MARK MADNESS | Nos. 40-31 in Mark Adams' countdown of ASN's top 100 players
40. 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.
39. 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).
38. 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.
37. Cameron Morse | Youngstown State
"Morse Code" excels in long-distance communication. The junior shoots 41% on 3-pointers and 81% on free throws.
36. 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.
35. 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
34. Hanner Mosquera-Perea | East Tenn. State
This senior transfer from Indiana makes ETSU a threat to Chattanooga in the Southern Conference.
33. 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?
32. Jonathan Williams | Toledo
This 6-3 senior guard is an offensive weapon (17.6 ppg) for these Rockets. Blast off!
31. 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).
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
Above: Scoochie Smith led Dayton in steals and assists last season and was third in scoring. (Courtesy Dayton Athletics)