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.

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

Conference run.
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).

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• Nos. 50-41
Above: Scoochie Smith led Dayton in steals and assists last season and was third in scoring. (Courtesy Dayton Athletics)

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