40. Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss
Henderson became a national sensation with his boastful demeanor on the basketball court.
The Texas native averaged 20.1 points per game last season, leading Ole Miss to a berth in the NCAA tournament, where it upset No. 5 seed Wisconsin. Although Henderson sometimes harmed the Rebels with his quick trigger, he was still one of the better scorers in the SEC.
39. Bryce Cotton, Providence
Cotton steadily improved during each of his first three seasons at Providence, and last year he made the All-Big East First Team as a junior. Cotton averaged 19.7 points and 2.9 assists while shooting 36.4% on three-pointers, and he ranked No. 32 in offensive rating. He also ranked in the top 50 in turnover rate.
In three NIT games last March, Cotton posted 22.7 points per contest.
38. Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga
Pangos is known as a deadly three-point shooter, and although he has been a solid point guard for Gonzaga the past two seasons, he will probably have to take on a larger role this year.
With Kelly Olynyk and Elias Harris departed, Pangos needs to become more of a scorer for the Zags and improve on on his 11.9 points per game. He is clearly capable of that, as evidenced by five, 20-point outings last season, including a 31-point performance against Baylor.
37. Jerrelle Benimon, Towson
From day one, Benimon had a gigantic, immediate impact at Towson. The Georgetown transfer finished the season averaging 17.1 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks, and he shot 53.3% from the field and made 20 of 49 three-pointers.
In 31 games, Benimon recorded 20 double-doubles, and scored at least 20 points nine times.
Towson is the favorite in the CAA entering the 2013-14 season, and their success hinges on Benimon’s.
36. Rodney Hood, Duke
Rodney Hood showed signs of being a star as a freshman at Mississippi State, and then he chose to transfer to Duke. In Starkville, Hood averaged 10.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, and two assists during the 2011-12 season. He also shot 36.4% from beyond the arc and ranked No. 46 in turnover rate.
Whether in the starting lineup or off the bench, Hood will be a valuable addition to Mike Krzyzewski’s squad this season.
35. Montrezl Harrell, Louisville
Harrell had a very impressive, freshman season as a member of national champion Louisville, but he flew under the radar since he played only 16.2 minutes per game. In that limited playing time, Harrell averaged 5.7 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 57.7% from the field.
With the departure of Gorgui Dieng, Harrell will have a larger role this season for the Cardinals, and he should be ready to produce. Last season, he had a few highly notable performances against top 25 teams, such as his 20-point, 7-rebound game against Syracuse in the Big East championship.
34. Joe Jackson, Memphis
Jackson made tremendous strides as Memphis’ point guard last season. The senior averaged career-highs in points (13.6 ppg), assists (4.8 apg), rebounds (3.3 rpg), steals (1.7 spg), field-goal percentage (51.9%), and three-point percentage (44.7%). In addition, he posted three double-doubles and fell one rebound shy of a triple-double against UAB. In that game, he also had six steals.
Jackson will be one of the elite point guards in The American this season.
33. Chaz Williams, Massachusetts
Williams is a favorite for Atlantic 10 Player of the Year in 2013-14. The 5’9″ point guard averaged, 15.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 7.3 rebounds, and two steals last season as a junior. Although he struggled in a NIT loss to Stony Brook, in three Atlantic 10 tournament games he averaged 20.7 points.
Last season, Williams recorded six double-doubles.
32. Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee
Stokes was very successful at Tennessee as a freshman, and in his sophomore season he improved in just about every way. Although his field-goal and free-throw percentages dipped slightly, he became a much better rebounder and got to the charity stripe much more often. The 6’8″ forward ranked No. 4 in offensive rebounding percentage, No. 91 in defensive rebounding percentage, and No. 37 in free throw rate.
In addition, he averaged 12.4 points per game and recorded 16 double-doubles.
31. Alex Poythress, Kentucky
Poythress made the smart decision of returning to Kentucky for his sophomore season. The Tennessee native had a pretty successful freshman campaign, averaging 11.2 points and six rebounds while shooting 58.1% from the field and making 14 of his 33 three-point attempts. He also ranked No. 31 nationally in true shooting percentage.
Back for a second season with a better cast of players surrounding him, Poythress could have the productive season that was expected of the McDonald’s All-American last season.
*All advanced statistics are courtesy of KenPom.