Top 100 Players: Preseason 08-09

November 14th, 2008


The Top 100 is the ultimate ranking of college basketball's best players.  This is the first of four quarterly editions for the 2008-09 college basketball season. The next edition will be released in April once the NCAA Tournament has been completed.


CHN staffers Jeff Borzello, Jason Brubaker, Jeff Fox, Raphielle Johnson, Ed Lupien, 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 an NBA prospect ranking, which can be found here Let the debates begin..  


# Overall Team Yr Pos Was Top 50 Commentary
1 Tyler Hansbrough  North Carolina SR F 2 Only thing missing from resume is title
2 Stephen Curry  Davidson JR G 14 Quickly becoming the face of the NCAA
3 Blake Griffin  Oklahoma SO F 56 Super-talented PF ready to shine
4 Luke Harangody  Notre Dame JR F 17 Relentless competitor is reigning BE POY
5 James Harden  Arizona State SO G 27 Will lead ASU back to the tourney
6 Darren Collison  UCLA SR G 19 Looking for fourth Final Four trip
7 Tyler Smith  Tennessee JR F 39 Versatile SF is more valuable than his stats
8 Patrick Patterson  Kentucky SO F 36 Talented big man returning from injury
9 AJ Price  UCONN SR G 40 Finally showed what the hype was about
10 BJ Mullens  Ohio State FR C * Should continue string of one-and-done bigs
11 Tyrese Rice  Boston College SR G 30 Lights-out scorer despite defensive focus
12 Hasheem Thabeet  UCONN JR C 41 Future lottery pick is coming along each year
13 Ty Lawson  North Carolina JR G 20 Quick PG is a jump shot away from stardom
14 Chase Budinger  Arizona   JR G 18 Athletic and poised, but needs consistency
15 Jon Brockman  Washington SR F 26 20 & 10 machine needs help from teammates
16 Sam Young  Pittsburgh SR F 58 Athletic forward is impossible to guard
17 Damion James  Texas JR F 84 Out of Durant and Augustin's shadows
18 Wayne Ellington North Carolina JR G 32 Continues to expand his game each year
19 Jeremy Pargo Gonzaga SR G 50 Steady senior paces the Zag's attack
20 AJ Ogilvy  Vanderbilt SO C 35 Big man will have increased role
21 Kyle Singler  Duke SO F 22 Played out of position last year
22 Patrick Mills  Saint Mary's SO G 49 Olympics proved he's on verge of stardom
23 Raymar Morgan  Michigan State JR F 48 Versatile forward is go-to guy for Spartans
24 Demar DeRozan  USC FR G/F * Superb athlete will fill in nicely for Mayo
25 Nick Calathes  Florida SO G 51 Emerging Gator has high basketball IQ
26 Jonny Flynn  Syracuse SO G 75 Thrown into the fire as a freshman
27 Eric Maynor  VCU JR G 34 Mid-major standout has high-major talent
28 Jack McClinton  Miami SR G * Lethal sniper leads upstart Hurricanes
29 Lester Hudson  Tenn.-Martin SR G 68 Dangerous stat-stuffer is NBA talent
30 Robert Vaden  UAB SR G 57 Pure scorer thives in UAB attack
31 Tyreke Evans  Memphis FR G * Can score easily, but is he a team-first guy?
32 Terrence Williams  Louisville SR F 53 High-flying forward is unselfish player
33 Robbie Hummel  Purdue SO F * Multi-talented forward on the rise
34 DeJuan Blair  Pittsburgh SO F 62 Immovable object is no longer unknown
35 Earl Clark  Louisville JR F * Athletic forward causes matchup problems
36 Gerald Henderson  Duke JR G/F 71 All indicators are pointing to a breakout season
37 Kalin Lucas Michigan State SO G * Can he fill Drew Nietzel's shoes?
38 Jrue Holiday  UCLA FR G * Do-everything guard is perfect fit for Bruins
39 Jerel McNeal Marquette SR G 65 Leader of Marquette's 3-guard attack
40 Curtis Jerrells Baylor SR G 77 Overlooked guard is key to Bears' rise
41 Al-Farouq Aminu  Wake Forest FR F * Wake frosh is saddled with huge expectations
42 Lee Cummard  BYU SR F 82 Now his team with Plaisted in the pros
43 Greivis Vasquez  Maryland SO G 33 One-man show needs to cut down TO's
44 Dionte Christmas  Temple SR G * Can score with the best of them
45 AJ Abrams Texas SR G * Top shooter must assume PG duties
46 Austin Daye  Gonzaga SO F 91 Only showed flashes of huge upside last year
47 Samardo Samuels  Louisville FR C * Talent big could push Louisville to the Final Four
48 Devan Downey  South Carolina JR G * Speedy leader continues to go unnoticed
49 Jeff Adrien  UCONN SR F 79 Fiery forward is Huskies emotional leader
50 Scottie Reynolds  Villanova JR G 46 Does it all for Jay Wright's Wildcats
51 Jeff Pendergraph  Arizona State SR F 76
52 James Johnson Wake Forest SO F *
53 Sherron Collins Kansas JR G *
54 Dominic James Marquette SR G 52
55 Wink Adams UNLV SR G *
56 Marcus Thornton  LSU SR G *
57 Greg Monroe  Georgetown FR C *
58 Derrick Brown Xavier JR F *
59 Willie Warren  Oklahoma FR G *
60 Jordan Hill  Arizona JR C *
61 DaJuan Summers Georgetown JR F *
62 Stefon Jackson  UTEP SR G *
63 E'Twaun Moore Purdue SO G *
64 K.C. Rivers  Clemson SR G 97
65 Taj Gibson  USC JR C *
66 Levance Fields Pittsburgh SR G *
67 Chris Wright Dayton SO F *
68 John Bryant  Santa Clara SR C *
69 Paul Harris  Syracuse JR G/F 96
70 Geoff McDermott  Providence SR F *
71 James Anderson  Oklahoma St SO G *
72 Marcus Landry Wisconsin SR F *
73 Josh Young Drake JR G 59
74 JaMychal Green  Alabama FR F *
75 Scotty Hopson  Tennessee FR G *
76 Luke Nevill Utah SR C *
77 Jeff Allen  Virginia Tech SO F *
78 Manny Harris Michigan   SO G *
79 Devin Ebanks West Virginia FR F *
80 Diamon Simpson  Saint Mary's SR F *
81 Alonzo Gee Alabama SR F *
82 Ronald Steele  Alabama SR G *
83 Kemba Walker UCONN FR G *
84 Marqus Blakely  Vermont JR F *
85 Kyle McAlarney Notre Dame SR G *
86 LaceDarius Dunn Baylor SO G *
87 Chris Warren Ole Miss SO G *
88 Danny Green North Carolina SR F *
89 Kenny Hasbrouck Siena SR G *
90 Josh Shipp UCLA SR G/F *
91 Josh Akognon Fullerton SR G *
92 Jonathan Rodriguez  Campbell JR F *
93 Jerome Jordan Tulsa JR C *
94 Robert Dozier Memphis SR F *
95 Tasmin Mitchell LSU JR F *
96 Mike Rosario Rutgers FR G *
97 Cole Aldrich Kansas SO C *
98 Chris Singleton Florida State FR F *
99 AD Vassallo Virginia Tech SR G *
100 Eugene Harvey  Seton Hall JR G 87

*Was signifies prior March 2008 ranking.


First in Line - (alphabetical order):

Connor Atchley, Korvortney Barber, Aron Baynes, Josh Carter, Patrick Christopher, Toney Douglas, Brandon Ewing, Daniel Hackett, Josh Heytvelt, Matt Howard, Ahmad Nivins


Next in Line

Trevor Booker, Matt Bouldin, J'Nathan Bullock, Garrison Carr, Louis Dale, Eric Devendorf, Byron Eaton, Chris Lowe, Kevin Rogers, Jon Scheyer, Nolan Smith, P'Allen Stinnett, Evan Turner


Further in Line

Antonio Anderson, Luke Babbitt, Jamelle Cornley, Osiris Eldridge, Al Fisher, Ricky Harris, Terrell Harris, Trevon Hughes, Chris Johnson, Alex Legion, Delvon Roe, Goran Suton, Jermaine Taylor, Deonta Vaughn, Ryan Wittman


Check back around New Year's for the next updated Top 100! 


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