An Early Look at the Top 50 NCAA Basketball Players
Top 50 Players So Far
The 2013-14 college basketball season is still young, but there are still many players who have separated themselves from the pack. With that said, this article is an early look at the top 50 NCAA basketball players.
This list is subject to change. There have been so many players that have stepped up this season and those players could easily move up or down this list with one bad or good performance.
It does not help that many of these players do not play in the same conference and most of them will not play each other this season.
Keep in mind that this list does not simply rank the most talented players. If that was the case, Andrew Wiggins would likely be at the top of the list.
Still, the top 5-to-10 players are pretty set in stone as of right now. I am sure a couple of other players could move up into the top 10, but we will have to wait and see if that will actually be the case.
Andre Hollins. C.J. Wilcox. Andrew Harrison. Chasson Randle. Dez Wells. Treveon Graham. All of those players are very talented, but are not featured on this list. That goes to show you how talented the players are for the 2013-14 season.
To no one’s surprise, there will be a couple of Kentucky Wildcats on this list. The top player may surprise some, but he has been one of the best players in college hoops ever since joining the sport. Spoiler alert: he is not a freshman.
Read on to see an early look at the top 50 NCAA basketball players.
50. D’Angelo Harrison, St. John’s Red Storm
The St. John’s Red Storm are not the best team in college hoops, but they are still a good one and D’Angelo Harrison is by far their best player.
He is currently averaging 18.9 points per game and is one of the best scorers on the floor every game he plays. He did manage to score 27 points against Wisconsin in the first game of the season.
49. Aaron Harrison, Kentucky Wildcats
Aaron Harrison is the second leading scorer (13.9 PPG) on the Kentucky Wildcats. This team has an endless amount of talent, so that is kind of saying a lot.
48. Roberto Nelson, Oregon State Beavers
Roberto Nelson is currently averaging 25.4 points per game, 3.4 rebounds per game and 5.2 assists per game. The Oregon State Beavers are not in the spotlight or anything like that, but Nelson is still one of the most lethal scorers in the country.
47. Jordan Clarkson, Missouri Tigers
Jordan Clarkson and his fellow teammate are the next two players on this list. Clarkson is currently averaging 20.2 points per game. He has only scored less than 20 points three times on the year.
46. Jabari Brown, Missouri Tigers
Jabari Brown is currently averaging 19.4 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game. He is also shooting 41.7 percent from behind the arc. Him and Clarkson will continue to move up this list if the Missouri Tigers continue to win.
45. Cory Jefferson, Baylor Bears
One Baylor Bear had to make this list and why not Cory Jefferson? Jefferson is leading the team in scoring (13.4 PPG) and rebounding (8.7 RPG).
Baylor has quietly beaten Colorado and Kentucky this season and Jefferson came up big in both games.
44. Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee Volunteers
Jarnell Stokes has scored 19 or more points in Tennessee’s last three games. He is averaging a double-double--14.9 points per game and 10 rebounds per game.
The Volunteers will compete for an SEC title and Stokes is going to have a lot to do with that.
43. Nik Stauskas, Michigan Wolverines
The Michigan Wolverines already have three losses on the year, but Nik Stauskas has been their best player. He is averaging 18.9 points per game and is shooting 50 percent from behind the arc.
42. T.J. Warren, North Carolina State Wolfpack
North Carolina State lost a bunch of talent over the off-season, but T.J. Warren returned to the team. He is having a monster year so far, averaging 22.6 points per game.
The Wolfpack may not compete in every game, but Warren is easily going to be one of the best players on the court every time he plays.
41. Anthony Drmic, Boise State Broncos
Anthony Drmic may be the best player you don’t know and I am sure Boise State fans think he belongs much higher on this list.
The Broncos are undefeated and Drmic is averaging 20.4 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game.
40. Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky Wildcats
Willie Cauley-Stein is averaging 9.4 points per game, 7.8 rebounds per game and 3.8 blocks per game. He would be the best player on most teams, but he plays for Kentucky.
Cauley-Stein is not going to get as much credit as Julius Randle or other Wildcats, but he is one of the most important pieces on the team regardless.
39. Tyler Ennis, Syracuse Orange
Tyler Ennis has been great in his freshman season and the Syracuse Orange are undefeated as a result.
Ennis is not going to lead the Orange in scoring, but he is going to have some big games every now and then. He did score 28 points against California and 17 points against Indiana. Regardless, he is a talented field general and has been a great replacement for Michael Carter-Williams.
38. James Young, Kentucky Wildcats
James Young is another player being overshadowed by Julius Randle. Still, he is averaging 13.1 points per game, 3.3 rebounds per game and two assists per game.
37. Lamar Patterson, Pittsburgh Panthers
Lamar Patterson and the rest of the Pittsburgh Panthers are undefeated. Pittsburgh has not had the toughest schedule in college basketball, but it has still won every game it has played.
Patterson has been the MVP of the team. He is averaging 16.2 points per game, 5.1 assists per game and five rebounds per game. Patterson is also shooting 49 percent from the field and 42.1 percent from behind the arc.
36. Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga Bulldogs
Gonzaga lost a bunch of talent over the off-season, but Kevin Pangos has stepped up in a big way. He is currently putting up 19.8 points per game, 3.1 rebounds per game and 4.3 assists per game.
Pangos has already made 32 threes on the year and has shot 50 percent from long range in the process.
35. Jerian Grant, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Jerian Grant is not only one of the best seniors in the nation, he is one of the best players. He averaged 13.3 points per game last year, but is currently doing a little bit better--19.4 points per game.
34. Roy Devyn Marble, Iowa Hawkeyes
Roy Devyn Marble has had some big games this season. He scored 24 points in a losing effort against Villanova, 30 against Xavier and 27 against Abilene Christian.
33. Bryce Cotton, Providence Friars
Bryce Cotton is easily going to be one of the best players in the Big East. He is putting up 18.6 points per game and five assists per game. He has also scored 20+ points per game in four games, which included a 23-point performance against Kentucky.
32. Noah Vonleh, Indiana Hoosiers
Noah Vonleh has not been Indiana’s MVP, but he is not far from it. Vonleh does not get as much credit as some of the other freshmen, but he has still managed to average a double-double.
31. Tim Frazier, Penn State Nittany Lions
Tim Frazier is a scoring machine. He has scored 25 or more points four times this year. He is also averaging 7.2 assists per game.
30. Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss Rebels
I don’t care if Marshall Henderson is in the starting lineup or not, he is the best player on the Ole Miss Rebels.
The Rebels may have lost to Oregon last game, but Henderson still scored 39 points. He also shot the ball 27 times. 23 of those shots were three-pointers. That is probably too many, but Henderson still managed to shoot 43.5 percent from behind the arc.
29. Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati Bearcats
Sean Kilpatrick is off to a great senior year. He is averaging 19.6 points per game and is shooting 49 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from behind the arc.
28. Yogi Ferrell, Indiana Hoosiers
I didn’t think Yogi Ferrell could be this much of a threat on the offensive side of the ball, but boy has he proved me wrong. He is averaging 17 points and is shooting 41.1 percent from the three-point land.
27. Jordan McRae, Tennessee Volunteers
Jordan McRae is the best player on the Tennessee Volunteers and he could challenge for SEC Player of the Year. He is averaging 18.8 points per game and has to come up big all season long if the team is finally going to make the dance.
26. Sam Dekker, Wisconsin Badgers
Sam Dekker could easily be in the top 10 by the end of the season. He dropped 20 points on the Marquette Golden Eagles in his most recent outing. He also scored 16 points against the Florida Gators.
25. Kyle Anderson, UCLA Bruins
Kyle Anderson stands at 6’9’’, but he is still averaging 7.1 assists per game. He is also averaging 13.9 points per game and 8.9 rebounds per game.
24. Chaz Williams, Massachusetts Minutemen
Chaz Williams is the best player in the Atlantic 10 in my book. He scored 20 against Boston College, 24 against LSU, 19 against New Mexico and 32 points against BYU.
23. Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado Buffaloes
Spencer Dinwiddie may have not been the one who scored the game-winning shot against Kansas, but he still managed to score 15 points and dished out seven assists in that game. He dropped 28 points against in-state rival Colorado State the game before.
22. Joseph Young, Oregon Ducks
Joseph Young was a very high scorer when he played for Houston and that has not changed ever since he has joined Oregon. He is averaging 20.1 points per game.
Young is shooting a very impressive 53.9 percent from the field and 48.6 percent from behind the arc.
21. C.J. Fair, Syracuse Orange
C.J. Fair is a beast when it comes to putting the basketball into the hoop. He is averaging 17.8 points per game and all.
20. Adreian Payne, Michigan State Spartans
Michigan State has three players that could be its MVP. One of those players is Adreian Payne. Payne is averaging 15.9 points per game, 7.8 rebounds per game and 1.4 blocks per game. He is even shooting 48 percent from behind the arc.
19. Melvin Ejim, Iowa State Cyclones
Melvin Ejim has only played five games this year, but he has broken the 20-point mark in three of those game.
18. Perry Ellis, Kansas Jayhawks
Some people may think that Perry Ellis has been the best player on Kansas so far and they could be right. Still, I have Andrew Wiggins ahead of him.
17. Jordan Adams, UCLA Bruins
Jordan Adams is easily one of the best scorers in college hoops, which was expected with the departure of Shabazz Muhammad. He is averaging 21.6 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game, 3.3 steals per game and 2.7 assists per game.
16. Gary Harris, Michigan State Spartans
I expected Gary Harris to be the best player on the Michigan State Spartans this season, but one player has been better. Still, Harris is putting up a lot of points and he is rebounding the ball. His three-point shot has gotten worse from a percentage standpoint, but he is still easily one of the best players in the Big Ten.
15. Aaron Gordon, Arizona Wildcats
Arizona is easily one of the top teams in college hoops and Aaron Gordon has a lot to do with that. He may not be the team’s best option in the scoring department, but he is still a good one and he rebounds the ball at a high rate, among other things.
14. Rodney Hood, Duke Blue Devils
Many people expected Rodney Hood to be good for Duke, but maybe not this good. He is averaging near 20 points per game and can shoot from anywhere on the court. Hood is also 6’8’’, which makes him that much tougher to guard.
13. Marcus Paige, North Carolina Tar Heels
Whether if North Carolina is losing to mid-majors or beating the best teams in college basketball, Marcus Paige has been the best player on the team. He averaged 8.2 points per game last season, but that average is all of the way up to 18.8 points per game this season.
Oh yeah, Paige dropped 32 points on Louisville, who are the defending national champs.
12. Casey Prather, Florida Gators
Casey Prather is the most improved player this year. He averaged 6.2 points per game last season. He is playing a lot more, but I am sure no one expected him to average 19.1 points per game this season, which is what he is doing right now.
11. Aaron Craft, Ohio State Buckeyes
Aaron Craft’s stats on the offensive side of the ball are not going to blow anyone away. With that in mind, he is averaging 10.6 points per game and five assists per game. What makes him so good is the fact that he is arguably the best defender in the sport.
10. Andrew Wiggins, Kansas Jayhawks
Some people may think that this is way too low for Andrew Wiggins and some people may think it is too high. Regardless, Wiggins has not really blown us away and he is definitely not the most dominating player.
He is the most talented, but that is a completely different argument. With that in mind, he still is averaging 15.3 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game.
9. Russ Smith, Louisville Cardinals
Russ Smith comes in at No. 9, but he is still in the running for the Naismith. Smith is averaging 17.6 points per game, which seems rather low for him. Still, he is not the best player. At least not right now.
8. Nick Johnson, Arizona Wildcats
Nick Johnson is having a great year and he is the best player on the Arizona Wildcats. Arizona will more than likely take over as the No. 1 team, so that is saying a lot.
7. Jahii Carson, Arizona State Sun Devils
Jahii Carson is shooting 51 percent from the field and 52.9 percent from behind the arc. He is also averaging 20.5 points per game and 5.1 assists per game. Keep in mind, the Sun Devils have already played teams like UNLV, Marquette and Creighton.
6. Keith Appling, Michigan State Spartans
Keith Appling is a much better player than he was last season. That tends to happen when a player scores more points and is a more efficient shooter.
Regardless, he is the best player on the Spartans as of right now.
5. Shabazz Napier, Connecticut Huskies
Shabazz Napier is arguably the most clutch shooter in college basketball. He can also score the basketball at a very high rate. He may only be averaging 15.3 points per game--less than last season--but he did score 27 points against Indiana and 26 points against Florida.
4. Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State Cowboys
Don’t be too alarmed at Marcus Smart coming in at No. 4 on this list. He is still easily one of the best players and that will likely not change. I am sure the top five players on this list will move around all season long.
Smart is putting up 19.7 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game, 3.8 assists per game and 2.9 steals per game.
3. Julius Randle, Kentucky Wildcats
Julius Randle is a double-double machine, hence the 17.9 points per game and 12.1 rebounds per game. Randle could very well be the most ready player for the NBA, but that does not mean he is the best player in college basketball.
Still, he is one of the most dominant players and it would not surprise me if he was the player of the year.
2. Jabari Parker, Duke Blue Devils
Jabari Parker is the best freshman in college hoops. He also is arguably the toughest player to guard. He stands at 6’8’’ and can do really anything. If he wants to drive, he will. If he wants drain a three, he will also do that.
Whether the case, his 22.1 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game are very impressive.
1. Doug McDermott, Creighton Bluejays
Doug McDermott’s stat line: 25.3 points per game, 6.9 rebounds per game, 50.3 percent from the field, 45.3 percent from behind the arc. Not too shabby.
McDermott has already had four 30-point games. He has only scored under 20 one time. The freshmen may be getting a lot of hype, but the Naismith is his to lose this season.
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