete, whose presence is quite valuable, and still has the potential to improve offensively.
|92||Josiah-Jordan James |
|2022-23 Stats: 10.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.2 SPG|
JJJ is a high-level defender and athlete, who takes on tough assignments and will provide an offensive spark when needed for the Vols.
|2022-23 Stats: 11.8 PPG, 2.6 APG, 2.6 RPG|
Thompson is the go-to option now for the Pokes, he should take a step forward in scoring and show off why he was once a five-star prospect.
|2022-23 Stats: 10.4 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.2 BPG|
Goldin is a high-level big that is really efficient around the rim, protects the rim really well, and cleans up the glass for the Owls.
|2022-23 Stats: 16.2 PPG, 4.5 APG, 3.3 RPG|
Ashworth heads to Creighton, where he likely will have less of a role statistically but could be a key piece on a title-contending team.
|2022-23 Stats: 18.3 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.3 APG|
Pullin dominated at UC Riverside by being a high-level scorer and passer, who heads cross-country where he should provide needed playmaking for the Gators.
|Jackson comes to Kansas at an elite athlete that can score at the rim with ease and knock down perimeter jumpers, which will help him play big for the Jayhawks.|
|Duke has a good recruiting class, headlined by Jared McCain who is a high-IQ guard that can space the floor, who should be a valuable piece for the Blue Devils.|
|2022-23 Stats: 10.3 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 1.0 APG|
Bridges is a good modern-day wing that can space the floor on offense, rebound and defend, who should step into a bigger role this season.
|2022-23 Stats: 9.7 PPG, 4.4 APG, 4.2 RPG|
Smith was a really good point guard for Purdue as a freshman, who hopes to build on that while becoming a better scorer this season.
Others Considered: Aaron Estrada (Alabama), Darrion Tramell (San Diego State), RayJ Dennis (Baylor), DJ Horne (NC State), Jaelen House (New Mexico), Julian Reese (Maryland), Xavier Booker (Michigan State), Antonio Reeves (Kentucky), Tramon Mark (Arkansas), Cam Spencer (UConn), J’Wan Roberts (Houston), Hunter Cattoor (Virginia Tech), Warren Washington (Texas Tech), Dayvion McKight (Xavier), Jordan Minor (Virginia), Aden Holloway (Auburn), Frankie Collins (Arizona State), Anton Watson (Gonzaga), Tamin Lipsey (Iowa State), Caleb Grill (Missouri), Jaden Akins (Michigan State), Brandon Murray (Ole Miss), Mitchell Saxen (St. Mary’s), Jameer Nelson Jr (TCU), Riley Kugel (Florida)