Top 100 College Basketball Players for the 2017-2018 Season: 81-90

The Rest of Top 100: 91-100

90. Devin Sibley (Furman, Senior Guard)

There is a reason why Sibley was an honorable mention AP All-American. The reigning Southern Conference Player of the Year is a dangerous scoring weapon and leader for Furman. Sibley was the focus of opponents’ scouting reports and still managed to score 17.7 points a game on 45% shooting from deep. Look for Sibley to try to carry his team to an NCAA Tournament berth.

89. Kameron McGusty (Oklahoma, Sophomore Guard)

McGusty was somewhat of a surprise in his first year with the Sooners. After a solid year scoring 10.9 points a game, he earned an honorable mention for the Big-12 team. But it was his quick growth that indicated how good he can become. While most freshmen struggle with their first taste of conference play, McGusty embraced the challenge and shot 38% from three while scoring 14.4 points a game in those games. He will jump into the upper echelon of the Big-12 next year.

88. Khadeen Carrington (Seton Hall, Senior Guard)

Carrington was a sporadic volume scorer during his first few years. It started to click in his junior year, as he led the Pirates in scoring (17.1 ppg) and three-point shooting (38%). All of the key pieces return making it likely that Carrington will have the ability to be the go-to scorer for a tournament team. If the efficiency can improve, Carrington is going to give Seton Hall a serious shot to reach the Sweet 16.

87. Jordan McLaughlin (USC, Senior Guard)

The one mainstay in the USC program over the last four years has been McLaughlin. He is a dependable, consistent playmaker that has fostered the development of a young, talented frontcourt. McLaughlin competes every night on both ends. A season ago, he averaged 12.9 points, 5.5 assists, 1.5 steals and only 2.2 turnovers a game. Add in his 40% three-point shooting and it’s easy to understand why the Trojans are in good hands next year.

86. Johnathan Williams (Gonzaga, Senior Forward)

Williams is the lone starter from the national title runner-up. After considering leaving for the NBA, he is going to be the featured offensive player in the Zags offense. It won’t be too much to ask for a player that averaged 10.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and made almost 63% of his shots inside the arc. The athletic lefty is going to be the most important player for Mark Few this year.

85. Payton Pritchard (Oregon, Sophomore Guard)

You don’t really see many freshmen point guards in the Final Four. It’s even rarer that such a player would be back for their sophomore year. Pritchard (7.4 ppg, 3.6 apg, 3.4 rpg) is much more than a floor general, as his scoring instincts demanded the attention of every team. Playing with Team USA this summer is only going to accelerate the growth of a kid that will have to be the leader in his second year in school. I expect him to take big steps in every statistical and intangible category.

84. Matthew Fisher-Davis (Vanderbilt, Senior Guard)

Over the last few weeks of the regular season, Vandy’s best scorer was noticeably absent. But during the NCAA Tournament, Fisher-Davis took center stage and almost carried his team to the second round. He is an excellent shooter, connecting on 84 threes last year. When defenders close out too hard, he is skilled enough to get into the lane and score effectively. A good summer of strength training is going to let Fisher-Davis up his production before going into a deep SEC.

83. Tyler Davis (Texas A&M, Junior Center)

Even as a junior, Davis still looks like a big baby. The Aggies struggled as a team, though Davis (14.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg) was his normal dominating self in the post. His post passing made great strides over the course of the year, which will be an important trend going into next year. Davis is even stronger and lighter on his feet now, so he should remain as an intimidating post presence.

82. Jerome Robinson (Boston College, Junior Guard)

Boston College has won a total of two ACC games during Robinson’s time on the team, but that wasn’t due to a lack of effort on his part. After a respectable freshman year, Robinson emerged as one of the best scorers in the conference. The 6’5 combo guard averaged 18.6 points, 3.4 assists, and 1.7 steals a game while showing off an improved jump shot. Improving on his 3.2 turnovers a game will be a big aspect of Robinson taking a step in the right direction next year.

81. Esa Ahmad (West Virginia, Junior Forward)

It’s always about defense in Morgantown, which is why Ahmad’s presence as a scorer and playmaker adds a different dimension to the Mountaineers. Ahmad is their best frontcourt scorer (11.3 ppg) and their most versatile defender now. He is athletic, active, and a powerful penetrator that gets to the line frequently. Per 40 minutes, Ahmad averaged 18.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.9 assists a game. Without Nathan Adrian, Ahmad will need to play at least 30 minutes a game, which will give people more appreciation for the skill set that he brings.

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