Jason McIntyre&x27s top 50 college basketball players for the 2021-22 season | FOX Sports

    by jason mcintyrefox sports betting analyst

    The 2021-22 men’s college basketball season kicks off this week, and as I’ve done every season for the better part of a decade, here’s a list of the 50 best players for the upcoming season.

    How do we best define? Four factors went into determining who made the list. first is the stats. the second is how much a player matters to his team. the third is non-quantifiable vision testing, and the fourth is career prospects.

    As is the case with the nba draft, entering freshmen have an advantage because they have less tape, unlike the two or three years of ups and downs we’ve seen in the rest of this list.

    this is always the most complicated part of the list. fans ask, “who cares what the player projects like in the nba?” well future nba players are clearly great players. if a future lottery pick doesn’t have the stats (yet?), so what?

    That said, here’s a look at my top 50 players heading into the 2021-22 college basketball season, with an additional 25 players left off the list.

    50. marcus bagley, sophomore, state of arizona

    He played just 12 games as a freshman and struggled to shoot (38% from the field and 34% from 3-point range), but the potential is there and he could double his scoring average (10.8 ppg). party) for the sun. heck after flirting with the nba.

    49. alex barcello, senior, byu

    The returning leading scorer for the Cougars averaged 16.1 points per game last year and shot 47.7% from 3-point range. he is the best player in wcc who doesn’t play for gonzaga.

    48. jacobi wood, sophomore, belmont

    The Bruins are loaded, and despite having a veteran group, Wood could be their best player (11.3 ppg), even if he’s the sixth man.

    47. tanner groves, older adult, oklahoma

    the transfer from east washington lit up kansas with 35 points in the ncaa tournament. he averaged 17.2 ppg and 8.0 rpg for the eagles and was the great player of the year.

    46. jalen duren, freshman, memphis

    Rated by many as one of the best players in the class of 2022, Duren was reclassified to the class of 2021 and will be a factor for the Tigers this season. On talent alone, Duren should be in our top 10. But on a fairly stacked list with final-four potential, it might take the big man some time to acclimate to a team with three of his top five returning starters.

    45. murphy storm, senior, virginia tech

    Former guard Wofford lands in Blacksburg as a major graduation transfer win for the Hokies. Murphy averaged 17.8 points per game last season and shot 40% from 3-point range.

    44. tre mitchell, junior, texas

    The umass transfer averaged 18.8 ppg and 7.2 rpg as a sophomore and gives the Longhorns an impressive presence after losing three majors to the NBA.

    43. azuolas tubelis, sophomore, arizona

    The 6-foot-10 Lithuanian averaged 12.2 ppg and 7.1 rpg for the Wildcats last season. tubelis also opened the eyes of the nba this summer by averaging 16.6 points per game at the fiba under-19 basketball world cup, including a 32-point, 12-rebound game against canada.

    42. justin powell, sophomore, tennessee

    Powell averaged 11.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg and 4.7 apg last season while doing a bit of everything for Auburn before a concussion cut his season short. he was a highly coveted transfer and could be the vols’ most important player on a team loaded with freshmen.

    41. kenneth lofton jr., sophomore, louisiana tech

    us conference freshman of the year. uu. He had a great season (12.2 ppg and 7.5 rpg) and used it as a springboard for an impressive performance with the USA. uu. team in the fiba under-19 basketball world cup. He led the United States in scoring (13.1 ppg) and was nearly unstoppable inside against future international lottery picks.

    40. bennedict mathurin, sophomore, arizona

    A promising pro prospect from Montreal, Mathurin averaged 10.8 points per game and is packed with shooting potential (41.8% from 3s) and size (6-foot-7).

    39. mike miles, sophomore, tcu

    Miles quietly averaged 13.6 points per game in a strong freshman season for a Bad Horned Frogs team. if you’re looking for a sophomore in the big 12 to appear, miles is a sleeper to be the first big 12 team.

    38. keve aluma, senior, virginia tech

    In his first season after transferring from wofford, aluma averaged 15.2 ppg and 7.9 rpg, and if he can add a 3-point shot: 20 scored last season, which was 20 more than in his first two years in university – care, acc.

    37. peyton watson, freshman, ucla

    Watson, one of the most hyped incoming freshmen in America, is so low only because UCLA returns everyone from a final four trip, and it’s unclear how much the talented wing will play initially. however, he is too talented to stay off the court, as evidenced by the NBA’s interest in him.

    36. will richardson, senior, oregon

    The Ducks lost a lot of talent from their Sweet 16 team (the top three scorers are gone), but Richardson (11.3 points per game, 40% shooting from 3-point range) is back as a starter for the third straight season. he will be a candidate for the pac-12 player of the year.

    35. caleb mills, junior, state of florida

    mills was listed as the aac preseason player of the year last season, but suffered an ankle injury after just four games. He averaged 13.2 points per game as a freshman in Houston (leading the team) and will now be one of the Seminoles’ leaders.

    34. Antoine Davis, Senior, Detroit Mercy

    good luck finding shooting guards who averaged more than 24 points per game in each of their first three seasons. Davis also increased his assists and decreased his turnovers in his junior season.

    33. zach edey, freshman, purdue

    At 7-foot-4 and a surprisingly mobile 280 pounds, Edey put on a show at the FIBA ​​World Cup, leading all players in the tournament in Player Efficiency Rating, and was physically dominant inside (15.1 ppg and 14.1 rpg).

    32. devante’ jones, senior, michigan

    Jones averaged 19.3 points per game at Coast Carolina last season and was named Sunshine Belt Player of the Year.

    31. ron harper jr., senior, rutgers

    harper led the scarlet knights to their first ncaa tournament in 30 years, then decided to stay in school. If he can take that 31% shooting from 3 points closer to 37%, he’s an American.

    30. davion warren, senior, texas technology

    after averaging 21.2 ppg and 6.0 rpg at hampton his senior year, warren attracted interest from memphis, arizona state and iowa state, but drafted the red raiders. the 6-foot-6 Maze was the runner-up for Southern Big Player of the Year.

    29. timmy allen, senior, texas

    one of the biggest gains in new coach chris beard’s transfer run, allen averaged 17.2 ppg and 6.4 rpg for utah last season.

    28. jaime jaquez, junior, ucla

    Perhaps the top glue guy in the country, Jaquez hit well above his weight class in the NCAA tournament. He had 17 points and eight rebounds in an upset over Alabama and 19 points and five rebounds in an overtime loss to Gonzaga.

    27. scotty pippen, junior, vanderbilt

    One of the best scorers in the second base last year (20.8 points per game), Pippen flirted with the NBA draft before deciding to stay in Nashville.

    26. isaiah mobley, junior, usc

    Mobley posted modest regular-season stats (9.9 ppg and 7.3 ppg) in his sophomore year, but he looked like an NBA prospect in the NCAA tournament, averaging 16 points per game. He made seven 3-pointers in the regular season and 10 in the Pac-12 and NCAA tournaments combined.

    25. buddy boeheim, senior, syracuse

    The 6-foot-5 shooting guard averaged 17.8 points per game for the orange and shot 38% on 3-pointers. He had a memorable postseason, scoring 31 points against Uva, 30 points against San Diego State and 25 points against West Virginia.

    24. marcus sasser, junior, houston

    one of the best players in the aac returns to try to get houston back into the ncaa tournament. Sasser averaged 13.7 points per game and was instrumental in the Cougars’ run to the final four.

    23. mathew mayer, senior, baylor

    mayer came off the bench of the champion bears last season and now becomes their favorite player, with the opportunity to increase his stock in the nba draft. he shot 39% on three-pointers and scored 8.1 points per game.

    22. jahvon quinerly, junior, alabama

    quinerly averaged 12.9 points per game and shot 43% from 3-point range last season for the tide. he expects him to take on a bigger offensive load with the departure of three key players. There isn’t a faster scoring point guard in college basketball.

    21. julian champagnie, junior, st. John

    champagnie averaged 19.8 ppg and 7.4 rpg for the red storm last season and was named first-team all-big east. he is one of the favorites to be the big eastern player of the year next season.

    20. patrick baldwin, freshman, milwaukee

    The 6-foot-10 McDonald’s All-American chose Milwaukee over Duke because his father trains there. he would be taller if he wasn’t coming off a serious ankle injury sustained in December.

    19. tyty washington, freshman, kentucky

    An early riser in the recruiting process, the 6-foot-4 point guard has the makings of a unique prospect. the g-league pushed hard to try to get him to skip college.

    18. eric ayala, senior, maryland

    Turtle fans were ecstatic when Ayala decided to return to College Park. He averaged 15.1 points per game as a junior and is an All-America candidate.

    17. kellan grady, senior, kentucky

    grady transferred from davidson, where he averaged more than 17 points per game in all four seasons. He is coming off his best season in high-volume 3-point shooting (38%) (6.9 per game).

    16. remy martin, senior, kansas

    martin, one of the most underrated shooting guards in the country, averaged 19.1 points per game and was a first-team all-pac-12 last season for arizona state. he will start for the jayhawks, who have the talent to return to the final four for the first time since 2018.

    15. trayce jackson-davis, junior, indiana

    Overlooked because of how poorly the Hoosiers played last year, Jackson-Davis scored 20-plus points in 14 games and is a big guy who doesn’t want to go out there and hit 3-pointers. he just wants to hit you to make you submit inside.

    14. caleb houstan, freshman, michigan

    A versatile striker, Houston played for the Canadian team at the FIBA ​​U19 World Cup this summer (17.0 points per game) and proved he is a likely 2022 lottery pick.

    13. marcus carr, senior, texas

    after averaging 19.4 points and 4.9 assists per game in minnesota, carr moved to the longhorns to play with chris beard. texas has five transfers, but none will have the impact of carr, who should be the first team all-big 12.

    12. ej liddell, junior, ohio state

    Liddell averaged 16.2 ppg and 6.7 rpg for the Buckeyes and will once again be the focal point of the offense.

    11. paolo banchero, freshman, duke

    A consensus top-five pick, the 6-foot-9 power forward could lead the Blue Devils in scoring and rebounding. He comes into Durham at a chiseled 250-pound catchweight, but it’s his inside-out skills that have the NBA excited about his potential.

    10. collin gillespie, senior, villanova

    The Wildcats were Final Four contenders last year before Gillespie was injured in the Big East tournament, ending his season. he shot 37% on three-pointers and averaged 14.0 points per game.

    9. trevion williams, major, purdue

    williams averaged 15.5 ppg and 9.1 rpg last season and will be an all-american contender. he had 11 double-doubles last season.

    8. hunter dickinson, sophomore, michigan

    dickinson, the top 10 freshman of the year, wasn’t in the top 25 recruits, but he played like one. he averaged 14.3 ppg and 7.7 rpg with six double-doubles.

    7. johnny juzang, junior, ucla

    the rising star of the ncaa tournament, juzang returned to the bruins, and they are among the favorites to win the title. Juzang averaged 16 points per game in the regular season, but dropped 28 points to Michigan and 29 points to Gonzaga during a memorable drive.

    6. max abmas, junior, roberts oral

    abmas returned to school after flirting with the nba draft. At 5-foot-10 and 162 pounds, he led the country in scoring as a sophomore (24.5 points per game) and then dropped 29 points at Ohio State, 26 points at Florida and 25 points at Arkansas in the NCAA Tournament .

    5. kofi cockburn, junior, illinois

    The stocky 7-footer was dominant for much of last season, averaging 17.7 ppg and 9.5 rpg on 65% shooting from the field. he had 16 double-doubles.

    4. emoni bates, freshman, memphis

    Bates is the most hyped 17-year-old to break into college basketball in years, maybe decades, maybe never. a skinny 6-foot-9 rail, bates was no. 1 ranked player in the class of 2022 as a seventh grader, and he stayed in that spot until he reclassified to leave high school early. the only reason he doesn’t is no. 1 on this list is that there are questions about how a highly hyped and smart teen will fit in with what should be a top 10 team in the country.

    3. drew timme, junior, gonzaga

    timme averaged 19.0 ppg and 7.0 rpg last season and shot 65% from the field for the bulldogs, whose only loss came in the national title game. based on his strong sophomore season and gonzaga’s charge, timme will be the favorite to be the nation’s player of the year.

    2. jaden ivey, sophomore, purdue

    Brimming with potential, the 6-foot-4 Ivey has the talent to be an NBA star in five years. he he he would be No. 1 on this list if he shot better than 39% from the field (with an awful 25% from 3-point range). Ivey shone for Team USA at the FIBA ​​U19 World Cup this summer, averaging 12.3 points per game.

    1. chet holmgren, freshman, gonzaga

    Comparisons to kevin durant are unfair, but because of his slender frame and light, unblockable jump shot, people will continue to do so. Only three freshmen have won the John Wooden Award as the best player in the nation: Durant, Zion Williamson and Anthony Davis, and Holmgren will be firmly in the discussion. he is the favorite from the start to be the no. 1 pick in the 2022 nba draft.

    just missed:walker kessler, sophomore, auburneli brooks, senior, michigandavid mccormack, senior, kansasarmando bacot, junior, north carolinacolin castleton, senior, floridaoscar tshiebwe, junior, kentuckymatt bradley , senior, san diego statequdus wahab, junior, marylandnate laszewski, senior, notre damejabari smith, freshman, auburnpaul scruggs, senior, xavierhunter sallis, freshman, gonzagapaul atkinson, senior, notre damechristian bishop, senior, texasjd notae , senior, arkansaskevin obanor, senior, texas techadama sanogo, senior, uconngarrison brooks, senior, mississippi statekennedy chandler, freshman, tennesseejames akinjo, senior, baylormax christie, michigan statemalik curry, senior, west virginiaryan nembhard, freshman , creightonsahvir wheeler, junior, kentuckyochai agbaji, senior, kansas

    jason mcintyre is a gaming analyst for fox sports who also writes about the nfl and nba draft. He joined fs1 in 2016 and has appeared on every show on the network. In 2017, McIntyre began producing NFL, college football and NBA betting content for Fox Sports. He had a betting podcast for Fox, “Coming Up Winners,” in 2018 and 2019. Before coming to Fox, he created The Big Lead website, which he sold in 2010.

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