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College basketball’s top 100 players for 2019-2020 season: No. 100 through No. 51

Counting down the top 100 players in college basketball for the 2019-2020 season.

A collage of Colorado’s Tyler Bey (left), Michigan’s Jon Teske (center), and Xavier’s Paul Scruggs (right)
Colorado’s Tyler Bey, Michigan’s Jon Teske, and Xavier’s Paul Scruggs all appear in our top 100 college basketball players countdown.

We’re counting down the top 100 players in college basketball for the 2019-2020 season. Find players No. 50 to No. 1 here. — ed. note

100. Collin Gillespie, JR, G, Villanova

Gillespie was handed the keys to the Villanova offense a year ahead of schedule last season, and it showed. Expect him to benefit from that experience and be an all-conference performer for Jay Wright as a junior.

99. Daniel Oturu, SO, C, Minnesota

Oturu established himself as a fierce inside presence in his first collegiate season, leading all Big Ten freshmen in rebounding, field goal percentage and blocks. With Jordan Murphy and Amir Coffey gone, Oturu will have to thrive in an expanded role if the Golden Gophers are going to make it back to the NCAA tournament.

98. Tulio Da Silva, SR, F, Missouri State

The Brazil native and South Florida transfer was the MVC Newcomer of the Year last season while averaging 14.3 ppg and 7.4 rebounds. Da Silva, who set a school record for dunks last season with 42, will be the unquestioned star for a Missouri State team that is the preseason pick to win the Missouri Valley.

97. Jay Huff, JR, F, Virginia

Tony Bennett has a history of taking guys with pedestrian stat lines but a handful of flashes of brilliance and turning them into standouts by the time they’re juniors and seniors. Expect Huff, a 7’1 forward who can shoot the three and handle the rock a little bit, to be the next who follows that path.

96. Nathan Knight, SR, G, William & Mary

William & Mary is one of only four original Division I programs that has never made the NCAA tournament. It’s on Knight, who averaged 21.0 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game last season, to remove the Tribe from that dubious club in his final collegiate season.

95. Trent Frazier, JR, G, Illinois

Frazier has been Illinois’ most consistent performer over the last couple of down seasons, and figures to maintain that role in a year where the Illini hope to return as a national player. Ayo Dosunmu is the guy getting all the (deserved) NBA buzz, but Brad Underwood doesn’t get this team into the Big Dance unless Frazier performs like an all-conference caliber player.

94. Remy Martin, JR, G, Arizona State

The man with the perfect name to be a highly entertaining Arizona State point guard is back for his junior season after helping to lead the Sun Devils to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances for the first time in 30 years. Martin battled through injuries throughout his sophomore season, but still earned Second Team All-Pac-12 honors after averaging 14.2 points and a league-leading 6.2 assists per game.

93. Trent Forrest, SR, G, Florida State

Forrest, who has been nagged by injuries throughout his college career, will be the heart and soul of a Florida State team talented enough to once again be a threat to the top of the ACC. Forrest is a dogged defender and a consistent performer on the offensive end who’s always at his best when the stakes are the highest.

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92. Jordan Bowden, SR, G, Tennessee

Bowden and backcourt mate Lamonte Turner have had their fair share of shining moments in Knoxville already, but they’ve never stood directly in the spotlight. With the Grant Williams/Admiral Schofield era now a thing of the past, that’s all about to change. Bowden was a double-figure scorer a year ago, but his 10.6 ppg is going to need to increase if the Volunteers are going to make it back to the NCAA tournament’s second weekend.

91. Samuell Williamson, FR, F, Louisville

A late-blooming McDonald’s All-American, Williamson is a silky-smooth wing who should benefit greatly from the attention that preseason ACC Player of the Year Jordan Nwora is going to receive from opposing defenses.

90. Elijah Hughes, JR, G, Syracuse

Hughes was a surprise standout for Jim Boeheim last season, averaging 13.7 ppg in his first season after transferring in from East Carolina. He’s the only returning starter from last year’s 20-win team, and should be the Orange’s No. 1 option on offense this season.

89. Nick Rakocevic, SR, C, USC

Rakocevic may suit up for a program that has a reputation for being a little bipolar, but personally he’s about as reliable a player as there is in the Pac-12. He ranked among the Pac-12’s top-10 in six categories last season, scoring average (10th), rebounds (third), field goal percentage (eighth), blocked shots (fifth), offensive rebounds (first) and defensive rebounds (third).

88. A.J. Lawson, SO, G, South Carolina

Lawson averaged 13.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game while being forced to play more minutes than Frank Martin would have liked as a freshman. His 6’6 size makes him a matchup issue for pretty much every opponent on the Gamecocks’ 2019-20 schedule.

87. Chris Lykes, JR, G, Miami

The diminutive — he’s listed at 5’7 and that seems generous — Lykes figures to be one of college basketball’s most entertaining players in 2019-20. He ranked ninth in the ACC in scoring (16.2 ppg) last season and figures to have an even bigger green light as a junior. That’s welcome news for a guy who seems willing to pull up from just about any spot across halfcourt.

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86. Joe Wieskamp, SO, G, Iowa

Assuming Jordan Bohannon is never healthy enough to play this season, Wieskamp is going to be the guy for Fran McCaffery. He’s already an established marksman from the outside, but Wieskamp’s offensive game will need to become a bit more diversified if he’s going to approach the overall numbers Hawkeye fans would expect to see from a healthy Bohannon.

85. Jared Butler, SO, G, Baylor

Baylor found its stride last season when Butler found his and began running the show for the Bears at the point. He averaged 10.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game for a Baylor squad that advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament, but which has loftier aspirations in 2019-20.

84. Jahmius Ramsey, FR, G, Texas Tech

The former five-star recruit significantly upped expectations for his freshman season by dropping 44 points in one of Texas Tech’s August exhibition games in the Bahamas. Ramsey figures to be one of the offensive focal points for a Red Raider team looking to replace the production of Jarrett Culver, Matt Mooney and Tariq Owens from last season’s national runner-up squad.

83. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, FR, F, Villanova

Trying to predict who’s going to do what for this year’s Villanova team feels damn near impossible. Jay Wright has a bunch of similar pieces to work with, and it’s likely going to take a bit of time to figure out who goes where. A super versatile 6’9 wing, Robinson-Earl feels like the ‘Nova newcomer best equipped to come in and be consistently productive from night one on. He’ll be a double-double threat every time he steps on the court this season.

82. Admon Gilder, SR, G, Gonzaga

One of the top grad transfers in the country, Gilder comes to Gonzaga by way of Texas A&M, where he was forced to miss all of last season with a blood clot in his right bicep. Before that, he was the driving force for two highly successful Aggie teams. Gilder averaged 12.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists for a Sweet 16-bound Texas A&M team in 2017-18, and 13.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists the year before that.

81. Paul Scruggs, JR, G, Xavier

Naji Marshall is going to be the frontman for this year’s Xavier team, but Scruggs showed glimpses down the stretch of last season that he has the ability to be an All-Big East performer. He was terrific in March, most notably when he scored 28 points and handed out seven assists in the Musketeers’ overtime loss to Villanova in the Big East tournament semifinals.

80. Kahlil Whitney, FR, F, Kentucky

Another five-star Kentucky freshman, it’ll be interesting to see exactly what role Whitney winds up playing for this year’s UK team. Whatever role it is, Whitney’s freak athleticism and ability to play and defend multiple positions demands that it’s going to be a prominent one.

79. Omer Yurtseven, JR, C, Georgetown

The versatile 7-footer averaged 13.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game for NC State in 2017-18 before deciding it was time for a change of scenery. He’ll fill the void left by the graduation of Jessie Govan, and should serve as the perfect compliment to the explosive backcourt duo of James Akinjo and Mac McClung.

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78. Ochai Agbaji, SO, G, Kansas

Agbaji’s redshirt was burned in the middle of last season out of necessity, and he responded more impressively than Bill Self could have ever imagined. He hit a bit of a wall down the stretch but still posted respectable — all things considered — averages of 8.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game for the season. If his outside shot improves enough, he’ll have all the tools necessary to help Kansas make a run at the national title and then bolt for the greener pastures of the NBA.

77. Dejon Jarreau, JR, G, Houston

In 2018, Rob Gray passed the torch to Corey Davis Jr., who then passed it on to Jarreau after the Cougars had their hearts broken by Kentucky in the Sweet 16 last March. A former top-50 recruit, Jarreau was impressive enough last season to earn the AAC Sixth Man of the Year award despite playing just 18 minutes per game. With its three starting guards from last season all gone, Jarreau will be asked to do much more in 2019-20.

76. Davide Moretti, JR, G, Texas Tech

As a sophomore last season, Moretti became the only player in the history of the Big 12 to shoot at least 50 percent from the floor, 50 percent three, and 90 percent from the free-throw line in a season. He’ll be asked to up his scoring output now that Jarrett Culver is getting paid to play the game.

75. Tyler Bey, JR, F, Colorado

With McKinley Wright injured last season, Bey stepped up to lead the Buffs with 13.6 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game while shooting 54.1 percent from the field. Now Bey is ready to team up again with a healthy Wright to form what should be one of the best inside-outside duos in the country this season.

74. Precious Achiuwa, FR, F, Memphis

The “other” five-star freshman on Memphis’ loaded 2019-20 squad, Achiuwa should reap the benefits of the extreme amount of attention James Wiseman will receive from opposing defenses. His ability to knock down the outside shot should also allow the Tigers to adequately space the floor in Penny Hardaway’s halfcourt sets.

73. Javonte Smart, SO, G, LSU

Smart had an ... interesting ... freshman season in which he averaged 11.1 points and 2.4 assists per game. He was sensational at times, most notably when he scored 29 points in an 82-80 OT win over Tennessee that proved to be the deciding factor in LSU claiming the SEC’s regular-season championship. His production should increase as a sophomore as he steps into the role previously occupied by Tiger star Tremont Waters.

72. Xavier Johnson, SO, G, Pittsburgh

Johnson was a monster for Pitt in his freshman season, breaking the school’s 34-year-old freshman scoring record and establishing himself as the only player in Division I to average at least 15.5 points and 4.5 assists per game. He achieved those offensive numbers despite often being asked to defend the opposition’s best player on the other end of the floor.

71. Matt Haarms, JR, C, Purdue

The man with arguably the best head of hair in college basketball is back to man the middle for another year in West Lafayette. The 7’3 Haarms is an established defensive force who will be looking to improve his numbers (9.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.1 bpg) in a season where the Boilermakers figure to be less reliant on the outside shot.

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70. Mustapha Heron, SR, G, St. John’s

The cupboard isn’t entirely bare for new St. John’s head coach Mike Anderson. In his first year after transferring in from Auburn, Heron averaged a solid 14.6 ppg last season, but often seemed unsure of how to coexist in a backcourt also occupied by score-crazy point guard Shamorie Ponds. Ponds is gone now, which means Heron and fellow veteran guard LJ Figueroa should have an opportunity to post some gaudy numbers on a team that will be otherwise extremely thin on scoring.

69. Jon Teske, SR, C, Michigan

Already one of the top interior defenders in college basketball, Teske became a legitimate offensive threat for the first time in his college career last season. If his improvement on the end of the floor continues, he should be one of the most well-rounded big men in the country this season as a senior.

68. Lamine Diane, SO, Cal State Northridge

The best player in the country you’ve never heard of, last season Diane became the first ever Big West player to win the conference’s Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Newcomer of the Year awards all in the same season. He broke single-season school records for points (818), rebounds (368), field goals made (340), blocks (72) and double-doubles (20), and was also the only player in the country to average above 24 points (24.8), 10 rebounds (11.2) and two blocks (2.2).

67. Xavier Sneed, SR, G, Kansas State

Sneed is the top returning scorer (10.9), rebounder (5.5), three-point shooter, and minutes leader (30.7) from a Kansas State squad that shared the Big 12 regular-season title with Texas Tech in 2018-19. He’s also the player most responsible for making sure the Wildcats don’t take a dramatic step backwards in 2019-20.

66. Aaron Henry, SO, F, Michigan State

Henry entered the starting lineup midway through last season, and every now and then provided Michigan State fans with a glimpse into a very bright future. He can knock down the outside shot, he’s explosive when he needs to be, and his Miles Bridges-esque frame should allow him to be one of the better finishers in the Big Ten this season. He also figures to have more opportunities than originally expected with Josh Langford (who would be on this list if healthy) sidelined until at least January, Henry is going to be an NBA Draft pick, the only question is when.

65. Bryce Aiken, SR, G, Harvard

Aiken enters his senior season with a bit of a chip on his shoulder. His junior year ended prematurely after he dropped 38 points in the Ivy League tournament championship game, but still saw his top-seeded Harvard squad upended by arch-rival Yale. The Crimson are the overwhelming favorites to win the Ivy in 2019-20, and Aiken, who dropped 33 or more points in four of the 17 games he played in last year, is the pundits’ pick to once again be the conference’s top performer.

64. John Mooney, SR, F, Notre Dame

Mooney was the lone bright spot in an otherwise dismal season for Mike Brey and Notre Dame in 2018-19. He led the ACC in rebounding at 11.2 rpg, and his 20 double-doubles were six more than any other player in the conference. Mooney figures to have significantly more help in his final college season.

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63. Nojel Eastern, JR, G, Purdue

A Big Ten All-Defensive Team selection a year ago, Eastern will be asked to up his offensive production now that All-American Carsen Edwards and senior sharpshooter Ryan Cline have moved on. Despite playing on the wing, Eastern led the Boilermakers in rebounding a year ago at 5.5 rpg.

62. Antoine Davis, SO, G, Detroit Mercy

The nation’s leading returning scorer at 26.1 ppg, Davis was outscored last season by only Campbell’s Chris Clemons (30 ppg) and Hofstra’s Justin Wright-Foreman (27 ppg). Davis became the first freshman ever to lead the Horizon League in scoring, and his 132 three-pointers broke the Division I record for triples by a freshman that had previously been held by Stephen Curry. Expect the coach’s son to fill it up at an even higher clip for the Titans this season.

61. Josh Green, FR, F, Arizona

Nico Mannion is the Arizona freshman everyone is talking about, but Green is going to get his fair share of headlines during the season as well. The Australian native is an off the charts athlete who has the potential to be the perfect running mate with Mannion in transition.

60. Neemias Queta, SO, C, Utah State

One of the nation’s most surprising freshman stars last season, Queta shattered Utah State’s previous single-season blocks record of 59 by swatting 84 in his first collegiate season. He also led the team in rebounding at 8.9 rpg and ranked second in scoring at 11.8 ppg. Expect Queta’s second season with the Aggies to be his last before bolting for the NBA.

59. Charles Bassey, SO, C, Western Kentucky

Everyone assumed Bassey’s first season at Western Kentucky would be his only season at Western Kentucky, but here we are. Bassey was the C-USA Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year after averaging a team-best 14.6 points, 10 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game in 2018-19. There aren’t many teams in the country, and there certainly isn’t another one in Conference USA, that have an inside presence who can do the types of things Bassey can do.

58. Kellan Grady, JR, G, Davidson

A First Team All-Atlantic 10 selection last season, Grady ranked third in the conference in scoring at 17.3 points per game. He eclipsed the 20-point mark on 13 occasions, including a 31-point effort in Davidson’s final game of the season, an NIT loss to Lipscomb.

57. Skylar Mays, SR, G, LSU

Mays was the only LSU player to start all 35 games last season, averaging 13.4 points per game for the SEC regular season champions. He’ll be asked to shoulder a larger chunk of the offensive load with Tremont Waters now cashing checks from the Boston Celtics.

56. Lamonte Turner, SR, G, Tennessee

Injuries delayed the start of Turner’s 2018-19, but the former SEC Sixth Man of the Year still wound up averaging 10.9 points, 3.8 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game on that loaded Volunteers squad. He’ll be asked to up that points per game average in his final collegiate season as Tennessee adjusts to life without Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield.

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55. Grant Riller, SR, G, Charleston

An extremely safe bet to win CAA Player of the Year and finish in the top 10 nationally in scoring, Riller is coming off a junior season in which he averaged 21.9 ppg and shot just a hair short of 54 percent from the field. He set a single game school record when he scored 43 points in a 99-95 loss to Hofstra last February.

54. Derek Culver, SO, C, West Virginia

Bob Huggins was forced to throw his freshmen into the fire last season, and Culver came out looking like a true Targaryen. The big man averaged 11.5 points and 9.9 rebounds per game on the season, and his eight double-doubles in conference play were the most of any player in the Big 12.

53. Reggie Perry, SO, F, Mississippi State

After flirting with a professional turn, Perry ultimately opted to return to Starkville after a freshman season in which he seemed to just brush the surface of his potential. He averaged a respectable 9.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, but struggled with consistency. That inconsistency figures to be a thing of the past if his play this summer — when he earned Most Valuable Player honors at the FIBA U19 World Cup — is any indication.

52. Marcus Evans, SR, G, VCU

Despite dealing with injuries throughout his college career, Evans has been a First Team All-Conference selection in each of his three collegiate seasons. A year ago, he averaged a team-high 13.6 points, 3.2 assists and 1.9 steals per game for a VCU squad that dominated the Atlantic 10.

51. James Akinjo, SO, G, Georgetown

Georgetown fans are heading into the 2019-20 season dreaming about a return to the Hoya glory of the 1980s (and 2007). The biggest reason why might be Akinjo, who earned Big East Freshman of the Year honors last season after averaging 13.4 points and 5.4 assists per game for a Georgetown team that surprised many by winning 19 games and finishing tied for third in the final league standings.