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Here are my rankings for the Top 150 College Basketball Players for the 2009-2010 season.
I have based my rankings on their performance on this past season, but also on their upside and potential and how I think they will perform in the upcoming year.
A player might have better stats than another player, but he also might have played more minutes per game, which impacted the rankings.
Players who have hired an agent for the draft or are graduating or leaving will not be included. I also am not including incoming recruits or transfers, as you cannot accurately rank them on the college scale yet.
After the player and team I have listed their 2008-2009 stats. Here is the key for them.
PPG-points per game
RPG-rebounds per game
APG-assists per game
SPG-steals per game
BPG-blocks per game
MPG-minutes per game
They will always go in this order, so if I accidentally put something like “apg” twice, then the following stat would be “spg” and so on.
I know some of you will disagree with my rankings, but keep in mind this is just one college basketball fan’s take on things. I know many of you will be upset when you might not see your player ranked as high as you liked, or not ranked at all. Keep in mind while 150 seems like a lot of room, it isn’t and there are tons of talented players in the country.
You could arguably change any one of these rankings, for better or for worse, but after much research and work on this, these are the rankings I have come up with.
I hope you enjoy these rankings as much as I have creating them! I welcome and enjoy any comments and critiques.
126. Mike Singletary, Texas Tech: 12.2ppg-5.8rpg-1.8apg-0.5spg-0.4bpg-23.1mpg
Comment: Singletary has immense talent, as shown by his 43 point game in the Big 12 tournament against Texas A&M. Hopefully he can make a bigger name for himself next season.
127. Alex Tyus, Florida: 12.5ppg-6.2rpg-0.7apg-0.5spg-0.8bpg-26.2mpg
Comment: After Tyus let it be known that he would transfer from Florida, he decided to stay in Gainesville, which is big news for the Gators. With the arrival of Vernon Macklin Tyus should be able to play his more natural position, small forward, more often.
128. J.T. Tiller, Missouri: 8.4ppg-3.4rpg-3.6apg-1.8spg-0.2bpg-24.8mpg
Comment: Tiller is known as a defensive player, but he showed in the NCAA tournament that he has an offensive game as well. He is the leading returning scorer for the Tigers, and he will have to continue to improve his scoring for next season.
129. Tai Wesley, Utah State: 12.0ppg-6.0rpg-2.7apg-1.1spg-0.8bpg-29.1mpg
Comment: Wesley is a little raw, but he will be the go to guy in the post with the departure of Gary Wilkinson.
130. Marcus Johnson, Dayton: 11.8ppg-3.1rpg-1.5apg-0.9spg-0.5bpg-28.3mpg
Comment: Johnson played more of a role player part with the Flyers this past season, but he will make a bigger impact in his senior year next season.
131. Trevon Hughes, Wisconsin: 12.1ppg-3.2rpg-2.8apg-1.5spg-0bpg-32.3mpg
Comment: The Badgers are losing a lot of talent, and Hughes will most likely be the go to guy for Wisconsin. He is a capable scorer, and should thrive if given the chance.
132. Troy Jackson, Alcorn State: 20.0ppg-4.7rpg-3.2apg-2.5spg-0.4bpg-37.1mpg
Comment: Coming out of the SWAC conference Jackson is not well known, but he is a scorer who also has a decent all around game.
133. Shelvin Mack, Butler: 11.9ppg-4.4rpg-3.5apg-1.1spg-0bpg-30.7mpg
Comment: Mack can play the point or off guard position, and with his versatility and athleticism is one of the more underrated guards in the country.
134. Jordan Eglseder, Northern Iowa: 10.2ppg-6.4rpg-0.6apg-0.1spg-1.3bpg-19.3mpg
Comment: If Eglseder is given more minutes next season, he has the chance to break onto the national scene. He is an excellent rebounder and shot blocker, and can score down low consistently.
135. Adrian Oliver, San Jose State: 17.1ppg-2.3rpg-2.2apg-0.7spg-0.5bpg-31.8mpg
Comment: Oliver only played about half the season because he transferred from Washington, but he is a good scorer and shooter and should thrive at the mid-major level.
136. Iman Shumpert, Georgia Tech: 10.6ppg-3.9rpg-5.0apg-2.1spg-0.2bpg-31.6mpg
Comment: Shumpert had to take over point for the dismal Yellow Jackets, but he showed great poise and confidence for a freshman. He is also a great competitor, who’s play should continue to improve with a better team surrounding him.
137. Alex Franklin, Siena: 13.6ppg-7.5rpg-0.9apg-1.3spg-0.7bpg-32.2mpg
Comment: Franklin is one of the more under the radar mid-major forwards, but with Siena gaining more national attention he will get more limelight as well.
138. P’Allen Stinnett, Creighton: 12.5ppg-2.9rpg-1.8apg-1.4spg-0.1bpg-26.3mpg
Comment: It seems like every year a new guard breaks out in Dana Altman’s system, and I expect Stinnett to take over for Booker Woodfox next season.
139. Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure: 12.5ppg-6.0rpg-0.2apg-0.6spg-2.7bpg-25.1mpg
Comment: Nicholson had a great freshman season playing in the A-10, and he should get even better next season. He is already one of the better shot blockers in the nation.
140. Rakim Sanders, Boston College: 12.9ppg-4.4rpg-1.5apg-1.6spg-0.8bpg-27.6mpg
Comment: Sanders has good length and is a great defensive player in terms of guarding the perimeter. He will play a bigger role with Tyrese Rice graduating.
141. Austin Kenon, VMI: 16.3ppg-3.3rpg-2.4apg-1.4spg-0bpg-31.8mpg
Comment: The Keydets lead the NCAA as a team in points scored per game, and Kenon will be the leading returning scorer. That can only be a good thing for him.
142. Tony Crocker, Oklahoma: 9.6ppg-3.2rpg-1.4apg-1.0spg-0.2bpg-28.9mpg
Comment: Crocker has been known as more of a role player for the Sooners, but in the upcoming season he will have the chance to step in to a lead role.
143. Corey Fisher, Villanova: 10.8ppg-2.3rpg-2.8apg-1.2spg-0.1bpg-24.3mpg
Comment: Fisher was the 6th man off the bench for the Wildcats, but next season he will most likely start. He is a lights out shooter who can score consistently.
144. Joe Harden, UC Davis: 14.8ppg-7.2rpg-1.8apg-0.9spg-0.3bpg-32.8mpg
Comment: Harden always provides a tough task for defenders, as his size at 6’8 for the shooting guard position often leads to mismatches. He is also a good rebounder and interior defender.
145. Elliot Williams, Duke: 4.2ppg-2.3rpg-0.7apg-0.6spg-0bpg-16.6mpg
Comment: The freshman Williams took over for senior Greg Paulus at point guard for the Blue Devils, and played well to keep that spot. Next season he should improve greatly, as he has a year of starting experience and will play a key role.
146. Terrence Oglesby, Clemson: 13.2ppg-1.7rpg-1.8apg-0.9spg-0bpg-25.8mpg
Comment: Defenders learned and experienced much more than they should have last year about why you don’t leave Oglesby open on the perimeter. He is an excellent shooter, but can be a liability defensively at times.
147. R.J. Evans, Holy Cross: 13.4ppg-5.2rpg-1.6apg-1.7spg-0.2bpg-29.5mpg
Comment: Evans was named the freshman of the year in the Patriot League, and showed great leadership skills, especially from a freshman.
148. John Holland, Boston University: 18.1ppg-5.5rpg-1.1apg-1.8spg-0.3bpg-35.5mpg
Comment: Holland is a talented wing with a sweet shooting stroke and scoring ability. He is also capable of defending his men in the low post.
149. Marcus Morris, Kansas: 7.4ppg-4.7rpg-1.1apg-1.0spg-0.3bpg-18.5mpg
Comment: Morris is often outshined by Cole Aldrich, but he is a skilled post player who will benefit greatly from the return of Collins.
150. Daniel Emerson, Mercer: 13.8ppg-10.7rpg-2.3apg-0.4spg-0.2bpg-34.9mpg
Comment: Emerson is an excellent rebounder, and he is a productive scorer as well, with the ability to play on the perimeter and shoot the three.
101. Jeff Allen, Virginia Tech: 13.7ppg-8.4rpg-1.3apg-1.8spg-1.3bpg-30.5mpg
Comment: Allen really came out and showed he is not a liability and can play consistently in the post, and he will look to show even more next season.
102. LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor: 15.3ppg-4.6rpg-0.6apg-1.0spg-0.2bpg-28.7mpg
Comment: After two years of playing the part of a role player, Dunn will be the go to scorer for Baylor next season.
103. James Florence, Mercer: 20.8ppg-3.5rpg-3.7apg-2.3spg-0.1bpg-34.1mpg
Comment: Florence goes relatively unknown because he plays for Mercer, but the Bears will be an upset type team next season, and I wouldn’t be surprised to hear his name more.
104. Roburt Sallie, Memphis: 5.8ppg-1.6rpg-0.8apg-0.8spg-0.3bpg-15.3mpg
Comment: Sallie is arguably the best three point shooter in the nation, but his problem was he did not get enough exposure. He broke out in the NCAA tournament, scoring 35 points the opening round and finishing the tourney 16-24 from downtown. He should get more playing time next season.
105. Rodney Green, La Salle: 17.8ppg-5.0rpg-3.4apg-1.9spg-0.2bpg-35.3mpg
Comment: La Salle returns all key players, and Green will be leading the way. He can score, rebound, and pass well, making him one of the best all around mid-major players.
106. Jamarco Warren, Charleston Southern: 17.8ppg-2.8rpg-2.8apg-0.9spg-0.1bpg-33.1mpg
Comment: Warren started to gain interest across the country last season, including the likes of Dick Vitale, and is one of the more exciting players to watch.
107. Paul George, Fresno State: 14.3ppg-6.2rpg-1.9apg-1.7spg-1.0bpg-34.6mpg
Comment: Another fun guy to watch, George is a very athletic guard/forward who is continuing to refine his game at all levels.
108. Chinemelu Elonu, Texas A&M: 9.8ppg-7.3rpg-0.3apg-0.3spg-1.6bpg-23.8mpg
Comment: Why Elonu bothered to enter the NBA draft I do not know, but he is raw player who should make strides in the offseason to become a more complete player.
109. Mike Rosario, Rutgers: 16.2ppg-3.5rpg-1.4apg-1.1spg-0.2bpg-32.5mpg
Comment: Rosario came in as freshman and instantly became the main
scorer for Rutgers, but hopefully he can get some more help next season.
110. Gerald Lee, Old Dominion: 15.5ppg-5.7rpg-1.4apg-0.7spg-0.8bpg-30.8mpg
Comment: Lee is a bit undersized for the power forward position, but he makes up for it with his ability to take it to the hole and score down low.
111. Theo Robertson, California: 13.1ppg-3.9rpg-2.5apg-0.7spg-0.1bpg-33.5mpg
Comment: Robertson was 4th in the nation in three point shooting percentage and for the nation’s top three point shooting team nonetheless. Hopefully he will carry that over to next season.
112. Doneal Mack, Memphis: 8.7ppg-2.1rpg-1.2apg-0.7spg-0.5bpg-25.1mpg
Comment: With the recent reshuffling of the Memphis team, it looks like Mack will be the leading returning scorer for the Tigers, and he should have a great season next year.
113. Jared Quayle, Utah State: 13.1ppg-6.0rpg-3.7apg-1.4spg-0.1bpg-30.2mpg
Comment: Quayle’s play was often over shadowed by the WAC POY Gary Wilkinson, but he will take over the reigns as the team’s leading scorer next season.
114. Demontez Stitt, Clemson: 8.7ppg-2.4rpg-3.8apg-1.5spg-0.4bpg-25.9mpg
Comment: Stitt will lead the Tiger’s offense once again next season, and with the return of Trevor Booker Clemson is a possible top ten team next year.
115. Chris Wright, Georgetown: 12.5ppg-3.0rpg-3.8apg-1.1spg-0.1bpg-32.9mpg
Comment: Next season is the time for Wright to step it up. He has played well at times, but not consistently enough. The return of big man Greg Monroe will make that goal easier.
116. Mike Davis, Illinois: 11.3ppg-8.1rpg-2.0apg-0.7spg-0.6bpg-30.7mpg
Comment: Davis really matured during the season, and became a good rebounder and inside scorer. He should only improve next season.
117. Johnathon Jones, Oakland: 13.3ppg-2.8rpg-8.1apg-1.4spg-0.2bpg-37.8mpg
Comment: Jones led the NCAA in assists per game, and he can score and play defense as well, making him one of the more underrated point guards in the country.
118. Omar Samhan, Saint Mary’s: 14.1ppg-9.4rpg-1.6apg-0.4spg-2.0bpg-29.6mpg
Comment: Samhan will be the main post player for the Gaels next season, and if Patty Mills leaves he will have to step up his play and leadership even more.
119. Dwayne Collins, Miami: 10.6ppg-7.3rpg-1.3apg-1.0spg-0.4bpg-24.9mpg
Comment: Collins entered the NBA draft, but he is expected to go undrafted and should return. He will be the leading returning scorer for the Hurricanes next season.
120. Bryan Davis, Texas A&M: 10.8ppg-6.5rpg-1.0apg-0.7spg-1.4bpg-26.7mpg
Comment: Davis entered the NBA draft, but he is expected to go undrafted and should return.
He had a somewhat disappointing season, and he will look to improve next season.
121. Ralph Sampson III, Minnesota: 6.3ppg-4.2rpg-0.8apg-0.3spg-1.5bpg-20.8mpg
Comment: He is the son of legend Ralph Sampson, and has great upside and size. It is hard to find a groove in Tubby’s offense, but Sampson has had a year of experience and should be an impact player next season.
122. Cory Higgins, Colorado: 17.4ppg-5.4rpg-2.6apg-1.9spg-0.4bpg-37.0mpg
Comment: Higgins was pretty much the only bright spot for a dismal Colorado team, but he has continued to improve and should help the Buffaloes make a case for themselves next season.
123. Osiris Eldridge, Illinois State: 14.0ppg-6.2rpg-2.4apg-1.5spg-0.4bpg-34.8mpg
Comment: Eldridge entered the NBA draft, but he is expected to go undrafted and should return. He is a talented player and should have a great season at the mid-major level.
124. Damian Saunders, Duquesne: 13.1ppg-7.6rpg-2.3apg-2.1spg-2.4bpg-34.6mpg
Comment: Saunders is a do-it-all player who has a great motor. He was second on the team in scoring, and first in rebounds, steals, and blocks.
125. Kevin Coble, Northwestern: 15.5ppg-4.8rpg-2.5apg-1.3spg-0.6bpg-34.2mpg
Comment: Northwestern is starting to make their way up from the Big Ten cellar, and Coble is a big part of that progress.
76. Jeremy Wise, Southern Miss: 16.7ppg-3.5rpg-4.7apg-1.3spg-0.3bpg-35.7mpg
Comment: Wise is expected to return to school for next season, where he has the chance to have an even bigger season.
77. Matt Bouldin, Gonzaga: 13.6ppg-4.1rpg-3.6apg-1.5spg-0.1bpg-31.7mpg
Comment: After Bouldin took over point guard for the Zags things started to pick up, and he will go into next season with even more preparation and experience for the position.
78. Jonathan Tavernari, BYU: 15.7ppg-7.2rpg-1.8apg-1.5spg-0.3bpg-31.6mpg
Comment: Tavernari is a versatile all around forward, who can post up down low or shoot the outside shot.
79. Isaiah Thomas, Washington: 15.5ppg-3.0rpg-2.6apg-1.1spg-0.1bpg-28.4mpg
Comment: The reigning Pac-10 freshman of the year will look to take advantage of what looks like will be an off year for the conference.
80. Larry Sanders, VCU: 11.3ppg-8.6rpg-0.4apg-0.6spg-2.7bpg-26.6mpg
Comment: Sanders will return as the reigning Colonial Conference defensive player of the year, and will also get more opportunities offensively with the departure of star guard Eric Maynor.
81. Dominique Jones, South Florida: 18.1ppg-5.6rpg-3.9apg-1.3spg-0.4bpg-37.5mpg
Comment: Jones can shoot, score, and has an underrated basketball IQ. He will continue to become more known nationally along with the Bulls.
82. Denis Clemente, Kansas State: 15.0ppg-2.4rpg-3.5apg-0.8spg-0bpg-29.8mpg
Comment: Clemente is a little inconsistent at times, but when he gets hot he as good a playmaker as any. He scored 44 points, tying a K-State record, against Texas, including 12 of 12 from the free throw line and 6 of 6 from beyond the arc.
83. Dior Lowhorn, San Francisco: 20.1ppg-6.9rpg-0.8apg-0.5spg-0.6bpg-32.3mpg
Comment: Lowhorn is an excellent inside scorer and offensive player down low, as well as a decent rebounder.
84. A. J. Slaughter, Western Kentucky: 16.0ppg-3.1rpg-3.6apg-1.3spg-0bpg-34.6mpg
Comment: Slaughter is a solid all around player, and containing good scoring ability, posting 10 games of 20 points or more.
85. Terrico White, Ole Miss: 13.7ppg-3.4rpg-2.3apg-0.8spg-0.3bpg-30.0mpg
Comment: White took advantage of several Ole Miss injuries and took over the lead role in many games. He was named the SEC freshman of the year.
86. Ryan Wittman, Cornell: 18.5ppg-3.6rpg-2.6apg-0.9spg-0.2bpg-34.1mpg
Comment: Playing in the Ivy League at Cornell, Wittman is very underrated. He is an excellent shooter and playmaker, leading the Big Red to the NCAA Tournament and an Ivy League title.
87. Howard Thompkins, Georgia: 12.6ppg-7.4rpg-0.8apg-1.0spg-1.1bpg-26.0mpg
Comment: Thompkins had a good freshman year, but he should continue to improve. New coach Mark Fox has a history for developing big men (Fazekas, McGee, Babbitt), putting Thompkins in a great position.
88. Ricky Harris, UMass: 18.2ppg-2.9rpg-1.5apg-1.3spg-0.2bpg-32.4mpg
Comment: Harris is an electrifying scorer, but sometimes his game can be one-dimensional, which is an area he needs to work on.
89. Jon Scheyer, Duke: 14.9ppg-3.6rpg-2.8apg-1.6spg-0.2bpg-32.8mpg
Comment: Scheyer has made a name for himself as a lights out shooter. He will have to step up in other areas if Henderson does decide to stick in the draft.
90. Wayne Chism, Tennessee: 13.7ppg-8.0rpg-1.2apg-0.8spg-1.0bpg-25.7mpg
Comment: Chism goes underrated sometimes, but he has begun to make a name for himself. His all around game includes inside/outside scoring ability and he has overlooked toughness down low defensively.
91. Quincy Pondexter, Washington: 12.1ppg-5.9rpg-1.6apg-0.7spg-0.4bpg-28.1mpg
Comment: Pondexter elevated his play in the tourney, and with the departures of Jon Brockman and Justin Dentmon he must become the senior leader for UW.
92. JaMychal Green, Alabama: 10.3ppg-7.6rpg-0.8apg-0.9spg-1.6bpg-24.8mpg
Comment: Green has tons of athleticism and potential, which I think we will see much more of in the upcoming season. New coach Anthony Grant will help him improve in all areas of his game.
93. Gordon Hayward, Butler: 13.1ppg-6.5rpg-2.0apg-1.5spg-0.9bpg-32.7mpg
Comment: Hayward can drive, shoot, and handle the ball well for a forward. His quickness defensively is mostly overlooked.
94. Deonta Vaughn, Cincinnati: 15.3ppg-4.0rpg-4.7apg-1.3spg-0bpg-35.8mpg
Comment: Vaughn is much like former Cincy player Devan Downey, he is undersized for his position, but he makes up for it with his quickness and shooting ability.
95. Randy Culpepper, UTEP: 17.5ppg-2.9rpg-1.8apg-1.8spg-0.3bpg-30.2mpg
Comment: One of the NCAA’s leading scorers, Stefon Jackson, has graduated, meaning Culpepper will be given the chance to be a star.
96. Josh Young, Drake: 15.4ppg-3.8rpg-1.4apg-1.0spg-0bpg-33.5mpg
Comment: Young is a slashing wing that can get the dirty work done, and carry a team on his play to victory.
97. Charles Jenkins, Hofstra: 19.7ppg-4.8rpg-4.3apg-1.4spg-0.5bpg-35.1mpg
Comment: Jenkins is a good sized wing that can score in bunches at a time. He uses his size well to help him succeed on defense.
98. Courtney Fortson, Alabama: 14.8ppg-5.5rpg-5.9apg-1.1spg-0.1bpg-32.8mpg
Comment: Fortson wowed many at the beginning of the season, with some going as far to say he was the best all around freshman point guard. The Razorbacks slumped after that, and it will partially be up to Fortson to help Arkansas rebound.
99. Nik Raivio, Portland: 16.0ppg-6.5rpg-2.4apg-1.3spg-0.2bpg-30.9mpg
Comment: He is the brother of former Gonzaga standout Derek Raivio, and he possesses an even greater scoring ability. Look for him to gain more fame in the upcoming season.
100. William Buford, Ohio State: 11.3ppg-3.7rpg-1.1apg-0.8spg-0.4bpg-29.3mpg
Comment: Buford had a solid freshman season after coming out of high school as one of the top recruits in the nation, and he will only improve this upcoming season.
51. Aubrey Coleman, Houston: 19.4ppg-8.2rpg-2.4apg-2.3spg-0bpg-32.8mpg
Comment: Coleman is one of the best rebounding guards in the nation, and is a prolific scorer as well, although he is a poor shooter. He had some discipline issues this past season, but if he can keep it together he will be in for a great season.
52. Stanley Robinson, UConn: 8.5ppg-5.9rpg-1.2apg-0.6spg-1.1bpg-24.9mpg
Comment: Robinson has underrated athleticism and defensive ability, and he can play the 3 or 4 position. With Hasheem Thabeet going to the pros, he will be the top guy down low for UConn.
53. Jerome Jordan, Tulsa: 13.8ppg-8.6rpg-0.9apg-0.4spg-2.5bpg-27.0mpg
Comment: Jordan broke on to the scene this past season as a shot blocking and rebounding machine. He has the skill set to become one of best big men in the nation if he works hard in the offseason.
54. Kemba Walker, UConn: 8.9ppg-3.5rpg-2.9apg-1.1spg-0.2bpg-25.2mpg
Comment: Walker had a great freshman season, showing much talent while backing up point guard A.J. Price. He will take over point this year for UConn, and has the chance to be a star.
55. Matt Howard, Butler: 14.8ppg-6.8rpg-1.1apg-0.8spg-1.5bpg-27.8mpg
Comment: The reigning Horizon League POY will return along with the entire Butler team, and will look to be more competitive than ever. Howard has a motor that never stops, and is a great inspiration to his teammates.
56. Kenneth Faried, Morehead State: 13.9ppg-13.0rpg-1.4apg-1.9spg-1.9bpg-30.1mpg
Comment: Faried is a complete beast, on the boards and on defense. He will go into next season as the top returning rebounder in the nation in terms of rebounds per game this past season.
57. D.J. Rivera, Binghamton: 20.0ppg-6.5rpg-1.1apg-1.8spg-0.4bpg-35.4mpg
Comment: Rivera for some reason did not sit out a year after transferring from St. Joseph’s, and because of that he was not selected to an All-conference team by the coaches. He is an excellent shooter and scorer, and rebounds well for his position.
58. E’Twaun Moore, Purdue: 13.8ppg-4.6rpg-3.0apg-1.1spg-0.4bpg-33.0mpg
Comment: Moore is the best pure scorer out of the super soph trio from Purdue. He is also a good defender and passer, but he still has room to improve.
59. Shawn Taggart, Memphis: 10.4ppg-7.6rpg-0.4apg-0.6spg-1.4bpg-25.0mpg
Comment: Taggart will have graduated by next season, and the impression was he wanted to get out and play professionally somewhere if not the NBA. It now seems he is leaning toward returning, where he would give much needed help to the depleted Tigers down low.
60. Deon Thompson, North Carolina: 10.6ppg-5.7rpg-0.7apg-0.9spg-1.1bpg-24.8mpg
Comment: Thompson has always taken the backseat to Tyler Hansbrough, but he has steadily improved each season. He will have the opportunity to have a big impact his senior season this year with UNC.
61. Artsiom Parakhouski, Radford: 16.2ppg-11.2rpg-1.1apg-0.8spg-1.5bpg-31.3mpg
Comment: Parakhouski has made a name for himself playing for the Big South champs Radford, and he often dominates his opponents, scoring 39 points and grabbing 19 rebounds against Seth Curry and Liberty this season.
62. Chris Warren, Ole Miss: 19.6ppg-1.5rpg-4.0apg-2.5spg-0bpg-34.4mpg
Comment: He missed most of the season with an injury, but when he was on the floor he was a scoring machine. He is also a great defender and shooter.
63. Solomon Alabi, Florida State: 8.4ppg-5.6rpg-0.3apg-0.5spg-2.1bpg-22.3mpg
Comment: Alabi was named to the ACC All-Defensive Team as a freshman, and will return with the experience and strength to be a top big man in the ACC.
64. Edwin Ubiles, Siena: 15.0ppg-4.9rpg-2.1apg-1.5spg-1.0bpg-33.5mpg
Comment: Ubiles was not noticed often this past season, in part because he played along with the MAAC POY Kenny Hasbrouck. Ubiles will have a bigger impact this season, and will help make a name for Siena as one of the top mid-major teams early on.
65. Raymar Morgan, Michigan State: 10.2ppg-5.3rpg-1.2apg-0.7spg-0.2bpg-22.5mpg
Comment: Morgan slumped his junior season, as he was injured and never really got back on track. He still has great potential, and I expect him to rebound his senior season.
66. Lawrence Westbrook, Minnesota: 12.6ppg-2.5rpg-1.4apg-0.7spg-0.1bpg-24.1mpg
Comment: The cousin of NFL running back Brian Westbrook has great talent, but playing in Tubby Smith’s system led him to go unnoticed for the most part. Smith rotates players early and often, making it hard to make a firm impact. Westbrook is still one of the more explosive players in the country.
67. Patrick Christopher, California: 14.5ppg-3.8rpg-2.1apg-0.8spg-0.2bpg-33.3mpg
Comment: The sharp shooting guard is expected to return, giving California one of the most dangerous backcourts in the nation. Christopher is the best scorer and slasher of the bunch.
68. Marqus Blakely, Vermont: 16.1ppg-9.0rpg-2.5apg-2.0spg-2.7bpg-32.7
Comment: Blakely is undersized for the power forward position at 6’5, but that does not stop him from playing tenaciously. He is a good scorer and defender in the low post, making him one of the best undersized forwards in the country.
69. Sylven Landesberg, Virginia: 16.6ppg-6.0rpg-2.8apg-1.0spg-0.1bpg-34.2mpg
Comment: The reigning ACC freshman of the year will have an even bigger impact this season under new coach Tony Bennett, and will gain more exposure along with the Cavaliers.
70. Mac Koshwal, DePaul: 12.2ppg-9.6rpg-1.8apg-1.3spg-0.4bpg-32.1mpg
Comment: Koshwal is a raw talent, but he is dominant on the boards. He needs to become more coordinated down low, and when he gains that his scoring and defensive ability will improve greatly.
71. DeShawn Sims, Michigan: 15.4ppg-6.8rpg-0.7apg-1.1spg-0.8bpg-30.7mpg
Comment: Sims is one of the more underrated forwards, but next season he as well as the whole Michigan team will return, and he will look to have a breakout season.
72. Jermaine Dixon, Pittsburgh: 8.4ppg-2.6rpg-2.0apg-1.4spg-0.7bpg-24.6mpg
Comment: The brother of former Maryland standout Juan Dixon had a great freshman season for the Panthers. Dixon will be the only returning starter from this year’s elite eight squad.
73. Jimmer Fredette, BYU: 16.2ppg-3.0rpg-4.1apg-1.5spg-0.1bpg-33.0mpg
Comment: Fredette will return as one of the top mid-major guards, containing great court vision and defensive ability.
74. Delvon Roe, Michigan State: 5.6ppg-5.2rpg-0.9apg-0.4spg-0.8bpg-17.9mpg
Comment: Despite some injury problems last season he was the only freshman starter in the Final Four. He has great potential, and with the right offseason preparation he can break out as one of the top big men in the country next year.
75. Demetri McCamey, Illinois: 11.5ppg-2.6rpg-4.6apg-0.9spg-0.2bpg-30.6mpg
Comment: McCamey will be the main scorer for the Illini, and will look to have a breakout season next year.
26. Lazar Hayward, Marquette: 16.3ppg-8.6rpg-1.1apg-1.0spg-0.3bpg-31.7mpg
Comment: Hayward was the only legit forward for one of the most undersized teams in the country, and now with the graduation of the Marquette backcourt he will have to be the go to guy now more than ever.
27. Derrick Brown, Xavier: 13.7ppg-6.1rpg-1.9apg-0.7spg-0.9bpg-29.5mpg
Comment: It is unsure if Brown will remain at Xavier for his senior year or enter the NBA draft, but if he returns Xavier will be arguably the best mid-major team. He has great athleticism and an all around game, and can take the game into his own hands if needed.
28. Nick Calathes, Florida: 17.2ppg-5.3rpg-6.4apg-1.9spg-0.2bpg-33.3mpg
Comment: Calathes has great size at 6’6 for the point guard position. He also has great court vision because of it, which leads to more baskets in transition. He can dish it out, rebound, and has great shooting stroke. His main critique is that he is not athletic enough to guard the quickest and fastest point guards, which is a problem in the NBA.
29. Jarvis Varnado, Miss State: 12.9ppg-8.8rpg-0.8apg-0.6spg-4.7bpg-28.1mpg
Comment: Varnado has a chance next season to become the NCAA’s all time leading shot blocker, and if he block as many shots as he did this season he has a very good chance at achieving that. He is long armed, athletic, and has excellent timing, which are all attributes of a great shot blocker. He has a decent offensive game to compliment that, but it could use a little work.
30. Da’Sean Butler, West Virginia: 17.1ppg-5.9rpg-1.7apg-1.3spg-0.3bpg-33.1mpg
Comment: Over the past season Butler has grown into an elite scorer, putting up 43 points against Villanova. He has the ability to put the ball on the floor, shoot the three, or go iso, and is athletic enough to play the 2, 3, or 4 positions.
31. JaJuan Johnson, Purdue: 13.4ppg-5.6rpg-0.7apg-0.5spg-2.1bpg-26.9mpg
Comment: Johnson is raw, but he has excellent athletic ability which means great upside. His role will be as big as he lets it be, and if he plays to his potential he can be one if the best big men in the country.
32. Talor Battle, Penn State: 16.7ppg-5.3rpg-5.0apg-1.2spg-0.1bpg-37.4mpg
Comment: If I were to make a laundry list of the best clutch shooters in college basketball, Battle would be one of the first names to pop into my head. It seems like he has unlimited range, and can hit from anywhere on the floor. He is quick and a physical defender for his size as well.
33. Greivis Vasquez, Maryland: 17.5ppg-5.4rpg-5.0apg-1.4spg-0.4bpg-34.6mpg
Comment: Vasquez is one of the better all around point guards, many times out hustling his opponent on loose ball plays, and finishing around the rim. His triple-double and emotion in Maryland’s win over North Carolina showed he has the leadership and courage to never back down.
34. James Anderson, Oklahoma State: 18.2ppg-5.7rpg-1.4apg-1.1spg-0.7bpg-33.5mpg
Comment: “Big Game” James is a great option for the 2 or 3 position, as he has the height and strength to take on big opponents. He is an excellent three point and free throw shooter, and can create his own shot when needed.
35. Jerome Randle, California: 18.3ppg-3.0rpg-5.0apg-0.7spg-0bpg-35.3mpg
Comment: While Randle is shorter than most point guards, he contains the speed and court savvy to make up for it. He is also an excellent three point shooter for the nation’s top three point shooting team, shooting 46% from beyond the arc.
36. Tyler Smith, Tennessee: 17.4ppg-5.8rpg-3.4apg-0.7spg-0.2bpg-32.6mpg
Comment: Smith transferred from Iowa to Tennessee and has since been the go to guy for the Vols, making 1st Team All-SEC this past season. It is rumored that he will return to school if he not a guaranteed first round selection in the NBA draft.
37. Malcolm Delaney, Virginia Tech: 18.1ppg-4.0rpg-4.5apg-1.5spg-0.3bpg-36.9mpg
Comment: Delaney is a playmaker and scorer, who can hit big shots. He is also a good defender, and his leadership continues to improve with his experience.
38. Devin Ebanks, West Virginia: 10.5ppg-7.8rpg-2.7apg-0.8spg-0.7bpg-30.2mpg
Comment: Ebanks tenacious play on the defensive end of the floor moves him up the board, because if he works on his offensive game during the offseason he could break out next season. As a freshman he showed great signs of maturity in terms of basketball IQ.
39. Michael Washington, Arkansas: 15.5ppg-9.8rpg-0.9apg-1.0spg-1.3bpg-30.0mpg
Comment: He started out strong last season, but he later started to go under the radar. He is quick and athletic with the ball down low, and he also has good defensive awareness.
40. Tasmin Mitchell, LSU: 16.3ppg-7.2rpg-1.9apg-1.6spg-0.7bpg-32.5mpg
Comment: Mitchell helped lead the Tigers resurgence, and is a versatile forward who can play down low or on the wing. It is still unknown if he will stay in the draft or not.
41. Robbie Hummel, Purdue: 12.5ppg-7.0rpg-1.9apg-1.2spg-0.6bpg-29.5mpg
Comment: The preseason Big 10 POY was slowed by injuries last season, and that caused him to hit a few slumps. He started to pick up his play toward the end of the season, in large part because of his shooting ability.
42. A.J. Ogilvy, Vanderbilt: 15.4ppg-7.1rpg-1.3apg-0.9spg-1.7bpg-27.6mpg
Comment: The Australian center has long had potential, and he is growing into it more than ever now. He has underrated finesse around the basket and can get the tough rebounds.
43. Nic Wise, Arizona: 15.7ppg-2.5rpg-4.6apg-1.5spg-0.1bpg-36.4mpg
Comment: Wise is a great scorer, but he often took a backseat to Chase Budinger and Jordan Hill this past season. He will now be the main guy in Arizona, and will have the chance to be a star.
44. Luke Babbitt, Nevada: 16.9ppg-7.4rpg-1.4apg-0.7spg-0.7bpg-32.6mpg
Comment: Nevada seems to have a recent history of big men, and Babbitt is the next in line. His freshmen season he showed that he already is one of the best mid-major big men in the country, and now going into his sophomore season he will be prepared more than ever.
45. Jeremy Hazell, Seton Hall: 22.7ppg-3.8rpg-0.9apg-1.8spg-0bpg-36.3mpg
Comment: Hazell is one of the best scorers in the nation, putting up six 30 point games this past season. He is not that great of a passer, which can lead to a one-dimensional game sometimes.
46. Austin Daye, Gonzaga: 12.7ppg-6.8rpg-1.1apg-0.7spg-2.1bpg-26.3mpg
Comment: Daye often underachieved last season, but because of his upside and skill he is projected as a first round pick in the NBA draft, so it is uncertain if he will return. Daye can score and beat his man to the rim, but because of his skinniness he often gets pushed around down low.
47. Jerome Dyson, UConn: 13.2ppg-4.1rpg-3.2apg-1.8spg-0.3bpg-29.3mpg
Comment: Dyson was injured for a good part of last season, but he will now be the Huskies main scorer, which he is fully capable of.
48. Jrue Holiday, UCLA: 8.5ppg-3.8rpg-3.7apg-1.6spg-0.5bpg-27.1mpg
Comment: After drawing comparisons to the likes of Baron Davis, Holiday did not play up to par his freshmen season. If he stays another season he could be a guaranteed lottery pick next year, but as of right now he is a late first rounder. I think he will stay in the draft, rather than risk his stock falling even farther.
49. Dexter Pittman, Texas: 10.0ppg-5.2rpg-0.4apg-0.4spg-1.0bpg-16.6mpg
Comment: Pittman has shed over 70 pounds since coming to Austin, but he is still not conditioned enough to play even half the game. If Pittman could play at least 25 minutes a game, he would be one of the most dominant centers in the country.
50. Chris Wright, Dayton: 13.3ppg-6.6rpg-0.9apg-0.9spg-1.3bpg-26.1mpg
Comment: Wright led the way to the national spotlight for Dayton, and he contains great athleticism and versatility. He has size to outman his opponent at the small forward position, or he can have the quickness to beat a bigger man to the basket.
1. Luke Harangody, Notre Dame: 23.3ppg-11.8rpg-2.1apg-0.9spg-0.9bpg-34.2mpg
Comment: Harangody is the logical choice for number one, he has made the All-Big East first team 2 straight years and was the Big East POY his sophomore season. He dominates in almost every performance, with 25 double-doubles this season including six 30 point games and 10 games of 15 rebounds or more.
2. Jeff Teague, Wake Forest: 18.8ppg-3.3rpg-3.5apg-1.9spg-0.6bpg-32.0mpg
Comment: Teague is the best SSS player in the nation (shooter, slasher, scorer). He now has two years of experience and will be one of the most electrifying players in the nation should he withdraw from the NBA draft.
3. Cole Aldrich, Kansas: 14.9ppg-11.1rpg-1.0apg-0.6spg-2.7bpg-29.6mpg
Comment: Surprised many by foregoing the NBA draft and his projected lottery status by returning to KU. Recorded the first triple-double for the Jayhawks in tournament history and he will enter next season as one of the premier big men in the nation.
4. Tyreke Evans, Memphis: 17.1ppg-5.4rpg-3.9apg-2.1spg-0.8bpg-29.0mpg
Comment: Guards in John Calipari’s system almost always flourish, and that is exactly what Tyreke Evans did. He is projected as a lottery pick in the NBA draft, so it is unlikely that he will return to school, especially with the departure of Calipari.
5. Trevor Booker, Clemson: 15.3ppg-9.7rpg-1.7apg -1.5spg-2.0bpg-30.7mpg
Comment: Booker was the first player since Tim Duncan to lead the ACC in rebounding and field goal percentage. A bit undersized, but he goes up strong for every basket and rebound. There is no fiercer competitor than him in the nation.
6. Greg Monroe, Georgetown: 12.7ppg-6.5rpg-2.5apg-1.8spg-1.5bpg-30.9mpg
Comment: Passed up his status as a guaranteed lottery pick in the NBA draft to return for his sophomore season. He has room to improve, but he showed signs of take over ability as a freshman. A great upside is still there, and there aren’t too many centers that can shoot and handle the ball as well as he can.
7. Sherron Collins, Kansas: 18.9ppg-2.9rpg-5.0apg-1.1spg-0bpg-35.1mpg
Comment: Collins is the best combination of strength, quickness, and ball-handling ability in the nation. He is a tenacious defender as well, and arguably the best all around point guard.
8. Gerald Henderson, Duke: 16.5ppg-4.9rpg-2.5apg-1.2spg-0.8bpg-29.7mpg
Comment: There have been rumors that Henderson is close to signing an agent, but as of now he can still return for his senior season. Henderson is a playmaker, with the ability to drive and draw defenders and hit key shots.
9. Patrick Mills, Saint Mary’s: 18.4ppg-2.4rpg-3.9apg-2.2spg-0.2bpg-33.3mpg
Comment: Was slowed by an injury near the end of the season, which could affect his draft status, which could ultimately decide his decision to stay or go. He thrives in St. Mary’s up-tempo offense, pushing the ball up the court and being relentless on defense.
10. Patrick Patterson, Kentucky: 17.9ppg-9.3rpg-1.9apg-0.6spg-2.1bpg-33.7mpg
Comment: Patterson has officially removed his name from NBA draft consideration, and he will enter next season as one of the best big men in the country under new head coach John Calipari. He will be complimented by recruits DeMarcus Cousins and Daniel Orton, who will help relieve him of inside pressure on the offensive end.
11. Willie Warren, Oklahoma: 14.6ppg-2.2rpg-3.1apg-1.1spg-0.1bpg-31.3mpg
Comment: Would have been a potential lottery pick in this year’s draft along with teammate Blake Griffin, but he decided to return to the Sooners where he will be the man on campus. Posted two 30 point games this past season, and possesses star and game changing talent.
12. Evan Turner, Ohio State: 17.3ppg-7.1rpg-4.0apg-1.8spg-0.8bpg-36.4mpg
Comment: Turner led the Buckeyes in points, rebounds, assists, and steals, one of only a handful of players to do so for their team in the nation. He skipped this year’s draft because he was not satisfied with this past season, and a player like him that returns with a vengeance is one to watch out for.
13. Craig Brackins, Iowa State: 20.2ppg-9.5rpg-1.3apg-0.5spg-0.9bpg-32.5mpg
Comment: Brackins is the most underrated big man in the country. He is nothing short of dominant, posting 16 double-doubles, including a 42 point, 14 rebound game against Cole Aldrich and Kansas. If you did not hear of him last season, you will hear plenty of him next season.
14. Kalin Lucas, Michigan State: 14.7ppg-2.1rpg-4.6apg-1.0spg-0.2bpg-31.9mpg
Comment: He will go into next season as the reigning Big 10 POY and National Champ runner up. He has above average court vision, pushing the ball in transition and hitting the open man at the right time. He also does a good job at setting the tempo in an up-tempo or half court offense.
15. Taj Gibson, USC: 14.3ppg-9.0rpg-1.3apg-1.0spg-2.9bpg-33.7mpg
Comment: He is already the age of a senior, and it is unlikely his stock in the draft will rise much even if he returns to school for his last year of eligibility, so I expect him to stay put in the draft. Gibson is one of the best interior defenders in the nation, and is also one of the best finishers around the rim.
16. Jodie Meeks, Kentucky: 23.7ppg-3.4rpg-1.8apg-1.3spg-0.1bpg-34.4mpg
Comment: Meeks is one of the best scorers and shooters in the nation, as we saw against Tennessee with his 54 point game, but his big problem is defense. It is not that he is not a good defender, but it often seems he could care less and lacks aggressiveness. I expect him to return to Kentucky after declaring for the draft without hiring an agent.
17. Ed Davis, North Carolina: 6.7ppg-6.6rpg-0.6apg-0.4spg-1.7bpg-18.8mpg
Comment: Davis played limited minutes off the bench for UNC’s championship team, but he provided excellent defensive support. He would have been a lottery pick in the NBA draft, but he opted to return to school. With Hansbrough gone he has the opportunity to be the main man down low for the Heels.
18. Kyle Singler, Duke: 16.5ppg-7.7rpg-2.4apg-1.5spg-1.0bpg-32.2mpg
Comment: Singler is one of the best all around forwards in the nation, possessing the ability to score down low, drive to the basket, or hit the three. He is a solid rebounder, but he does lack a little toughness down low at times.
19. Devan Downey, South Carolina: 19.8ppg-2.8rpg-4.5apg-2.9spg-0.1bpg-32.9mpg
Comment: In my opinion Downey is the most electrifying player in the nation. He has amazing quickness, a great shooting touch, and quick hands on defense. He will enter next season with the second most steals per game from last season among returning players. His 5’9 height is why he is not a lock for a first round pick in the NBA Draft.
20. Manny Harris, Michigan: 16.9ppg-6.8rpg-4.4apg-1.2spg-0.5bpg-32.9mpg
Comment: Harris is one of the more athletic guards in the country, as he is an excellent defender on the perimeter and insider. He is an efficient point guard and has the ability to dish and drive or pull up for the jump shot.
21. Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest: 12.9ppg-8.2rpg-1.5apg-1.0spg-1.2bpg-29.0mpg
Comment: Aminu surprised many after declining to follow teammate James Johnson to the NBA Draft, where he would have most likely been a lottery selection. He is a great all around player, athletic with the ability to make plays around the basket on both ends of the court.
22. Gani Lawal, Georgia Tech: 15.1ppg-9.5rpg-0.6apg-1.0spg-1.5bpg-29.6mpg
Comment: It is a very tough task to stop Lawal around the rim, as his athletic and finishing ability often leads to him getting his way. His stock in the NBA draft has risen steadily because of his upside and ability, but if he returned to GT he would play with top recruit Derrick Favors.
23. Scottie Reynolds, Villanova: 15.2ppg-2.9rpg-3.4apg-1.6spg-0.1bpg-32.2mpg
Comment: After a Final Four run, Reynolds has proved many doubters wrong that said he is not capable of leading a team to the top. He is inconsistent at times, but when he gets going he is one of the more dangerous play makers in the nation.
24. Samardo Samuels, Louisville: 11.8ppg-4.9rpg-0.9apg-0.6spg-1.3bpg-25.1mpg
Comment: Samuels will be the go to guy for the Cardinals next season, and I think he is fully capable of it. He was somewhat overshadowed by Earl Clark and Terrence Williams, but when given the opportunity to be the man, he will take advantage of it.
25. Damion James, Texas: 15.4ppg-9.2rpg-1.3apg-1.0spg-0.9bpg-29.5mpg
Comment: James is as athletic and versatile as any forward in the nation. He is am aggressive rebounder and inside scorer, and has recently developed an outside game, showing he is more than capable of hitting the three when needed. He is a borderline first round projection in the draft, but the word around Austin is that he will probably return.
Keep in mind these rankings are based off of the 2008-2009 season. Check back for updated and expanded rankings after the 2009-2010 season.