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. 40-31 in the top 100 players from ASN’s family of schools.
The senior (19.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game) returned last season from what he called “a mental breakdown.” He’s back and better than ever.
“The Tookie Monster” is alive and well. The returning Sun Belt Freshman of the Year ranked eighth among freshmen in NCAA Division I scoring last season (17.8 ppg).
The sophomore was a huge bright spot for a program that needs a cornerstone. He was really good (19.8 ppg) as a freshman and now he’s back for another Horizon League run.
“Morse Code” excels in long-distance communication. The junior shoots 41% on 3-pointers and 81% on free throws.
The 7-6 sophomore shot-blocker came on strong late last season, finishing with 2.3 blocks per game. He will only get better.
This junior transfer from Tulane averaged 10.6 points and 4.4 assists in 2014-15. Point Guard University has another good one for a possible Ohio Valley
This senior transfer from Indiana makes ETSU a threat to Chattanooga in the Southern Conference.
JR (14.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg) Johnson is a workhorse from Hazard, Ky., who I absolutely love. The son of a coal miner. Need I say more?
This 6-3 senior guard is an offensive weapon (17.6 ppg) for these Rockets. Blast off!
A senior leader for the Flyers, who will be as good as ever. Smith led the team in assists and steals and was third in scoring (11.7 ppg).