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College Basketball’s Top 100 Players

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There are 13 scholarship players allowed on every college basketball team.

There are 353 teams in the Division I ranks.

Do the math and that means that there are roughly 4,500 players that we had to parse through to put together the definitive list of the 100 best players in the sport.

Here it is:



1. Cassius Winston, Michigan State

After averaging 18.8 points and 7.5 assists per game while shooting 46 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3 as he led Michigan State to the Final Four as a junior, the only thing that returning to school could offer Winston is a shot at National Player of the Year and a National Championship. It just turns out that, after eschewing going pro, Winston and the Spartans are the frontrunners to do both. Those are incredibly high expectations for anyone to live up to, but we all saw Winston rip through the NCAA tournament last year. The big stage and the bright spotlight suits him just fine. (Travis Hines)

2. Myles Powell, Seton Hall

Powell is a monster. Seton Hall has had stars in recent years (Angel Delgado, Khadeen Carrington, Desi Rodriguez) but none of them have set up for a season as good as Powell’s senior year should be. He’s coming off of a campaign where he averaged 23.1 points, 4.0 boards and 2.9 assists while shooting 36 percent from three while shooting nearly nine threes per game. Should I mention that Seton Hall is a preseason top 15 team and a legitimate favorite to win the Big East? (Rob Dauster)

3. Markus Howard, Marquette

With all due respect to Myles Powell and Antoine Davis and all the rest of the high-volume scorers that show up on this list, Howard is the most lethal. There were just two players in all of college basketball last season that were more efficient last season while also posting a usage rate higher than Howard: Ja Morant, the No. 2 pick in the 2019 draft, and Chris Clemons, who scored 3,225 points in four seasons for Campbell, good for third in college basketball history. Howard did his work in the Big East. (RD)

4. Udoka Azubuike, Kansas

When it comes to NBA prospects, Azubuike is more or less irrelevant. Slow-footed big men that can’t guard on the perimeter are dodo birds in the league. But in college, where it’s harder to find 7-footers that can dribble, shoot and pass without falling over their own feet, the behemoths can still thrive. Azubuike is just that, and he’s playing in an offense – and for a coach – that is as good as anyone at scheming ways to get his five-men easy dunks. When strictly talking what is going to happen in college basketball this season, Azubuike is going to be utterly dominant. (RD)

5. Cole Anthony, North Carolina

The son of 11-year NBA vet and UNLV star Greg Anthony, Cole Anthony’s recruitment was one of the tougher ones in track in recent years. His talent and lineage made him the object of intense speculation, but rarely did he offer a glimpse into his thinking. Ultimately, he landed at North Carolina, and is expected to to be a star. He’s a dynamic offensive player that can operate in both guard spots, and could give the Tar Heels back-to-back years of lottery picks after going seven years (Harrison Barnes 2012 – to Coby White and Cameron Johnson – 2019) without one. (TH)

6. Jordan Nwora, Louisville

Louisville’s leading scorer and rebounder last season, Nwora pulled his name out of the NBA Draft and gave the Cardinals a chance at a national title run. Nwora’s unique skill set makes him a matchup nightmare. He’s a capable scorer from all three levels and physical enough to mix it up inside with bigger players. You can make a strong case that Nwora is the ACC’s best returning player. (Scott Phillips)

7. Jarron Cumberland, Cincinnati

The reigning AAC Player of the Year is the driving force behind Cincinnati’s offense. Without him on the floor, the Bearcat offense was miserable last season. Thankfully for Cincinnati, Cumberland is back for his senior season after putting up 18.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. If Cumberland can improve his efficiency then he should easily crack the 20 point-per-game mark. (SP)

8. Anthony Edwards, Georgia

An absolute monster get for Tom Crean on the recruiting trail, the 6-foot-5 Edwards hails from Atlanta and was the second-ranked prospect in the 2019 class. The McDonald’s All-American could have had his pick of destinations, but decided to stay home and give Crean a massive win and a chance to get better in a hurry after going 11-20 overall and 2-16 in the SEC in his first year in Athens. (TH)

9. James Wiseman, Memphis

Penny Hardaway convinced his former prized big man from Memphis East to join him in the college ranks this season. Possibly the No. 1 prospect not playing in the NBA, the 7-footer is mobile and skilled. The lefty is capable of stepping out and making a jumper but he can just as easily erase opposing shots at the rim with his imposing frame. Enjoy Wiseman in college hoops while you can. (SP)

10. Tre Jones, Duke

Tre Jones is one of the nation’s best defenders. He’s a guy that has proven himself a leader and a winner. He’s tough. He can finish in the lane despite standing just 6-foot-1. He does everything you want from a point guard … except make perimeter shots. If he’s hitting them this season, this ranking will be justified. If he isn’t, then this ranking will look silly. (RD)

11. Devon Dotson, Kansas

Dotson came to Lawrence with some one-and-done expectations, but struggled in the early goings before finding his footing. He ended up averaging 12.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists while shooting 48.2 percent from the field and 36.3 percent from 3, and ultiamtely decided to return to Kansas for his sophomore season. He could be the best guard in the Big 12, and maybe even an All-American. (TH)

12. Tyrese Haliburton, Iowa State

Haliburton has an awkward game, but he’s nothing if not effective. Last year, he averaged 6.8 points, 3.6 assists, 3.4 boards and 1.5 steals while shooting 43.4 percent from three as the fourth or fifth option for the Cyclones. This year, he’s going to be one of the leaders for this team, and after impressing at the U-19 FIBA World Cup, expectations are sky-high. He’s one of those guys that is going to be better than his numbers suggest. (RD)

13. Sam Merrill, Utah State

This is not a name that everyone is going to know heading into the season, but Sam Merrill is legit. He averaged 20.9 points and 4.2 assists while shooting 37.6 percent from three as a junior on a team that was clearly the best team in the Mountain West by the end of the year. He’ll be a name everyone knows come March. (RD)

14. Kerry Blackshear Jr., Florida

The biggest offseason transfer in college basketball, Blackshear moves from Virginia Tech’s Sweet 16 team to the Gators. One of game’s few big men who is a true go-to threat, Blackshear can do it all as he averaged 14.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. Just ask the ACC’s elite from last season. Blackshear put up monster double-doubles against Virginia, Duke and North Carolina. (SP)

15. Isaiah Stewart, Washington

A freshman bulldozer who isn’t afraid to bang inside, Stewart was a major coup for Washington. The 6-foot-9 big man should bring a rugged physicality that is seldom seen in the Pac-12. But Stewart is more than just power. He brings an improving skill level and a high motor to the Huskies as he could end up being the most productive freshman in the nation. (SP)

16. Tyrese Maxey, Kentucky

Maxey is one of those guys where there is no real weakness in his game. He’s a combo-guard that can shoot it, score off the bounce, distribute the rock and compete on the defensive end. I’m not sure if he is elite at any of those skills, and I’m not sure how Kentucky is going to end up using him this season, but I do think that he is going to end up being the best player on a consensus top three team. (RD)

17. Payton Pritchard, Oregon

Pritchard is so underrated. His efficiency numbers took a hit last year, but down the stretch of the season – when Oregon spent a month playing as a top 15 team in America – he was at his very best. Pritchard was also the star point guard the Ducks the year that they made a run to the Final Four. He’s a winner and a leader and one of the biggest reasons we should not be concerned about just how new this Oregon roster will be. (RD)

18. Kaleb Wesson, Ohio State

Ohio State exceeded expectations last season thanks in large part to Wesson’s play on the interior. The Buckeye offense often flows through Wesson and he’s capable of scoring on the block, drawing in double teams and finding open shooters with his underrated passing ability. Keeping Wesson on the floor can be tricky, however, as the foul-prone big man has to get better defensively. (SP)

19. Yoeli Childs, BYU

Childs plays in a conference that includes Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s, yet he is likely the best player in the league. A 6-foot-8 four that essentially averaged 20 and 10 last year, Childs is going to have to sit out the first nine games of this season after messing up paperwork with the new NBA draft early entry rules. (RD)

20. Vernon Carey Jr., Duke

There’s a chance that Carey will end up being the best big man in the ACC this season. The 6-foot-10, 260 pound freshman will be the anchor for Duke’s offense this season. With a soft touch around the rim and an improving ability to score from the perimeter, Carey will be a double-double threat every night and one of the best post players in college basketball. (RD)

21. Jordan Ford, Saint Mary’s

Transitioning from solid starter to star in his junior season, Ford is worth staying up late for. His combination of perimeter shooting and runners are fun to watch. The catalyst of the Saint Mary’s offense, Ford averaged 21.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game last season as he’s the preseason favorite for WCC Player of the Year. (SP)

22. Alpha Diallo, Providence

The 6-foot-7 wing returns for his senior season after averaging 16 points on 42 percent shooting last year while also grabbing 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per night.He is one of the Big East’s best, and a serious All-American candidate if he can be a bit more efficient from the 3-point line. In a deep and talented Big East, Diallo is a darkhorse player of the year candidate. (TH)

23. McKinley Wright IV, Colorado

Not many people know about Wright, who quietly averaged 13 points and 4.8 assists as a sophomore. Those numbers were actually down from his freshman season, as Wright spent the majority of the second half of the year battling a shoulder issue. He still managed to help lead Colorado to 23 wins, and with everyone back this season, the Buffaloes are a sneaky Pac-12 contender. (RD)

24. Tristan Clark, Baylor

Clark was on pace to be a first-team all-Big 12 performer last season when a knee injury in early January ended things for him. He’s back for his junior campaign, which is arguably the biggest reason why the Bears are picked in the top 20 heading into the year. The 6-foot-10, 245 pound Clark will likely be the best big guy in the Big 12 this side of Udoka Azubuike. (RD)

25. Anthony Cowan, Maryland

The 6-foot guard has been a big-time scorer the last two seasons, putting up just udner 16 points per game as both a sophomore and junior. His shooting percentages took a dip last year, and if he can find a way to inch those back up, he’ll be an even more fficient producer for the Terps. (TH)

26. Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois

It was unclear if the Chicago native was going to return to Champaign for his sophomore year or head off to the NBA, but his decision to come back to school was one of the most influential in the country.The 6-foot-5 guard has a shot at being a lottery pick after scoring 13.8 points per game – shooting 43.5 percent from the floor and 35.2 percent from 3 – and can help elevate an Illinois program that hasn’t really gotten off the ground under Brad Underwood. (TH)

27. Andrew Nembhard, Florida

The Florida guard averaged 8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game as a freshman last season. He shot 41.4 percent from the filed and 34.7 percent from deep. If he can find a way to have fewer games like the 1 of 8 performance against Kentucky in the season finale and more like the 20 points, four rebounds and six assists he had against LSU in the SEC tournament, it’ll go a long way to moving up these rankings – and helping Florida win the SEC. (TH)

28. Mamadi Diakite, Virginia

Diakite was absolutely dynamite down the stretch of last season and during Virginia’s run to the national title. We know what he is on the defensive side of the ball, but Diakite showed that he can be a double-figure scorer. Jay Huff has been the guy that has gotten all of the offseason hype, but Diakite may very well end up being their best player this season. (RD)

29. Killian Tillie, Gonzaga

Health will be the key focus for Tillie this season. When he’s on the floor, the Frenchman is one of college basketball’s best frontcourt players. He uses his volleyball-like leaping ability to gobble-up rebounds and score around the basket. But it’s been over a full season since we’ve seen that Tillie and he’s hurt again entering this season. (SP)

30. Anthony Lamb, Vermont

It’s not easy for a Catamount to crack this list, but putting up 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting 51.5 percent from the floor will do it. The Vermont senior hasn’t gotten the accolades that many of his high-profile mid-major brethren have received, but he’s every bit as effective and could crack the college basketball consciousness to a greater degree in his final season. (TH)

31. Ashton Hagans, Kentucky

Hagans had a so-so freshman campaign, averaging 7.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game while shooting 46.7 percent from the floor and 27.5 percent from distance. His talent, though, is undeniable, and a talented, now-veteran point guard under John Calipari is usually a recipe for success. Expect a big year from Hagans. (TH)

32. Jalen Smith, Maryland

Once “Stix” returned to school it gave Maryland a sleeper national title team. The sophomore should gobble up much of the production handled last season by Bruno Fernando. Now that Smith will be an offensive focal point he should be one of the Big Ten’s best players, and at the end of the season, potentially a lottery pick. (SP)

33. Jaden McDaniels, Washington

The younger brother of recent San Diego State standout Jalen McDaniels is a star in his own right. A five-star mega wing, McDaniels is a jumbo scorer who can thrive from the perimeter when he gets going. Similar to his brother, however, you never really know which version of McDaniels you’re going to get. Consistency could be a huge key for Jaden’s season. (SP)

34. Obi Toppin, Dayton

Coming off of a freshman season where he averaged 14.4 points and 5.6 boards, Toppin is ready to breakout on a national stage as a sophomore. The 6-foot-9 Brooklyn native has grown seven inches since his junior year in high school, turning himself into a legitimate first round prospect and the best player in the Atlantic 10. (RD)

35. Isaiah Joe, Arkansas

The Fort Smith, Ark. native shot 41.4 percent from 3-point range (41.3 percent overall) en route to averaging 13.9 points per game as a freshman. He’ll now be under the direction of Eric Musselman in Year 2 in Fayetteville, and could be in line as on of the SEC’s breakout players. (TH)

36. Lamar Stevens, Penn State

When you play for Penn State, it’s hard to get basketball fans at large to know who you are. Such is the case for Stevens, a 6-foot-8 forward that averaged 19.9 points and 7.7 boards for the Nittany Lions last season. He’s one of the best players in the Big Ten. Can Penn State find a way to be good enough for Stevens to get the credit he’s earned? (RD)

37. Nico Mannion, Arizona

Mannion became the first five-star commit to pledge to Arizona after the program was caught up in the middle of an FBI investigation into corruption in the sport. Mannion is a 6-foot-3 point guard with good vision, good feel and a knack for making the right play. He’s everything that you want out of a point guard at the college level, and he has the talent to one day play his way to the NBA. (RD)

38. Xavier Tillman, Michigan State

The 6-foot-8 Tillman takes over frontcourt duties in East Lansing full-time after Nick Ward left the program. Tillman may be a better player. Splitting minutes with Ward last season, Tillman still managed to average 10.9 points, 7.3 boards, 1.7 blocks and 1.6 assists. (RD)

39. Marcus Evans, VCU

Marcus Evans has torn each of his achilles in the last two years. This offseason was the first offseason since he arrived at VCU as a transfer from Rice that he was able to focus on getting better at basketball instead of, simply, getting better. If he has improved on his shooting – he hit just 27 percent from three last year after shooting 37 percent in 2017 – then it changes things for this VCU team. (RD)

40. Scottie Lewis, Florida

Lewis is not a guy that is going to put up huge scoring numbers, but shooting is probably the only thing he doesn’t do at a high level. He’s an elite athlete. He has long arms and, at 6-foot-6, is the perfect size to defend wings. He’s a smart passer and a high IQ player that can really, really defend and plays as hard as anyone you’ll find in college hoops this year. He’s one of those guys that doesn’t win many awards but always ends up on winning teams. (RD)

41. Reggie Perry, Mississippi State

Perry was one of the best big men in the SEC down the stretch of his freshman season, and then over the summer he went to Greece with the U-19s and led Team USA to a gold medal while winning MVP of the tournament. He has a chance to be one of this year’s breakout stars in college basketball. (RD)

42. Tres Tinkle, Oregon State

It’s a shame that Oregon State hasn’t been better in the last four years, because Tinkle is talented enough that he deserved more national recognition. The 6-foot-7 combo-forward averaged 20.8 points, 8.1 boards and 3.8 assists last year. (RD)

43. Kamar Baldwin, Butler

A double-figure scorer his first three years at Butler, expect more of the same from the guard this season after an All-Big East campaign as a junior. Baldwin is a slippery scorer who can also contribute on the glass and get into passing lanes for steals. Not many in college hoops have as much game experience as Baldwin brings to the Bulldogs this season. (SP)

44. Kira Lewis, Alabama

Once this stud sophomore guard returned from the NBA Draft process it made Alabama an intriguing team in Nate Oats’ first season as head coach. Lewis was the second youngest player in college hoops last season. He still put up 13.5 points, 2.9 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game while looking wise beyond his years. This two-way guard could be a menace in the SEC this season. (SP)

45. Matthew Hurt, Duke

Hurt is the best shooter on this year’s Duke roster and arguably the best shooter in this year’s freshman class. At this point he’s probably more of a four than a three, but it is going to be fascinating to see how Duke opts to use him this season. His skill set complements Vernon Carey’s perfectly. (RD)

46. Ochai Agbaji, Kansas

I’m on the Ochai Agbaji bandwagon. After a thunderous start to his freshman season – he scored 20 points three times after getting his redshirt pulled in mid-January – Agbaji tailed off a bit down the stretch. I think he’s going to play some critical minutes for the Jayhawks at the four this season, when Bill Self opts to play a smaller lineup. (RD)

47. Dwayne Sutton, Louisville

The Louisville senior averaged 10 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists last season after seeing a major reduction in his role and production as a sophomore. Keeping things on an upward trajectory is important as the Cardinals look to do the same in Year 2 under Chris Mack. (TH)

48. DeJon Jarreau, Houston

Houston has a lot of offensive production to make up for in 2019-20, and Jarreau could be the man to help fill that void. He shot 47.1 percent from the floor and 36.4 percent from 3 (up from 24.4 the year before) last season. (TH)

49. Jon Axel Gudmundsson, Davidson

The reigning A-10 Player of the Year is a triple-double threat every time he takes the floor. Putting up 16.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists per contest, the native of Iceland terrorizes opposing coaches with his ability to make plays all over the floor. (SP)

50. Ty-Shon Alexander, Creighton

Alexander took a huge leap as a sophomore, averaging 15.7 points for a Creighton team that won 20 games. He’s going to be asked to carry a bigger load this season, as the Bluejays don’t have much on an interior presence. The Big East is absolutely loaded with guard talent, but Alexander should not be flying this far under the radar. (RD)

51. Nojel Eastern, Purdue

Matt Painter is as good as any coach in the country at finding a way to scheme his best players into actions where they can succeed. Eastern has his flaws – he’s a point guard that has shot 3-for-13 from beyond the arc in two seasons – but he’s an elite defender, a good passer and a guy that can bury smaller guards in the post. I’m excited to see how Painter takes advantage of that this year. (RD)

52. Jermaine Samuels, Villanova

This should be the year Samuels turns his potential into production. A role player for Villanova as a sophomore, Samuels showed his top-50 pedigree late in the season with four straight games in double-figures. With the size and skill to be a tough cover on the wing, Samuels should blossom into a go-to player for the Wildcats this season. (SP)

53. Naji Marshall, Xavier

I’m torn on whether or not we can call Marshall a potential breakout star this season because I think he had his breakout last year. He was very good down the stretch, as Xavier won five straight and six of their last seven in Big East play. Think about it like this: Marshall is a natural wing that scored 31 points against St. John’s and had three games where he made at least five threes, but also posted 21 boards in an NIT win over Toledo. The kid is a player. (RD)

54. A.J. Lawson, South Carolina

The 6-foot-6 guard averaged 13.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals in 30.5 minutes per game as a freshman. He connected at a 41.1 percent clip overall from the floor and converted 35.8 percent of his threes. If he can cut down on his turnover rate, he could prove to be one of the SEC’s elite. (TH)

55. Kellan Grady, Davidson

A complete scorer for Davidson, Grady became much more than just a perimeter threat last season. Grady’s offensive versatility showed through as he averaged 17.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game on solid splits (45%, 34% 3PT, 73% FT) as he was selected first-team All-A10. Coupled with Jon Axel Gudmundsson, Davidson’s backcourt becomes must-see TV. (SP)

56. Koby McEwen, Marquette

Following two standout seasons for Utah State, McEwen joins Marquette’s lineup this season after sitting out a transfer year. Markus Howard is undoubtedly the Golden Eagles’ go-to player. But McEwen could wind up filling a huge role left by the departure of the Hauser brothers. The junior is a gifted scorer who should finally get the national pub he deserves. (SP)

57. Xavier Sneed, Kansas State

Sneed is another guy that is not going to put up the biggest numbers and can hardly be considered a star even on his own team, but he may just be the best 3-and-D wing in college basketball. He’s an elite defender. (RD)

58. Grant Riller, Charleston

The 6-foot-3 Orlando native has been a big-time scorer all three of his seasons in college, but had a career-best average of 21.9 points per game last season despite seeing some downticks in his efficiency. If he can bring his 3-point shooting back closer to 40 percent this season, he could post some truly astounding numbers for Charleston. (RD)

59. Tyler Bey, Colorado

McKinley Wright IV gets overlooked, but if anyone is going to get attention on the Buffaloes, it’s him. That means that Bey, a 6-foot-7 forward that was an all-Pac-12 played last season, gets completely ignored. He averaged 13.6 points and 9.9 boards last season and averaged 17.8 points and 12.5 boards in his last four games. Stud. (RD)

60. Lamonte Turner, Tennessee

With Jordan Bone gone, Lamonte Turner is going to have a chance to take over the Tennessee backcourt, and that will definitely not be a bad thing. Turner is a winner and a big shot maker that is as tough as point guards come. (RD)

61. Zavier Simpson, Michigan

Simpson is unique. He’s a menacing on-ball defender. He’s a point guard that can’t really shoot and struggles from the free throw line but is a terrific passer and as savvy as anyone in the game. I’ll believe he can dunk when I see him dunk. In the meantime, I’ll salivate as he makes sky-hook after sky-hook. (RD)

62. Matt Haarms, Purdue

Haarms has been something of a role player throughout his Purdue career, but the 7-foot-3 Dutchman will have a chance to step into a much bigger role this year. He’s going to start at the five. He’s also going to be asked to be more than just a screener for Carsen Edwards and Ryan Cline. Players in the Purdue program always develop over time, and I’ll be very interested to see what Haarms has developed into this year. (RD)

63. Antoine Davis, Detroit

The 6-foot-1 Alabama native put together a brilliant freshman campaign for Detroit Mercy. He averaged 26.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 37.4 minutes per game. He did it with high-volume shooting, but converting at a 40 percent clip overall and 38 percent from 3-point range as a freshman is a heck of a baseline to build from. (TH)

64. Skylar Mays, LSU

Tremont Waters was the talented returning sophomore. Naz Reid was the big-name, five-star recruit. Both players had a ton of hype in Baton Rouge last season. But Mays was the guy that I wanted to see with the ball in his hands in a big moment. He’ll have a chance to lead LSU this season. (RD)

65. Jon Teske, Michigan

There is nothing sexy about the game of Teske. But that’s sort of his appeal as the anchor of Michigan’s defense. The senior center is one of the game’s best positional defenders while providing potential double-doubles and the occasional outside jumper. With Michigan losing so much from last season, Teske’s offense could take a leap this year. (SP)

66. John Mooney, Notre Dame

Notre Dame wasn’t worth watching very many nights last season but it didn’t stop Mooney from having a monster year on the interior. Averaging a double-double (14.1 pts, 11.2 reb) in the ACC isn’t easy. Mooney accomplished this feat by banging inside, knocking down threes (37 percent) and being one of the most consistent bigs in the nation. (SP)

67. Omer Yurtseven, Georgetown

A 7-foot native of Istanbul, Yurtseven was a five-star prospect when he committed to N.C. State and Mark Gottfried. He left the program after averaging 13.5 points and 6.7 boards during his sophomore season and has spent the last year learning from Patrick Ewing. This ranking may end up being too low. (RD)

68. Jalen Pickett, Siena

Siena’s stud sophomore had a huge freshman season (15.8 pts, 6.7 ast, 4.6 reb per game) before entering his name in the NBA Draft. The Saints are thankful Pickett decided to return to school as he will be among the elite mid-major players in the country this season. Pickett went for 46 points and 13 assists in a game against Quinnipiac last season. (SP)

69. Precious Achiuwa, Memphis

Achiuwa is one of the top wing forwards in the 2019 recruiting class. He has all the physical tools to really thrive – he’s strong, he’s long, he’s bouncy, he’s 6-foot-9. The key for him is going to be keeping his motor running hot. When he’s engaged and consistent, he flashes brilliance. He’s not overly skilled at this point in his career, but he should thrive playing in Penny’s uptempo system as a freshman. (RD)

70. Neemias Queta, Utah State

Queta is a 7-foot-1 Portuguese shot-blocker that could end up averaging a double-double as a sophomore. The big question is going to be the health of his knee. He hurt it during the U-20 Euros over the summer, and while it wasn’t deemed to be too serious, 7-footers with knee issues are worrisome.

71. Nathan Knight, William & Mary

Knight returned to William & Mary for his senior season after an utterly dominant junior campaign. Check these numbers out: 21 points, 8.6 boards, 3.5 assists and 2.3 blocks. Clinically speaking, he’s a hoss. (RD)

72. Isaac Okoro, Auburn

The 6-foot-5 Georgia native is a top-50 recruit who picked the Tigers over offers from the likes of Florida State, Florida, Memphis and Oregon, giving Bruce Pearl an important piece as he looks to keep the momentum gained by last year’s Final Four run. (TH)

73. Desmond Bane, TCU

TCU was picked by the Big 12’s coaches to finish last in the league, but that is in spite of Bane’s talents. He averaged 15.2 points per game as a junior and shot better than 40 percent from 3-point range for the second-straight season. The Horned Frogs might struggle in what has been the country’s best conference, but Bane’s ability to fill it up from distance should keep them competitive. (TH)

74. Nate Reuvers, Wisconsin

Under Bo Ryan, sophomore big guys that do things like average 7.9 points, 3.9 boards and 1.8 blocks in 22 minutes while shooting 38 percent from three turned into junior All-Americans. We’ll see if that’s the development path that Reuvers takes now that Ethan Happ is gone and this Badger frontcourt will be built around him. (RD)

75. Trendon Watford, LSU

Watford might end up being the key that unlocks LSU’s potential this season. He’s a skilled scorer at the four spot that will be playing alongside a pair of dynamic guards and a couple of elite, quick-twitch athletes. LSU needs him to be a guy that can space the floor and provide a scoring touch. (RD)

76. Kahlil Whitney, Kentucky

The latest in a long line of five-star freshmen wings at Kentucky, Whitney should come in and produce right away. The son of former Seton Hall standout Kelly Whitney, Kahlil will make a name for himself this season using highlight-reel athleticism and a high motor on both ends of the floor. Whitney is a high-level scorer who should also contribute on the glass. (SP)

77. Javonte Smart, LSU

LSU becomes Smart’s team now that Tremont Waters turned pro. Putting up solid numbers as a freshman (11.1 pts, 3.3 reb, 2.4 ast), Smart’s numbers could explode now that he’s a primary option. The former McDonald’s All-American needs to improve his inconsistent perimeter shooting (31% 3PT). But Smart has a shot to be an elite SEC player for the Tigers. (SP)

78. Braxton Key, Virginia

The 6-foot-8 forward has had an interesting career trajectory with his time (29.8-25.2-19.8) on the floor and scoring production (12-7-5.7) decreasing in each of his three seasons in Charlottesville, but, well, he’s got a national championship ring on his finger now and will have the chance to step back into a bigger role with the Cavaliers rebooting following their title last April in Minneapolis. (TH)

79. Jay Huff, Virginia

It’s time for Huff to be more than a guy who looks sick in warm-up lines. The big man needs to take on a massive role this season for Virginia to be successful. And Huff has all the tools to do so. He’s a skilled post player and decent rim protector who has shown flashes of being an elite ACC big man. This season is about turning more minutes into consistent numbers for Huff. (SP)

80. Josh Green, Arizona

The five-star freshman should earn heavy minutes right away for the Wildcats. Smooth and athletic, Green is a terror in the open floor and at his best slashing to the rim. Although the perimeter jumper is a work-in-progress, Green made great strides on his shot during his senior season of high school ball. It should greatly benefit Arizona that Green was AAU teammates with five-star freshman running mate Nico Mannion as the two are familiar with each other. (SP)

81. Derek Culver, West Virginia

Last year was a debacle in just about every way for West Virginia, but Culver was undoubtedly a bright spot for Bob Huggins and the Mountaineers. The 6-foot-10 Ohio native averaged 11.5 points and 9.9 rebounds while shooting 45.6 percent from the floor in 27 minutes per game. (TH)

82. Aaron Henry, Michigan State

Henry had somewhat of a quiet overall freshman season, averaging just 22 minutes per game, but was huge in the NCAA tournament, scoring 20 points in the Sweet 16 aginst LSU and then playing 38 minutes in the Elite 8 against Duke. He made every shot he took in scoring 11 points in the Final Four against Texas Tech, and now returns for what many view as the best team in the country. Just some marginal improvement will make him among the country’s best. (TH)

83. Chris Clarke, Texas Tech

The 6-foot-6 forward may be one of the most influential players in the country this season. Texas Tech needs talent to follow up its national title game appearance, and Clarke has plenty of that. He also has baggage after being suspended for the entire year at Virginia Tech last year ahead of his graduate transfer to Lubbock. If he’s right and Chris Beard can get the most out of him, he’ll be an all-Big 12 player. And the Red Raiders could be national contenders again. (TH)

84. Luka Garza, Iowa

Garza looks like a goof. He’s awkward and kind of chunky. He moves with the grace of a baby deer. But he’s coming off of a sophomore season where he averaged 13.1 points and has proven himself a guy that plays as hard as anyone in the country, and at 6-foot-11, he can score in the post and make threes. He’s a player. (RD)

85. T.J. Gibbs, Notre Dame

Gibbs had a disappointing junior season, as the Fighting Irish dealt with youth and injuries en route to a last place finish in the ACC. But everyone on that roster is older – most notably the freshmen – and with essentially everyone back, the Irish are a sneaky-good team in an ACC that’s pretty wide open. Gibbs is one of the biggest reasons why. (RD)

86. Saddiq Bey, Villanova

Bey shocked the world last season by turning into Villanova’s best freshman in a class that included Jahvon Quinerly, Cole Swider and Brandon Slater. He’s a perfect fit for the way Jay Wright wants to play, and it would only make sense that he takes a step forward as a sophomore. I wonder if N.C. State regrets pulling his scholarship before he enrolled? (RD)

87. Josiah-Jordan James, Tennessee

Tennessee was thrilled to win this hotly-contested recruiting battle. James is the highest-rated recruit for the Vols in the Rick Barnes era. A tall combo guard who can defend multiple spots, James should fit in nicely with Tennessee’s veteran backcourt. James can handle, attack the basket and create for others. (SP)

88. Remy Martin, Arizona State

Great name. Great hair. What’s not to like? Martin will be the engine that runs Arizona State this season. He’ll have his work cut out for him on a nightly basis in the league with the best point guard play in the country. (RD)

89. Bryce Aiken, Harvard

An Ivy Leaguer averaging 22.2 points per game, Aiken shot nearly 40 percent from 3-point range last year for the Crimson while also posting 2.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals. If he can be more effective around the rim while maintining his accuracy from distance, he could put up even more impressive numbers. (TH)

90. Charles Bassey, Western Kentucky

The former top-10 recruit had a big year in Conference USA, averaging 14.6 points, 10 rebounds and 2.4 blocks her game. He shot 62.7 percent from the field and 45 percent on 20 attempts from 3-point range. There’s little doubting Bassey talent, but it’s hard to exactly judge where it fits when he’s spending his winter facing off against Charlotte, FIU and UTEP. (TH)

91. Matt Coleman, Texas

I’m bullish on Texas this season, and much of it has to do with the fact that Coleman is back. My money is on him becoming the best player for Texas this season, and after averaging 10 points and four assists over the course of his first two years in Austin, I think he’s in line for a bump as a junior. (RD)

92. Marcus Santos-Silva, VCU

The 6-foot-7 native of Taunton, Mass., average 10 points and 7.4 boards for VCU a year ago, and based on the rumblings coming out of Richmond this offseason, he is going to be in line for a major bump as a junior. (RD)

93. Osun Osunniyi, St. Bonaventure

How many freshman are there that averaged 2.7 blocks in their first season on a college basketball? With three of the top four scorers from the Bonnies gone, Osunniyi is going to be asked to carry much more of the load offensively as a sophomore. (RD)

94. Lamine Diane, Northridge

Northridge was not very good last year. Diane, however, was. How about this stat line: 24.8 points, 11.2 boards, 2.2 blocks, 2.1 assists, 1.5 steals. That’s enough to make Zion Williamson jealous. (RD)

95. Joe Wieskamp, Iowa

The sophomore will have a lot on his shoulders offensively this season following a strong freshman campaign. Already comfortable taking the big shot, Wieskamp is a perimeter killer. If he shows a little bit more off the bounce this season then Wieskamp will be one of the toughest assignments in the Big Ten. And with Isaiah Moss and Jordan Bohannon potentially both gone from last season, it’s Wieskamp’s time to shine. (SP)

96. Markell Johnson, N.C. State

Johnson had a very good season for the Wolfpack, posting 12.6 points and 4.2 assists while shooting 42.2 percent from three. If N.C. State is going to make the leap to being a top five team in the ACC, Johnson is going to have to be in the mix for a first-team All-ACC spot. (RD)

97. Trevion Williams, Purdue

Williams showed flashes of being a monster for the Boilermakers as a freshman. Getting in shape (and staying in shape) will be the key here, but Matt Painter has proven that he can be wildly successful with big guys that can dominate on the block. Williams has the potential to do just that. (RD)

98. Paul Scruggs, Xavier

Scruggs might actually be the best player on Xavier’s roster. Like Marshall, he really came on late in the season, as the Musketeers went from being an afterthought in Big East play to a group that was legitimately on the bubble in March. (RD)

99. Mustapha Heron, St. John’s

Heron has been a big time scorer throughout his career, and that shouldn’t change with the coaching change at St. John’s. The question is going to be whether or not the Johnnies will be good enough for Heron to matter nationally. (RD)

100. Chris Lykes, Miami

The 5-foot-7 guard’s production went from good to great from his freshman to sophomore season, averaging 16.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.3 steals per game last season. It came at the expense of a little bit of efficiency, but not to a degree that’s concerning. A little bit of tightening up around the edges could go a long way in making Lykes even better. (TH)

Ohio State’s Seth Towns detained by police at Columbus protest on Friday

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One day after he officially graduated from Harvard, Ohio State transfer Seth Towns was detained by police in Columbus during a protest over the death of George Floyd.

A source confirmed to NBC Sports that Towns was taken into custody, but that he was released as of Friday night. Video of the incident was obtained by Eleven Warriors, who broke the news early on Saturday morning.

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Columbus police announced that five people were arrested on Friday, the second day protests in the city, but according to the source, Seth Towns was not one of the five arrested. He was protesting peacefully when police asked him to move off the street, and Towns refused. He was handcuffed, moved and released.

“In a span of just 24 hours, I walked across a Harvard virtual graduation stage into the back of police van alongside other peaceful protestors—both of which I am equally proud of,” Towns said in a statement. “To those who are silent, speak up—to those who are hurting, unite; and for those who are fighting with the weapons of love and justice, keep going. I’m right there with you!”

Ohio State AD Gene Smith tweeted, “Proud of you, Seth,” on Saturday, while Tommy Amaker, the head coach at Harvard, released a statement in support of his former player.

“We fully support out players’ right to peacefully protest,” Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said. “In the time I’ve gotten to know Seth, it’s clear that he has a heart for social justice. As I said in my statement yesterday morning, we will continue to openly discuss this within our program.”

Towns, who is the most socially conscious player in the Ohio State program, last played for Harvard during the 2017-18 season, when he was the Ivy League Player of the Year. The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 16 points and shot 44.1 percent from three as a sophomore for the Crimson. He is eligible to play this season, and has two years of eligibility remaining.

2020 NBA Mock Draft 2.0: Where will Obi Toppin get picked?

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Here is an updated 2020 NBA mock draft. Who are the best 2020 NBA Draft prospects?

One thing that needs to be mentioned before we get into the meat of this 2020 NBA mock draft is that the only thing certain about the draft is that, eventually, it is going to happen.

When will the 2020 NBA Draft happen? Right now it is scheduled for June 25th, but that seems likely to change at some point. We can’t hold the draft until we have a draft order, and we won’t have a draft order until the NBA season finishes. If you haven’t noticed, it seems pretty unlikely that the NBA will start again until at least May.

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There are also questions about the way the pre-draft process will play out. Prospects will not be flying around the country to participate in workouts. They will not be going from team-to-team to conduct interviews. It seems unlikely that there is going to be a combine in mid-May, if at all. There is a real feeling amongst NBA teams that they have scouted these prospects in person for the last time.

What does that mean for the players that have declared, or will declare in the coming days and weeks?

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Well, they won’t be able to convince teams that they were capable of doing things that they weren’t allowed to do within the confines of their college team. They won’t be able to spend eight weeks doing nothing but perfecting a three-point shot to look good at the combine or during workouts. They won’t be able to show out during the NCAA tournament and turn themselves into a first round pick.

This is all new and unprecedented.

So with that in mind, a couple programming notes:

First and foremost, I am not projecting which teams will be picking in specific slots. There are just far too many question marks about right now, particularly when you consider that the NBA changed the way their lottery works this season. So for now, this is just a ranking of who I believe are the best available players.

Secondly, I don’t know that I’m actually an expert on anything, but I’m certainly not an expert on European hoops. So for now, this is less a 2020 NBA Mock Draft and more a power ranking of the best prospects in the NCAA with LaMelo Ball and R.J. Hampton sprinkled in. I’m sure Deni Avdija is awesome. Until he plays in the EYBL, I won’t have any feel for what he can do beyond watching the same YouTube videos you watch.

Hey, at least I’m being honest about it.

So without further ado, here is the NBC Sports 2020 NBA Mock Draft.



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1. ANTHONY EDWARDS, Georgia, SG

Details: 18 years old, 6-foot-4, 225 lbs
Key Stats: 19.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.8 apg, 40% FG, 29% 3PT

Edwards is the best scorer in this 2020 NBA Mock Draft. At 6-foot-4 with a 6-foot-8 wingspan and explosive athleticism, he’s proven himself to be a dangerous three-level bucket-getter that can get hot and do things like score 33 points in a half. Ask Michigan State. He also has the physical profile of a guard that can defend two or three different positions in the NBA. It’s all there.

But Edwards is still learning how to play and how to be consistent. Far too often he settled for deep, contested threes. They looked great when he hit a couple in a row, but he shot 29 percent from three as a freshman. That speaks for itself, although part of that inefficiency absolutely stems from the load he was asked to carry. Edwards was not getting too many easy looks created for him.

There are also too many stretches where he looks disengaged in the game, whether it’s due to his lack of focus on the defensive end of his passivity offensively. He’s developed a reputation dating all the way back to his high school days for being a guy that starts slow and puts up huge second half numbers in a losing effort.

2. LAMELO BALL, Australia

Details: 18 years old, 6-foot-7, 180 lbs
Key Stats: 17 ppg, 7 apg, 7.5 rpg

I know what you’re going to think when you hear LaMelo Ball’s name. The reaction is going to be you thinking back to the little 5-foot-11 kid with braces and a blonde mohawk launching shots from halfcourt and cherry-picking against overmatched competition to try and get to 100 points in a game. You’re going to immediately think of all the things you hated about Lavar Ball, and I get it.

But Melo grew up. He’s not just the baby brother anymore. He’s now a 6-foot-7 lead guard that has all of the tools that would lead you to believe that he can be a star feature guard in the NBA. He’s a terrific passer that can make every read you want a point guard to make out of ball-screens with either hand, and he has the size to see those passes over the defense. His feel for the game and basketball IQ are elite. He’s been an inconsistent and inefficient shooter throughout his career, but he’s always been a good free throw shooter and while he certainly needs to tweak his mechanics, some of those low percentages can be explained away by the degree of difficulty of the shots he is taking.

Which leads me to what may be the most important point here: Not only is Melo one of the youngest players in this draft, he is also a late-bloomer. He’s still growing into his frame, and while I doubt he’s ever be on par with someone like Russell Westbrook, he’s definitely going to get stronger and more athletic as he matures physically and gets into an NBA strength training program. When that happens, it should help his explosiveness and ability to handle physicality. There are risks here, but I don’t think it’s crazy to say he has the highest ceiling of anyone in this draft class.

The bigger issue is the off-the-court stuff. He has a reputation, fairly or unfairly, of being a lazy defender with a lacking work ethic. Teams picking at the top of the draft will have to do their due diligence. He may have a high ceiling, but there’s also some bust potential at play. If it all works out, he could end up being the second-coming of Luka Doncic.

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3. JAMES WISEMAN, Memphis

Details: 19 years old, 7-foot-1, 240 pounds
Key Stats: 19.7 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 3.0 bpg

Wiseman has all the physical tools that you want out of a five in the modern NBA. He’s 7-foot-1 with a 7-foot-6 wingspan, an exceptional athlete that can really get up and down the floor and finish above the rim. He has all the tools to be a rim protector that can guard in ball-screens and switch on the perimeter if needed. He’s not Dirk Nowitzki but he’s not Clint Capela, either — he’s shown some flashes of being capable on the perimeter.

The red flags with Wiseman are two-fold. For starters, his competitiveness has been questioned throughout his career. He hasn’t always controlled games the way someone his size should be able to. He isn’t as tough or as physical as some would like, and he seems to have a habit of trying to prove that he can play away from the basket instead of overpowering anyone that gets between him and the rim. None of these concerns were helped by his decision to quit on his Memphis team in December, halfway through a suspension for break (admittedly silly) NCAA rules.

My gut feeling on Wiseman is that if he decided he wanted to be, say, the next Myles Turner, he could end up one of the eight-to-ten best centers in the NBA. If he decides that he wants to be the next Giannis, I don’t think it will go as well.

4. OBI TOPPIN, Dayton

Details: 22 years old, 6-foot-9, 220 lbs
Key Stats: 20.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.2 bpg, 1.0 bpg, 63% FG, 39% 3PT

Toppin is one of three guys in this draft that, if I were an NBA GM, I would want to definitively be higher than the field on, and the reason for that is two-fold: On the one hand, Toppin is one of just a handful of players in this 2020 NBA Mock Draft that I believe can make a significant impact in the NBA as a rookie, and given that the top of this draft class is made up of players that are going to be drafted on their potential without having the upside of being a franchise-changing talent, I think there is value in drafting a guy with a rock-solid floor.

The reason that Toppin’s floor is so high is because of how well he fits as a role player at the next level. Anthony Grant’s offense at Dayton was as close to a modern NBA scheme as you are going to find in the college game, and the reason he is able to play that way has everything to do with Toppin’s skill set. At 6-foot-9, he’s an explosive leaper that is versatile offensively — he can hit a three, he can score off the bounce, he has a pretty good feel for the game, he’s a capable and willing passer. He also has the size and physical tools where it is conceivable that he can play the four or the five in small-ball lineups, although he’ll need some development here; he has high hips and a slender waist which casts some doubt on how well he’ll be able to put on weight and how well he can sit in a stance and guard on the perimeter. And while there is some value in being capable of guarding fours or fives, there are some valid questions about whether or not he’ll be above average guarding either.

I do think that will come with time spent in the right NBA strength and conditioning program, and the fact that he’s a late-bloomer that was just 6-foot-2 as a high school junior is relevant here as well.

I broke down why Toppin is such a good fit for Dayton’s offense last month, and all of that applies to why he’ll be such a good fit at the next level as well:

5. ONYEKA OKONGWU, USC

Details: 19 years old, 6-foot-9, 245 lbs
Key Stats: 16.2 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 2.7 bpg, 1.2 spg, 72% FT

For me, the intrigue with Okongwu is pretty simple. He is a 6-foot-9 five that is an explosive athlete with an already-sturdy frame. He produced at the college level, both as a scorer, a rebounder and a rim protector, and has shown some pretty solid post moves for a 19-year old. He can defend the rim. He’s athletic enough that being a switchable five seems like his floor. He has a soft touch around the basket, and while he’s shooting just 15-for-35 on jumpers this season, according to Synergy, he’s 9-for-19 on jumpers inside 17 feet and shooting 72 percent from the free throw line on 143 free throws.

Worst-case scenario, Okongwu turns into an off-the-bench big that provides energy, rebounding and defense. If the jumper — and, especially, the passing — comes along, he can be much more than that.

6. ISAAC OKORO, Auburn

Details: 19 years old, 6-foot-6, 225 lbs
Key Stats: 12.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.0 apg, 29% 3PT

Okoro is another guy that I would want to be higher than consensus on, because I think he has a chance to be a really good starter on an NBA team for the next 12 years. I’m not sure there is anything more valuable in the modern NBA than a wing that is a multi-positional defender, that can guard in space and that is capable of creating against a close out or in isolation, but I am sure that there is no one in this 2020 NBA Mock Draft that better fits that role than Okoro.

I don’t think it’s crazy to say that Okoro was the best perimeter defender in college basketball this season. He can guard up, he can guard down, he can move his feet, he’s already built like a pro, he’s shown the ability to block shots as a help-side defender. It’s what he hangs his hat on. But he’s also proven to be particularly adept off the dribble, where he’s a nightmare to stop once he gets a step. He can finish above the rim, but perhaps his most underrated skill is his ability to read defenses and pass the ball. He definitely is a capable and willing playmaker.

The one question mark is the shooting, but in conversations I’ve had with people that know Isaac, both at the collegiate and high school levels, the consensus is that he’s a worker. He’ll put in the hours that he needs to in order to make himself a threat from three.

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7. TYRESE HALIBURTON, Iowa State

Details: 20 years old, 6-foot-5, 175 lbs
Key Stats: 15.2 ppg, 6.5 apg, 5.9 rpg, 41.9% 3PT

Haliburton’s numbers jump off the page. At 6-foot-5, he’s a lead guard with terrific vision that can throw every pass a point guard is going to be asked to make. He’s an excellent three-point shooter that has positional size and has shown himself to be, at the very least, adequate as an on- and off-ball defender. He was the best player on the floor for Team USA at the U-19 World Championships over the summer. All of that adds up.

If there is a concern with Haliburton, it’s his physical tools. He’s not an explosive athlete and, at 175 pounds, there are valid concerns about how well he is going to handle the rigors of getting to the rim in the NBA. He also has a slow, funky release on his jumper — think Shawn Marion. Will he be able to get that shot off at the next level?

I’m high on Haliburton because, after seeing the way that elite passers like Luka Doncic, Ja Morant and Trae Young have thrived early in their NBA career, I’m willing to take the risk on a 6-foot-5 point guard that can make those passes in a year where the opportunity of rolling the dice at the top is relatively low.

8. COLE ANTHONY, North Carolina

Details: 19 years old, 6-foot-3, 190 lbs
Key Stats: 18.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 4.0 apg, 35% 3PT

I’m torn on Cole as a prospect. On the one hand, I love everything about the way he is wired. He’s tough, confident and competitive, the ultimate alpha. He’s a worker that will put in the hours in the gym. Given the way he grew up, he’s not going to be intimidated by anything. In an era where draft prospects are quitting their teams, what they call “shutting it down”, midseason once they’ve earned a spot near the top of the lottery, Cole fought back from a knee injury that required surgery to get back on the court and fight with his team despite the fact that they really don’t have much left to play for during the season.

I respect that. If I’m an NBA GM, I want players wired that way.

The problem with Cole is the way that he plays. He’s tough and athletic, but given his average height and length, he’s more or less going to have to guard point guards at the next level. I’m not sure he’s quite good enough to be the guy in the NBA that he has been throughout his career. He plays like Russell Westbrook, a hyper-kinetic athlete that is a streaky, sometimes inefficient shooter with a limited passing range that has a habit of dribbling the air out of the ball and shooting his team out of games on off nights. He’ll be 20 years old by the time he’s drafted. How much more room is there for him to change?

What I will say is this: Anthony did become a better passer later in the season, as he gained more confidence in his teammates and after he went through a stretch where he was shooting the Tar Heels out of games. That’s a good sign, but I still have my doubts.

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9. TYRESE MAXEY, Kentucky

Details: 19 years old, 6-foot-3, 198 pounds
Key Stats: 14.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.2 apg, 29% 3PT

Taking a risk on Maxey this high in the 2020 NBA Mock Draft means betting on the fact that his 29 percent three-point shooting as a freshman has more to do with adjusting to the college level than it does his actual shooting ability. Coming through high school, Maxey had the reputation for being a big-time scorer because of his ability to make deep jumpers off the bounce and because of the way that he can finish around the rim with a variety of floaters and layups.

And while he would show flashes of being the dominant scorer Kentucky needed him to be, the Wildcats late-season surge was a direct result of Immanuel Quickley’s improvement, not Maxey finding consistency. We spent the entire season saying “just wait until Maxey finds his stroke” and he never really did. He needs to be able to make that shot because the rest of his game is somewhat limited. He’s not a natural creator, he’s wired to score more than anything else, and he certainly isn’t an elite athlete by NBA combo-guard standards, although he is a pretty good on-ball defender. He’s also a worker, and by all accounts a great kid and competitor. I think there’s a real chance his ceiling is as a second-unit scorer, but if it all comes together I can see him putting together a career on par with Lou Williams.

10. SADDIQ BEY, Villanova

Details: 20 years old, 6-foot-8, 216 lbs
Key Stats: 16.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.4 apg, 45% 3PT
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Saddiq Bey is the third guy that I would want to be higher than anyone on, because I think that he has a chance to be one of the best players to come out of this 2020 NBA Mock Draft. Bey is something of a late-bloomer. He’s was a 6-foot-1 guard when he was a sophomore, and according to the Villanova coaching staff, he has actually grown an inch or two since he arrived on campus. He’s listed at 6-foot-8 and may be closer to 6-foot-9 by the time it’s all said and done.

Bey’s shooting ability speaks for itself. He hit 45 percent of his threes while shooting more than five per game, and he finished in the 98th percentile nationally in spot-up shooting, according to Synergy. He has shown some playmaking ability, and while he’s not much of an off-the-dribble shooter at this point in his development, he is capable of playing as the handler in ball-screen actions. Most importantly, as we have seen with the wings that have come out of the Villanova program of late, they just know how to play. You won’t see the floor there if you don’t, and given the fact that Bey was asked to be the do-it-all point guard on his high school team, he has experience being more than just a scorer.

But the thing that has really stood out about Bey since he arrived on the Main Line is his ability to defend. He’s the best defender in the program, and while Villanova has not always been known for how they guard, they were the second-best defensive team in the Big East behind Seton Hall, who was a top-eight defense nationally. They’ve put him on lightening quick point guards like Devon Dotson and Kamar Baldwin, and Villanova’s tendency to switch means that Bey has spent plenty of time guarding bigs as well.

So what we have here is a multi-positional defender that shoots the cover off the ball and can be a playmaker off the bounce. I think he’s just as good of a prospect as Mikal Bridges, Donte DiVincenzo, Eric Paschall and Josh Hart, and all four of those guys have turned into players that will last in the NBA for a while. Bey is next in line.

11. R.J. HAMPTON, Australia

Details: 19 years old, 6-foot-5, 188 lbs
Key Stats: 9.5 ppg, 2.5 apg, 1.3 spg, 31.7% 3PT

Hampton is a kid that has quite a bit of potential, but he’ll need time to develop at the next level. He’s a 6-foot-5 guard that can play on or off the ball, but needs to continue to develop his ball-handling and his perimeter jumper to be able to do either at the NBA level. He has the length, quickness and athleticism to be able to defend either backcourt spot in time, but he is something of a late-bloomer that needs to put on some weight and strength. He’ll try defensively, too, but he needs to be coached up. Again, that will come with time.

The biggest concern I have with Hampton — who played this past season in Australia — is that I’m not sure if he has an elite skill yet.

12. DEVIN VASSELL, Florida State

Details: 19 years old, 6-foot-6, 180 lbs
Key Stats: 12.7 ppg, 1.4 spg, 1.0 bpg, 42% 3PT

Vassell was one of the breakout stars of the ACC, leading a good Florida State team in scoring and doubles as their best three-point shooter. He’s got the size and the length to be a good defender at the NBA level, and he’s proven to be a playmaker on that end of the floor — he averaged 1.4 steals and 1.0 blocks. Playing for Leonard Hamilton, you can be sure he got plenty of reps switching defensively and guarding bigger and smaller players. He’s not much of a playmaker on the offensive end, and at 180 pounds, he definitely needs to add some weight to his frame. But he’s precisely what you look for as a 3-and-D wing. In a 2020 NBA Mock Draft where it’s hard to find sure things, Vassell, on paper, seems to be as close to a known quantity as you are going to get in this range.

13. PRECIOUS ACHIUWA, Memphis

Details: 20 years old, 6-foot-9, 225 lbs
Key Stats: 15.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 1.9 bpg, 1.1 spg, 33% 3PT

The biggest question mark for me when it comes to Achiuwa is whether or not he is going embrace what he actually is. For my money, he’s something of a poor man’s Bam Adebayo, a big man that can be used at the four and, ideally, as a small-ball five. He plays hard, he has a 7-foot-2 wingspan and he’s proven himself as a rebounder. He also has some perimeter skill, and he did make some threes this season. There’s a market for that in the NBA, and it’s a role Achiuwa should be able to thrive in.

But is that what he wants to be? Or does he think that he’s a three? The potential is there for Achiuwa to be effective as a face-up forward against bigger, slower centers. I’m not sure the same can be said for him as a three. Remember, Achiuwa will turn 21 years old before he plays in his first NBA game. He was a freshman this season and he is just two months younger than Kaleb Wesson, who was a junior. If Achiuwa embraces who he is, he has a long and profitable basketball career in front of him.

14. NICO MANNION, Arizona

Details: 19 years old, 6-foot-3, 190 lbs
Key Stats: 14.0 ppg, 5.3 apg, 33% 3PT

I’m not sure whether or not Mannion will actually get drafted this high, but I’m willing to rank him this high because of what his floor is in a draft where there are a number of prospects that could end up being total busts. To me, Mannion has the same kind of prospect profile as the likes of Jalen Brunson, or Fred VanVleet, or T.J. McConnell, or Ryan Arcidiacono. He’s a guy that, at worst, will spend a decade playing in the NBA as a backup point guard because of his basketball IQ, his ability to makes shots and the fact that he can operate in a pick-and-roll.

My concern with drafting him this high is that he doesn’t really have an NBA skill. He’s a good athlete but not a great athlete, and that isn’t helped by the fact that his wingspan is reportedly 6-foot-2.5. He’s not great at beating defenders off the dribble in the halfcourt, which is a problem for an NBA point guard. He’s a good shooter but he’s not a great shooter. He’s a high-level passer but he’s not Trae Young or Luka Doncic. He tries defensively but he just doesn’t have the physical tools to be a lockdown defender. I’m just not sure what he does that truly sets him apart, and the fact that he was the leader of an Arizona team that kept losing games they shouldn’t lose is concerning.

15. AARON NESMITH, Vanderbilt

Details: 20 years old, 6-foot-6, 213 lbs
Key Stats: 23 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 52.2% 3PT, 8.2 3PAs

Again, this one is pretty simple for me. Nesmith is a 6-foot-6 wing with a 6-foot-10 wingspan that was shooting a ridiculous 52.2% from three while taking more than eight threes per game before suffering a foot injury that ended his season. He’s not the most explosive athlete, but he was one of the most improved players in the country before he got hurt. I’m willing to take a bet on a guard with those measureables when he’s a hard enough worker to go from 33.7 percent shooting as a freshman to this. That’s the kind of leap that Buddy Hield made heading into his senior season. Nesmith is just a sophomore.

That said, Hield won at a significantly higher clip than Nesmith did, and Hield did it against Big 12 competition. Nesmith’s season was cut short before he really got into the teeth of SEC play. But I’d be willing to roll the dice on his shooting carrying him to a role in the league.

16. ISAIAH STEWART, Washington

Details: 18 years old, 6-foot-9, 250 lbs
Key Stats: 17.0 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.1 bpg, 77% FT

What you see is what you get with Stewart. He’s a tireless rebounder that, at 250 pounds of solid muscle, is ready to compete in the paint against NBA bigs right now. He’s a good post scorer that has shown some glimpses of being able to make threes — the Washington staff will tell you he’s lights out in practice. That’s the good. The bad is that he is an undersized center at 6-foot-9 that doesn’t have the length or explosiveness to be able to protect the rim at the NBA level, and while he’ll put in the effort to guard on the perimeter, he has never really shown that ability. Playing in that Washington zone hasn’t helped quell those concerns, either. He’s tough, he has a motor, he’s really good at the things that he does well, but if he’s not going to protect the rim or guard on the perimeter, where does he fit in the modern NBA?

I also think Stewart is the kind of guy that will be hurt by the fact that there won’t be any workouts. He’s an impressive interview that could show off his shooting and, at least in theory, prove what he can do defensively.

17. PATRICK WILLIAMS, Florida State

Details: 18 years old, 6-foot-8, 225 lbs
Key Stats: 9.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 32% 3PT

The numbers look fairly pedestrian, admittedly, but putting them in context is important: Williams was coming off the bench for a Florida State team that goes 11 deep and gives everyone pretty equal minutes. No one ever puts up huge numbers in a Leonard Hamilton program. What they do is incubate players that project as role guys in the league. At 6-foot-8, Williams is a terrific athlete and a burgeoning defender and that can protect the rim and guard out on the perimeter when needed. And while the shooting stroke was somewhat inconsistent this past season, the potential is there — he did shoot 84 percent from three this year.

18. JADEN MCDANIELS, Washington

Details: 19 years old, 6-foot-10, 200 lbs
Key Stats: 13.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.4 bpg, 34% 3PT

On the one hand, it is very easy to see why McDaniels is such a tantalizing prospect. Players with his size and his length aren’t supposed to be able to do the things that he does on the perimeter. He has impressive handle, he can knock down tough perimeter jumpers and every once in a while he will do something during a game that will make it to the House of Highlights page. His ‘wow’ moments pop.

On the other hand, McDaniels is 200 pounds soaking wet with slender shoulders and skinny legs. He hasn’t handled contact all that well this season, and he is not all that explosive of an athlete. And during Pac-12 play, all of the red flags came to the forefront. Emotional outbursts led to far too many technical fouls. He led the Pac-12 in fouls and turnovers. He averaged just 11 points during conference play. He was benched for the last ten games, and Washington wasn’t definitively better with him on the floor.

He’s a lottery ticket in this 2020 NBA mock draft.

19. JALEN SMITH, Maryland

Details: 20 years old, 6-foot-10, 225 lbs
Key Stats: 15.5 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 2.4 bpg, 37 3PT%

Stix Smith was one of the best players in college basketball over the course of the last month. He’s a pogo-stick athletically that stsrted to make threes on a consistent basis. I’m worried about his frame — he checks in at 225 pounds, but looks like he’s closer to 200 pounds — and I’m not sure how much of a weapon he is offensively beyond being a spot-up shooter. Defensively, he can protect the rim, but will that translate to the NBA, where every five he goes up against will have 20 pounds on him? And while he is a terrific athlete, he plays stiff and upright. I’m not sure how well he will use that athleticism without a runway for takeoff.

All that said, over the course of the last eight weeks of the season, Smith’s potential turned into production. It was the biggest reason Maryland looked like one of the best teams in the country down the stretch. I’m willing to bet on him at the back end of the first round.

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20. TRE JONES, Duke

Details: 20 years old, 6-foot-3, 185 lbs
Key Stats: 16.2 ppg, 6.4 apg, 1.8 spg, 36.1% 3PT

Jones is a really good passer, a terrific defender and the kind of point guard that checks all the cliche boxes about being a winner, a leader and a facilitator. He was the ACC Player of the Year and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. His box score numbers were impressive, and his impact on basketball games goes well beyond the box score.

But more importantly, his jump shot showed real, tangible improvement. Jones made 36 percent of his threes and shot four of them per night. In catch-and-shoot situations, he made 40 percent of his jumpers and hit them at a 1.18 points-per-possession clip (or a 59% eFG, which was in the 82nd percentile nationally). His pull-up game isn’t there yet, but if he went from being a guy that teams flat-out did not guard beyond 12 feet as a freshman to a 36 percent shooter as a sophomore, whose to say his pull-up game won’t be next?

If Jones never gets any better, if this is who he is for the rest of his basketball career, he’s a backup point guard in the league until he doesn’t want to play anymore. If he continues to develop his shot, however, he could end up being a starting point guard. I find it hard to believe this kid isn’t going to keep getting better. In a draft like this, that’s great value this late.

21. JAHMI’US RAMSEY, Texas Tech

Details: 18 years old, 6-foot-4, 195 lbs
Key Stats: 15.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 43% 3PT

I’ve gone through stages with Ramsey. I loved him in high school. I was frustrated by him early on in his college career, as Texas Tech worked through figuring out what the best way to use him is. What they’ve settled on is as a scorer and an elite shot-maker. The big red flag for me is that I expected Ramsey to play the Jarrett Culver-Keenan Evans role for Texas Tech, but he’s not that guy because he is not on their level at creating out of ball-screens or as a passer. Since he is only 6-foot-4, that’s something to monitor in the longterm.

But he’s a bouncy athlete that can play in transition, shoots the cover off of the ball and should be able to attack closeouts. The two major question marks are on the defensive end of the floor and shooting off of the dribble, but those are things that can be improved with time. He’s not the player that I thought he would be, but he’s still good enough that using a top 25 pick on him makes sense.

22. KIRA LEWIS Jr., Alabama

Details: 18 years old, 6-foot-3, 165 lbs
Key Stats: 18.5 ppg, 5.2 apg, 4.8 rpg, 1.7 spg, 37% 3PT

Lewis checks a lot of boxes. He’s young for a sophomore — he enrolled at Alabama as a 17-year old and won’t turn 19 until April — and he put up huge numbers for an Alabama team that is built to run, run, run and shoot nothing but threes and layups. He also shot 37 percent from three for the second consecutive season. He’s slender, he’s turnover prone and part of the reason he produced as much as he did this season was because of the pace that Alabama played at. He’s worth a first round pick, especially considering his age.

23. CASSIUS WINSTON, Michigan State

Details: 22 years old, 6-foot-1, 185 lbs
Key Stats: 18.6 ppg, 5.9 apg, 43% 3PT

Winston did not have the season many of us expected him to have as a senior — understandably, given the death of his brother in November — but he still put up All-American numbers for a team that won a share of the Big Ten regular season title. He was playing his best basketball down the stretch, and he still have the highest basketball IQ of anyone in this 2020 NBA mock draft. He’s an elite passer and shooter that thrives in ball-screens. Yes, the defense and athleticism are concerns, but we said the same thing about numerous point guards that have made careers out of being backup point guards. Winston is the next in that pipeline.

24. JOSH GREEN, Arizona

Details: 19 years old, 6-foot-6, 210 lbs
Key Stats: 12.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 36% 3PT

Green is a consistent jumper away from being a guy that can stick in the league as a role player for a decade. He’s really athletic, he’s terrific in transition and he’s a willing defender that gives effort. He can be coached up on that end. But he was limited as a scorer in the half court — 1.19 PPP in transition vs. 0.825 in the half court — and part of that is due to the fact that he shot just 33.3 percent on jumpers in half court offense.

25. VERNON CAREY, Duke

Details: 18 years old, 6-foot-10, 250 lbs
Key Stats: 17.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.6 bpg, 38% 3PT

Carey has proven himself as a terrific low-post scorer and has actually shown off a nice touch from the perimeter. He is left-hand dominant, but that’s something that can be worked on. To be frank, I’m not really all that concerned about the offensive side of the ball with Carey. The biggest issue for Carey is that he is not all that explosive and he is not all that quick, even with the weight he shed during the offseason. He’s struggled in ball-screen coverages and he does not profile as a rim protector at the NBA level. If you can’t guard the rim and you can’t guard ball-screens, where do you fit defensively in the NBA?

26. XAVIER TILLMAN, Michigan State

Details: 21 years old, 6-foot-8, 245 lbs
Key Stats: 13.7 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.1 bpg, 1.2 spg

I may be out on a limb here, but I truly believe that Tillman is worth a first round pick, especially in this year’s draft class. There’s really two reasons for this: For starters, he is a terrific passer. No one in college basketball is better than making the right play in a 4-on-3 scenario when the defense traps a pick-and-roll ball-handler than Tillman. But he is also an excellent defender that can really read the game. Talk to people around the Michigan State program and they’ll tell you he ran everything defensively. It was his voice that teammates heard. Now, the major question mark is his size. At just 6-foot-8, can he defend fives? Is he quick enough to play the four? If we knew for a fact that the answer to both of those questions would be ‘yes, and he can do it very well,’ I would have him slotted as a top 20 pick.

27. DANIEL OTURU, Minnesota

Details: 20 years old, 6-foot-10, 240 lbs
Key Stats: 20.1 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 2.5 bpg, 37% 3PT

In a league where seemingly every team had a dominant interior player, Daniel Oturu has been arguably the best two-way center in the Big Ten. The numbers that he put up speak for themselves. He was one of the most improved players in the country. He doesn’t have the greatest feel for the game, and he’s something of a blackhole when he does get the ball in his hands, but he has shown off a bit of three-point range and is actually able to put the ball on the floor and make things happen off the bounce. I think his fit as a five in the NBA is better than some of the bigs slotted in front of him.

28. ZEKE NNAJI, Arizona

Details: 19 years old, 6-foot-11, 240 lbs
Key Stats: 16.1 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 0.9 bpg

Nnaji is the most explosive big in this 2020 NBA mock draft class. He’s really, really athletic, and his second jump is something to behold. His production speaks for itself, even if some of it has to due with Arizona’s pace and the play of Nico Mannion. That said, I’m down on Nnaji compared to the rest of the field because I think that he’s somewhat limited defensively. He has a tendency for getting lost guarding ball-screens and he is not a very good rim protector. Can those things be coached up enough to make him worth being picked over the likes of Daniel Oturu, Isaiah Stewart or Jalen Smith?

29. DEVON DOTSON, Kansas

Details: 20 years old, 6-foot-1, 185 lbs
Key Stats: 18.1 ppg, 4.0 apg, 4.1 rpg, 2.3 spg, 31% 3PT

At some point it just becomes impossible to ignore the production. Dotson averaged 18-4-4 for the best team in college basketball, showcasing the ability to get to the rim almost at will while playing tough, aggressive on-ball defense for the best defensive team in the sport. There are some concerns — he’s very right hand-dominant, he shot 31 percent from three, he’s not physically imposing — but he’s worth a flier in this draft class.

30. UDOKA AZUBUIKE, Kansas

Details: 20 years old, 7-foot, 250 lbs
Key Stats:13.7 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 2.6 bpg, 75% FG, 44% FT

I don’t think that it’s crazy to say that Doke helped his professional outlook more than any player in college basketball this season. He was the most dominant defensive force in the sport. His ability to control the paint was unmatched, but he shed enough weight and improved his footspeed enough that he was able to shutdown pick-and-roll actions playing drop coverage, something we are seeing more of in the NBA.

The big question is if he is quick enough to be able to do that at the professional level as well, because he is never going to be a threat to do anything offensively more than four feet away from the rim and he’ll always be a Hack-a-Doke risk given his free throw shooting.

But a year ago, I would have said there was no chance that Azubuike could play in the NBA. None. And now I think that he’ll be an effective piece for a team that is creative in the way they use him in certain matchups.

31. CASSIUS STANLEY, Duke

Details: 20 years old, 6-foot-6, 193 lbs
Key Stats: 12.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 36% 3PT

Stanley is one of the most explosive athletes in this draft class. He’s a guy that projects as a plus-defender as a result. If you assume that his 36 percent three-point shooting is for real, he’s a solid 3-and-D wing prospect that could find a way onto a roster. His shooting mechanics are a little funky, and he was flat-out bad shooting off the dribble, but he was in the 87th percentile nationally on all jump shots at 1.099 PPP and the 93rd percentile nationally on catch-and-shoot jumpers at 1.312 PPP, according to Synergy.

32. YVES PONS, Tennessee

Details: 21 years old, 6-foot-6, 215 lbs
Key Stats: 10.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.4 bpg, 35% 3PT

Pons is the best athlete and the best defender in this entire 2020 NBA mock draft class. You often hear things like “he can guard all five positions” which tends to be an exaggeration. Not for Pons. He can, quite literally, guard any point guard, any center and anyone in between. He can play the four, and at times even the five, in small-ball lineups in the NBA to great effect. What makes him even more intriguing is that he shot 42 percent on unguarded catch-and-shoot threes. I think this is the most important number when it comes to his three-point shooting, because these are the face-up, step-in threes that he’ll be shooting at the next level.

The thing about Pons is that he played the three as a sophomore. As a junior, he was Tennessee’s four, which meant that instead of coming off of screens to get a shot, he was stepping into them as a trailing big or catching and shooting as a floor-spacer. This is the role he would play in the league.

Put it all together, and I’ll buy on a player that has an elite NBA skill with the potential to fill out his game to be effective in a role.

33. PAUL REED, DePaul

Details: 20 years old, 6-foot-9, 220 lbs
Key Stats: 15.1 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 2.6 bpg, 1.9 spg

Here’s what you need to know about Paul Reed right now: Since Shane Battier left school in 2001, there have been two high-major players that have averaged at least 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals in the same season: Matisse Thybulle and Nerlens Noel. Noel is the only other high-major player to average 1.9 steals and 2,5 blocks. While Reed is shooting just 16-for-52 from three this season, he shot 40.5 percent from beyond the arc as a sophomore and has been a 75 percent free throw shooter the last two years. Size, length, athleticism, defensive playmaking, defensive versatility and a shot at being a shooter, too? I’m in, even with DePaul’s late-season swoon.

34. AYO DOSUNMU, Illinois

Details: 20 years old, 6-foot-5, 185 lbs
Key Stats: 16.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.3 apg, 30% 3PT

Dosunmu is a tough player to project. On the one hand, he has all the physical tools to be a capable combo-guard in the NBA, and he proved himself as a slasher and clutch-shot maker as a sophomore. On the other hand, in a year where he was trying to prove to NBA scouts that he can be a consistent three-point shooter, his numbers dipped from 35 percent to under 30 percent. He has a reputation for being a worker and a good locker room guy, and given his ability to defend both backcourt positions, I certainly think it’s reasonable to bet on him getting better as a shooter in the second round.

35. MALACHI FLYNN, San Diego State

Details: 21 years old, 6-foot-1, 185 lbs
Key Stats: 17.6 ppg, 5.1 apg, 4.5 rpg, 37% 3PT

Flynn is in a tough spot. On the one hand, he just finished his fourth season in college by having an All-American campaign while leading the Aztecs to a 30-2 record and the brink of a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. He turns 22 in May. It makes sense for him to leave now, striking while the iron is hot.

But just how hot is that iron, so to speak? Flynn is a plus-shooter that shines in ball-screens and thrived in an offense that was built entirely around his ability to do those two things. But he’s 6-foot-1, somewhat limited physically and looking at being a preseason first-team All-American if he returns to school.

At this point, I think that he is what he is as a player — a career NBA backup with a chance to get a couple of contracts in the NBA doing just that.

36. JORDAN NWORA, Louisville

Details: 21 years old, 6-foot-7, 225 lbs
Key Stats: 18.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 40.2% 3PT

Nwora has the size, the length and the shooting ability to make it as a wing in the NBA. He’s a better leaper than he gets credit for because of his reputation for being a subpar athlete, but where that lacking athleticism is seen functionally is in his ability to defend. He’s not that quick laterally, and that’s a concern for a guy that will theoretically be twos and threes in the NBA.

37. GRANT RILLER, Charleston

Details: 23 years old, 6-foot-3, 190 lbs
Key Stats: 21.9 ppg, 3.9 apg, 36% 3PT

Riller is just a bucket-getter. He’s crafty off the bounce, he can finish around the basket and he is a capable three-point shooter. He also has positional size to play lead guard in the NBA. What’s the downside of drafting him in the second round and seeing what he develops into?

38. MAMADI DIAKITE, Virginia

Details: 23 years old, 6-foot-9, 224 lbs
Key Stats: 13.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.3 bpg, 36.4% 3PT

Diakite is 23 years old, he’s not overly physical, he has never been a great rebounder and he’s a better rim protector in theory than in practice, so I get it. But also understand that he has been Virginia’s best three-point shooter this season, the guy that was used in actions that Tony Bennett ran for Kyle Guy last year, and he’s a 6-foot-9 switchable four. I’ll forever be on the Mamadi bandwagon.

39. KALEB WESSON, Ohio State

Details: 20 years old, 6-foot-9, 250 lbs
Key Stats: 14.8 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 1.9 apg, 42.5% 3PT

Wesson is the guy that was helped the most by testing the waters of the NBA draft last year. He shed some weight, he’s gotten much better as a defender in ball-screen actions and he’s still a bully on the block that can really pass and knockdown threes. He’s got a shot to stick.

40. MYLES POWELL, Seton Hall

Details: 22 years old, 6-foot-1, 195 lbs
Key Stats: 21.0 ppg, 2.9 apg, 30.6% 3PT

Powell’s efficiency numbers were way down this year, but he has dealt with some injuries. I’m mostly buying on him the way I bought on Carsen Edwards — whose efficiency suffered before exploding in the NCAA tournament — last season. He’s tough as nails, he can shoot off the dribble or off the catch, and he’ll put in the effort defensively.

College Basketball Preseason Top 25

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Today, we are unveiling the NBC Sports college basketball preseason top 25.

As always, there are plenty of caveats here.

For starters, we are still in the process of figuring out who will and will not be returning to school and where the myriad transfers are going to end up this year.

Given the impact that the COVID-19 outbreak has had on the way recruiting and the predraft process will work, it is hard to know how and where these guys will end up, which is why every college basketball preseason top 25 published right now is going to have plenty of assumptions, projections and moving parts.

So with that in mind, here is the current iteration of NBC Sports college basketball preseason top 25:

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1. VILLANOVA

  • GONE: None
  • COMING BACK: Collin Gillespie, Justin Moore, Jermaine Samuels, Bryan Antoine, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Cole Swider, Brandon Slater, Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree
  • WAIT AND SEE: Saddiq Bey
  • NEW FACES: Caleb Daniels, Eric Dixon
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Collin Gillespie, Justin Moore, Bryan Antoine, Jermaine Samuels, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl

There’s a chance, albeit a fairly slim one, that Villanova can return everyone from a team that won a share of the Big East regular season title last season while adding Tulane transfer Caleb Daniels (16.9 ppg) and a healthy Bryan Antoine. There is enough talent on this roster that I think they are the clear No. 1 team in the country if everyone returns. And while Saddiq Bey is their best player, I think he is not only more likely to declare for the draft than Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, but I also think that he will be easier to replace. Villanova has a roster full of talented wings and perimeter weapons. Bey is the best of the bunch, but having to force Caleb Daniels or Bryan Antoine over him is a better option than having to play Dhamir Cosby-Rountree or Eric Dixon instead of JRE. Luckily for Villanova, JRE announced in April that he will be returning to school.

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2. GONZAGA

  • GONE: Admon Gilder, Ryan Wooldridge, Killian Tillie
  • COMING BACK: Drew Timme, Anton Watson, Martynas Arlauskas, Pavel Zakharov
  • WAIT AND SEE: Filip Petrusev, Jalen Suggs, Corey Kispert, Joel Ayayi
  • NEW FACES: Oumar Ballo, Aaron Cook, Julian Strawther, Dominick Harris
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Jalen Suggs, Joel Ayayi, Corey Kispert, Drew Timme, Filip Petrusev

The Zags should once again be a powerhouse next season, but they are in the unique position of waiting on a freshman to decide if he is going to go pro. The player in question is Jalen Suggs, who would be a perfect fit next to Joel Ayayi and Corey Kispert on Gonzaga’s perimeter. As much as I like Ayayi as a player, I’m not sure he’s the guy to be a full-time point guard on a team competing for a national title. That spot is really the only question mark if Suggs opts to skip college and play overseas, because Gonzaga’s frontcourt is going to be absolutely loaded, especially if Filip Petrusev returns, because Drew Timme and Oumar Ballo both have WCC Player of the Year upside.

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3. BAYLOR

  • GONE: Freddie Gillespie, Devonte Bandoo
  • COMING BACK: Davion Mitchell, Mark Vital, Tristan Clark, Matthew Mayer, Jordan Turner, Flo Thamba
  • WAIT AND SEE: Jared Butler, MaCio Teague
  • NEW FACES: Adam Flagler, L.J. Cryer, Dain Dainja, Zach Loveday, Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Jared Butler, MaCio Teague, Davion Mitchell, Mark Vital, Tristan Clark

The Bears should get all three of their guards back, assuming Jared Butler does not go pro, and with Mark Vital slated to return, they’ll once again have two of the best defenders in college basketball on the roster (Davion Mitchell). They’re coming off of a 26-4 season, and there are plenty of bench options at Scott Drew’s disposal — Matthew Mayer, Jordan Turner, Adam Flagler — but the big question is going to be at the five. Which Tristan Clark are we going to get next season?

4. VIRGINIA

  • GONE: Mamadi Diakite, Braxton Key
  • COMING BACK: Kihei Clark, Casey Morsell, Tomas Woldetensae, Kody Stattman, Justin McCoy
  • WAIT AND SEE: Jay Huff
  • NEW FACES: Sam Hauser, Jabri Abdur-Rahim, Carson McCorkle, Reece Beekman
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Kihei Clark, Casey Morsell, Tomas Woldetensae, Sam Hauser, Jay Huff

The Cavaliers should be much better offensively with Sam Hauser replacing Mamadi Diakite in the starting lineup, and while Diakite is a significantly better defender than Hauser, it’s hard to imagine Virginia ever being a bad defensive team, especially when Hauser has had a year to learn the system. Kihei Clark and Jay Huff are both back, and I would expect Casey Morsell to take a step forward this season. Throw in a strong freshman class, and UVA should be competing for an ACC title once again.

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5. MICHIGAN STATE

  • GONE: Cassius Winston
  • COMING BACK: Rocket Watts, Aaren Henry, Gabe Brown, Malik Hall, Marcus Bingham, Julius Marble, Thomas Kithier, Foster Loyer
  • WAIT AND SEE: Xavier Tillman, Josh Langford
  • NEW FACES: Joey Hauser, Madi Sissoko, A.J. Hoggard
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Rocket Watts, Gabe Brown, Aaron Henry, Joey Hauser, Xavier Tillman

Rocket Watts showed down the stretch of last season that he was ready to take over the reins offensively, and with Joey Hauser getting eligible, he should have a second scoring threat on the floor with him. That will allow Aaron Henry to play his jack-of-all-trades role, and with Gabe Brown, Malik Hall and Marcus Bingham all, in theory, taking a step forward, there’s plenty of weaponry. The key, however, is going to be Xavier Tillman. I think he’s a first round pick, and considering that he’s a married man with two kids already, he certainly could use the income. He’s the piece that brings it all together.

6. KANSAS

  • GONE: Udoka Azubuike, Devon Dotson, Isaiah Moss
  • COMING BACK: Marcus Garrett, Ochai Agbaji, David McCormack, Christian Braun, Tristan Enaruna, Jalen Wilson, Mitch Lightfoot, DaJuan Harris, Silvio De Sousa
  • WAIT AND SEE: None
  • NEW FACES: Bryce Thompson, Tyon Grant-Foster, Gethro Muscadin, Latrell Jossell
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Marcus Garrett, Bryce Thompson, Ochai Agbaji, Tristan Enaruna, David McCormack

When it comes to the amount of talent on the Kansas roster, there are certainly enough weapons here. They are incredibly loaded on the wing — Marcus Garrett, Bryce Thompson, Ochai Agbaji, Christian Braun, Tyon Grant-Foster, Tristan Enaruna, Jalen Wilson, sheesh — and David McCormack showed enough flashes last season that I expect him to be able to do an adequate job replacing Udoka Azubuike. Assuming Self (correctly) plays small-ball again, they should be really, really good. The problem? Other than Garrett, there is not a point guard on the roster that has played a second of college basketball. The best Jayhawk teams have had a killer at that position, and I’m not sure Garrett qualifies as such.

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7. DUKE

  • GONE: Tre Jones, Vernon Carey Jr., Cassius Stanley, Jack White, Alex O’Connell, Javin DeLaurier
  • COMING BACK: Wendell Moore, Matthew Hurt, Jordan Goldwire, Joey Baker
  • WAIT AND SEE: None
  • NEW FACES: Jalen Johnson, Jeremy Roach, D.J. Steward, Mark Williams, Jaemyn Brakefield, Henry Coleman, Patrick Tape
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Jeremy Roach, D.J. Steward, Wendell Moore, Jalen Johnson, Mark Williams

The Blue Devils lose quite a bit of talent off of last season’s roster if, as expected, Tre Jones, Vernon Carey and Cassius Stanley all head to the pros. But with six top 50 prospects coming into the program — headlined by a potential lottery pick in Jalen Johnson as well as point guard Jeremy Roach and scoring guard D.J. Steward — there will be quite a bit of talent on display. A starting lineup that includes those three freshmen and Wendell Moore will be fun. Duke is going to be very young, however, and a frontline that includes a bunch of freshmen and a grad transfer from Columbia is less than ideal.

8. IOWA

  • GONE: Bakari Evelyn, Ryan Kreiner, Cordell Pemsl
  • COMING BACK: C.J. Frederick, Joe Weiskamp, Joe Toussaint, Jordan Bohannon, Connor McCaffery, Jack Nunge
  • WAIT AND SEE: Luka Garza
  • NEW FACES: Tony Perkins, Ahron Ulis, Patrick McCaffery
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Joe Toussaint, C.J. Frederick, Joe Weiskamp, Jack Nunge, Luka Garza

I’m assuming Luka Garza will be back for his senior season, which is a helluva way for Fran McCaffery to anchor a roster that looks as good as anyone in the Big Ten, but that’s no guarantee. I think Joe Toussaint has a chance to be one of the breakout stars in college basketball next year, which is a pretty good sign for a team that also returns the preseason Player of the Year along with talents like Joe Weiskamp and C.J. Frederick.

9. TENNESSEE

  • GONE: Lamonte Turner, Jordan Bowden
  • COMING BACK: John Fulkerson, Santiago Vescovi, Josiah Jordan-James, Olivier Nkamhoua, Drew Pemper
  • WAIT AND SEE: Yves Pons
  • NEW FACES: Keon Johnson, Jaden Springer, Corey Walker, Victor Bailey, E.J. Anosike
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Santiago Vescovi, Josiah Jordan-James, Keon Johnson, Yves Pons, John Fulkerson

Last season, one of the biggest issues with Tennessee was a lack of firepower on their perimeter. This year, they will be adding five-star guards Keon Johnson and Jaden Springer to Josiah Jordan-James and Santiago Vescovi. They’ll have weapons, and that’s before you add in John Fulkerson, who was one of the best bigs in the SEC down the stretch of the season. Yves Pons will be the best defender in college basketball. If Vescovi can handle full-time point guard duties better with an offseason under his belt, the Vols are going to compete for an SEC title.

10. TEXAS TECH

  • GONE: Jahmi’us Ramsey, Chris Clarke, Davide Moretti, T.J. Holyfield, Russel Tchewa
  • COMING BACK: Kyler Edwards, Terrance Shannon Jr., Davide Moretti, Kevin McCullar, Avery Benson
  • WAIT AND SEE: Mac McClung, Jamarius Burton
  • NEW FACES: Nimari Burnett, Micah Peavy, Marcus Santos-Silva, Joel Ntambwe, Chibuzo Agbo, Esahia Nzyiwe
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Kyler Edwards, Nimari Burnett, Terrance Shannon, Joel Ntambwe, Marcus Santos-Silva

The Red Raiders should have a roster that is a much better fit for the way that Chris Beard wants to play. Kyler Edwards and Nimari Burnett are both build in the mold of a classic Texas Tech lead guard, while Terrance Shannon will be on quite a few of the breakout sophomore lists you’ll find. The two major questions with this group is whether or not Edwards can takeover full-time point guard duties, and if VCU transfer Marcus Santos-Silva or Joel Ntambwe can handle the five spot better than T.J. Holyfield did this past season. There are enough talented perimeter weapons for me to buy-in, but without an anchor at the five a la Tariq Owens, their ceiling is somewhat limited.

11. HOUSTON

  • GONE: Nate Hinton, Chris Harris
  • COMING BACK: Quentin Grimes, Caleb Mills, Marcus Sasser, Fabian White, Justin Forham, Brison Gresham, Cedrick Alley
  • WAIT AND SEE: DeJon Jarreau
  • NEW FACES: Tramon Mark, Jamal Shead, Kiyron Powell
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Marcus Sasser, Caleb Mills, Marcus Sasser, Quentin Grimes, Brison Gresham

We all know that Kelvin Sampson can coach, and he will be bringing back a roster where his top six scorers were all underclassmen from a team that finished top 15 on KenPom. They are going to be loaded in the backcourt — Kansas transfer Quentin Grimes might end up being their third or fourth best guard — and there will be some veterans in their frontcourt. The Cougars look to be the favorite in the American.

12. NORTH CAROLINA

  • GONE: Cole Anthony, Brandon Robinson, Jeremiah Francis
  • COMING BACK: Garrison Brooks, Armando Bacot, Leaky Black, Andrew Platek, Anthony Harris
  • WAIT AND SEE: None
  • NEW FACES: Caleb Love, Walker Kessler, R.J. Davis, Day’Ron Sharpe, Puff Johnson
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Caleb Love, Anthony Harris, Leaky Black, Armando Bacot, Garrison Brooks

The Tar Heels will lost Cole Anthony, but with Caleb Love entering the program, they will once again be led by a five-star lead guard perfectly suited to running Roy Williams’ system. The Tar Heels will also have arguably the best frontline in college basketball, as Garrison Brooks and Armando Bacot will be joined by five-stars Day’Ron Sharpe and Walker Kessler. The key to this team is going to be on the wings, where Leaky Black, Anthony Harris, Puff Johnson, R.J. Davis and Andrew Platek will be asked to carry the load. If I had more confidence in that group the Tar Heels would be ranked in my top eight.

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13. FLORIDA STATE

  • GONE: Trent Forrest, Devin Vassell, Patrick Williams, Dominik Olejniczak
  • COMING BACK: M.J. Walker, Balsa Koprivica, Anthony Polite, Malik Osborne, Raiquan Gray, Wyatt Wilkes, Nathanael Jack
  • WAIT AND SEE: None
  • NEW FACES: Scottie Barnes, Sardaar Calhoun
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Anthony Polite, M.J. Walker, Scottie Barnes, Raiquan Gray, Balsa Koprivica

Florida State is a tough one to project because it’s hard to know exactly what is going to happen with Patrick Williams and Devin Vassell gone to the draft. Both are projected to go somewhere in the first round. With Scottie Barnes coming in and M.J. Walker returning, Florida State still has some dangerous weapons. The Seminoles are a machine at this point, and I think the system will continue to work. And even if both Vassell and Williams had decided to come back, it doesn’t answer the most pressing question of Leonard Hamilton’s team: How do they replace Trent Forrest?

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14. WISCONSIN

  • GONE: Brevin Pritzl
  • COMING BACK: D’Mitrik Trice, Brad Davison, Nate Reuvers, Micah Potter, Aleem Ford, Tyler Wahl, Trevor Anderson
  • WAIT AND SEE: None
  • NEW FACES: Ben Carlson, Lorne Bowman, Johnny Davis, Jordan Davis, Steve Crowl
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: D’Mitrik Trice, Brad Davison, Aleem Ford, Nate Reuvers, Micah Potter

After winning a share of last year’s Big Ten regular season title, the Badgers are on track to essentially return everyone of note. Their frontline of Aleem Ford, Nate Reuvers and Micah Potter will be as good as anyone in the Big Ten, D’Mitrik Trice has developed into a solid shot-maker and Tyler Wahl is waiting in the wings as a super-sub. Throw in Brad Davison, and the Badgers will compete for the league title once again.

15. KENTUCKY

  • GONE: Immanuel Quickley, Nate Sestina, Tyrese Maxey, Nick Richards, Ashton Hagans, Johnny Juzang
  • COMING BACK: Keion Brooks, Dontaie Allen
  • WAIT AND SEE: Olivier Sarr, E.J. Montgomery
  • NEW FACES: B.J. Boston, Terrence Clarke, Devin Askew, Isaiah Jackson, Lance Ware, Cam’Ron Fletcher, Davion Mintz
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Devin Askew, Terrence Clarke, B.J. Boston, Keion Brooks, Isaiah Jackson

Tyrese Maxey, Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley and Nick Richards are all heading to the NBA. E.J. Montgomery declared as well. Nate Sestina graduated. Johnny Juzang is transferring. What that leaves is another loaded recruiting class and Keion Brooks. I love the combination of Terrence Clarke and Brandon Boston on the wings, and Devin Askew should be able to step in and handle point guard duties along with Davion Mintz. This will be another season for the Wildcats where they have talent but not necessarily a great fit on their roster. The key to their season is going to be whether or not they can get Olivier Sarr a waiver to be eligible immediately.

16. WEST VIRGINIA

  • GONE: Jermaine Haley, Chase Harler
  • COMING BACK: Oscar Tshiebwe, Derek Culver, Miles McBride, Emmitt Matthews, Gabe Osabuohien, Jalen Bridges, Sean McNeil
  • WAIT AND SEE: None
  • NEW FACES: Isaiah Cottrell, Taj Thweatt, Kedrian Johnson , Jalen Bridges
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Miles McBride, Kedrian Johnson, Emmitt Matthews, Derek Culver, Oscar Tshiebwe

The Mountaineers are going to be exactly what they were last season: Big, physical, overpowering defensively and on the glass and able to win games when Miles McBride and Emmitt Matthews are able to made enough shots to keep defenses from collapsing.

17. CREIGHTON

  • GONE:  Ty-Shon Alexander, Kelvin Jones, Davion Mintz
  • COMING BACK: Mitchell Ballock, Damien Jefferson, Christian Bishop, Denzel Mahoney, Jacob Epperson
  • WAIT AND SEE: Damien Jefferson, Denzel Mahoney
  • NEW FACES: Antwaan Jones, Ryan Kalkbrenner
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Marcus Zegarowski, Mitchell Ballock, Damien Jefferson, Denzel Mahoney, Christian Bishop

Creighton’s ranking depended on what their talented backcourt of Ty-Shon Alexander and Marcus Zegarowski decided to do. With both of them back, I had the Bluejays as a top four team. Without Alexander, they’re more of a back-end top 25 team. The other question is going to be what happens at the five spot. Christian Bishop was adequate in his minutes last season, and with four-star recruit Ryan Kalkbrenner and a (hopefully) healthy Jacob Epperson in the mix, there will be options to answer that question.

18. ARIZONA STATE

  • GONE: Rob Edwards, Romello White, Mickey Mitchell
  • COMING BACK: Kimani Lawrence, Taeshon Cherry, Jaelen House, Khalid Thomas, Jalen Graham
  • WAIT AND SEE: Remy Martin, Alonzo Verge
  • NEW FACES:  Josh Christopher, Marcus Bagley, Holland Woods
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Remy Martin, Alonzo Verge, Josh Christopher, Taeshon Cherry, Jalen Graham

This ranking is dependent on Remy Martin making the decision to return to school for the 2020-21 season, but if they do, the Sun Devils have a chance to be really, really good. Losing Romello White is going to hurt, but Alonzo Verge had a breakout season, and they added Josh Christopher, a five-star prospect from California.

19. RUTGERS

  • GONE: Akwasi Yeboah, Shaq Carter
  • COMING BACK: Geo Baker, Ron Harper, Myles Johnson, Montez Mathis, Caleb McConnell, Jacob Young, Mamadou Doucoure, Paul Mulcahy
  • WAIT AND SEE: None
  • NEW FACES: Cliff Omoruyi, Dean Reiber, Oskar Palmquist, Mawot Mag
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Geo Baker, Montez Mathis, Caleb McConnell, Ron Harper Jr., Myles Johnson

The Scarlet Knights return basically everyone from a team that would have made the program’s first NCAA tournament since 1991. In total, eight of their top nine players are returning, and only Akwasi Yeboah (9.8 ppg) is gone.

20. MICHIGAN

  • GONE: Zavier Simpson, Jon Teske
  • COMING BACK: Eli Brooks, Brandon Johns, Adrian Nunez
  • WAIT AND SEE: Isaiah Livers, Chaundee Brown, Nojel Eastern
  • NEW FACES: Hunter Dickinson, Mike Smith Terrance Williams, Zeb Jackson, Jace Howard
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Mike Smith, Eli Brooks, Isaiah Livers, Franz Wagner, Hunter Dickinson

The Wolverines are going to have one of the better frontlines in college basketball in 2020-21, as they seem likely to return Isaiah Livers in addition to Franz Wagner. Throw in a recruiting class that includes Hunter Dickinson, and the Wolverines will be loaded. Their guards are old, but there are some questions about the upside of Columbia grad transfer Mike Smith and Eli Brooks. Can transfers Chaundee Brown or Nojel Eastern get eligible?

21. TEXAS

  • GONE: None
  • COMING BACK: Matt Coleman, Courtney Ramey, Andrew Jones, Kai Jones, Jericho Sims, Jase Febres, Kamaka Hepa, Royce Hamm, Donovan Williams, Gerald Lidell, Will Baker
  • WAIT AND SEE: None
  • NEW FACES: Greg Brown
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Matt Coleman, Courtney Ramey, Andrew Jones, Greg Brown, Jericho Sims

The Longhorns bring back all 12 players from last year’s team, including 11 of whom started at least one game last season. Plus, they add top ten recruit Greg Brown to a team that won five of their last six regular season games. That’s a good thing! Keeping everyone happy on a roster this deep when there are 13 guys available for just five spots on the floor and 200 combined minutes a night? That’s not going to be easy to deal with.

22. LOUISVILLE

  • GONE: Jordan Nwora, Dwayne Sutton, Steve Enoch, Fresh Kimble, Ryan McMahon, Darius Perry
  • COMING BACK: David Johnson, Samuell Williamson, Malik Williams, Josh Nickelberry, Aidan Ighiehon, Jaelyn Withers
  • WAIT AND SEE: None
  • NEW FACES: Carlik Jones, Charles Minlend, D’Andre Davis, J.J. Traynor
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Carlik Jones, David Johnson, Charles Minlend, Samuell Williamson, Malik Williams

The Cardinals are going to build around sophomores David Johnson and Samuell Williamson as well as senior Malik Williams this season. The addition of Radford grad transfer Carlik Jones should help out quite a bit as well. Johnson and Williamson have both shown flashes of having star potential. The addition of San Francisco grad transfer Charles Minlend should help add some depth on the perimeter.

23. UCLA

  • GONE: Daishen Nix, Prince Ali, Alex Olesinski
  • COMING BACK: Chris Smith, Jalen Hill, Cody Riley, Jaime Jaquez, Tyger Campbell, Jake Kyman, Jules Bernard, David Singleton
  • WAIT AND SEE: Johnny Juzang
  • NEW FACES: Daishen Nix, Jaylen Clark
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Tyger Campbell, David Singleton, Chris Smith, Jaime Jaquez, Jalen Hill

After turning their season around and finishing second in the Pac-12 regular season standings, UCLA returns everyone that played a major role in their rotation down the stretch of the season, but they will be without Daishen Nix, a five-star point guard that is heading to the G League. A number of Cronin’s young pieces — Jaime Jaquez, Jalen Hill, Cody Riley, David Singleton — really played well down the stretch. The biggest question mark: will Chris Smith return to school?

24. RICHMOND

  • GONE: None
  • COMING BACK: Jacob Gilyard, Grant Golden, Blake Francis, Nick Sherod, Nathan Cayo, Andre Gustavson, Jake Wojcik, Tyler Burton
  • WAIT AND SEE: None
  • NEW FACES: Isaiah Wilson
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Jacob Gilyard, Blake Francis, Nick Sherod, Nathan Cayo, Grant Golden

Chris Mooney did not have a senior on the roster of a team that finished 24-7 overall and 14-4 in the Atlantic 10. With Obi Toppin gone, the Spiders will likely be the class of the conference heading into next season. Jacob Gilyard has a chance to be Atlantic 10 Player of the Year.

25. STANFORD

  • GONE: None
  • COMING BACK: Daejon Davis, Bryce Wills, Spencer Jones, Lukas Kisunas, Jaiden Delaire, James Keefe
  • WAIT AND SEE: Tyrell Terry, Oscar da Silva
  • NEW FACES: Ziaire Williams, Noah Taitz, Max Murrell, Brandon Angel
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Tyrell Terry, Daejon Davis, Bryce Wills, Ziaire Williams, Oscar da Silva

Getting Ziaire Williams was huge, as this group will return at least five of their top six guys from a top 45 team on KenPom. But their ceiling will be determined by Tyrell Terry’s decision. If he returns to school, Stanford will have a shot to win the Pac-12.

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OREGON

  • GONE: Payton Pritchard, Anthony Mathis, Shakur Juiston
  • COMING BACK: Will Richardson, Chris Duarte, C.J. Walker, Francis Okoro, Chandler Lawson, Addison Patterson, N’Faly Dante
  • WAIT AND SEE: None
  • NEW FACES: Amauri Hardy, Jalen Terry, Eric Williams, Eugene Omoruyi
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Will Richardson, Chris Duarte, Eric Williams, Eugene Omoruyi, C.J. Walker

OHIO STATE

  • GONE: Kaleb Wesson, Luther Muhammad, Andrew Wesson, D.J. Carton, Alonzo Gaffney
  • COMING BACK: Duane Washington, Luther Muhammad, C.J. Walker, Kyle Young, E.J. Liddell, Justin Ahrens, Alonzo Gaffney, Ibrahima Diallo
  • WAIT AND SEE: None
  • NEW FACES: Seth Towns, Eugene Brown, Zed Kay, Justice Suenig, Abel Porter
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: C.J. Walker, Duane Washington, Seth Towns, E.J. Liddell, Kyle Young

INDIANA

  • GONE: De’Ron Davis, Devonte Green, Justin Smith
  • COMING BACK: Trayce Jackson-Davis, Joey Brunk, Al Durham, Rob Phinisee, Jerome Hunter, Race Thompson
  • WAIT AND SEE: Justin Smith
  • NEW FACES: Khristian Lander, Trey Galloway, Jordan Geronimo, Anthony Leal
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Khristian Lander, Rob Phinisee, Al Durham, Trayce Jackson-Davis, Joey Brunk

UCONN

  • GONE: Christian Vital, Alterique Gilbert, Sid Wilson
  • COMING BACK: James Bouknight, Josh Carlton, Akok Akok, Jalen Gaffney, Tyler Polley, Brendan Adams, Isaiah Whaley
  • WAIT AND SEE: None
  • NEW FACES: R.J. Cole, Andre Jackson, Javonte Brown-Ferguson, Richie Springs, Adama Sanogo
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: R.J. Cole, James Bouknight, Andre Jackson, Akok Akok, Josh Carlton

LSU

  • GONE: Emmitt Williams, Skylar Mays, Marlon Taylor
  • COMING BACK: Charles Manning Jr., James Bishop
  • WAIT AND SEE: Trendon Watford, Darius Days, Javonte Smart
  • NEW FACES: Cam Thomas, Josh Leblanc, Jalen Cook, Shareef O’Neal, Mwani Wilkinson, Bradley Ezewiro
  • PROJECTED STARTERS: Javonte Smart, Cam Thomas, Charles Manning, Josh LeBlanc, Darius Days

NCAA makes Johnny Juzang eligible at UCLA for next season

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LOS ANGELES — Kentucky transfer Johnny Juzang can play basketball for UCLA this winter.

The NCAA on Wednesday approved a transfer waiver of the year in residence requirement, which typically forces a transfer to sit out one season before becoming eligible. As a result, Juzang is eligible to play what will be his sophomore season in 2020-21.

“We’ve very excited that Johnny will be able to play for us next season,” coach Mick Cronin said. “Johnny is a talented player who can definitely make an impact for us.”

Juzang started two of 28 games for Kentucky as a freshman. He averaged 2.9 points and 1.9 rebounds. At Los Angeles’ Harvard-Westlake as a junior, he averaged 23 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists.

Juzang joins fellow guard Jaylen Clark from Rancho Cucamonga, California, in next season’s recruiting class. Clark averaged 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists as a high school senior, leading Etiwanda to a 30-4 record and a berth in the CIF-SS Open Division regional final.

The Bruins recently lost out on guard Daishen Nix from Las Vegas. He had signed a national letter of intent with UCLA in November, but decommitted in April to sign with the G League. He was Cronin’s first signing since being named the Bruins’ coach a year ago.

Bobby Hurley accused Arizona State AD in booster scandal

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TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State men’s basketball coach Bobby Hurley sent an email to Ray Anderson about a booster scandal last season alleging the Arizona State athletic director minimized sexual harassment allegations by the wives of three athletic staff members in response to allegations made against Bart Wear.

In the email obtained by Yahoo Sports, Hurley accused Anderson on Dec. 8 of disregarding the safety of and showing no sensitivity toward the women.

“I feel like I’ve been lied to,” Bobby Hurley wrote in regards to the booster scandal.

Hurley also accused Anderson of coming up with a numeric scale to judge the harassment claims by the women, including Hurley’s wife, Leslie.

“You have chosen to create your own numeric scale on what sexual assault mean(s) which is disturbing,” Hurley wrote.

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Anderson responded by telling Hurley his email includes false and baseless allegations.

“Your approach here is puzzling,” Anderson wrote.

In a statement released by the program on Wednesday night, Hurley said, “my relationship with Athletic Director Ray Anderson today is strong. We will work together, alongside my outstanding coaching staff, toward the continued success of Sun Devil Men’s Basketball.”

Arizona State previously had an outside investigation conducted into the school’s booster scandal that determined booster Bart Wear subjected the three women to unwelcome comments and physical contact. In February, the school acknowledged to Yahoo that the situation could have been handled more quickly after waiting months to investigate.

The school canceled Wear’s season tickets and warned him security may remove him from the premises if he attends any future Arizona State events.