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Ranking Top 25 College Basketball Players for 2016-17 Season

2016-17 College Basketball Season

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We’re inching closer and closer to the 2016-17 college basketball season that’s a little over a month away. Time to start doing your homework now so you’ll be prepared for the overwhelming amount of games daily.

Let’s start with the top players in the country.

Ranking Top 25 College Basketball Players for 2016-17 Season

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Here are your top 25 players for the 2016-17 college basketball season.

1. Ivan Rabb, Cal - Ivan Rabb could have been a lottery pick but decided to return and become the leader of the Golden Bears. Rabb shot 61 percent last season and has a chance for a historic season now that he doesn’t have to share the ball as much.

2. Harry Giles, Duke - Harry Giles is one of many reasons why Duke is the favorite to win the championship. Health is the only question with this kid.

3. Josh Jackson, Kansas - Josh Jackson has the ability to be a lockdown defender from day one and his athleticism is through the charts. Jackson keeps Kansas in the title hunt yet again.

4. Markelle Fultz, Washington - The hype surrounding Markelle Fultz is building rapidly and he has a chance to become the top pick in next year's NBA draft. Fultz is going to be a fun watch this season.

5. Grayson Allen, Duke - Grayson Allen averaged 21 points and shot 41.7 percent from deep last season. The sophomore simply gets buckets and can take over a game at any moment.

6. Thomas Bryant, Indiana - Thomas Bryant averaged nearly 12 points and six rebounds in 22 minutes last season. Bryant has to be the favorite to win Big Ten POY this season and makes the Hoosiers a sneaky title contender.

7. Jayson Tatum, Duke - A top-five recruit, Jayson Tatum is an athletic wing who can fill it up. I think you’re starting to see why Duke should hoist the trophy in March.

8. Melo Trimble, Maryland - Melo Trimble was a disappointment last season and now has to carry a Ters team that lost a lot during the offseason. Trimble will bounce back big.

9. Tyler Lydon, Syracuse - Tyler Lydon dominated in the NCAA Tournament and should be able to build on that his sophomore season. Lydon should be a walking double-double.

10. Lonzo Ball, UCLA - A top-five recruit, Lonzo Ball is a great defender and a true point guard who will get the Bruins many quality looks this season.

11. Justin Jackson, North Carolina - A versatile player who does a little bit of everything and has produced nearly 900 points in two years with UNC. Justin Jackson will be the new leader of the Tar Heels.

12. Josh Hart, Villanova - Josh Hart is a career 51 percent shooter and wants the ball in big moments. Hart is motivated to prove the Wildcats aren’t a one-year fluke after winning the title last season.

13. Devonte Graham, Kansas - Devonte Graham is an elite defender as he proved against Buddy Hield, and he can stroke it from deep. One of my favorite players in the country who is ready for a bigger and better junior year.

14. Monte Morris, Iowa State - Monte Morris has consistently played at a high level for the Cyclones but has been overlooked at times. That changes now that Georges Niang is no longer around.

15. Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin - If I’m giving Trimble the benefit of the doubt, it’s only right I show Nigel Hayes some love. Hayes has to improve his field goal percentage but is still a leader and difference maker.

16. Bam Adebayo, Kentucky - Had to put a Kentucky player on this list eventually and Bam Adebayo is a massive power forward with a great feel around the basket.

17. Jalen Adams, UConn - Jalen Adams is on my list of breakout players after putting up modest numbers in limited playing time. Adams is a star in the making and helps make UConn a dark horse title team.

18. Tyler Dorsey, Oregon - Tyler Dorsey will have to carry the Ducks now that Dillon Brooks is injured. Dorsey was a 40 percent shooter from deep last season and grabbed over four rebounds.

19. Ethan Happ, Wisconsin - Ethan Happ shot nearly 54 percent from the field last season and was probably the Badgers best player overall. Happ should take another step forward in his second season.

20. Jordan Woodard, Oklahoma - Jordan Woodard has been a consistent double-digit scorer in three seasons with the Sooners and now has a chance to really shine with Hield in the NBA.

21. Edmond Sumner, Xavier - If Edmond Sumner can improve his field goal percentage, he’s arguably the best player in the Big East.

22. Frank Mason, Kansas - Frank Mason did a little bit of everything for the Jayhawks last season and now has a chance for a monster senior year with some of the other players gone. Mason is the x-factor for Kansas this year.

23. Jack Gibbs, Davidson - Jack Gibbs averaged 23 points and five assists last season. If the Wildcats can improve their record, he make a case for A-10 POY.

24. Caleb Swanigan, Purdue - While all the credit was going to AJ Hammons, Caleb Swanigan was putting up 10 points and eight rebounds as a freshman. The Boilermakers will now run through another solid big man.

25. Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson - Jaron Blossomgame is one of those players that deserves more love, as he averaged close to 19 points and more than one block per game. Big time talent who could have left for the NBA draft.

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