Top 100 Returning Players for the 2023-24 Men’s College Basketball Season
October 15—The first games of the 2023-24 men’s college basketball season are just around the corner. As we wait in anticipation, let’s take a moment to preview the upcoming season by looking at the top 100 returning players. In an era where the transfer portal has become common, these players have decided to stay in the same place and continue to make an impact.
1. Zach Edey – Purdue senior center
Zach Edey had a phenomenal season last year, putting up historic numbers in points, rebounds, and blocks. As he enters his senior year, the Purdue Boilermakers hope to see his supporting cast step up and share the load.
2. Tyler Kolek – Marquette senior guard
Tyler Kolek made a name for himself last season as an exceptional pick-and-roll player with great passing vision. With improved shooting, he is expected to have an even bigger impact this year.
3. Kyle Filipowski – Duke sophomore forward
Kyle Filipowski showed great potential in his freshman year and decided to stay at Duke for another season. As a potential preseason All-American, he will be a key player for the Blue Devils.
4. Armando Bacot – North Carolina graduate forward
Armando Bacot is determined to have a better season after a challenging year. As a leading rebounder and scorer for the Tar Heels, he will play a crucial role in their success.
5. Boogie Ellis – Southern Cal senior guard
Boogie Ellis proved himself to be a valuable player last season, excelling in scoring, rebounding, and assisting. With the addition of a talented freshman, he will have even more opportunities to shine.
6. Terrence Shannon Jr. – Illinois senior guard
Terrence Shannon Jr. made a smart decision by transferring to Illinois and became a go-to player for the team. With career-highs in scoring, rebounds, and assists, he is ready to showcase his skills once again.
7. Ryan Kalkbrenner – Creighton senior center
Ryan Kalkbrenner has proven to be a dominant force on both ends of the court, earning the title of Big East Defensive Player of the Year. With his shot-blocking abilities, he will continue to be a key player for Creighton.
8. Donovan Clingan – Connecticut sophomore center
Donovan Clingan is expected to be the main center for Connecticut this season, as long as he recovers from a foot strain. His rapid development and efficiency as a scorer make him a strong contender for best big man in the ACC.
9. PJ Hall – Clemson senior center
PJ Hall showed remarkable progress last season and is now considered one of the best big men in the ACC. His efficiency as a scorer at his height is truly impressive and will be a challenge for opponents.
10. Jamal Shead – Houston senior guard
Jamal Shead is the last remaining member of Houston’s dominant backcourt from the past few seasons. As an important piece of the team, he will contribute to their success in the Big 12 conference.
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