MARK MADNESS | Mark Adams counts down to No. 1 in ASN’s top 100 players

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Counting down to the start of the 2016-17 college basketball season on Nov. 11, ASN’s Mark Adams previews the players, teams and conferences to watch. Today: Nos. 10-1 in the top 100 players from ASN’s family of schools.

jalen-adams-1010.     Jalen Adams | UConn

While his regular season numbers were OK (7.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.4 apg) the sophomore turned it up and made the AAC All-Tournament Team.

 

rodney-purvis-99.       Rodney Purvis | UConn

The Huskies boast depth and experience in the backcourt with the return of this talented senior guard. Huskies are Top 10 good.

 

amida-brimah-88.       Amida Brimah | UConn

This shot-blocking senior continues to add layers to his game. He makes UConn elite along with many other weapons.

 

e-c-matthews-77.       E.C. Matthews | Rhode Island

The dynamic junior returns after injury-riddled season. Could play anywhere! E.C. makes Dan Hurley’s Rams “Extra Credible” come tourney time!

 

rokas-gustys-66.       Rokas Gustys | Hofstra

This big, tough junior is a double-double machine (13.5 ppg, 13 rpg). He had six 20-rebound games last season. A Lithuanian locomotive carries the load for the Pride.

 

giddy-potts-55.       Giddy Potts | Middle Tennessee

The senior returns after leading the nation in 3-point shooting (50.6%). He scored 19 points on 3-of-5 3-pointers in NCAA Tournament shocker against Michigan State.

 

UTA men's basketball photo day in Arlington, Texas on August 30, 2016. (Photo by/Gregg Ellman)4.       Kevin Hervey | UT Arlington

Before his knee injury last season, I pegged UT Arlington as a Cinderella. I love this junior’s game! A major talent!

 

jack-gibbs-33.       Jack Gibbs | Davidson

The senior might be best scoring guard in the country (23.5 PPG, sixth in the nation last season). Laugh at your own peril.

 

evan-bradds-22.       Evan Bradds | Belmont

The senior and Ohio Valley Player of the Year is nearly a double-double guy (17.6 ppg, 9.2 rpg) who deserves Wooden Award look. Most consistent player in the country.

 

alec-peters-11.       Alec Peters | Valparaiso

The best all-around player in America (18.4 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 50.5% FG, 44% 3 PT) and one of my favorites. Versatile with size. The senior hit 91 3-pointers last season, the most of any Division I player of his height (6-9) or taller.

 


MARK MADNESS: ASN’S TOP 100 PLAYERS

• Nos. 100-91

• Nos. 90-81

• Nos. 80-71

• Nos. 70-61

• Nos. 60-51

• Nos. 50-41

• Nos. 40-31

• Nos. 30-21

• Nos. 20-11

Above: Valparaiso’s Alec Peters might be the best all-around player in the nation. (Courtesy Valpo Athletics)
Mark Adams

Mark Adams

Mark Adams is ASN’s men’s basketball analyst. Follow him on Twitter at @EnthusiAdams.