MARK MADNESS | Nos. 40-31 in Mark Adams’ countdown of ASN’s top 100 players


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.

qj-peterson-4040.     QJ Peterson | VMI

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.


tookie-brown-3939.       Tookie Brown | Georgia Southern

“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).


dikembe-dixson-3838.       Dikembe Dixson | UIC

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.


cameron-morse-3737.       Cameron Morse | Youngstown State

Morse Code” excels in long-distance communication. The junior shoots 41% on 3-pointers and 81% on free throws.


tacko-fall-3636.       Tacko Fall | Central Florida

The 7-6 sophomore shot-blocker came on strong late last season, finishing with 2.3 blocks per game. He will only get better.


jonathan-stark-3535.       Jonathan Stark | Murray State

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

Conference run.

hanner-mosquera-perea-3434.       Hanner Mosquera-Perea | East Tenn. State

This senior transfer from Indiana makes ETSU a threat to Chattanooga in the Southern Conference.


justin-johnson-3333.       Justin Johnson | Western Kentucky

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?


jonathan-williams-3232.       Jonathan Williams | Toledo

This 6-3 senior guard is an offensive weapon (17.6 ppg) for these Rockets. Blast off!


soochie-smith-3131.       Scoochie Smith | Dayton

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).



• Nos. 100-91

• Nos. 90-81

• Nos. 80-71

• Nos. 70-61

• Nos. 60-51

• Nos. 50-41

Above: Scoochie Smith led Dayton in steals and assists last season and was third in scoring. (Courtesy Dayton Athletics)
Mark Adams

Mark Adams

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