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College basketball's top 100 players for 2013-14: No. 60-41

The middle chunk of SB Nation's top 100 is noticeably lacking in the mid-major department, and features two members of the defending national champions.

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60. D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, SO, G, Georgetown

Georgetown isn't typically a place where high-profile freshmen go and thrive right off the bat, so it wasn't much of a surprise to see Smith-Rivera go through some growing pains in his first season under John Thompson III. Despite coming off the bench, he played starter's minutes throughout the second half of the season, and gave a glimpse of his All-American potential with a 33-point breakout game against DePaul. With Greg Whittington's status for 2013-14 still unclear, Smith-Rivera could easily begin his sophomore campaign as the Hoyas' go-to-guy.

59. T.J. Warren, SO, F, North Carolina State

The 6'8 forward averaged a solid 12.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in a complementary role as a freshman on a veteran team last season. His field goal percentage of .622 was the best in the ACC, and he enters his sophomore season having shed some of the baby weight that kept him from seeing the court for long stretches at times a year ago.

58. Davante Gardner, SR, F, Marquette

Someone who hasn't shed any baby weight is Gardner. The 290-pound big man was Marquette's leading scorer for a large chunk of 2012-13 despite coming off the bench and averaging just 21.5 minutes per game. If his conditioning can improve to the point where he's playing at least 25-30 minutes a night, then he'll be one of the most dominant low post players in the Big East.

57. Noah Vonleh, FR, F, Indiana

The only five-star recruit joining an Indiana team that lost its two best players to the NBA, Vonleh needs to be as good as advertised from day one for Tom Crean's team to keep the momentum from the past two seasons rolling. The 6'10 New Hampton School (NH) product was originally a member of the 2014 class, but opted to reclassify in large part because of his desire to help a Hoosier team he knew would need him. He's added 20 pounds of muscle since arriving in Bloomington to get himself ready for the wear and tear of Big Ten post life.

56. Chaz Williams, SR, G, Massachusetts

Despite being generously listed at 5'9, Williams has earned the reputation of being one of the best scoring guards in the country, although that's certainly not all he brings to the table. His 473 assists over the past two seasons are the second-most among Division I returnees, and his 147 steals in just two seasons at UMass are still enough to rank him fifth on the school's all-time list. He flirted briefly with signing a professional contract in Turkey over the summer, but ultimately chose to return to school and attempt to get the Minutemen back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 16 years.

55. Treveon Graham, JR, G, VCU

The junior swingman was one of last season's biggest breakout stars, averaging 15.1 points and 5.8 rebounds for the Rams. The versatile Graham spent part of his summer representing the United States at the World University Games.

54. Jarnell Stokes, JR, F, Tennessee

The flashes of brilliance Stokes showcased as a freshman when he joined the Volunteers halfway through the season left more than a handful of folks predicting that he would set the world on fire as a sophomore. Those expectations unfairly left Stokes' season averages of 12.4 points and 9.6 rebounds looking far more pedestrian than they actually were. As a junior, he'll help lead a team that should be able to get the Vols back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the Bruce Pearl era ended.

53. Wayne Selden, FR, F, Kansas

His five-star status implies natural talent, but it's the reports of his relentless work ethic in practice that has Selden already being labeled as a fan-favorite in Lawrence. While Andrew Wiggins is probably the most heralded freshman to hit college basketball since the Greg Oden/Kevin Durant season of 2006-07, Kansas fans are expecting Selden to assume the same role that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist played for Kentucky two years ago; the tireless worker who does all the little things to help the team win, and doesn't care if the better NBA prospect is receiving more attention.

52. Alex Kirk, JR, C, New Mexico

The Mountain West's best big man is back after a season in which he posted averages of 12.1 points and 8.1 rebounds in his first year as a full-time starter. Kirk was also the only Lobo who played to his full potential in New Mexico's upset loss to Harvard in the NCAA Tournament, scoring 22 points and pulling down 12 rebounds against the overmatched Crimson frontcourt.

51. Markel Brown, SR, G, Oklahoma State

The attention demanded by teammates Marcus Smart and Le'Bryan Nash has left Brown to assume the status of being one of the most underrated guards in college basketball. Folks who follow the sport loosely would likely be shocked to find out that his 2012-13 average of 15.3 ppg was a full point better than Nash's, and put him just .01 points per game shy of Smart. He's also one of the nation's best dunkers, which impressive considering he stands just 6'3.

50. Andre Hollins, JR, G, Minnesota

Richard Pitino has talked openly this offseason about the possibility of starting senior Maverick Ahanmisi at the point, which would allow Hollins to play his more natural position, the two guard. If that happens, the explosive Hollins, who dropped 41 on Memphis at the Battle 4 Atlantis, could make a run at the Big Ten scoring title. Hollins was at his best when the stakes were the highest last season, scoring 28 points in the Gophers' NCAA Tournament win over UCLA and 25 in their loss to Florida two days later.

49. Sean Kilpatrick, SR, G, Cincinnati

Kilpatrick's 577 points last year was the highest single-season total at UC during the Mick Cronin era, but it came at a price. The redshirt senior was relied upon so heavily on the offensive end during the first half of 2012-13 that he appeared visibly worn down by the time the most important games of the year rolled around. Finding him help when the Bearcats have the ball will be even more of a concern now that Cashmere Wright and JaQuon Parker have moved on.

48. Jerian Grant, SR, G, Notre Dame

Grant is listed as a senior, but technically has two seasons of eligibility remaining at Notre Dame. After a 2012-13 where he posted averages 13.3 points and 5.5 assists, many believe he'll only use one of those years before bolting for the NBA. If that happens, he'll need to improve upon his 34 percent average from behind the three-point line.

47. Joe Jackson, SR, G, Memphis

The lone Tiger named to the AAC's preseason first team, Jackson led Memphis in scoring (13.6 ppg), assists (173; 4.8 apg), steals (60; 1.7 spg) and three-point field goal percentage (44.7) last season. It was a complete performance that earned him 2013 Conference USA Player of the Year honors.

46. Kyle Anderson, SO, G, UCLA

Despite a somehwat disappointing freshman campaign that saw him play off the ball and post averages of 9.7 points and 8.6 rebounds, Anderson has already announced that this season will be his last in college. He's a terrific passer who will likely have the ball in his hands far more now that Larry Drew (and Ben Howland) have left town.

45. Chris Jones, JR, G, Louisville

Though they're likely to begin the 2013-14 season ranked somewhere in the top three, there are plenty of people questioning how the defending national champions are going to replace the intangibles provided by graduated point guard Peyton Siva. Enter Jones, the 2012-13 JuCo Player of the Year. The former Tennessee commit enters the Division-I ranks with a reputation of being a pure scorer, something which will likely have to change in a backcourt that already has one Russ Smith.

44. Juvonte Reddic, SR, F, VCU

The 6'9 senior averaged nearly 14.6 points and 8.1 rebounds last season, and has gone from a freshman who looked incredibly lost in 2010-11 to a bon-a-fide NBA prospect. The comparisons he's drawn to former Ram Larry Sanders are justified.

43. Chane Behanan, JR, F, Louisville

Behanan showed just how valuable he can be to the Cardinals with his gritty 15-point, 12-rebound performance in the national championship game. The challenge for the former McDonald's All-American is giving that type of effort night in, night out. A player with his size and skill set should post better averages than the 9.8 points and 6.5 rebound marks he finished with a year ago.

42. Dwayne Evans, SR, F, Saint Louis

A first team All-Atlantic 10 selection, Evans led the resurgent Billikens in scoring (14.0 ppg) and rebounding (7.7 rpg) last season. The versatile forward has been SLU's leading rebounder in each of the past three seasons.

41. Kevin Pangos, JR, G, Gonzaga

The focal point of one of the nation's best backcourts, Pangos will likely be asked to shoulder more of the scoring load in his third season under Mark Few. It's a role he has the ability to play whether he's running the point or playing off the ball with David Stockton in the game.