The 2013-14 college basketball season is quickly approaching, with Midnight Madness in only 31 days. To tip off The Catch and Shoot’s season preview, the website will release 10 players on its “Top 100 Players” list every Monday from now until the end of October. The list will include any player in Division I this season, new or returning.
To get things going, here are No. 91-100.
100. Mike Tobey, Virginia
Tobey is primed for a breakout season as he will likely move into the starting lineup for Virginia. The New York native averaged 6.8 points and 2.9 rebounds off the bench last season, scoring in double figures nine times. This was pretty impressive considering he played more than 20 minutes only twice. In three NIT games he posted 10 points and four rebounds per game.
99. Trevor Releford, Alabama
The spotlight will be on Releford in Tuscaloosa as he tries to lead Alabama back to the NCAA tournament. Releford had his best season last year, averaging 14.9 points, 2.5 assists and 2.1 steals while shooting 40.7% from beyond the arc.
98. Patrick Miller, Tennessee State
Miller will be in the spotlight for Tennessee State now that Robert Covington has departed. Miller, a senior, averaged 14.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.9 assists last season while shooting a solid 34.4% on three-pointers. The only blemish were his 3.4 turnovers per game, which will have to come down in order for him to live up to his potential. Miller is the type of player that could put up a triple-double this season, as he nearly did last year against Belmont with eight points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.
97. David Laury, Iona
Laury, who played 25 games for Iona last season after becoming eligible at the semester break, could have a NBA career in his future. Although listed as a power forward, he has the ability to handle the ball and be a playmaker. Last season he averaged a triple-double with 13.1 points and 10.3 rebounds per game along with 1.6 blocks. He had a few notable games last season, but most remarkable was his 24-point, 16-rebound performance in a loss at Niagara.
96. Rhamel Brown, Manhattan
After serving a limited role in his first two seasons, Brown became Manhattan’s go-to-guy last year. While still playing only 26.5 minutes per game, he averaged 11.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and three blocks, all team-bests. Brown has become one of the most feared shot blockers in the nation; last season he ranked third in block percentage, only behind Chris Obekpa (St. John’s) and Jyles Smith (Savannah State).
95. Javon McCrea, Buffalo
McCrea is the early favorite for MAC Player of the Year after averaging 18 points, 7.9 assists and 2.6 blocks last season. He ranks sixth in offensive rating among returning players according to KenPom.
94. Siyani Chambers, Harvard
A big reason for Harvard’s unprecedented success last season was freshman guard Siyani Chambers. Chambers made an immediate impact for the Crimson, averaging 12.4 points and 5.7 assists while shooting better than 42% from long range. Expect him to put up a handful of double-doubles this season.
93. Derrick Marks, Boise State
Marks was one of the key players on last year’s Boise State team that played in the First Four. He was second in scoring with 16.3 points per game, and he also averaged 3.9 assists and 1.8 steals. He is an explosive scorer, as proved by his pair of 30-point outings last year.
92. Anthony Ireland, Loyola Marymount
Ireland has remained one of the best-kept secrets in college basketball for a couple of seasons due to Loyola Marymount’s lack of success. The 5’10” point guard is an all-around great player, averaging 20.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game last season. He also shot 37.6% from beyond the arc. In his three games against Gonzaga, who was a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, Ireland averaged 22.7 points.
91. Wesley Saunders, Harvard
While Chambers ran the offense, Saunders was Harvard’s best all-around player. He led the team in scoring with 16.2 points per game, and he also chipped in 4.2 boards, 3.5 dimes, and 1.8 steals. He shot an impressive 52.2% from the field and although he only shot 20 three-pointers, he made half of them.