With college basketball season just around the corner, 247Sports ranked the top 24 players in the sport and gave seven others honorable mention honors. Freshmen weren’t included and NBA draft stock wasn’t considered.
Indiana sophomore center Thomas Bryant was ranked the highest of any players in the conference at No. 8 nationally. 247Sports believes Bryant is one of the nation’s best interior scorers and that his points per game average should increase in his second season in Bloomington.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble is No. 12.
“When he’s at his best — like when he dropped 23 points and 12 assists on North Carolina — Trimble can be a top five player in college basketball,” according to 247Sports.
Wisconsin senior forward Nigel Hayes is ranked No. 14. “Hayes can do everything you want from a combo forward,” according to 247Sports.
Indiana sophomore forward OG Anunoby, who 247Sports believes possesses one of the best combinations of size, length and athleticism in the sport, is No. 18.
Iowa’s Peter Jok and Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan were included among the next seven players.