2009 NCAA Tournament: Top 65 Players

    
March 16th, 2009

With 65 teams in the modern NCAAs, it seems fitting to put out a list of the Top 65 Players in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. This is not a pure fantasy stats ranking, but a more standard cream of the crop ranking. Just about all the big names in college basketball made this year's Dance, and limiting the ranking to just 65 players was a hard task. I can think of a dozen relatively talented and recognized players who didn't even fit in the Next in Line section. CollegeHoops.net's Top 100 Players Ranking was used as a base for the list, though unlike that staff ranking, what you see here is solely my opinion.

 

# Player School YR Pos. PPG RPG APG
1  Blake Griffin  Oklahoma SO F 22 14 2
2  Tyler Hansbrough  North Carolina SR F 21 8 1
3  James Harden Arizona State SO G 21 5 4
4  Ty Lawson  North Carolina JR G 16 3 7
5  Hasheem Thabeet UCONN JR C 14 11 1
6  DeJuan Blair  Pittsburgh SO F 16 12 1
7  Jeff Teague Wake Forest SO G 19 4 2
8  Sam Young  Pittsburgh SR F 19 6 1
9  Jordan Hill  Arizona JR C 19 11 1
10  Sherron Collins Kansas JR G 18 3 5
11  Darren Collison   UCLA SR G 15 3 5
12  Kyle Singler  Duke SO F 17 8 3
13  Gerald Henderson  Duke JR G/F 17 5 3
14  Eric Maynor  VCU JR G 22 4 6
15  Jonny Flynn  Syracuse SO G 17 3 6
16  Terrence Williams  Louisville SR F 13 9 5
17  Tyreke Evans  Memphis FR G 17 6 4
18  Tyrese Rice  Boston College SR G 17 4 5
19  Tyler Smith Tennessee JR F 17 6 4
20  Kalin Lucas Michigan State SO G 15 2 5
21  Toney Douglas Florida State SR G 21 4 3
22  Earl Clark  Louisville JR F 14 9 3
23  Chase Budinger  Arizona   JR G 18 6 3
24  Jerel McNeal Marquette SR G 20 5 4
25  AJ Price  UCONN SR G 13 3 5
26  Cole Aldrich Kansas SO C 15 11 1
27  Scottie Reynolds  Villanova JR G 16 3 4
28  Evan Turner Ohio State SO G/F 17 7 4
29  DeMarre Carroll Missouri SR F 17 7 2
30  Willie Warren  Oklahoma FR G 15 2 3
31  Damion James  Texas JR F 16 9 1
32  Jon Brockman  Washington SR F 15 12 1
33  Manny Harris Michigan   SO G 17 7 4
35  Dionte Christmas  Temple SR G 19 6 3
36  Marcus Thornton  LSU SR G 21 5 2
37  Dante Cunningham Villanova SR F 16 7 1
37  Levance Fields Pittsburgh SR G 11 3 8
38  Jeff Adrien  UCONN SR F 14 10 1
39  James Johnson Wake Forest SO F 15 8 2
40  Al-Farouq Aminu  Wake Forest FR F 13 8 2
41  Lee Cummard  BYU SR F 17 6 3
42  Trevor Booker Clemson JR F/C 15 10 2
43  Taj Gibson  USC JR C 14 9 1
44  Jerome Randle California JR G 18 3 5
45  Wayne Ellington North Carolina JR G 15 5 3
46  Greivis Vasquez  Maryland SO G 17 5 5
47  Robbie Hummel  Purdue SO F 12 7 2
48  Wes Matthews Marquette SR G 19 5 3
49  Luke Nevill Utah SR C 17 9 1
50  Raymar Morgan  Michigan State JR F 11 6 1
51  AJ Abrams Texas SR G 17 2 1
52  K.C. Rivers  Clemson SR G 14 6 2
53  Da'Sean Butler West Virginia JR F 17 6 2
54  Ben Woodside North Dakota St SR G 23 3 6
55  Gary Wilkinson Utah State SR F 17 7 1
56  Jarvis Varnado Ohio State FR C 13 9 1
57  E'Twaun Moore Purdue SO G 14 5 3
58  Chris Wright Dayton SO F 13 7 1
58  Jeff Pendergraph  Arizona State SR F 14 9 1
60  Matt Bouldin Gonzaga JR G 14 4 3
61  Derrick Brown Xavier JR F 14 6 2
62  Jon Scheyer Duke JR G 14 4 3
63  James Anderson  Oklahoma St SO G 19 6 2
64  Nic Wise Arizona JR G 15 2 5
65  Gordon Hayward Butler FR G 13 6 2

 

Next in Line (alphabetical order):

Patrick Christopher (Cal)

Austin Daye (Gonzaga)

DeMar DeRozan (USC)

Byron Eaton (Oklahoma St)

Kenneth Faried (Morehead St)

Danny Green (UNC)

Paul Harris (Syracuse)

Lazar Hayward (Marquette)

Josh Heytvelt (Gonzaga)

Matt Howard (Butler)

Marcus Landry (Wisconsin)

Tasmin Mitchell (LSU)

Jeremy Pargo (Gonzaga)

Alex Ruoff (West Virginia)

Larry Sanders (VCU)

Josh Shipp (UCLA)

DeShawn Sims (Michigan)

Goran Suton (Michigan St)

Jonathan Tavernari (BYU)

Isaiah Thomas (Washington)

Kevin Tiggs (ETSU)

  

Disagree with some of these picks? Discuss who you think belongs in the comments section:

 

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