50 Best Players in College Basketball For 2017-2018

50 Best Players in College Basketball For 2017-2018


50 Best Players in College Basketball For 2017-2018


24. Jevon Carter, Senior G, West Virginia: Emerged as a reliable shooter for the Mountaineers last year scoring 13.5 ppg and hitting 39 percent of his 3-pointers. Dropped 24 on Notre Dame and 21 on Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament. Was the Big 12 defensive player of the year.

23. Chimezie Metu, Junior C, USC: Averaged 14.8 ppg and 7.8 rpg as a sophomore and nearly went to the NBA. Saved his best for last: 28 points vs Baylor in a narrow NCAA 2nd round loss.

22. Nick Ward, Sophomore C, Michigan State: Had a major impact for the Spartans as a freshman, scoring 13.9 ppg and collecting 6.5 rpg. Had four double doubles for the Spartans.

21. Wendell Carter, Freshman PF, Duke: The Blue Devils frontcourt will be crowded with Marquese Bolden and Justin Robinson (son of David Robinson), but Carter is the most talented right now. At just 18 years old, he’s 6-foot-10 and 260 pounds.

20. Mike Daum, Junior SF, South Dakoka State: I believe the highest ranking for a low-major player since we started this list. He averaged 25.1 ppg in guiding the Jackrabbits to the NCAA Tournament. Shot 41 percent on 3-pointers. I hope he gets an NBA look.

19. Lonnie Walker, Freshman G, Miami: Suffered an injury that was going to threaten his season, but now it looks like he’ll be back for the opener. Is the most highly-touted recruit to hit Coral Gables in six years.

18. Matt Farrell, Senior PG, Notre Dame: Might be the most underrated point guard in the country. Averaged 14.1 ppg and 5.4 apg, but it was his 42 percent on 3-pointers that helped him blow up.

17. Bennie Boatwright, Junior SF, USC: Has the size (6-foot-10) and 3-point touch (36 percent) to have a big impact in the pros. Averaged 15.1 ppg during the regular season, but upped it to 18 in three NCAA Tournament games. The Trojans are loaded.

16. Trevon Bluiett, Senior F, Xavier: Consummate college star in the Big East who has averaged double figures each of his 1st three years. Gave Cincinnati 40 points in January; nearly as impressive was his 29-point effort vs FSU in the NCAA Tournament.

15. Ethan Happ, Junior F, Wisconsin: Good passer, good defender and feels like a throwback NBA power forward. Happ will be flying solo, with everyone gone from the time when he was a freshman, way back in 2015-2016.

14. Mohamed Bamba, Freshman C, Texas: The Longhorns lost Jarrett Allen to the 1st round of the NBA draft, but replace him with Bamba, a defensive force who should be a lottery pick in 2018.

13. Bruce Brown, Sophomore SG, Miami: Quietly averaged 11.8 ppg and 5.8 rpg, and played his best against the elite (30 points in a win over UNC and 25 in a win over Duke).

12. Collin Sexton, Freshman PG, Alabama: The 5-star point guard was the MVP of the FIBA Americas U17 Championship and almost certainly will get the Tide back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012.

11. Trevon Duval, Freshman PG, Duke: The best point guard in the Class of 2017, Duval could have Tyus Jones-like impact on the Blue Devils. They lacked a true point guard last year, but that won’t be the case with Duval, who is pass-first like Lonzo Ball, but less flashy.

10. Landry Shamet, Sophomore, F, Wichita State: The Shockers are loaded, and Shamet is their most talented player. Made 44 percent of his 3-pointers as a freshman. Watch him vs Kentucky, it’s impressive.

9. Robert Williams, Sophomore F, Texas A&M: NBA scouts love him because he’s a live wire – 11.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.5 bpg in only 25 minutes a game – but he’s foul-prone and only made two 3-pointers all season.

8. Kevin Knox, Freshman F, Kentucky: A 6-foot-9, 205 pound wing who can play shooting guard, but likely will play all over for the Wildcats.

7. Bonzie Colson, Senior F, Notre Dame: Unveiled a 3-pointer last year (made 26 while shooting 43 percent) and was one of the best players in the ACC (17.8 ppg, 10.1 rpg).

6. Grayson Allen, Senior G, Duke: Let’s hope for a suspension-free season. Allen moved to point guard at times last year, but with Trevon Duval coming in, Allen will be back to shooting guard. Was better as a sophomore (21.6 ppg, 41 percent 3-point shooting) when the team was his.

5. Allonzo Trier, Junior, G/F, Arizona: Very good sophomore campaign (only 18 games) ended with thud in the Sweet 16 vs Xavier. Averaged 17.2 ppg while shooting 39 percent on 3-pointers. On a loaded Wildcats team, it’ll be interesting to see how he handles fewer shots.

4. DeAndre Ayton, Freshman C, Arizona: The traditional center seems lost in the NBA, but in college basketball, they can still dominate. Remember Jahlil Okafor? Ayton is a legit 7-footer who would be wise to develop a reliable 3-pointer, but for now, should dominate inside.

3. Hamidou Diallo, Freshman G, Kentucky: Dabbled with the idea of going to the NBA, but didn’t get a high enough guarantee in the draft to enter, so the explosive guard will have to settle for highlight reel dunks in Lexington for a year.

2. Miles Bridges, Sophomore F, Michigan State: The best freshman in the country last year who decided to pass on the NBA draft. Shot 48/39 while scoring 16.9 ppg and collecting 8.3 rpg. Best player in the Big Ten.

1. Michael Porter Jr., Freshman F, Missouri: Best player in the country as a high school senior, and I see some Tracy McGrady in Porter. The 6-foot-10 wing was slated to go to Washington, but switched to Missouri. Already dating an actress. The favorite right now to be the #1 pick in the 2018 draft.

JUST MISSED: [We will update this list with glaring omissions you submit. We decided to leave Mitchell Robinson off the list since he’s leaving Western Kentucky. We also left Marvin Bagley Jr. off the list, even though he’s attempting to reclassify.]

Tyus Battle PG Syracuse
Quentin Snider G Louisville
Marcus Foster G Creighton
Cane Broome PG Cincinnati
Aaron Holiday G UCLA
Jerome Robinson G Boston College
Vladimir Brodziansky C TCU
Tacko Fall C Central Florida
Isaac Haas C Purdue
Kelan Martin F Butler
Jarred Vanderbilt SF Kentucky
Deng Adel F Louisville
DJ Hogg SF Texas A&M
Markis McDuffie F Wichita State
Vince Edwards SF Purdue
Tyler Davis F Texas A&M
Mikal Bridges F Villanova
Rob Gray G Houston
Jacob Evans G Cincinnati
Shaq Morris F Wichita State