College Hoops Rankings: 79-60

With a new college basketball season just days away, ESPN.com is ranking the top 100 players in college basketball.

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How did we rank the players?

Using the ESPN Forecast model, our engine for creating more accurate sports predictions and opinion, we asked a panel of 35 ESPN experts from across our various platforms to come up with a list of the top 100 players in college hoops.

Here is what they found.

No. 79: Przemek Karnowski, Junior, Center, Gonzaga | Score: 6.41

The 7-foot-1 junior who started every game for the Zags last season is immovable in the post. His 59.3 shooting percentage ranked second in the West Coast Conference. He's poised to increase his 10.3 points and 7.0 rebounding averages from last season.

No. 78: Gary Bell Jr., Senior, Guard, Gonzaga | Score: 6.41

He has become somewhat of a master of big shots for the Bulldogs and the perfect backcourt complement to Kevin Pangos. When healthy, he's also regarded as the team's best defender.

No. 77: Darrun Hilliard, Senior, Guard, Villanova | Score: 6.41

Arguably the most versatile player on the roster, Hilliard can score in bunches. He led the team in shooting 41 percent from 3-point range and scored in double figures a team-best 30 times last season.

No. 76: Kyle Wiltjer, Junior, Forward, Gonzaga | Score: 6.44

The 3-point sharpshooter and 2013 SEC Sixth Man of the Year headed back home to the West Coast after playing his first two seasons at Kentucky. He'll fit right in as a face-up power forward.

No. 75: Alex Poythress, Junior, Forward, Kentucky | Score: 6.47

Now a junior, Poythress is the aged veteran in Kentucky's not-quite-as-young-as-usual locker room. When he plays with confidence -- contrast his timid freshman season with last March's roaring tournament run -- he's a lockdown defender and nightmare matchup.

No. 74: Rayvonte Rice, Senior, Guard, Illinois | Score: 6.47

The Illini were the Big Ten's second-worst offensive team in 2013-14. Imagine where they would have been without Rice. John Groce's program may still be a year away from predictable success, but Rice is a totally viable first option right now.

No. 73: Chris Walker, Sophomore, Forward, Florida | Score: 6.5

Academic catch-up kept Walker out until February, by which point the Gators had already put together a dominant 19-2 start. The rotation was hardly in need of adjustment, but coach Billy Donovan worked the raw Walker in anyway, for good reason: He will need the sophomore's production to be on par with Walker's immense high school hype.

No. 72: Terry Rozier, Sophomore, Guard, Louisville | Score: 6.5

Juco transfer Chris Jones may have taken the primary starting duties from Rozier early in the season, but the latter did plenty to assuage the Louisville staff's concerns over the loss of All-American guard Russ Smith. Rozier wasn't asked to do much, but what he did, he did well.

No. 71: Austin Nichols, Sophomore, Forward, Memphis | Score: 6.53

Another of coach Josh Pastner's seemingly endless supply of hometown talents, Nichols immediately provided size and consistency in a frontcourt that had lacked as much for years -- no easy feat for a freshman. A major sophomore breakout may be in store.

No. 70: Jonathan Holmes, Senior, Forward, Texas | Score: 6.53

If coach Rick Barnes wants to fit his best players on the floor, he will need the former power forward to excel away from the rim and off the ball. Fortunately, in both skill and temperament, Holmes is up to the task.

No. 69: Isaiah Taylor, Sophomore, Guard, Texas | Score: 6.53

Taylor took on a huge chunk of Texas' offensive responsibilities as a freshman, and performed admirably in doing so. Now, with all five starters back and top recruits in tow, Taylor's efficiency may still be the key for Rick Barnes' team.

No. 68: Antoine Mason, Senior, Guard, Auburn | Score: 6.53

Bruce Pearl's arrival last spring brought an almost immediate influx of talent to the moribund program, Mason chief among it. It may take a year or two for Pearl to find the right configuration, but if Mason's good enough, the wait won't even be that long.

No. 67: Briante Weber, Senior, Guard, VCU | Score: 6.53

No player in the country forced more steals per possession than Weber last season. Or the season before that. Or the season before that. Simply put, Weber is the most disruptive perimeter defender in the country, and the perfect complement to Shaka Smart's pressing style.

No. 66: Larry Nance Jr., Senior, Forward, Wyoming | Score: 6.59

Cowboys coach Larry Shyatt largely eschews offensive rebounds by design -- Wyoming ranked dead last in college hoops in offensive rebounding rate last season. In other words, don't blame Nance for the only noteworthy flaw on his scouting report. He's great at everything else.

No. 65: Rasheed Sulaimon, Junior, Guard, Duke | Score: 6.59

Sulaimon arrived in 2012-13 as yet another wunderkind. By December of his sophomore season he found himself on the receiving end of DNPCDs from Coach K. Sulaimon played better, and eventually worked his way out of the doghouse. But with freshman stud Tyus Jones begging a major role, Sheed may have to scrap for his minutes once more.

No. 64: Shaq Goodwin, Junior, Forward, Memphis | Score: 6.59

Goodwin isn't the tallest or the most athletic, but what he lacks in measurables he makes up in motor. Few players are as relentless on both sides of the ball; few players are as fun to watch.

No. 63: Winston Shepard, Junior, Forward, SDSU | Score: 6.59

Who replaces Xavier Thames? If it can be done -- and hey, Thames replaced Jamaal Franklin (and then some) -- Shepard is the leading candidate. He'll need to shoot much better than last season's 43 percent from 2-point range.

No. 62: Cameron Ridley, Junior, Center, Texas | Score: 6.59

The big-bodied Longhorns forward is already one of the nation's best offensive rebounders and shot-blockers. Now he's joined by freshman phenom Myles Turner; the duo may form the nation's most imposing front line.

No. 61: Aaron White, Senior, Forward, Iowa | Score: 6.59

The Hawkeyes' late collapse and a slight usage decline both obscured another mostly brilliant campaign from White. With leading scorer Roy Devyn Marble gone but pretty much everyone else back, White will find it far more difficult to recede into the crowd.

No. 60: Josh Scott, Junior, Forward, Colorado | Score: 6.62

Scott is just about everything a coach might want from an ostensibly "solid" big man. He scores in the post, gets to the line, rebounds and defends without fouling. If Colorado has a successful 2014-15, Scott will be a major reason for it.