With the exhibition season in full swing, and coming to a close early this week, that can mean only one thing.
The 2016-17 college basketball regular season is just around the corner!
Things get underway Friday, November 11th at Noon EST with the first regular season game of the season, and there will be a plethora of talent on display across all 32 conferences all season long.
Before the season gets started, we decided to hand out some preseason hardware, in the form of our Conference Player of the Year award and All-Conference Teams.
Along with that, we have the College Court Report All-Americans, and the Mid-Major Player of the Year Preseason Watch List. Links to all of the conference awards and the Watch List can be found at the bottom of each article.
The 2016-17 college basketball season is just around the corner, and the excitement is building with each passing day. More and more teams are releasing their schedules for the upcoming season, and some teams are on their preseason trips around the world.
With the current season in mind, we assembled our list of the Top 100 Players in College Basketball for the 2016-17 Season!
You’ll notice quickly that there are NO freshmen on the list. There’s one simple reason for that: they have yet to play a regular season game at the Division I level. They can’t be the best in college basketball when they haven’t yet played a game for their school.
The following 100 players are the top 100 returning players from across the country. They were evaluated on two fronts: their overall role on their respective team, and their statistical performances over their collegiate career.
Each year, the number of the players on the transfer market is larger than the year before. Following the 2015-16 season, the list has continued to grow, even over a month after the Villanova Wildcatswere crowned the NCAA Champions.
Following the 2014-15 season, the transfer list ballooned to over 700 names. This year, things appear to be on their way past last year’s mark.
With the ever-increasing number of players on the list, it’s tough to keep track of who’s going where for the remainder of their careers. Some players are immediately eligible as graduate transfers, while others have to sit out a year due to transfer regulations, and it’s often tough to figure out who is in which category.
Below, we have listed our top five transfer players who have to sit out a year before suiting up for their new team for the 2017-18 season. The list is based off of the players who have committed so far, and will likely change as more players make their decisions.
One of the more coveted transfers players following the 2015-16 college basketball season was guard Kory Holden. After lighting up the Colonial Athletic Association for the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens for the past two years, it was time for a change.
After making his decision to transfer back in mid-March, following the end of his team’s season, several teams were chomping at the bit to get a visit from the guard to show him what they had to offer.
Holden garnered attention from several high-major programs since he announced his decision to transfer. Programs like the Maryland Terrapins and the Arizona Wildcats were known to have expressed a high level of interest for the guard’s services.
After over a month of deliberation and weighing his options, Holden took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon to officially announce where he was transferring.
Over the past few years, Frank Martin and his staff have done a tremendous job of attracting top-tier recruits to play at South Carolina.
Leading up to this season, the likes of five-star guard P.J. Dozier and four-star forwards Chris Silva and Eric Cobb all committed to play for the Gamecocks. In the Class of 2013, star guard Sindarius Thornwell opted to bring his talents to Columbia, SC, and has become a star on the national stage.
It’s worth noting that both Dozier and Thornwell were both ESPN Top 100 recruits in their respective recruiting classes. Thornwell was the 41st-ranked recruit in the Class of 2013 by ESPN, while Dozier was the 19th-ranked recruit in the Class of 2015 and will suit up alongside Thornwell this year.