College Basketball: CBS Sports Unveils Its List of the Nation's Top 100 Players

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistOctober 8, 2012

With the college basketball season about a month away, CBS Sports unveiled its list of the nation's top 100 players this week.

There are plenty of interesting talking points that will come from this article. For instance, the Big Ten and Big 12 each have 14 representatives, more than any other conference. Furthermore, the Pac-12's nine players are the fewest of the six power conferences.

The Big East, which has been a dominant force in college basketball recently but may be taking a step backwards as turmoil continues to alter the league's landscape, has only one player in the top 20.

The top 10 reads as follows:

No.1 Cody Zeller (Indiana)

No. 2 Doug McDermott (Creighton)

No. 3 Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA)

No. 4 Isaiah Canaan (Murray State)

No. 5 Nerlens Noel (Kentucky)

No. 6 Mike Moser (UNLV)

No. 7 Tony Mitchell (North Texas)

No. 8 Phil Pressey (Missouri)

No. 9 Trey Burke (Michigan)

No. 10 Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State)

 

The first thing that jumps out to me is the fact that four of the top seven players play for so-called mid-major programs (Jamaal Franklin of San Diego State checks in at No. 11 and C.J. McCollum of Lehigh is at No. 17).

Coming off an unprecedented NCAA tournament that saw two No. 2 seeds fall to 15 seeds, the talent level in the smaller conferences should have basketball fans excited for March already. 

After all, who doesn't love an upset?

Another tidbit of note is the fact that there are 38 seniors, 28 juniors, 22 sophomores and only 12 freshmen on the list. Even in the aftermath of the one-and-done rule and Kentucky winning the national title behind a core of freshmen, upperclassmen still have a formidable presence in college hoops.

The rest of the list can be viewed here. Other players of note are No. 12 Aaron Craft, No. 13 James Michael McAdoo, No. 18 Jeff Withey and No. 34 Peyton Siva (Siva seems a bit low to me).

So what do you think? Who did CBS get right, and who did they miss? Let me know in the comments section.

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