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Top 100 Players for the 2013-14 Season: 61-70 | The Catch and Shoot

Top 100 Players for the 2013-14 Season: 61-70

The 2013-14 college basketball season is quickly approaching. In preparation, The Catch and Shoot is releasing 10 players on its “Top 100 Players” list every Monday. After releasing No. 71-80 last week, the season preview continues this week with No. 61-70.

 

70. Dorian Finney-Smith, Florida

Finney-Smith, a Virginia Tech transfer, was very impressive as a freshman Hokie. He was one of the most impressive rookies in the ACC that year, and ranked 10th in the league with seven rebounds per game. The big blemish on his stat line was a 33.2 field-goal percentage. He will be a key part of Florida’s frontcourt this season, and he needs to become a more efficient scorer to fulfill his role.

 

69. Brandon Young, DePaul

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Mike DiNovo/US Presswire

Young has the potential to be an all-Big East first teamer this season. Last season, he was DePaul’s best player, leading the Blue Demons with 16.7 points and 4.6 assists per game. His assist rate and his fouls drawn per 40 minutes both ranked in the nation’s top 100, per Kenpom.

68. Anthony Drmic, Boise State

Drmic was one of the Mountain West’s best freshmen in 2011-12, earning all-conference honorable mention, and he improved as a sophomore to lead Boise State to the NCAA tournament. A 6’6″ wing, Drmic stroked it from deep at 39.2% and averaged 17.7 points last season.

He finished the 2013-14 season with an unconscious stretch of 23.1 points per game over his final eight outings. If that was a sign of what’s to come in the future, the Mountain West should watch out.

 

67. Fuquan Edwin, Seton Hall

Edwin will be in the race for Big East Player of the Year. Last season, his stats across the board were very strong, averaging 16.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game, as well as 41.2% three-point shooting. In all but three games last season, he scored at least 10 points.

 

66. Sam Thompson, Ohio State

Thompson is a freakily athletic forward who, with the departures of Deshaun Thomas and Evan Ravenel, is in shape for a breakout junior season. Thompson had a tremendous finish to his sophomore year, averaging 11 points and 3.7 and shot 56.5% from the field during seven Big Ten and NCAA tournament games.

And if you’re interested in that freaky athleticism I mentioned earlier, take a look at this alley-oop from Aaron Craft during Thompson’s freshman season.

 

65. Yogi Ferrell, Indiana

Although largely under-appreciated, Ferrell had a very solid freshman year with the Hoosiers. He averaged 7.6 points and, more importantly, 4.1 assists to only 2.1 turnovers per game. A true point guard, Ferrell is always looking to set up his teammates. If he continues to improve like he did in the second half of last season, he could average upwards of six assists in 2013-14.

 

64. Le’Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State

Unlike some not as smart players with his raw talent and athleticism, Nash returned to school as an upperclassman for his junior year. Nash, a McDonald’s All-American and top 10 recruit in the Class of 2011, had a much-improved sophomore season with 14 points per game on 46.2% shooting, compared to 13.3 points on 39.4% shooting as a freshman.

During the final five games of the 2012-13 regular season, he was on fire with an average of 19.6 points on 67.8% shooting.

 

63. TJ McConnell, Arizona

McConnell was phenomenal in his two seasons at Duquesne. The Pittsburgh native averaged 11.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.8 steals, all while shooting better than 50% from the field. During that season, albeit against Division II District of Columbia, he posted a triple-double with 15 points, 10 boards, 11 dimes, and five steals.

Although he is taking a step up in the level of competition, he will still be a star in the Pac-12.

 

62. Nick Johnson, Arizona

Jeff Gross/Getty Images
Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Johnson put together a great sophomore season with 11.5 points, 3.2 assists, and 1.9 steals per game. He also became a much more effective three-point shooter at 39.3%. Along with McConnell, Johnson will once again be starting in Arizona’s backcourt.

He is a freak athlete, as evidenced by this dunk and this game-winning block.

 

61. Cory Jefferson, Baylor

Jefferson had a breakout junior season, averaging 13.3 points, eight rebounds and 1.9 blocks. He ranked No. 27 in true shooting percentage at 63.9% according to Kenpom, and No. 13 in turnover rate.

Jefferson had a few fantastic performances in the regular season, but most notable was his 25-point performance against Kansas where he shot 11-of-13 from the field. In the Bears’ NIT championship run, he exploded for 21.2 points per contest and shot an astounding 71.9% from the field.

Jefferson and sophomore Isaiah Austin will form one of the nation’s better starting frontcourts at Baylor this season.

 

Top 100 Players for the 2013-14 Season

No. 71-80

No. 81-90

No. 91-100

Check back next Monday (September 23) for No. 51-60.

Author: Jesse Kramer

Jesse Kramer is the founder of The Catch and Shoot. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has had work featured on SI.com, College Insider, The Comeback/Awful Announcing, and 247Sports.


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