Making the Madness Top-100 Players in College Basketball
We are in the middle of the offseason and content is somewhat lacking so what I have decided to do is rank the Top-100 players in the sport of College Basketball for the upcoming season. The list is based on many different factors such as past success, experience, talent and also how their team has done in past seasons. This list will be based upon my predictions for how good each player will be for the upcoming season. I want to thank the readers for reading this and encourage everyone to give feedback and even some critiques for these rankings on whatever platform this was posted on as I will make sure to answer any and all questions. Without any further introduction, it is time to get into my Top-100 player rankings.
1.Cassius Winston – Senior Guard Michigan State
If not for Zion Williamson, Cassius Winston probably would have won the National Player of the year last season as he was the main reason for all of Michigan State’s success. Last year he averaged 18.8 points and 7.5 assists per game which helped get the Spartans to the Final Four. This year the Spartans are the early favorites to win a National Championship with Winston returning and on top of that, the expectation is that Winston should win the National Player of the year award.
2.Myles Powell – Senior Guard Seton Hall
The Seton Hall Pirates are in every preseason Top-25 poll you can find and there is only one reason why, and that is because of guard Myles Powell. Powell is coming off a season where he averaged 23.1 points per game while having efficient shooting statistics. Powell showed the ability to pretty much make anything he put up. Powell should continue to put up good statistics and if he can get a little more help from his team, he will be a household name in the sport and an All-American.
3.Markus Howard – Senior Guard Marquette
The reigning Big East Player of the year is Marquette guard Markus Howard, who used a great scoring season to help lift his Golden Eagles to a second place finish in their conference. Howard averaged 25 points per game while shooting 40 percent from three and 89 percent from the line and most impressively scoring 45 or more points in a game on three different occasions. Assuming he can put up similar or even better numbers this year, he should be one of the top players in the sport once again.
4.Devon Dotson – Sophomore Guard Kansas
The Jayhawks are coming into a season where they are not Big 12 Champions, which is something that hasn’t been the case in quite a while, luckily for them they will return one of the best guards in the country in Devon Dotson who should help Kansas be one of the best teams in the country. Dotson is an extremely quick guard who has the ability to get anywhere on the court. Dotson scored 12.3 points and 3.5 assists per game on the season but this year those numbers should go up now that he has full control of the offense and a full year of experience under his belt.
5.James Wiseman – Freshman Center Memphis
The Memphis hype is for real as the Tigers look poised to be one of the best teams in the sport this season and the main reason is because of the addition of James Wiseman. Wiseman’s game on offense is similar to that of Deandre Ayton in that he’s huge and can score and shoot efficiently, although he is regarded as a much better defender. Assuming he lives up to the hype that he was given, he should be one of the top players in the country while Memphis will almost certainly be a Top-15 team.
6.Jordan Nwora – Junior Forward Louisville
After an average freshman season, Jordan Nwora broke out and became one of the best players in the ACC last season, scoring 17 points per game last season. Nwora is a 6’7” forward who can score and shoot the ball at a high level while he is also a really good rebounder. If he can improve a little bit upon what he did last year, while Louisville becomes one of the top teams in the sport like many expect, look for him to be a consensus All-American.
7.Cole Anthony – Freshman Guard North Carolina
For the second straight year, Roy Williams will be giving a freshman guard full control of the North Carolina offense as Cole Anthony is set to become the new starting point guard. Anthony is a great shooter and an excellent athlete who should put up big numbers despite his small frame. With not as much talent around him as with other Tar Heel teams in the past, Anthony should be able to put up big numbers, while also keeping North Carolina near the top of the ACC.
8.Tre Jones – Sophomore Guard Duke
The Blue Devils lost three of their four great freshmen guards, but the one returning is Tre Jones who should take over as the team leader in year two at Duke. Jones was a great defender and passer in year one at Duke and while he struggled shooting the ball he will have a full offseason to improve upon his jump shot. Assuming he can make a good Freshman to Sophomore jump as most expect, he should be an All-American this season.
9.Anthony Edwards – Freshman Guard Georgia
Year two of the Tom Crean era should be much better as the Bulldogs received a huge commitment from guard Anthony Edwards who was one of the clear Top-3 recruits in the country. Edwards is a big guard with all the tools needed to be great, whether it would be by way of his jump shot or passing ability. Assuming he plays up to his potential while leading the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament, Edwards should be regarded as one of the top players in the game.
10.Anthony Cowan – Senior Guard Maryland
Maryland was pretty good last year with a young nucleus of players but the key to that team was guard Anthony Cowan. Cowan returning means Maryland will have a senior who has been through the ups and downs, while skill wise he’s a good scorer and passer. Assuming most of the players around him take that next step and Cowan continues to improve, this Maryland team projects to be one of the best in the sport.
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