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CBSSports.com's Top 100 Players

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Few, if any, of our October hoops features drum up as much conversation and debate -- amongst our writers and you, the readers -- as the list we’ve assembled here. We debuted it last year and we’re eager to share with you again: our selection for the top 100 players in college basketball.

How do we define the list? Simple. It’s players as they are in college. How we see them now, how we think they’ll grow and contribute with their team going forward over the course of the next five months. This isn’t about NBA potential. This isn’t about just what they did last year, or the year before. It’s our best guess at talent plus impact for their team, their league, the sport in the 2012-13 season.

And to be clear, this list doesn’t jibe in totality with our preseason All-American list for two reasons: 1) The A-A’s are the braintrust of just Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish (while this is a four-man .com effort); 2) That list is more tailored to positions, while this is an à La carte approach.

Once again, just like last year, upperclassmen are ruling this list, as they should. The dirty secret about college basketball: most of the best players are guys who’ve stuck around for three or four years. Sixty-six percent of this list is occupied by juniors or seniors. Overall, it is interesting to see our numbers per class are about the same as what they were for 2011-12. Here’s how it breaks down.

Seniors: 38

Juniors: 28

Sophomores: 22

Freshmen: 12

After forwards and wings dominated our list last year, we’ve got an abnormal amount of backcourt players taking up space below. There are 56 guards to 31 forwards and 13 centers. Twenty-eight guys (that’s up from 25 a year ago) from outside the Big Six are on our list, including four in our top 10. The Big 12 and Big Ten have the highest representation, with 14 delegates each, while the Pac-12 has the lowest of the major leagues (nine guys). Five of the first 15 players come from the Big Ten, while the Big East and SEC lack big-time talent, each conference only getting one player into our top 20.

Enough talk. Let’s get to the list. Who’d we get right? Where are the whiffs? Shout at us on Twitter and be sure to pass our foolishness along.

2012 Preseason Top 100 College Basketball Players
1. Cody Zeller, 7-0, 240, C, Soph., Indiana
He’s the guy who basically turned around the Indiana program -- and he’s lived up to the expectations. Zeller can do it all -- score in the post, on the perimeter, run the court, defend and block shots. He’s the odds-on favorite for National Player of Year honors and also the number one pick in June’s NBA Draft. -- Jeff Goodman
2. Doug McDermott, 6-8, 225, F, Jr., Creighton
Creighton’s skilled forward can put the ball in the basket from virtually anywhere. He may not be an NBA lottery pick, but the 6-foot-7 ½ junior is one heck of a college basketball player. -- J.G.
3. Shabazz Muhammad, 6-6, 225, SF, Fr., UCLA
Muhammad is expected to miss some games early because of extra benefits he allegedly received while still in high school. But he'll eventually play. And when he does he'll solidify himself as the best wing in the nation and a future lottery pick. He's aggressive and good enough to lead Ben Howland to a Pac-12 title, Final Four and all-important contract extension. -- Gary Parrish
4. Isaiah Canaan, 6-1, 195, G, Sr., Murray State
Canaan is not the nation's best pure point guard. But he's a gamer, a winner and elite-level shotmaker. What "it" is, this Mississippi native has it. He's the main reason Murray State made a run at an undefeated regular season last season and is now a worthy pick for First Team All-American honors. -- G.P.
5. Nerlens Noel, 6-10, 228, C, Fr., Kentucky
He’s not Anthony Davis, but he sure will remind you of last year’s number one pick on the defensive end. He’s an exceptional shot-blocker, but does not possess the offensive skills of Davis. -- J.G.
6. Mike Moser, 6-8, 210, F, Jr., UNLV
A double-double threat each time he takes the court, the UNLV forward will see extensive time this season at the small forward spot. He’s a relentless rebounder who still needs to refine his perimeter game. -- J.G.
7. Tony Mitchell, 6-8, 235, F, Soph., North Texas
One-time Missouri pledge took the Sun Belt -- and the country -- by storm last season. He was one of the most productive freshmen in the nation, averaging a double-double and throwing in three blocks for good measure. -- Jeff Borzello
8. Phil Pressey, 5-11, 175, PG, Jr., Missouri
The pint-sized point guard creates open looks for his teammates on a regular basis. He pushes the ball, has the ability to be a pesky defender -- and has an improved perimeter shot. He’s arguably the best floor leader in the nation. -- J.G.
9. Trey Burke, 6-0, 190, PG, Soph., Michigan
Burke flirted with entering the NBA Draft after a remarkable and somewhat surprising freshman season before wisely returning to school. If he can avoid a sophomore slump, this Ohio native could lead the Wolverines to a Big Ten title. -- G.P.
10. Deshaun Thomas, 6-7, 215, F, Jr., Ohio State
With Jared Sullinger and William Buford gone, the focal point of the Buckeyes’ offense will be Thomas. The lefty is an impossible matchup, given his ability to overpower defenders and finish at the rim. -- J.B.
11. Jamaal Franklin, 6-5, 195, SG, Jr., San Diego State
Came out of virtually nowhere last season -- as did his Aztecs. Averaged 17 points and eight boards while playing out of position at the power forward spot. Terrific athlete who will need to become more consistent with his jumper. -- J.G.
12. Aaron Craft, 6-2, 195, PG, Jr., Ohio State
The consummate point guard, the Buckeyes junior is arguably the best perimeter defender in the country. He provides leadership, makes his teammates better -- and will need to become more assertive on the offensive end. -- J.G.
13. James Michael McAdoo, 6-9, 230, PF, Soph., North Carolina
This is McAdoo’s chance to shine. Tyler Zeller and John Henson are both gone, meaning McAdoo will be the go-to-guy inside. During stretches last season, McAdoo showed flashes of a breakout season. -- J.B.
14. Michael Snaer, 6-5, 202, SG, Sr., Florida State
Vastly underrated, but has become known for making big shots. Snaer is about more than just that -- as he’ll be the go-to guy for Leonard Hamilton and the Seminoles and is also a terrific defender. -- J.G.
15. Trevor Mbakwe, 6-8, 245, PF, Sr., Minnesota
He’s coming back from a torn ACL, otherwise he’d be a potential first-team All-American. He’s a rebounding machine -- and it’ll be interesting to see if he’s lost any of his explosiveness after the injury. -- J.G.
16. Otto Porter, 6-8, 205, F, Soph., Georgetown
Favorite factoid about Porter? He didn’t play AAU ball, which in this era is like finding one person over the age of 18 who doesn’t unironically enjoy listening to Taylor Swift. Truth is, we might be underrating him even at the 16 spot. -- Matt Norlander
17. C.J. McCollum, 6-3, 185, SG, Sr., Lehigh
I love getting small-league guys into the upper echelons of our rankings. Here’s McCollum’s impact: Into early August, Lehigh still had three games to schedule, and couldn’t, because of its success last year. Opposing coaches told Brett Reed they’d gladly schedule his team again -- once McCollum was gone. -- M.N.
18. Jeff Withey, 7-0, 235, C, Sr., Kansas
Had a better block rate last yearthan Anthony Davis, swatting away 15 percent of opponents’ shots when he was on the floor. In my opinion, was the most improved player in college basketball. He has to score more this year, though. -- M.N.
19. Marcus Smart, 6-4, 225, G, Fr., Oklahoma State
Put simply, Smart will do whatever it takes to help his team get a win. He is not a natural point guard, but don’t be surprised if he runs the show for the Cowboys. The kid is a born leader. -- J.B.
20. Kyle Anderson, 6-9, 235, PG, Fr., UCLA
He’ll be the best passer in the country -- and he’s 6-foot-8 1/2. Just picture Kendall Marshall except about four inches taller. Anderson isn’t a great shooter or defender, but he sure does make his teammates better. -- J.G.
21. C.J. Leslie , 6-9, 200, PF, Jr., N.C. State
Leslie nearly entered the NBA Draft after last season and genuinely had his coaching staff confused about his plans well into the process. He might've been a first-round pick, but it was no guarantee. His return might help Mark Gottfried win an ACC championship. -- G.P.
22. Gorgui Dieng, 6-11, 245, C, Jr., Louisville
Surefire NBA draft pick, and that wasn’t the case this time a year ago. Dieng has adapted extremely well to paint play. Defensive monster who doesn’t tire easily. -- M.N.
23. Pierre Jackson, 5-10, 180, PG, Sr., Baylor
The former junior college star wasted no time becoming a factor for the Bears. In fact, he was the team’s top player last season. He led the team in scoring (13.8) and assists (5.9) and shot 41 percent from deep. -- J.G.
24. Le’Bryan Nash, 6-7, 230, SF, Soph., Oklahoma State
Undeniably talented, but if he had a more consistent shot and really mean streak, he’d be a borderline top-10 player on this list. If he puts up more than 15 points per game this year he’s gotta be gone. -- M.N.
25. Jarnell Stokes, 6-8, 270, PF, Soph., Tennessee
This big-bodied post presence made an impact immediately last season despite joining the Vols midseason after graduating high school early. Now Stokes is a year older and stronger. Expect this Memphis native to big one of the best bigs in the SEC and the main reason Cuonzo Martin will make the NCAA Tournament in just his second year at Tennessee. -- G.P.
26. Mason Plumlee, 6-10, 235, PF, Sr., Duke
No one figured he’d stick around Durham for four years, but Plumlee is a senior -- and it’s finally his team. He’s underachieved thus far, but only because many pegged him as a one-and-done coming out of high school. -- J.G.
27. Ben McLemore, 6-5, 195, SG, Fr., Kansas
McSat out last season as a partial qualifier, but should make an immediate impact this season. He’s got size and the athleticism to become a big-time scorer for Bill Self and the Jayhawks -- who are in dire need of someone who can get buckets. -- J.G.
28. BJ Young, 6-3, 180, SG, Soph., Arkansas
On a national level, Young might have been underrated among the top freshmen in the country. He’s extraordinarily efficient on the offensive end, and knows how to score at all three levels. -- J.B.
29. Chane Behanan, 6-6, 250, PF, Soph., Louisville
Behanan is a bruising power forward just big enough to dominate at the collegiate level and just short enough to be forced to remain at Louisville a little longer than somebody with his overall talent should. The winner because of this is Rick Pitino because Behanan could turn into a terrific four-year player. -- G.P.
30. Matthew Dellavedova, 6-4, 190, PG, Sr., Saint Mary’s
So underrated. Doesn’t have terrific athleticism, but he really knows how to play. Controls the pace and is deadly in ball-screen situations. One of the elite point guards in the country. -- J.G.
31. Adonis Thomas, 6-7, 240, SF, Soph., Memphis
This former McDonald's All-American was playing well last season right before he suffered an injury that cost him much of the conference season. But now he's healthy. And bigger. And he should lead Memphis to another Conference USA title in the school's final season before a move to the Big East. -- G.P.
32. Alex Poythress, 6-7, 239, F, Fr., Kentucky
Poythress made the transition from purely a power forward to a combo forward who is difficult to defend. He is excellent on the glass, but he is also able to knock down outside shots or go off the dribble. -- J.B.
33. Archie Goodwin, 6-4 ½, 198, SG, Fr., Kentucky
Goodwin might have been the best pure scoring guard in the high school ranks last season. He’s extremely athletic and knows how to get to the rim against nearly any defender. -- J.B.
34. Peyton Siva, 6-0, 185, PG, Sr., Louisville
Siva has been through a lot during his career at Louisville, with plenty of highs and plenty of lows. This year, Siva will be the leader of a team with national championship aspirations. He’s up for it. -- J.B.
35. Tim Hardaway Jr., 6-6, 205, SG, Jr., Michigan
Hardaway struggled last season after a stellar freshman season, but he finished strong down the stretch and will look to capitalize on that momentum. Can score in different ways. -- J.B.
36. Andre Roberson, 6-7, 210, SF, Jr., Colorado
The best player you don’t know anything about. He’s a lot like Alec Burks that way. Who’s Burks? Right, right -- the previous player out of Colorado to be drafted into the Association. Nasty Roberson stat: despite being a relative bean pole, he had the second-best defensive rebound rate in the nation last year, only behind that Thomas Robinson guy. -- M.N.
37. Elias Harris, 6-8, 239, F, Sr., Gonzaga
I think Harris is a top-25 player, but it’s because I fell long ago and don’t know how to stop sending late-night text messages. I’m probably putting too much stock into Harris’ game at this point; he’s regressed, undeniably, from what we thought he’d be at the end of 2010. -- M.N.
38. Christian Watford, 6-9, 232, F, Sr., Indiana
Another player I’d probably have a little higher were this my own list. (Nate Wolters? Top 10, natch. Alas, we’ve got a ways to go before Naters can Nate.) Oh, right, I should be discussing Watford in this space. He’s that vital piece that makes IU a top preseason team. Efficient scorer and can play from anywhere. You remember him for this. -- M.N.
39. Aaric Murray, 6-10, 245, C, Jr., West Virginia
Had a couple of disappointing seasons at La Salle, but Bob Huggins may be the perfect solution to his problems. Murray is a talented, talented kid. Think NBA first-round talent. It just needs to be harnessed. -- J.G.
40. Lorenzo Brown, 6-5, 185, PG, Jr., North Carolina State
Brown is simply a playmaker who gets the ball where it needs to be. If that means getting into the lane to create his own shot, he can do that. If it means dishing it to a teammate, he can do that. -- J.B.
41. Branden Dawson, 6-6, 220, SF, Soph., Michigan State
Dawson is recovering from a torn ACL that he suffered at the end of the regular season. When healthy, Dawson is a tremendous rebounder who creates problems with his athleticism and size. -- J.B.
42. Mark Lyons, 6-1, 188, G, Sr., Arizona
Had an up-and-down career at Xavier, but is a big-time athlete. The question will be whether he can run a team and also be a quality leader. One thing is for certain, though: Lyons can score. -- J.G.
43. Patric Young, 6-9, 249, PF, Jr., Florida
Young is built the way we'd all like to be built -- tall and sculpted -- and if his skillset ever comes close to matching his physical advantages then what you'll see is a dominant big at the collegiate level. Is this that year? Who knows? But the 6-9 big made a nice jump between his freshman and sophomore seasons, and another jump could earn him All-American honors. -- G.P.
44. Rodney McGruder, 6-4, 205, SG, Sr., Kansas State
McGruder! He’s easily the best player on his team. McGruder! But he’s got a new coach and we don’t know what to expect. McGruder! I can’t even believe K-State is gonna be relevant. MCGRUDER!!!? --M.N.
45. Kenny Boynton, 6-2, 190, SG, Sr., Florida
Boynton still has a reputation as a bit of a chucker, but it's less deserved now than it previously was. His shot attempts went down last season while his makes went up. The Florida native is now considered a very good college player, and he deserves to be regarded that way. -- G.P.
46. Allen Crabbe, 6-6, 205, SG, Jr., California
Crabbe is a consistent scorer who is only going to be more effective once he starts attacking the rim with more regularity. He’s a knockdown perimeter shooter who will get more chances this season. -- J.B.
47. Wayne Blackshear, 6-5, 230, SF, Soph., Louisville
Because of shoulder injuries last season, Blackshear didn’t get a chance to show his potential. When healthy, he’s a physical wing scorer who can drive to the rim or get points in the mid-range. -- J.B.
48. Alex Len, 7-1, 225, C, Soph., Maryland
The native of Ukraine hardly set College Park on fire, but it’s also worth noting he missed the first part of the season. He’s a skilled big man who should be a potential double-double guy nearly every night for the Terps this season. -- J.G.
49. Ray McCallum, 6-3, 190, PG, Jr., Detroit
Chose to play for his father and hasn’t gotten the pub that high-major floor leaders have received, but Little Ray is a stud. Kid can score, distribute and lead. Averaged 15.4 points, 4.0 assists and 1.6 steals last season. -- J.G.
50. Michael Carter-Williams, 6-6, 185, Soph., G, Syracuse
Was stuck behind Scoop Jardine and Dion Waiters last season, so barely got off the bench. However, MCW can be a star. He’s long, can shoot it and also can play the point. Look for him to emerge this year under Jim Boeheim. -- J.G.
51. Elijah Johnson, 6-4, 195, PG, Sr., Kansas
He's not as well known as Withey or highly regarded as McLemore, but Johnson is KU's leading returning scorer. -- G.P.
52. Isaiah Austin, 7-1, 220, C, Fr., Baylor
When Austin brings effort for an entire game, he can be dominant. He did that during his senior season -- and it paid off. A thin 7-footer, Austin scores inside but is consistent from behind the arc. -- J.B.
53. Reggie Bullock, 6-7, 205, SG, Jr., North Carolina
Bullock was never needed to be a go-to-guy offensively last season, but he should step up this season. He's an excellent shooter with athleticism who can fill it up in a hurry. -- J.B.
54. Tim Frazier, 6-1, 170, PG, Sr., Penn State
Damn is Tim Frazier good. Like, really good. Capable of starting at the 1 for all but maybe five teams in the country. I might be overestimating that number, even. PSU won't be on TV a lot this year, but whenever it is, treat yo self to some Timmy. -- M.N.
55. Myck Kabongo, 6-1, 180, PG, Soph., Texas
Kabongo was good but not great as a freshman. He wisely returned to school and could now develop into one of the nation's best point guards. -- G.P.
56. Steven Adams, 7-0, 250, C, Fr., Pittsburgh
The New Zealand import has had NBA scouts drooling since he broke out at Adidas Nations two summers ago. Showed flashes of dominance during his stint at Notre Dame Prep, too. -- J.B.
57. Anthony Bennett, 6-8, 240, PF, Fr., UNLV
Bennett's transformation from his junior to senior season was eye-opening -- and he could be a candidate for Freshman of the Year. Multi-skilled, physical, good rebounder and can score inside and outside. -- J.B.
58. Shabazz Napier, 6-1, 171, PG, Jr., UConn
Has the talent, but needs to mature and become consistent. Can really shoot the ball from deep -- and proved last season he has the potential to run the team. -- J.G.
59. Vincent Council, 6-2, 180, PG, Sr., Providence
"Invaluable" is a word that comes to mind. Council played more than 93 percent of Providence's minutes last year, which you'd think would add up to fatigue, yet he boasted a top-10 national assist rate. Friars are hurting now because of injuries/eligibility issues to key players, so Council's role is even more pivotal. -- M.N.
60. Sean Kilpatrick, 6-4, 221, SG, Jr., Cincinnati
Don't call him a glue guy. Kilpatrick is due for a breakout year, when really, last year was a breakout year in disguise. Cinci will be a ranked preseason team and Kilpatrick will be the reason why. Doesn't turn it over, takes good shots and plays a lot of minutes. -- M.N.
61. Khalif Wyatt, 6'4, 210, SG, Sr., Temple
Offseason arrest aside, Wyatt is one of the best guards in the Atlantic 10. He is a big-time scorer who is efficient from the floor and can knock down shots from the perimeter. Also an underrated facilitator. -- J.B.
62. Ryan Harrow, 6-2, 170, PG, Soph., Kentucky
John Calipari has had success with first-year point guards in the past, but now he has someone who has been in the system for a year. Harrow is a tremendous athlete who loves to make plays. -- J.B.
63. Rotnei Clarke, 6-0, 184, G, Sr., Butler
He's the best perimeter shooter in the country, but now he'll have to prove he's a point guard. The Arkansas transfer sat out last season and has one year under Brad Stevens and the Bulldogs. -- J.G.
64. Jack Cooley, 6-9, 246, PF, Sr., Notre Dame
It's the big white guy! We love Cooley because he's the perfect model of a hard-hustling ogre of a college basketball player. Cooley gracefully took the torch from Luke Harangody a few years back, but I feel like this is finally the big man's year. I sense a meme or two coming down the pike. -- M.N.
65. Brandon Davies, 6-9, 240, PF, Sr., BYU
Across-the-board stud (honor code joke goes right here) who will need a monster year if he's to get BYU its first WCC title. -- M.N.
66. Solomon Hill, 6-7, 226, SF, Sr., Arizona
Hill is one of the more versatile players in the Pac-12. He will now get a chance to play his natural position and could therefore be even more productive. Look for him to be the team's senior leader too. -- J.B.
67. Joe Jackson, 6-1, 170, PG, Jr., Memphis
The self-described "King of Memphis" remains a question mark if only because he's never consistently dominated at the collegiate level the way most thought he would right out of high school. But Jackson is still the MVP of each of the past two Conference USA Tournaments, and that shouldn't be dismissed as much as it is. -- G.P.
68. Reggie Johnson, 6-10, 292, C, Sr., Miami
Johnson missed the first nine games last season and never really got back to where he was as a sophomore. But he's healthy now and should average nearly a double-double for the Hurricanes. -- G.P.
69. Jeronne Maymon, 6-7, 260, PF, Sr., Tennessee
Maymon next to Stokes provides UT with one of the nation's best front courts. The Milwaukee native had nine double-doubles last season including a 32-point, 20-rebound effort against Memphis. -- G.P.
70. Anthony Marshall, 6-3, 200, PG, Sr., UNLV
Vastly underrated on a national level, Marshall is in charge of getting UNLV's high-power attack humming on all cylinders. With the talent around him, his assist numbers could skyrocket this season. -- J.B.
71. Nate Wolters, 6-4, 193, PG, Sr., South Dakota State
I need this on the record, right here, right now. Wolters is easily a top-50 player in college hoops this year. My birdbrained colleagues colluded to dilute my influence on his ranking. I'll never waver on Wolters. Seventy-one? Seventy-one is a damn travesty. -- M.N.
72. Erik Murphy, 6-10, 238, PF, Sr., Florida
He's a face-up power forward who can shoot the you-know-what out of the ball. Made 42 percent from deep last season and has a high basketball IQ. -- J.G.
73. D.J. Cooper , 6-0, 176, PG, Sr., Ohio
One of savviest, best pure point guards in college basketball. You remember his team; it went to the Sweet 16 last March and took UNC to overtime. -- M.N.
74. Gary Harris, 6-4, 195, SG, Fr., Michigan State
Harris is just what Tom Izzo needs this season: a big-time scorer who is also capable of locking up opponents at multiple positions. With a dearth of wing options, Harris should make an immediate impact. -- J.B.
75. DeAndre Kane, 6-4, 200, SG, Jr., Marshall
Default, aggressive go-to guy for the Thundering Herd on the verge of a breakout season. Also a reliable passer for a 2 guard. More than a sleeper plck for C-USA Player of the Year; he could very well be the clear choice for POY by mid-February. -- M.N.
76. Brock Motum: 6-10, 245, PF, Sr., Washington State
Name sounds like a superhero villain. He'll have to play like one in 2012-13, because Wazzu is depleted after all-league point guard Reggie Moore was kicked off the team a few weeks ago. Motum is a guarantee on the block, offensively, but needs a little more brut in his low-post D. -- M.N.
77. Brandon Paul, 6-4, 200, SG, Sr., Illinois
This in-state product is one of the nice pieces Bruce Weber left behind. Good player even though he's never shot even 40 percent from the field. -- G.P.
78. Chaz Williams, 5-9, 175, PG, Jr., Massachusetts
Man, Williams is fun to watch. He is an ideal fit for the Minutemen's system, given his quickness and ability to create points off turnovers. Led the team in points and assists last season. -- J.B.
79. Jackie Carmichael, 6-9, 240, C, Sr., Illinois State
Carmichael is a MVC big who could play in any league and for pretty much any time. He's unheralded only because he's mostly unknown. -- G.P.
80. Mike Muscala, 6-11, 234, C, Sr., Bucknell
The two best players in the Patriot League are little C.J. McCollum and Muscala, a big boy who Borzello and I agree should be closer to 60 than 80. Muscala will get drafted in the second round next June if Bucknell wins 20 or more and he continues to dominate the way he should in the color. -- M.N.
81. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, 6-5, 200, SG, Soph., Georgia
Mark Fox needs a breakthrough season from his first McDonald's All-American at Georgia. Whether Caldwell-Pope delivers could determine if the Bulldogs finish in the top half of the SEC. -- G.P.
82. Keith Clanton, 6-9, 250, PF, Sr., Central Florida
The All C-USA forward nearly transferred after UCF's sanctions were delivered but opted to remain in Orlando. That decision should keep the Knights in the top quarter of the league. -- G.P.
83. Michael Dixon , 6-1, 190, G, Sr., Missouri
He was the sixth-man a year ago, but now he'll move into the starting lineup -- and benefit from playing alongside Phil Pressey, much like Marcus Denmon did a year ago. -- J.G.
84. Victor Oladipo, 6-5, 215, SG, Jr., Indiana
Freak athlete, total wild card for the Hoosiers and the type of player whose best days should be ahead of him. Great defender. If he develops a reliable jump shot, then things get really serious for IU. -- M.N.
85. Richard Howell, 6-8, 257, PF, Sr., N.C. State
One teammate (Leslie) is a more celebrated veteran and another (Rodney Purvis) is a more celebrated newcomer. But don't sleep on Howell. He nearly averaged a double-double last season. -- G.P.
86. Tony Snell, 6-7, 195, SG, Jr., New Mexico
It's time for the long and talented wing to finally realize his potential and become a consistent player. He's long, can handle it and can shoot it from deep. However, has a tendency to drift. -- J.G.
87. Rasheed Sulaimon, 6-3, 185, SG, Fr., Duke
Sulaimon could start immediately on the wing for the Blue Devils, and he should make an impact at both ends. He can score in different ways, but is also a lockdown defender with his length and aggressiveness. -- J.B.
88. Will Cherry, 6-1, 177, PG, Sr., Montana
He's a lock-down defender and the favorite to win Big Sky Player of the Year. He's also a guy who can score and get his teammates looks. The only problem: He broke his foot and will miss the first month or so. -- J.G.
89. Keith Appling, 6-1, 190, G, Jr., Michigan State
With Draymond Green gone, it's now Appling's team. He's a scoring point who has improved his floor game over the past season, but will need to become more consistent shooting the ball. -- J.G.
90. Chasson Randle, 6-1, 180, G, Soph., Stanford
Randle didn't get the attention he deserved last season, but he quietly had a solid freshman season in Palo Alto. Look for him to build off his 30-point performance against Arizona State in the Pac-12 tournament. -- J.B.
91. Josh Smith, 6-10, 305, C, Jr., UCLA
In the amount of time it's taken you to read to this point, Josh Smith could very well have eaten three meals. And it's not a joke; it's sad. Smith has top-15 college basketball talent. But he can't shed the weight. He's incredible productive despite the fact his body mass pins him to the earth and slows him to a tortoise's pace. -- M.N.
92. Kevin Pangos, 6-2, 182, PG, Soph., Gonzaga
Pangos shot 40 percent from 3-point range as a freshman. He'll have the Zags hanging another WCC banner. -- G.P.
93. Rodney Williams, 6-7, 200, SF, Sr., Minnesota
Williams is a tantalizing athlete who broke through last season. He and Mbakwe provided a terrific one-two punch for Tubby Smith. -- G.P.
94. Alex Oriakhi, 6-9, 255, C, Sr., Missouri
He was the best player in the national title game two years ago, but then earned a spot in Jim Calhoun's doghouse last year. Oriakhi transferred for his final year and will give the Tigers an athletic shot-blocker who can rebound and will get some easy looks playing with Phil Pressey. -- J.G.
95. Damion Lee, 6-6, 195, SG, Soph., Drexel
Baltimore native was the CAA's Rookie of the Year last season. He was second on the team in scoring, but has the length and versatility that makes him a matchup nightmare. -- J.G.
96. Anthony Collins, 6-1, 175, PG, Soph., South Florida
He missed the first five games of last season, but really turned it on late, averaging 13.5 points and 5.2 assists in the final 11 games. His low-to-the-ground style is a nuisance for defenders. -- J.B.
97. Javon McCrea, 6-7, 245, PF, Jr., Buffalo
We had him ranked higher last year, which is strange, because his 2011-12 season was an improvement. And I think by March we look back on this list and see he was about 25 spots too low, because everyone in the MAC knows this is McCrea's year to run this team and pull home double-doubles every night. -- M.N.
98. J.T. Terrell , 6-3, 185, SG, Jr., USC
He had his issues in his one season at Wake, but spent last year at an obscure junior college in Washington --- and transformed his mind, game and body. He's now not a one-dimensional shooter; he's a versatile scorer. -- J.G.
99. Seth Curry, 6-2, 185, G, Sr., Duke
Curry didn't shoot the ball as well last season as he did as a sophomore, but he still averaged 13 points for a team that won 27 games. -- G.P.
100. Frantz Massenat, 6-4, 185, PG, Jr., Drexel
Massenat could play pretty much anywhere in the country. The lefty shot 45 percent from 3-point range and scored in double-figures in each of Drexel's final 19 games. His size also enables him to be a tough defender. -- J.B.
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