Ranking Top 160 BCS Conference College Basketball Players

Ryan CuriFeatured ColumnistNovember 1, 2013

Oct 22, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart and Kanas guard Andrew Wiggins pose for a photo during the Big 12 media day at Sprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
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College basketball season is right around the corner, with games tipping off in exactly one week. As per the past few seasons, I have taken part in a fantasy college basketball league. The players available to be drafted all come from the BCS, or "Power Six," conferences: ACC, Big East, Big XII, Big Ten, SEC and Pac-12.

The fantasy league contains 16 teams. Each team drafts 10 players, six of whom are weekly starters. Of those starters, two must be guards, two forwards, one center and one utility, while always having at least one freshman in your starting lineup.

Centers come at a premium, as not many are listed as a C on their roster, even if their primary position is a "5". It's tough to gauge when transfer players and freshmen should be selected. There are also biases and allegiances towards certain teams both positive and negative.

Before you criticize this list, consider a few things. First, this is not my ranking of the top 160 BCS players, rather it is the results of a fantasy draft that I was a part of. Also, these players were selected as fantasy players, some of whom have greater values statistically than as real players, and vice versa.

The three categories used are points, rebounds/blocks and assists/steals. Teams must alter their picks based on their team's needs in both position and class. Here is a look at the picks in order. Below this list, I will give a brief synopsis of the 10 players who I drafted to my team.

1 Doug McDermott Creighton F SR
2 Adreian Payne Michigan State F-C SR
3 Marcus Smart Oklahoma State G SO
4 Jahii Carson Arizona State G SO
5 Bryce Cotton Providence G SR
6 Andrew Wiggins Kansas G-F FR
7 DeAndre Kane Iowa State G SR
8 Jarnell Stokes Tennessee F-C JR
9 Isaiah Austin Baylor C SO
10 Julius Randle Kentucky F FR
11 Jabari Parker Duke F FR
12 Tim Frazier Penn State G SR
13 Fuquan Edwin Seton Hall G-F SR
14 Dwight Powell Stanford F SR
15 James McAdoo North Carolina F JR
16 Joel Embiid Kansas C FR
17 Aaron Gordon Arizona F FR
18 Kyle Anderson UCLA G-F SO
19 C.J. Fair Syracuse F SR
20 Glenn Robinson Michigan F SO
21 Marshall Henderson Mississippi G SR
22 Ryan Anderson Boston College F JR
23 Semaj Christon Xavier G SO
24 Bobby Portis Arkansas F-C FR
25 D'Angelo Harrison St. Johns G JR
26 Johnny O'Bryant LSU F JR
27 Spencer Dinwiddie Colorado G JR
28 Mitch McGary Michigan F SO
29 Jordan Adams UCLA G-F SO
30 D.J. Newbill Penn State G-F JR
31 Cleveland Melvin DePaul F SR
32 Yogi Ferrell Indiana G SO
33 Noah Vonleh Indiana F FR
34 Jakarr Sampson St. Johns F SO
35 Brandon Young DePaul G SR
36 Dez Wells Maryland G-F JR
37 Rodney Hood Duke F SO
38 Mike Moser Oregon F SR
39 Angus Brandt Oregon State F-C SR
40 Andrew Harrison Kentucky G FR
41 LaDontae Henton Providence F JR
42 Quinn Cook Duke G JR
43 A.J. Hammons Purdue C SO
44 Davante Gardner Marquette F-C SR
45 Kadeem Batts Providence F SR
46 Willie Cauley-Stein Kentucky F-C SO
47 LeBryan Nash Oklahoma State G-F JR
48 Jordan McRae Tennessee G-F SR
49 Keith Appling Michigan State G SR
50 Alex Poythress Kentucky F SO
51 Wayne Selden Jr. Kansas G
5 Jerian Grant Notre Dame G-F JR
53 Cory Jefferson Baylor F SR
54 Anthony Hickey LSU G JR
55 Patric Young Florida F-C SR
56 Rayvonte Rice Illinois G JR
57 Akil Mitchell Virginia F SR
58 Tyler Ennis Syracuse G FR
59 DaJuan Coleman Syracuse C SO
60 Joe Harris Virginia G SR
61 Justin Cobbs California G SR
62 Jordan Bachynski Arizona State C SR
63 Markel Brown Oklahoma State G-F SR
64 Aaron Craft Ohio State G SR
65 Gary Harris Michigan State G SO
67 James Young Kentucky G-F FR
68 Josh Scott Colorad F-C SO
69 Roy Marble Iowa G-F SR
70 Eric Atkins Notre Dame G SR
71 Melvin Ejim Iowa State F SR
72 C.J. Wilcox Washington G SR
73 Dorian Finney-Smith Florida F SO
74 Andre Hollins Minnesota G JR
75 Christopher Obekpa St. Johns C SO
76 Derrick Walton Michigan G FR
77 Aaron Harrison Kentucky G FR
78 Trevor Releford Alabama G SR
79 Rasheed Sulaimon Duke G SO
80 Jordan Loveridge Utah F SO
81 Olivier Hanlan Boston College G SO
82 Nick Johnson Arizona G JR
83 Andre Dawkins Duke G SR
84 Jabari Brown Missouri G JR
85 Sam Dekker Wisconsin F SO
86 Grant Gibbs Creighton G-F SR
87 T.J. McConnell Arizona G JR
88 Rysheed Jordan St. Johns G FR
90 Dakari Johnson Kentucky C FR
91 Josh Huestis Stanford F SR
92 T.J. Warren North Carolina State F SO
93 Travis McKie Wake Forest F SR
94 Jayvaughn Pinkston Villanova F JR
95 Roberto Nelson Oregon State SR
96 Gene Teague Seton Hall C SR
97 Jay Simpson Purdue F-C FR
98 Ben Brust Wisconsin G SR
99 Jabari Bird California G-F FR
100 Michael Carrera South Carolina F SO
101 P.J. Hairston North Carolina G JR
102 Kaleb Tarczewski Arizona C SO
103 Drew Crawford Northwestern G-F SR
104 Aaron White Iowa F JR
105 Matt Stainbrook Xavier C JR
106 Okaro White Florida State F SR
107 Branden Dawson Michigan State F JR
108 LaQuinton Ross Ohio State F JR
109 Devon Collier Oregon State F SR
110 Kasey Hill Florida G FR
111 Michael Cobbins Oklahoma State F-C JR
112 Georges Niang Iowa State FSO
113 Eric Moreland Oregon State F SR
114 Chasson Randle Stanford G JR
115 Marcus Lee Kentucky F FR
116 Daniel Miller Georgia Tech C SR
117 Jamil Wilson Marquette F SR
118 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Arizona FFR
119 Robert Carter Georgia Tech F SO
120 Sindarius Thornwell South Carolina G FR
121 Perry Ellis Kansas F SO
122 Nigel Williams-Goss Washington G FR
123 Marcus Paige North Carolina G SO
124 Ryan Arcidiacono Villanova G SO
125 Dom Pointer St. Johns G-F JR
126 Isaiah Hicks North Carolina F FR
127 Markel Starks Georgetown G SR
128 Will Sheehey Indiana G-F SR
129 Tracy Abrams Illinois G JR
130 Scottie Wilbekin Florida G SR
131 Moses Kingsley Arkansas C FR
132 Kris Jenkins Villanova F FR
133 Kevin McDaniels Clemson F JR
134 Nik Stauskas Michigan G-F SO
135 Lamar Patterson Pittsburgh G-F SR
137 Jarell Eddie Virginia Tech G-F SR
138 Kenny Chery Baylor G JR
139 Mike Gesell Iowa G SO
141 Earnest Ross Missouri G SR
142 Jonathan Gilling Arizona State F JR
143 Brandon Ashley Arizona F SO
144 Terone Johnson Purdue G SR
145 Kyan Anderson TCU G JR
146 Marshall Plumlee Duke C JR
147 Matt Jones Duke G FR
148 Lenzelle Smith Ohio State G SR
149 Nnanna Egwu Illinois F-C JR
150 Kris Dunn Providence G SO
151 Devin Williams West Virginia F FR
152 Royce O'Neale Baylor F JR
153 Troy Williams Indiana F FR
154 Devin Thomas Wake Forest F SO
155 J.P. Tokoto North Carolina F SO
156 Anthony Barber North Carolina State G FR
157 Nolan Berry Butler F-C FR
158 Jaye Crockett Texas Tech F SR
159 JaJuan Johnson Marquette G FR
160 Elijah Brown Butler G FR

Tim Frazier—This do-it-all redshirt senior returns to Happy Valley for one more season following a season-ending achilles injury a year ago. Frazier led the Nittany Lions in points, rebounds, assists and steals during his junior season. He'll have more help this year with wing D.J. Newbill, though it shouldn't put a damper on his impressive statistics. Frazier is a triple-double waiting to happen.

Marshall Henderson—The streaky-shooting, hot-headed senior will only miss three games to start the year, which isn't a huge blow to Ole Miss. Henderson is primarily a scorer and isn't incredibly well-rounded as a player. Nonetheless, he can score in bunches and always has a green light to shoot from anywhere on the court. Henderson needs to keep his head in the game this season.

Davante Gardner—Possibly the most efficient player in the nation, Gardner should see a role increase as a senior, despite possibly still being Marquette's sixth man. Gardner is automatic from the charity stripe, which he frequents, and is a great passing big man. Gardner has lost some weight since his junior year, which should allow for more playing time during his final season in Milwaukee.

Cory Jefferson—Forming a solid frontcourt with Isaiah Austin, Jefferson will pull in his share of double-doubles as a senior. Jefferson played behind the likes of Quincy Acy, Quincy Miller and Perry Jones early in his career, but will get to shine for the second straight season as a starting power forward. Physically, Jefferson will be tough for any Big XII big to match up against.

Derrick Walton—Though he should receive competition with NCAA Championship darling Spike Albrecht, Walton should ultimately win the starting point guard job at Michigan. Walton, a freshman, should be able to shine in the role that Trey Burke and Darius Morris held for the past three seasons. Walton will have the ball in his hands often, but he could find himself in the NBA eventually, just like Burke and Morris.

Sam Dekker—Following the graduations of Wisconsin big men Jared Berggren, Mike Bruesewitz and Ryan Evans, Dekker becomes the go-to guy for Bo Ryan's Badgers squad in their Swing Offense. Dekker is a versatile forward who can stretch the floor but has no problem driving and dunking over you either. Only a sophomore, Dekker is already considered a potential lottery pick in 2014.

LaQuinton Ross—A season ago, Ohio State's offense revolved around Deshaun Thomas. Without Thomas, Ross will fill the stretch four role this season, finally being given the chance to show his talents. Ross was in Thad Matta's doghouse as a freshman, but should become the focal point of the Buckeyes offense as a junior. Ross' ability to rebound and defend against other Big Ten forwards is still unproven.

Jamil Wilson—Marquette's loaded frontcourt also contains this redshirt senior who spent one season playing at Oregon before transferring to play closer to home. Wilson was a star last March Madness and needs to build upon that momentum. Wilson is the team's best deep threat but is athletic enough to score off the dribble or around the hoop. Wilson needs to be assertive from day one.

Jermaine Marshall—Former teammate of Tim Frazier at Penn State, Marshall decided to forego his final collegiate season to play professionally. After reneging on that decision, Marshall ended up at Arizona State, where he will team with another star point guard, Jahii Carson. The Sun Devils should be a sleeper out west, and Marshall will be an immediate impact player with a proven track record.

Nnanna Egwu—After improving by leaps and bounds between his freshman and sophomore seasons, Illini fans can only hope Egwu will take that same leap as an upperclassman. Egwu could notch his fair share of double-doubles and has potential to be on the Big Ten's All-Defensive Team. He has continued to work in the weight room and put on muscle, making him a more intimidating presence up front.