Top 10 College Basketball Player Rankings 2023-2024
Previewing the College Basketball Player Rankings 2023-2024 as Zach Edey of the Purdue Boilermakers leads the way
By admin | October 14, 2023
Top 10 College Basketball Player Rankings 2023-2024 Preview
The chase for a chance to play in March Madness begins on November 6th, 2023, as the 2023-2024 NCAA Men’s Basketball season tips off. With less than a month remaining till the opening tip off of the season, the chance to look around at the top men’s basketball has arrived. Despite losing many of the top freshmen from last season to the NBA, the incoming 2023 NCAA freshman class is loaded again with talent while some other top players from last season also return. One of those top players from last season that headlines the Top 10 College Basketball Player Rankings 2023-2024 Preview list is the Purdue Boilermakers big man Zach Edey.
Edey who elected to return for his senior season with the Boilermakers while opting out of the 2023 NBA Draft. The returning big man is coming off a stellar season in which he was selected as an All-American, Big Ten Player of the Year, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award winner as well as being named the National College Player of the Year.
As Edey headlines the top men’s college basketball players he is joined on the list by a strong list of stars looking to build their college basketball resume this season. The list includes Dajuan Harris and Hunter Dickinson of the Kansas Jayhawks, Boo Buie of the Northwestern Wildcats, and Kyle Filipowski of the Duke Blue Devils.
Here is a look at the Top 10 College Basketball Player Rankings 2023-2024 Preview:
Team: Houston Cougars
Just missing the Top 10 NCAAM Players 2023-2024 Rankings Preview list is the Houston Cougars guard LJ Cryer. After losing both Marcus Sasser and Jarace Walker to the NBA, the Cougars will lean on Cryer to take a bigger step forward in his senior season while filling some of the void of those two.
Cryer, who the Cougars landed within the transfer portal, delivers a solid shooter who shot 45.3 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from behind the three point line while averaging 15 points per game last season.
His ability to shoot from all over the floor makes him a dangerous player to watch and one that could become the next Cougar being drafted next summer.
Team: Kentucky Wildcats
Position: Small Forward
The Kentucky Wildcats incoming freshman is one of top incoming freshmen in the country while ranking first among all incoming small forwards. Overall Edwards enters his freshman season with the Wildcats ranked as the top overall small forward recruit entering college this season.
The McDonalds All-American and five star recruit put together a strong summer with the Wildcats during their appearance in the GLOBL Jam Tournament in Canada showcasing his ability to score, attack the rim, and play strong defense.
Edwards has the talent to both attack the rim or pull up for a jump shot while also being a tremendous defender on the opposite end of the floor.
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10. Judah Mintz
Team: Syracuse Orangeman
Coming in at number 10 on the Top 10 College Basketball Player Rankings 2023-2024 Preview is the Syracuse Orange sophomore guard Judah Mintz. The former four-star recruit is coming off a strong freshman season for the Orange while earning All-Freshman team honors within the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Mintz averaged 16.3 points per game as a freshman while also adding nearly five assists (4.6) per game. Down the stretch last season Mintz improved his overall consistency on the floor while posting at least 18 points in seven of his last 11 games.
If the sophomore guard for the Orange can improve his outside shooting, look for Mintz to put together a big time year in 2023.
9. Isaiah Collier
Team: USC Trojans
Position: Point Guard
Entering his first year with the USC Trojans and potentially his only season with the team, Isaiah Collier ranks second among the incoming class of freshman. The talented point guard from Georgia is an all around great point guard who can do it all from seeing and finding his teammates to scoring when required.
Collier who has tremendous court vision and play making abilities has the potential to be the next great point guard at the next level.
As a freshman the Trojans guard will need to improve his all around shooting game including shooting from behind the three point line. Nonetheless the incoming freshman should put together a strong freshman season.
8. Ryan Nembhard
Team: Gonzaga Bulldogs
Position: Point Guard
After losing multiple top tier stars to the NBA the Gonzaga Bulldogs found their next star to help continue their success on the hardwood. That star is former Creighton Blue Jays Ryan Nembhard who is coming off a strong second season with the team while improving his all around game.
Nembhard is a dynamic two way player who can play on both ends of the floor however his ability to attack the rim and set up shots are his strengths. The Bulldogs incoming point guard is coming off a season averaging 12.1 points per game to go along with four rebounds and nearly five assists (4.8).
Even more importantly as he enters his third season in college basketball, Nembhard continues to improve his jumper and three point shot while improving his shooting to 43.2 percent from the field while also increasing his three point percentage to 35.6 last season.
7. Tyrese Proctor
Team: Duke Blue Devils
The Duke Blue Devils are loaded with talent all across the hardwood with Tyrese Proctor being one of the team’s top stars entering the 2023-2024 NCAA Men’s Basketball season.
As a freshman Proctor had his ups and downs while playing alongside an impressive group of players while potentially handing off some of his touches to teammates.
Now entering his second season Proctor will have a chance to be one of the team’s top scorers after averaging 9.4 points per game last season. Proctor who is a combo guard can handle the ball for the Blue Devils while also playing the traditional shooting guard position.
The former five star recruit is explosive and can attack the rim while also having the ability to run the team’s offense. Look for Proctor along with teammate Kyle Filipowski to lead the Blue Devils on a postseason run this season.
6. Tyler Kolek
Team: Marquette Golden Eagles
Position: Point Guard
Despite averaging only 12.9 points per game last season, Tyler Kolek was as talented as any guard in the country while leading the Marquette Golden Eagles offense.
The talented point guard is coming off a season in which he set career highs in scoring (12.9 ppg), assists (7.5 apg), and rebounds (4.1 rpg). While his ability to be a playmaker with the ball in his hands is his true strength, Kolek has continued to work and develop his shooting game from all over the court.
This work was showcased last season as the Golden Eagles point guard shot 47.1 percent from the field while connecting on nearly 40 percent (39.8) of his three point attempts. If Kolek can become a little more aggressive with his shots his potential to average 20 points per game is there.
5. Kyle Filipowski
Team: Duke Blue Devils
Rounding out the Top 5 on the Top 10 College Basketball Player Rankings 2023-2024 Preview is the Duke Blue Devils center Kyle Filipowski. Filipowski is a dominating big man who put together a strong first season with the Blue Devils who will look to improve his overall game this season.
After electing to return for his sophomore season, Filipowski immediately emerged as one of the top players in college basketball for the upcoming season.
The Blue Devils big man is coming off a season averaging 15.1 points per game to go along with 8.9 rebounds per game. Entering his sophomore season Filipowski’s potential to be a consistent double double producer ranks among the best players within the game.
4. Hunter Dickinson
Team: Kansas Jayhawks
Another talented big man landing among the best players in college basketball is the Kansas Jayhawks center Hunter Dickinson. After spending the past three seasons with the Michigan Wolverines, Dickinson joined the Jayhawks through the transfer portal this offseason while delivering the team one of the most versatile big men in college basketball.
Dickinson is coming off a season averaging 18.5 points per game and nine rebounds per game. However, the Jayhawks center has the potential to produce more on the offensive end of the floor while developing his ability to shoot from behind the three point line more efficiently.
In addition, the former Wolverines star is strong on the defensive end while averaging nearly two blocked shots (1.8) as a junior last season.
3. Boo Buie
Team: Northwestern Wildcats
Only thing that can potentially slowdown the Northwestern Wildcats playmaking guard Boo Buie is his right hand which he suffered over the summer and required surgery on. Expectations are high on Buie as his hand is expected to be fully healthy during the season.
The Wildcats senior guard is a dynamic guard who can take control of the offense both from his ability to attack the rim or shoot to also having great court vision to find his teammates.
Despite struggling shooting just 31.8 percent from behind the three point line last season, Buie found additional ways to score while improving his scoring to 17.3 points per game. If Buie can see his three point shooting return to 34 to 36 percent or higher, the Northwestern star could average 20 points per game.
2. Dajuan Harris Jr.
Team: Kansas Jayhawks
Position: Point Guard
The Kansas Jayhawks are as loaded as any team in the country while also landing additional talent to improve the team for another National Championship run. While all eyes will be on some of the other Jayhawks stars including incoming transfer Hunter Dickinson, one name to watch is Dajuan Harris Jr who has the potential to be the best point guard in the nation.
Harris Jr has continued to improve year over year and expectations are set high for him during the upcoming. His one downside is his lack off aggressiveness with the ball from a shooting side but his court vision and ability to set up his teammates is as good as any guard in the country.
Nonetheless Harris Jr is a solid shooter when he elects to shoot, finishing off last season shooting 40.5 percent from behind the three point line and 47.1 percent from the field.
1. Zach Edey
Team: Purdue Boilermakers
In at number one on the Top 10 NCAAM Players 2023-2024 Rankings Preview list is the Purdue Boilermakers center Zach Edey. While Edey would have heard his name called during the 2023 NBA Draft, returning for his senior season delivers the Boilermakers an opportunity to make a run for the Big Ten title as well as a shot at competing for a National Championship.
Edey is coming off a season in which he posted 26 double doubles while averaging 22.3 points per game to go along with 12.9 rebounds.
His play picked up down the stretch including leading the Boilermakers to the Big Ten Tournament Championship posting back to back 30 point games with at least 13 rebounds. Edey enters the upcoming season with a chance to repeat as the National Player of the Year.
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