We begin counting down the best players in the nation
Texas freshman Andrew Jones kicks off the second half of Athlon Sports’ ranking of the top 100 players in college basketball for the 2017-18 season. There are plenty of household names among our final 50 players but also some under-the-radar stars who might not be as well known. Boise State guard Chandler Hutchinson checks in at No. 52; Davidson forward Peyton Aldridge is the No. 68-ranked player; and Campbell’s diminutive guard Chris Clemons comes in at No. 81.
Here are players 51-100 on our top-100 list.
51. Andrew Jones, G, Texas
One of the better athletes in college basketball, Jones will be helped by moving more off the ball this year next to Matt Coleman.
52. Chandler Hutchison, G, Boise State
Hutchison is a terrific athlete at 6'7" with a 7-foot wingspan, and he really improved his skill level as a junior. He averaged more than 17 points with nearly eight rebounds and three assists.
53. Jordan McLaughlin, G, USC
An absolute culture-changing player for the Trojans. He averaged nearly 13 points and six assists last year, as things really clicked for him as a point guard in January. He’s the engine that will keep Andy Enfield’s team rolling this season.
54. Thomas Welsh, C, UCLA
An automatic midrange shooter who will likely be called upon to stretch his range out farther this season, Welsh averaged nearly 11 points and nine rebounds in 2016-17.
55. Troy Brown, G, Oregon
A versatile weapon who will be right at home under Dana Altman in his free-flowing offense. He’s a one-and-done type who should help the Ducks initiate their offense, create for himself — and defend.
56. Lonnie Walker, G, Miami (Fla.)
Another possible one-and-done, Walker is a long, explosive scorer who is tremendous both at knocking down shots from deep and attacking closeouts.
57. Nate Mason, G, Minnesota
A two-way point guard who stirs the drink on offense for Minnesota while setting the tone at the point of attack on defense. He’s pesky and quick, while also being a good shooter who averaged more than 15 points and five assists per game last year.
58. Mustapha Heron, G, Auburn
A potential breakout performer who averaged more than 15 points and six rebounds last year as a 2-guard. Also gives a ton of effort on defense, where his length shines through.
59. Jaren Jackson, F, Michigan State
A stretch big at 6'11" who can knock down shots with a bit of a funky release. Also a good athlete who can affect the game defensively. If he can defend on the perimeter in Year 1, he could be the perfect athletic partner for Nick Ward inside.
60. Malik Newman, G, Kansas
A transfer from Mississippi State, Newman was an elite-level scorer in high school and is the lone top-10 recruit remaining from the 2015 class. We’ll see if he can bring that to the Jayhawks, who will need scoring to replace Frank Mason and Josh Jackson.
61. Jalen Adams, G, Connecticut
Adams is a ball-dominant scoring weapon who really improved as a creator for others in his sophomore season. Can he play a bit more off the ball with Alterique Gilbert coming into the lineup?
62. Jeffrey Carroll, G, Oklahoma State
Carroll was another shocking breakout player from last season, as the athletic 6'6" wing averaged more than 17 points and six rebounds for the Cowboys. Can he replicate his success without Jawun Evans (now in the NBA) and coach Brad Underwood (now at Illinois)?
63. Payton Pritchard, G, Oregon
A competitive floor general who will step into the void created by the departing Ducks. Pritchard will take over as a true point guard without Tyler Dorsey and look to facilitate and score as the lone returning piece from the Final Four team.
64. Gary Trent, G, Duke
Trent is a tough, three-level scorer who can hit shots from the outside and create off the bounce to get into the paint. More crafty and skilled than athletic, he’ll need to improve his shot selection as a freshman at Duke.
65. Bennie Boatwright, F, USC
Among the best shooting bigs in the country, Boatwright averaged more than 15 points per game as a stretch-4 for the Trojans last year. He really needs to improve defensively, though, to reach his eventual NBA goal.
66. Gary Clark, F, Cincinnati
A two-way monster, Clark can guard nearly anyone on the floor and protect the weak side of the rim on defense. Offensively, he averaged nearly 11 points per game while doggedly crashing the glass.
67. De’Anthony Melton, G, USC
A do-it-all statistical darling, Melton can play both on and off the ball, defend the 1 through 3, and provide consistent scoring.
68. Peyton Aldridge, F, Davidson
Two players last year averaged at least 20 points per game while shooting 49 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3 and 83 percent from the line. One is Mike Daum, and the other is Aldridge, a versatile stretch-4 who is perfect for Bob McKillop’s spaced-out offense.
69. Theo Pinson, F, North Carolina
A former elite recruit who has largely been a role player in Chapel Hill gets his chance to step into the spotlight. We know he’ll defend, but can he create as a slasher?
70. Kevin Huerter, G, Maryland
At 6'7" with a beautiful jump shot, Huerter should take a step forward this year as a creator and as a defender. Coaches around the Big Ten are fans of his potential.
71. Jordan Caroline, F, Nevada
One of the top players in the Mountain West last year, Caroline is a bowling ball of athleticism who lives at the foul line. At 6'7", he’s a good two-way player who is a jump shot away from being a serious potential NBA prospect.
72. Ky Cartwright, G, Providence
Cartwright was a major breakout player last season, turning into one of the best playmakers for others in the country.
73. Koby McEwen, G, Utah
State McEwen flew way under the radar last year despite numbers that stood up to nearly every other freshman in the country. He has a tight handle and can hit shots with ease from beyond the arc.
74. Vladimir Brodziansky, F, TCU
The two-way anchor of a TCU team that has legitimate NCAA Tournament hopes. The 6'11" Slovakian can score inside with terrific touch, step outside and knock down shots and protect the rim inside.
75. Markus Howard, G, Marquette
Only a sophomore, Howard will still be one of the youngest players in the country at just 18 for a majority of the 2017-18 season. He led the nation in 3-point accuracy at 54.7 percent as a freshman.
76. Brandon McCoy, C, UNLV
An athletic near-7-footer who could easily become a one-and-done with the Rebs. He still needs to polish his game, but McCoy will be a force in the Mountain West.
77. E.C. Matthews, G, Rhode Island
A fifth-year senior who has been through it all under Dan Hurley. He’s still mostly just a slasher/scorer and hasn’t really taken the leap after a stellar freshman campaign.
78. Khadeen Carrington, G, Seton Hall
He might not be super efficient, but Carrington can really get it going in a hurry when he’s rolling. He dropped 41 in a game last year against Creighton.
79. Terence Davis, G, Ole Miss
A major breakout player in the SEC last year, Davis can also be nearly impossible to stay in front of due to his handle and driving ability. He needs to become more consistent from the 3-point line.
80. Josh Okogie, G, Georgia Tech
The 6'4" wing with a 7-foot wingspan averaged 16 points and five rebounds per game last season as one of the surprising freshmen in the nation.
81. Chris Clemons, G, Campbell
A diminutive 5'9" guard who can buzz in and out of the paint and is an effective shooter from deep. He averaged over 25 points per game last year, highlighed by a 51-point outburst in the Big South tourney.
82. Johnathan Williams, F, Gonzaga
Williams has the ability to defend multiple positions and stretch the floor on offense. The Bulldogs will count on him this season to take the next step, as Gonzaga forwards so often do.
83. MiKyle McIntosh, F, Oregon
McIntosh is a grad transfer from Illinois State who will be asked to bring his solid all-around game and high-major-ready frame to the Ducks in order to replace Dillon Brooks in the frontcourt.
84. Jarred Vanderbilt, F, Kentucky
Versatility is the name of his game. Vanderbilt can pass the heck out of the ball from the high post, crashes the glass on both ends, defends well and can score on drives. The key for him will be the jump shot.
85. Amir Coffey, G, Minnesota
Smooth is the best way to describe Coffey’s game. The lanky 6'8" wing exudes polish with tremendous footwork as a ball handler. He’s a terrific passer, too, and he can finish inside despite his lack of strength.
86. Jerome Robinson, G, Boston College
The 6'5" lead guard averaged 18.6 points and 3.4 assists per game last year and is a sneaky NBA Draft prospect due to his size/skill combination.
87. Trae Young, G, Oklahoma
Talk to five different people, and you’ll get five different takes on Young. Some believe he can be a superstar due to his scoring acumen. Others think his slight frame and lack of length will hurt.
88. Markis McDuffie, F, Wichita State
McDuffie’s athleticism at 6'8" makes him an absolute game changer as a small-ball 4 type. Look for a leap this year.
89. Kevin Hervey, F, UT-Arlington
The Sun Belt’s Player of the Year last year, Hervey is a long 6'7" forward who can rebound the ball and shoot it from deep.
90. Khyri Thomas, G, Creighton
One of the best on-ball defenders in college hoops, Thomas also possesses a burgeoning offensive game that saw him average more than 12 points per game last year.
91. Nickeil Alexander-Walker, G, Virginia Tech
A sneaky good one-and-done prospect, the Canadian can get buckets in a hurry. He’s a highly skilled scorer who can knock down shots from all three levels and defend using his long arms.
92. Brian Bowen, F, Louisville
One of the most polished scorers entering college basketball this season. He can hit shots from the outside and effectively attack closeouts to score in the paint.
93. Quade Green, G, Kentucky
Green’s not necessarily an elite athlete, but he’s an absolutely tremendous playmaker for others who can also step back and shoot from the outside.
94. Bryant McIntosh, G, Northwestern
He averaged 14.8 points and 5.2 assists last year, and along with Scottie Lindsey will be a force in the Big Ten.
95. Kamar Baldwin, G, Butler
The point guard position will be all his this year. He’s a tough defender at 6'1" who can get into the lane as well as hit shots from deep.
96. J.P. Macura, G, Xavier
There might not be a player teams enjoy playing against less due to the way he gets under opponents’ skin. Macura is a tough defender who averaged 14-plus points last year.
97. Josh Perkins, G, Gonzaga
Seemingly every year, a Gonzaga guard finds a way to step up and make a bigger impact. This year, it’s Perkins’ turn after mostly serving as a role player thus far.
98. Carsen Edwards, G, Purdue
Likely to be Purdue’s leading scorer this year, Edwards was a breakout performer for Team USA’s U19 team in Egypt. Look for the train to keep rolling this year in West Lafayette.
99. Donte DiVincenzo, G, Villanova
DiVincenzo is an advanced scorer/shooter who can also act as a primary playmaker with the ball in his hands.
100. Manu Lecomte, G, Baylor
The diminutive scoring guard will lead a program that in each of the last nine seasons has seen itself ranked at some point. He can get buckets in a hurry as an exceedingly high-level shooter.