50. Noah Vonleh, Indiana
Vonleh, a McDonald’s All-American and Jordan Classic participant, will play a big role for Indiana since the Hoosiers lost so many pieces from last year’s team. As a high school senior, he averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists.
49. Markel Brown, Oklahoma State
As pivotal as Marcus Smart’s arrival was to Oklahoma State’s success last season, the improved play of Markel Brown was a huge help in launching the Cowboys to great heights. A freak athlete, Brown averaged 15.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.4 assists last season. He developed an outside shot, converting 36.4% of his three-point attempts, and lowered his turnovers to 1.7 per game.
48. Dwayne Evans, Saint Louis
Evans was the best player last season for Saint Louis, which won the Atlantic 10 regular season and tournament titles. The 6’5″ power forward averaged 14 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, and he ranked in the top 100 in true shooting percentage and free throw rate, per Kenpom. In the final eight games, he posted 18.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per contest.
47. Alex Kirk, New Mexico
Kirk had a breakout season in 2012-13, averaging 12.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game. He made the Mountain West’s second, all-conference team, and this year he is expected to be on the first team. At 7 feet, Kirk is a phenomenal defensive rebounder and shot blocker.
46. Luke Hancock, Louisville
Hancock served as a glue guy for Louisville all-season long and finally got his recognition in the Final Four. The George Mason transfer averaged only 8.1 points during the year, but in Atlanta he exploded for 20 points against Wichita State and 22 points against Michigan.
45. Dez Wells, Maryland
A Xavier transfer, Wells made an immediate impact for Maryland as a sophomore. The Raleigh native averaged 13.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, and three assists per game, and he also shot better than 52% from the field.
44. Will Sheehey, Indiana
Last season, Sheehey was one of the best sixth men in the nation. In 22.3 minutes per contest, he posted 9.5 points and shot 34.6% on three-pointers. In three NCAA tournament games, he averaged 11.3 points. Sheehey will likely start for the Hoosiers this season after the graduation of four starters.
43. Kendall Williams, New Mexico
Williams is the reigning Mountain West Player of the Year. Last season, he earned the coveted honors by recording 13.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per outing. He made national headlines in the Lobos’ February win at Colorado State when he scored 36 points on 12-of-16 shooting and made 10 three-pointers.
42. Patric Young, Florida
Young anchored the Florida frontcourt last season with 10.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game. Additionally, he ranked in the top 75 in effective field-goal percentage and a hair outside the top 100 in block percentage, per Kenpom.
41. Kyle Anderson, UCLA
Many people saw Anderson’s freshman season as disappointing, but the New Jersey native still showed tons of promise. The 6’9″ point-forward averaged 9.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.8 steals per game, and posted eight double-doubles during the course of the season. He also ranked No. 74 nationally in defensive rebounding percentage, per Kenpom.