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Ranking College Basketball's Top 50 Players for the 2012-13 Season

Josh SchochAnalyst IIINovember 2, 2012

Ranking College Basketball's Top 50 Players for the 2012-13 Season

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    College basketball is a sport which centers around star players. Guys like Kemba Walker and Carmelo Anthony were able to lead their teams to national championships with less help than you'd expect.

    When the NCAA tournament rolls around, you definitely want to have one of these guys on your team.

    The top 50 players in college basketball will all have major impacts this season, and they are all capable of being elite.

    With that, let's count down the top 50 players in college basketball for the 2012-13 season.

50. Gorgui Dieng, Louisville

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    Position: C

    Height: 6'11"

    Weight: 245 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 9.1 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 3.2 BPG

     

    Louisville's junior center is a mammoth in the paint. The Cardinals rely on him to anchor their defense and score easy buckets inside on offense.

    Last season, Dieng developed into a great player on both ends of the floor. He's improved tremendously, and now he is almost a lock to be an NBA pick, which is a huge leap from a year ago.

    Prediction: We could feasibly see Dieng go for 15 points, 12 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game this season.

49. Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga

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    Position: G

    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 182 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 13.6 PPG, 3.4 APG

     

    One member of Gonzaga's dynamic backcourt, Kevin Pangos is a dual-threat player who pass or score. While he loses a weapon in seven-footer Robert Sacre, he still has Elias Harris and Gary Bell Jr.

    Pangos was only a freshman last season, but he still averaged 13.6 points per game. We will likely see him improve in that category while also being a better facilitator now that he will be playing a bigger role.

    Prediction: I'm expecting at least 15 points and five assists per game out of the sophomore.

48. Patric Young, Florida

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    Position: C

    Height: 6'9"

    Weight: 246 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 10.2 PPG, 6.4 RPG

     

    Patric Young almost single-handedly anchored a guard-heavy Florida team in the frontcourt last season, but he'll be getting some help this year. Will Yeguete and Erik Murphy will help take the pressure off of Young, allowing him to be more of a factor in games.

    He was still just a sophomore last season, but he is going to blossom into an elite big man who will be one of the Gators' most important players.

    Prediction: In his junior campaign, Young will become a formidable opponent down low. I see him coming up with 13 points and eight boards per game.

47. Otto Porter, Georgetown

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    Position: F

    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 205 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 9.7 PPG, 6.8 RPG

     

    This year's Georgetown team is Otto Porter's team. The sophomore is going to be running the show for the Hoyas after averaging close to double-digit points and a respectable 6.8 rebounds per game as a freshman.

    With a bigger role and a year of experience under his belt, this kid should become an elite wing. Speculation at this point is that he will be a top player this season, but I can't see him hopping above our top 46 guys.

    Prediction: A year of development can go a long way for a kid like Porter. Expect him to be averaging 14 points and seven rebounds per game this season.

46. Chane Behanan, Louisville

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    Position: F

    Height: 6'6"

    Weight: 250 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 9.5 PPG, 7.5 RPG

     

    Our second member of Rick Pitino's Louisville Cardinals on this list, Chane Behanan is another frontcourt stud.

    Behanan was temporarily banned from speaking to the press, and with good reason. After listening to the quotes in this video, it would be hard to let him continue on like this.

    Luckily, that doesn't affect his play on the court. Behanan is a great athlete who can turn it on at any given moment and run the other team out of the building.

    Prediction: The streaky sophomore showed his youth often last year, but without having to think about ridiculous quotes like this and instead focusing on basketball, we should see him improve.

    All joking aside, the kid should still go for about 12 points and 8.5 rebounds per game this season, not to mention his contributions on the defensive side of things.

45. Anthony Bennett, UNLV

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    Position: F

    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 230 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): N/A

     

    UNLV's highly-touted recruit will enjoy quite a bit of success in what is presumably his only year of college ball.

    Anthony Bennett will be playing alongside big men Mike Moser and Khem Birch, and these three will keep the Rebels elite.

    Bennett is an anomaly, however. He is a good three-point-shooter and can dominate inside. Look for him to have a big impact this season.

    Prediction: Bennett is a freak, and with that comes freakish numbers. Even though he'll be sharing the bulk of the load with Moser and Birch, he should still go for 13 points and nine boards per game, but what makes him special is his ability to extend the defense.

44. Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan

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    Position: G

    Height: 6'6"

    Weight: 200 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 14.6 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 2.1 APG

     

    The Michigan guard who has done it all for the team over the past two seasons will be looked to for a source of leadership in his junior season.

    Playing alongside stars like Trey Burke and freshmen Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary means that Tim Hardaway Jr. will be left open at times, and he will surely capitalize on those opportunities.

    Prediction: More stars means more mouths to feed, but this guy is too good to ignore. Look for him to stay consistent with roughly identical numbers as last season.

43. Brandon Triche, Syracuse

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    Position: G

    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 210 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 9.4 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 2.6 APG

     

    With Dion Waiters, Kris Joseph and Scoop Jardine all gone, this year's Syracuse team will be led by senior shooting guard Brandon Triche. After having a solid impact for years, he will finally be looked to as a star, and he certainly has the ability to emerge as one.

    Triche has impressed me ever since he was a sophomore, and his development is on pace to leave him as a legit stud for the Orange.

    Prediction: With Michael Carter-Williams constantly feeding him the ball, Triche should be able to go for 15 points per game, racking up three rebounds and three assists as well.

42. Michael Snaer, Florida State

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    Position: G

    Height: 6'5"

    Weight: 202 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 14.0 PPG, 3.8 RPG

     

    Michael Snaer has led Florida State to all kinds of success over the last few years.

    Snaer has a flair for dramatics as well, hitting several clutch shots down the stretch for the Seminoles. He is a senior this year, and we can expect him to lead the team to a healthy dose of winning in the ACC.

    Prediction: Snaer will average similar numbers as last year's, but he should increase his scoring to 16 or 17 points per game. However, his biggest impact will be felt when he is taking shots when the game is on the line. The kid has ice in his veins.

41. Rodney McGruder, Kansas State

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    Position: G

    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 205 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 15.8 PPG, 5.2 RPG

     

    It was a tough end to the season last year for Kansas State, but with Rodney McGruder coming back, the team should still be able to compete again this season.

    McGruder was a stud for the team last season, and he should find a way to improve as a senior. With Jamar Samuels gone, he need to make up for lost points, and the offense will run through him.

    Prediction: There's no doubt in my mind that McGruder puts up ridiculous scoring numbers, nearing 18 points per game. However, if he gets selfish, the team could struggle.

40. Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's

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    Position: G

    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 190 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 15.5 PPG, 6.4 APG, 3.3 RPG

     

    After playing for the Australian national team in this year's Olympics, Matthew Dellavedova is back at Saint Mary's for his senior season.

    The leader of the Gaels is one of the most underrated players in the country, but he won't be after this season. He's going for his fourth straight year of at least 12 points and four assists per game, and he will likely break a few school records over the course of the season.

    Prediction: The team was his last season, but this year is his final year, and I expect slight improvements across the board from Dellavedova.

39. Peyton Siva, Louisville

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    Position: G

    Height: 6'0"

    Weight: 185 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 9.1 PPG, 5.6 APG, 3.2 RPG

     

    Probably the best leader in college basketball today, Peyton Siva may not be flashy, but he gets the job done.

    With great court vision and understanding of the game, he is a prototypical point guard who can score when necessary. He plays tight defense and can do anything asked of him.

    Prediction: His numbers will remain about the same, but Siva will demonstrate incredible leadership and poise in his senior season.

38. Mason Plumlee, Duke

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    Position: F

    Height: 6'10"

    Weight: 235 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 11.1 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 1.5 BPG

     

    The middle Plumlee hasn't been the NBA-ready player Duke fans expected, but they also didn't expect him to stay four years.

    However, Mason Plumlee is a senior, and now he will be given the chance to dominate inside on offense and block shots on defense. He was fifth in the ACC in blocks per game last season, but he should finish first this year.

    Prediction: I see Duke's premier big averaging roughly 14 points, 10 rebounds and around two blocks per game.

37. Christian Watford, Indiana

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    Position: F

    Height: 6'9"

    Weight: 232 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 12.6 PPG, 6.8 RPG

     

    You may remember Christian Watford from last season...or at least the highlight of him handing Kentucky its only loss of the season.

    He's back for his senior season with the Hoosiers, and the big man who shot 43.7 percent from three last season will bring his versatility and leadership with him as Indiana looks for a national championship.

    Prediction: We'll probably see similar numbers from Watford, but his defense and ability to make clutch shots are what set him apart.

36. Brandon Davies, BYU

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    Position: F

    Height: 6'9"

    Weight: 235 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 15.2 PPG, 7.7 RPG

     

    Brandon Davies will be a premier player this year.

    He is a strong forward who can be an imposing force inside. As a senior, he will be looking to impress NBA scouts all season.

    Prediction: Davies should improve in his final season. With the Cougars funneling him the ball, I'm expecting 17 points and nine boards per game.

35. Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota

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    Position: F

    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 245 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 14.0 PPG, 9.1 RPG

     

    He avoided jail time, so it looks like he'll play just about the entire season this year, which means Trevor Mbakwe will be among the nation's top players.

    The Minnesota star only played in seven games last season, but he will look to prove why he is one of the top players in the country in his senior season.

    Prediction: The Gophers offense will run through him, leading to an average of 17 points and nine boards per game.

34. Alex Poythress, Kentucky

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    Position: F

    Height: 6'7"

    Weight: 240 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): N/A

     

    One of Kentucky's top recruits is, naturally, already among the nation's best. Alex Poythress is a chiseled combo forward with great skill and athleticism, and it will suit him well at the next level.

    Poythress has a lot of potential and will get his chances at the next level. While he might not blow you away on the stat sheet, his style of play is great to watch.

    Prediction: Poythress should average roughly 12 points and eight boards in his first and last season in college.

33. Alex Oriakhi, Missouri

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    Position: F

    Height: 6'9"

    Weight: 255 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 6.7 PPG, 4.8 RPG

     

    After a huge letdown in his junior campaign, Alex Oriakhi transferred to Missouri, where he will be key for Frank Haith and Co.. Playing alongside Andre Drummond hurt both players, but Oriakhi will be the premier big for the Tigers.

    Oriakhi's numbers are not an indication of his true potential. Last season was a huge disappointment for the big man after averaging 9.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game as a sophomore. He will put up numbers more suitable for a big man of his caliber this season.

    Prediction: With Phil Pressey feeding him inside, expect Oriakhi to go for roughly 15 points and 10 rebounds per game in his only season as a Tiger.

32. Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee

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    Position: F

    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 270 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 9.6 PPG, 7.4 RPG

     

    Jarnell Stokes played in just 17 games last year after joining the team midway through the season (after graduating high school early).

    Stokes is a big forward who is physically imposing and brings a good skill set with him. With a full year as a member of the team, he will thrive as a player.

    Prediction: Stokes will have chemistry with the rest of the team, and he will average 16 points and 11 rebounds per game this season.

31. Nate Wolters, South Dakota State

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    Position: G

    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 193 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 21.2 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 5.9 APG

     

    Last season, Nate Wolters led South Dakota State to its first Division I NCAA tournament bid, and the team had the tools to pull off an upset if it didn't play a team with a good big man. Unfortunately, it played Baylor, which had three great big men.

    No matter. Wolters is back for his senior season and will be looking to not only make the tournament, but secure a victory for the Jackrabbits before he graduates.

    Prediction: This was Wolters' team all of last season, which is why I expect very similar numbers from him in his senior season.

30. Mark Lyons, Arizona

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    Position: G

    Height: 6'1"

    Weight: 200 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 15.1 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 2.8 RPG

     

    Mark Lyons was a supremely talented scoring guard for Xavier off the ball in his first three seasons, but he is with a new team and has new goals this season.

    Under head coach Sean Miller at Arizona, he will be looking to learn how to play as a prototypical point guard in order to play in the NBA. We know that he can score in bunches, but this will be a brand-new Mark Lyons this season.

    Prediction: While it's a new role, Lyons is a great player, and Miller a great coach. This should be a smooth transition, and I see him averaging nine points, six assists and three boards per game as a senior.

29. Isaiah Austin, Baylor

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    Position: C

    Height: 7'0"

    Weight: 220 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): N/A

     

    Isaiah Austin is a skinny, skilled center with a lot of potential at the next level. The seven-footer has the skills of a guard, but he will be trying to dominate the paint for Baylor.

    Austin needs to bulk up, but he's already on the right path, gaining 10 pounds over the last year or so.

    Prediction: Austin is going to learn to play inside, which helps, but he can also score a ton of easy buckets in transition. I'm expecting 14 points and seven rebounds per game in his first season in Waco.

28. Kaleb Tarczewski, Arizona

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    Position: C

    Height: 7'0"

    Weight: 215 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): N/A

     

    Essentially a combination of the last two slides, Kaleb Tarczewski is a seven-foot freshman center who will be Mark Lyons' best friend down low. He provides a huge target for any point guard, and he is still gaining a ton of weight.

    "Tarc," "Zeus," whatever you call him, this is a big kid with a bright future ahead of him.

    Prediction: He will be featured in the Wildcats offense, and with a new point guard running the team, I expect the two to develop a nice chemistry that greatly helps both players. Expect 16 points and eight boards a night from the seven-footer.

27. Ben McLemore, Kansas

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    Position: G

    Height: 6'5"

    Weight: 195 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): N/A

     

    Ben McLemore is a freshman after being deemed a partial qualifier last season and sitting out. However, he has a lot of potential. He has the body and athleticism to be an elite scorer, and he was able to draw big praise from Kansas coach Bill Self:

    Self, who has been impressed with McLemore’s work in the 10 practices that were allotted to the Jayhawks by the NCAA, said McLemore could be the best defensive player the Jayhawks have ever had and is one of the most athletic players KU has had.

    That's a big deal considering the team had defensive stoppers like Jeff Withey and Thomas Robinson last season.

    Prediction: For a team that desperately needs scoring and could always use a defensive stopper, McLemore could be the answer to their prayers. Expect 10 points, five rebounds and a plethora of great defensive stops per game.

26. Kenny Boynton, Florida

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    Position: G

    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 190 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 15.9 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 2.7 APG

     

    Kenny Boynton was the leading scorer on a team that included a top-five pick in last year's NBA draft, Bradley Beal. Boynton is going to be asked to do even more this season, and he could be regularly scoring 20 points in a game.

    Boynton is an elite three-point-shooter who shot over 40 percent from behind the arc last year, and he will likely be firing up a few more threes this year. He'll be the team's top scorer again, and he should impress in his senior season.

    Prediction: For the fourth straight year, he will average at least 14 points per game, and I see this Gator coming up with 18 per game in his last season in Gainesville.

25. Keith Appling, Michigan State

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    Position: G

    Height: 6'1"

    Weight: 190 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 11.4 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 3.9 APG

     

    Keith Appling proved that he is a great point guard last season, and he will look to build upon that success in his junior campaign.

    With Draymond Green gone, he will be asked to run the offense as more of a facilitator, but that won't be a problem. Weapons like Branden Dawson, Derrick Nix and freshman shooting guard Gary Harris make this a potent offense under his control.

    Prediction: While Appling's point totals won't change much, he should improve to almost six assists per game.

24. Pierre Jackson, Baylor

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    Position: G

    Height: 5'10"

    Weight: 180 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 13.8 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 5.9 APG

     

    Baylor's JUCO transfer Pierre Jackson wasn't supposed to play a huge role for the Bears last season, but once A.J. Walton struggled, he emerged as one of the top little men in college hoops.

    Jackson impressed last year, and he'll be asked to score even more for his team while still keeping the frontcourt heavily involved this season.

    Prediction: With Quincy Acy, Quincy Miller and Perry Jones III all gone, and a new frontcourt emerging, Jackson should be averaging about 15 points per game. He should get the new guys involved to the tune of six or seven assists as well.

23. Andre Roberson, Colorado

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    Position: F

    Height: 6'7"

    Weight: 210 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 11.3 PPG, 11.1 RPG

     

    Last season, Andre Roberson led his Colorado Buffaloes to the NCAA tournament as a No. 11 seed, and he put up a double-double as the team upset No. 6 UNLV.

    The junior will be looking for even more this year, and he will try to continue his development from last season. He is a superior athlete, and he will be asked to lead the team once again.

    Prediction: Roberson is still a bit of a raw player, but as his development continues, look for him to average 14 points and 12 rebounds per game.

22. LeBryan Nash, Oklahoma State

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    Position: F

    Height: 6'7"

    Weight: 230 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 13.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG

     

    One of Oklahoma State's two players on this list, LeBryan Nash is an explosive wing. He underperformed compared to what he is capable of last season, but he will excel now that he is not the only threat for the team.

    Nash is another young, raw player, but after a year in college, we will likely see a considerable improvement this season.

    Prediction: Alongside Marcus Smart, I see Nash helping to lead the offense with an impressive 17 points per contest.

21. Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

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    Position: G

    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 225 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): N/A

     

    Speaking of Marcus Smart, he follows Nash on this list. Smart is the outside presence to complement Nash on the wing, and both are elite slashers.

    Smart is only a freshman, but after becoming one of the top prospects in the Class of 2012, he's difficult to ignore. He should be a great player because of his scoring and facilitating abilities.

    Prediction: I expect similar numbers for the teammates, but I'm predicting 16 points, four rebounds and four assists per game from the kid, making him more versatile.

20. Gary Harris, Michigan State

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    Position: G

    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 205 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): N/A

     

    Our second straight freshman shooting guard, Gary Harris is a talented slasher like Smart, but what separates him is that he has better range.

    Smart is a punishing guard thanks to his physical presence, while Harris has incredible skill and a very fluid game.

    Prediction: As one of Michigan State's go-to options in the backcourt, I expect Harris to rack up about 14 points per game.

19. Jeff Withey, Kansas

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    Position: C

    Height: 7'0"

    Weight: 235 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 9.0 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 3.6 BPG

     

    Bill Self's Kansas team lacks a true superstar like a Thomas Robinson this year, but seven-footer Jeff Withey will be a major player for the team this season.

    A defensive-stopper who has developed an impressive offensive set, Withey will emerge as one of the best true centers in the game today.

    Prediction: He'll be counted on more often as a senior, especially with Robinson gone, which is why I see him going for 11 points, seven boards and four blocks per game.

18. Aaron Craft, Ohio State

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    Position: G

    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 195 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 8.8 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 4.6 APG

     

    While he is known as one of the best point guards in the game—and I know that there will be those who criticize his position at No. 18—I'm putting Aaron Craft down as the fifth-best point guard in college basketball this season.

    While he is an excellent defender and a great team player, I want to see more offensive production from him. He has good court vision and passing skills, but he is not an elite facilitator in my mind, and he fails to make up for that aspect with his scoring.

    Prediction: I still see Craft having an excellent junior season, don't get me wrong. However, I'm only expecting nine points, three boards and five assists per game.

17. Kyle Wiltjer, Kentucky

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    Position: F

    Height: 6'10"

    Weight: 240 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 5.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG

     

    I know Kyle Wiltjer didn't live up to his hype last season as a freshman, but when you take into consideration that he was behind six players who all went to the NBA, you can see why.

    Wiltjer is still a supremely talented player who will be given the chance to be a star this season, and I am confident that he will take advantage of that opportunity.

    Prediction: Expect 15 points and eight rebounds per game.

16. B.J. Young, Arkansas

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    Position: G

    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 180 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 15.3 PPG, 3.1 RPG

     

    B.J. Young is one of the players who is making a big impact in the revival of basketball success at Arkansas. The talented guard put up great numbers as a freshman, and he will look to continue to do so this season.

    Young is an efficient player, shooting over 50 percent from the floor and 41.3 percent from behind the arc, and he will be a star if he can get more opportunities.

    Prediction: Arkansas doesn't exactly have a lot of other players who will be stealing chances from Young. Even a potential decline in field-goal percentage wouldn't stop him from averaging at least 18 points per game this season.

15. C.J. Leslie, North Carolina State

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    Position: F

    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 210 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 14.7 PPG, 7.3 RPG

     

    Who's the best player on the best team in the ACC? C.J. Leslie.

    Who's going to get some of his opportunities stolen by his six very talented teammates? C.J. Leslie.

    The North Carolina State star is playing on one of the top teams in the nation, and he won't be putting up the numbers he could at a program where everything revolved around him. However, his team will be winning a ton of games.

    I'm sure he'll be happy all the same.

    Prediction: Look for similar numbers out of the Wolfpack's No. 1 guy this season.

14. Phil Pressey, Missouri

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    Position: G

    Height: 5'11"

    Weight: 195 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 10.3 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 6.4 APG

     

    Phil Pressey is the top returning player the Missouri Tigers have, and the point guard will be the top player for the team in general.

    Pressey can do it all, and he'll have to for the Tigers to stay elite. He was surrounded with talent last season, but now that much of it has departed, we can expect him to be given a much bigger role.

    Prediction: Look for Pressey to go for 14 points, four rebounds and seven assists per game this season.

13. Tony Mitchell, North Texas

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    Position: F

    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 235 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 14.7 PPG, 10.3 RPG

     

    Tony Mitchell dazzled in his freshman campaign, putting North Texas back on the map. Averaging a double-double made him one of the most impressive freshmen last season, and he'll attempt to be one of the most impressive sophomores this season.

    Mitchell controls his team, and the game flows through him. Look for more of the same out of him this season.

    Prediction: Anything less than 16 points and 12 boards per game from Mitchell will be a disappointment.

12. Kyle Anderson, UCLA

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    Position: G

    Height: 6'9"

    Weight: 235 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): N/A

     

    College basketball universe—meet Kyle Anderson. He's a 6'9" point guard who is a matchup nightmare and will be one of the top point guards in the nation.

    Anderson can do it all from the point. He has the size to shoot over guards and the quickness to get around big men. He can finish inside or out, and he is also an elite facilitator.

    Yeah, he's pretty good.

    Prediction: In his first season with UCLA, I expect Anderson to put up 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists per game (assuming Shabazz Muhammad and Anderson are both cleared by the NCAA).

11. Mike Moser, UNLV

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    Position: F

    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 210 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 14.0 PPG, 10.3 RPG

     

    Mike Moser is an elite forward who led UNLV to a No. 6 seed last season. He could have developed into one of the top five players in the nation this season, but now he has some competition.

    Moser will be playing along side Anthony Bennett and Khem Birch in the frontcourt for the Rebels, and with that many talented big men, I don't expect him to get as many opportunities as last season.

    Prediction: Even with limited opportunities, Moser should be able to match his numbers from last season. We might even see a few more assists if he develops a good chemistry with Bennett and Birch.

10. C.J. McCollum, Lehigh

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    Position: G

    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 190 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 21.9 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 3.5 APG

     

    C.J. McCollum almost single-handedly took down the Duke Blue Devils in last year's NCAA tournament, and he's back for one more year.

    After being one of the top scorers in the nation and putting up great stats across the board, it will be difficult for him to do much more this season. However, if there's one guy who we can't count out, it's him.

    Prediction: Expect about 23 points, six boards and four assists per game this season from McCollum.

9. Trey Burke, Michigan

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    Position: G

    Height: 6'0"

    Weight: 190 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 14.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.6 APG

     

    Last season, Trey Burke took over the starting point guard role for Michigan, and he did not disappoint. The true freshman dazzled, putting up impressive numbers throughout the season.

    The Wolverines have one of college basketball's best starting fives this season, so Burke won't be asked to score as much, but he will surely be playing more of a true point guard role this season.

    Prediction: Even without as many opportunities, Burke should average at least 13 points per game. Pair that with his four boards and seven assists per game, and you have yourself a solid point guard.

8. Nerlens Noel, Kentucky

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    Position: C

    Height: 6'10"

    Weight: 230 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): N/A

     

    Kentucky's top freshman and starting center has big shoes to fill after National Player of the Year Anthony Davis left. However, Nerlens Noel is up for the challenge.

    With a similar body type and game, Noel has been compared to Davis innumerable times. He too has a dominant defensive game and a raw offensive one, although he may not be quite as effective as Davis. Nonetheless, Noel is a top big man.

    Prediction: In his first—and probably last—season in college, Noel will go for 11 points, seven rebounds and three blocks per game.

7. Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State

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    Position: G

    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 205 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 17.4 PPG, 7.9 RPG

     

    Jamaal Franklin is a long, athletic shooting guard, and he is one of my picks for the All-American first team this season.

    After being given his chance in his sophomore season, he emerged as one of the nation's premier guards, and he will continue to demonstrate that this season. Thanks to his athleticism, range and ability to drive to the hoop, he has become an elite scoring guard.

    Prediction: Even with more weapons on this year's San Diego State team, Franklin should be averaging 19 points and eight boards per game this season.

6. DeShaun Thomas, Ohio State

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    Position: F

    Height: 6'7"

    Weight: 220 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 15.9 PPG, 5.4 RPG

     

    With Jared Sullinger and William Buford gone, Ohio State will be relying heavily on DeShaun Thomas this season.

    Thomas put up ridiculous numbers during the NCAA tournament when he was featured more prominently, averaging over 24 points per game in the first three games of the Big Dance. While he wont be quite that productive this season, that's a good indicator of his talent.

    Prediction: Look for Thomas to take the reins in Columbus and go for 18 points and six rebounds per contest.

5. Isaiah Canaan, Murray State

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    Position: G

    Height: 6'1"

    Weight: 195 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 19.0 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 3.6 APG

     

    Isaiah Canaan is my pick for the top point guard in college basketball this season, thanks to an impressive campaign last season, leading Murray State to a 23-0 start to the season.

    Canaan remains the team's leader this season, and with Ivan Aska gone, he may play an even bigger role. It's tough to think of a limit for this kid; he has the potential to go for 30 or even 40 points on any given night.

    Prediction: I'm projecting a whopping 22 points, four rebounds and five assists per game from Canaan this season.

4. James Michael-McAdoo, North Carolina

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    Position: F

    Height: 6'9"

    Weight: 230 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 6.1 PPG, 3.9 RPG

     

    James Michael-McAdoo never really got much of a chance last season, sitting behind a frontcourt that consisted of three NBA players. Now, however, he is the go-to-guy for the Tar Heels.

    Michael-McAdoo was a heralded recruit who was considered among the best in a stacked Class of 2011 recruiting class. He is an explosive athlete, which was seen at times throughout the season. Now, he'll be given a chance to shine, and I am confident that he will do so.

    Prediction: It's a bold prediction, but I'm expecting 17 points and 12 boards per game from this kid.

3. Doug McDermott, Creighton

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    Position: F

    Height: 6'8"

    Weight: 225 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 22.9 PPG, 8.2 RPG

     

    Doug McDermott did it all for Creighton last season, racking up an impressive 22.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. He led the nation's top offense, and he will be relied upon even more this year.

    The versatile forward has great range and is a very efficient player, shooting over 60 percent from the floor and 48.6 percent from behind the arc.

    Prediction: McDermott always gets his chances, and with his efficiency, we can expect about 24 points and nine boards per game this season.

2. Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA

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    Position: F

    Height: 6'6"

    Weight: 215 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): N/A

     

    Shabazz Muhammad is a freakishly talented player, and I've called him the top incoming freshman multiple times. As long as he is cleared by the NCAA, and he doesn't miss much of the season with an injury, we can expect big things from the UCLA frosh.

    Muhammad is virtually unstoppable within the three-point-line because of his ability to drive or hit a mid-range jumper, and his mere presence on offense forces a team to change their game plan.

    Prediction: Assuming Muhammad comes back completely healthy and plays to his potential, he could go for up to 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists per game.

1. Cody Zeller, Indiana

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    Position: C

    Height: 7'0"

    Weight: 240 pounds

    Notable Stats (last season): 15.6 PPG, 6.6 RPG

     

    Cody Zeller emerged as an elite center last season as a freshman, and he's back and much more experienced this year.

    Zeller is a formidable opponent inside, thanks to his huge body and ability to dominate the game. He will continue to improve this season, and he will almost surely be a an All-American and compete for National Player of the Year honors.

    Prediction: As Zeller continues to expand his game, he will absolutely dominate at the college level. He should average 18 points and 10 boards per game.

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