College Basketball: Mid-Season Top 100 Players

January 15th, 2009

The Top 100 is the ultimate ranking of college basketball's best players.  This is the second of four quarterly editions for the 2008-09 college basketball season. The next edition will be released in March, prior to the Conference Tournaments.


CHN staffers Jeff Borzello, Jason Brubaker, Dan Daitchman, Jeff Fox, Blake Hofstad, Raphielle Johnson, Kevin McNeill, Matthew Ryter, Shawn Siegel, Jon Teitel, Joel Welser, and Joey Whelan voted based on the following four criteria: 

A) performance/accomplishments, B) skill/talent, C) pro potential, D) impact/value to team.

This is not a pure NBA prospect ranking, which can be found here. Commentary by Jason BrubakerLet the debates begin..  


# Overall Team YR Pos. Was Top 50 Commentary
1 Blake Griffin   Oklahoma SO F 3 Ridiculous athlete on his way to being the #1 pick
2 Stephen Curry  Davidson JR G 2 Still the most explosive scorer in the country
3 Tyler Hansbrough  North Carolina SR F 1 Numbers slightly down, but Heels heart
4 James Harden Arizona State SO G 5 Ensuring that ASU won't be on the bubble again
5 Luke Harangody  Notre Dame SR F 4 Irish aren't the same without him in the lineup
6 Darren Collison  UCLA SR G 6 Trying to lead Bruins to yet another Final Four
7 Ty Lawson  North Carolina JR G 13 Finally developing top level consistency
8 Patrick Patterson  Kentucky SO F 8 Imagine what he would do with a point guard
9 Jeff Teague Wake Forest SO G * Lead guard might be toughest matchup in the ACC
10 Sam Young  Pittsburgh SR F 16 More than just a leaper, leads Pitt attack
11 Jonny Flynn  Syracuse SO G 26 Runs the attack for the balanced Orange
12 Kyle Singler  Duke SO F 21 Versatile forward causes all kinds of problems
13 Tyrese Rice  Boston College SR G 11 PG still capable of scoring outbursts
14 Jodie Meeks Kentucky JR G * Emerging talent can light up the scoreboard
15 Tyler Smith  Tennessee JR F 7 All-around star leads up-tempo Vols
16 Jordan Hill  Arizona JR C 60 Has finally emerged as a dominant big man
17 Hasheem Thabeet  UCONN JR C 12 Improving every year and still has room to grow
18 DeJuan Blair  Pittsburgh SO F 34 Nimble beast gives opponents headaches
19 Greg Monroe  Georgetown FR C 57 Skill set is unique for a big, just needs consistency
20 Damion James  Texas JR F 17 Hasn't exploded like some thought, but still solid
21 Patrick Mills  Saint Mary's SO G 22 Olympic star has put SMC in the national spotlight
22 Nick Calathes  Florida SO G 25 Terrific basketball IQ, does it all for Gators
23 Earl Clark  Louisville JR F 35 Top notch athlete can finish with power
24 Chase Budinger  Arizona   JR G 14 Wildcats offensive leader puts up 20 with ease
25 Eric Maynor  VCU JR G 27 Averages 22 ppg despite defensive focus
26 Jerel McNeal Marquette SR G 39 Best of the Golden Eagles' three-headed monster
27 Jon Brockman  Washington SR F 15 No one brings it harder on every play
28 AJ Price  UCONN SR G 9 Wildly inconsistent, but comes up big in clutch
29 Terrence Williams  Louisville SR F 32 Not best scorer, but fills stat sheet when it matters
30 AJ Abrams Texas SR G 45 Quickest release in the country
31 Raymar Morgan  Michigan State JR F 23 Game has stagnated, but still better than most
32 Sherron Collins Kansas JR G 53 With more minutes, proving he's a peak performer
33 Lester Hudson  Tenn-Martin SR G 29 Continues to score and score and score…
34 Gerald Henderson  Duke JR G/F 36 Team player has skills to dominate
35 Dionte Christmas  Temple SR G 44 Best offensive weapon in the Atlantic 10
36 James Johnson Wake Forest SO F 52 Inside-outside forward can score from anywhere
37 Willie Warren  Oklahoma FR G 59 Balances Sooner attack with perimeter scoring
38 Samardo Samuels  Louisville FR C 47 On the verge of big things
39 Manny Harris Michigan   SO G 78 Explosive scorer has Wolverines relevent again
40 Evan Turner Ohio State SO G/F * Breakout season for Buckeyes
41 Tyreke Evans  Memphis FR G 31 Not Derrick Rose, but still darn good for a freshman
42 Curtis Jerrells Baylor SR G 40 Triple double a few weeks back was no fluke
43 Cole Aldrich Kansas SO C 97 Like Collins, proving he just needed the minutes
44 Taj Gibson  USC JR C 65 Age holds him back from being top-level prospect
45 Jeff Adrien  UCONN SR F 49 Amazingly consistent over past 3 seasons
46 Kalin Lucas Michigan State SO G 37 Spartans follow the lead of this lighning-fast guard
47 DaJuan Summers Georgetown JR F 61 Some feel he can be more dominant, but rock solid
48 AJ Ogilvy  Vanderbilt SO C 20 Numbers not where some feel they could be
49 Robert Vaden  UAB SR G 30 Can get heat up quickly from outside
50 Jack McClinton  Miami SR G 28 Dynamic scorer paces the Hurricanes
51 Robbie Hummel  Purdue SO F 33
52 Scottie Reynolds  Villanova JR G 50
53 Lee Cummard  BYU SR F 42
54 Al-Farouq Aminu  Wake Forest FR F 41
55 Levance Fields Pittsburgh SR G 66
56 Devan Downey  South Carolina JR G 48
57 BJ Mullens  Ohio State FR C 10
58 Gani Lawal Georgia Tech SO F *
59 Stefon Jackson  UTEP SR G 62
60 Jerome Randle California JR G *
61 Wayne Ellington North Carolina JR G 18
62 Austin Daye  Gonzaga SO F 46
63 Jrue Holiday  UCLA FR G 38
64 Kyle McAlarney Notre Dame SR G 85
65 Jeff Allen  Virginia Tech SO F 77
66 Wes Matthews Marquette SR G *
67 Jeremy Pargo Gonzaga SR G 19
68 Greivis Vasquez  Maryland SO G 43
69 Ahmad Nivins St. Joseph's SR F *
70 K.C. Rivers  Clemson SR G 64
71 Demar DeRozan  USC FR G/F 24
72 Trevor Booker Clemson JR F/C *
73 Marcus Thornton  LSU SR G 56
74 AD Vassallo Virginia Tech SR G 99
75 Luke Nevill Utah SR C 76
76 E'Twaun Moore Purdue SO G 63
77 Wink Adams UNLV SR G 55
78 Dante Cunningham Villanova SR F *
79 Jeff Pendergraph  Arizona State SR F 51
80 Derrick Brown Xavier JR F 58
81 Paul Harris  Syracuse JR G/F 69
82 Sylven Landesberg Virginia   FR G *
83 DeShawn Sims Michigan JR F *
84 John Bryant  Santa Clara SR C 68
85 LaceDarius Dunn Baylor SO G 86
86 Josh Akognon Fullerton SR G 91
87 Jon Scheyer Duke JR G *
88 Ben Woodside North Dakota St SR G *
89 Jerome Jordan Tulsa JR C 93
90 Patrick Christopher California JR G *
91 Courtney Fortson Arkansas FR G *
92 Danny Green North Carolina SR F 88
93 Jeremy Hazell Seton Hall SO G *
94 Deon Thompson North Carolina JR F *
95 Da'Sean Butler West Virginia JR F *
96 Chris Wright Dayton SO F 67
97 Arinze Onuaku Syracuse JR F *
98 James Anderson  Oklahoma St SO G 71
99 Toney Douglas Florida State SR G *
100 Michael Washington Arkansas JR F *

*Was signifies preseason ranking.


First in Line - (alphabetical order):

Jeff Allen, Talor Battle, Craig Brackins, Alonzo Gee, Gordon Hayward, David Huertas, Dominic James, Marcus Landry, Mike Rosario, Alex Ruoff, Jermaine Taylor, Jonathan Tavernari, Jarvis Varnado, Gary Wilkinson


Next in Line

Luke Babbitt, Jimmy Baron, Marqus Blakely, Wayne Chism, Seth Curry Jerome Dyson, Byron Eaton, Brandon Ewing, Diamon Simpson, Goran Suton, Kemba Walker, Josh Young


Further in Line

Matt Bouldin, Osiris Eldridge, Kenny Hasbrouck, Matt Howard, David Holston, Trevon Hughes, Aaron Jackson, Lawrence Kinnard, Dior Lowhorn, Obi Muonelo, Jonathan Rodriguez, Dar Tucker, Edwin Ubiles, Deonta Vaughn, Nic Wise, Booker Woodfox



Chris Warren


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