College Hoops Rankings: 59-40

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. 59: Andre Hollins, Senior, Guard, Minnesota | Score: 6.62

Hollins was perhaps Tubby Smith's most frustrating player -- a gifted, physical guard who simply turned the ball over too often. His turnover rate dipped in his first season under Richard Pitino. A return to the 41.8 percent 3-point shooting of yore could mean a monster senior season.

No. 58: Kelly Oubre Jr., Freshman, Guard, Kansas | Score: 6.68

He's athletic, 6-foot-7 and he owns a legitimate perimeter game. Oubre is a scout's archetypal dream come to life. How he'll fit into a demanding coach's crowded frontcourt remains to be seen.

No. 57: Ryan Harrow, Senior, Guard, Georgia State | Score: 6.68

Ryan Harrow's struggles at Kentucky -- his one season at point guard was the only one at UK in which John Calipari failed to make the tournament -- were much-publicized. Free of the pressures of Lexington, as the focal point of Ron Hunter's offense, Harrow has quietly resurrected his career.

No. 56: Markus Kennedy, Junior, Forward, SMU | Score: 6.71

Losing Emmanuel Mudiay to the pro leagues in China robbed the Mustangs of a household name. Fortunately, Larry Brown has a frontcourt force like Kennedy, who blocks shots, creates steals and cleans the glass in trio as well as any player in the country.

No. 55: Jordan Sibert, Senior, Guard, Dayton | Score: 6.74

Dayton's joyous run to the 2014 Elite Eight was a genuinely balanced team effort. But if one player stood out, it was the lightning-quick shooting guard who keyed so many of the Flyers' late heroics.

No. 54: D.J. Newbill, Senior, Guard, Penn State | Score: 6.74

When Tim Frazier lost his entire 2012-13 season to injury, Penn State coach Pat Chambers put the ball in D.J. Newbill's hands pretty much constantly. Long-term, the results have paid off: Newbill is one of the Big Ten's most reliable guards.

No. 53: Anthony Drmic, Senior, Guard, Boise State | Score: 6.74

Few, save the hoops junkies and Mountain West advance scouts, know just how good Drmic is. His combination of wing size and lethal perimeter shooting has made him one of the nation's most underrated scorers three years running.

No. 52: Bobby Portis, Sophomore, Forward, Arkansas | Score: 6.74

Portis' blend of forward height and guard mobility makes him the perfect big man for Mike Anderson's always-be-pressing approach. Even a slight boost in usage in 2014-15 could make him a short-list candidate for SEC Player of the Year.

No. 51: Buddy Hield, Junior, Guard, Oklahoma | Score: 6.79

An anonymous freshman season gave no hint of what the native Bahamanian would become as a sophomore in 2013-14, or what he will be this winter: a fully formed perimeter scoring threat -- Hield made 39 percent of his 233 3-point shots last season -- at the fore of Lon Kruger's robust, efficient offense.

No. 50: Michael Frazier II, Junior, Guard, Florida | Score: 6.79

The preseason All-SEC first-teamer admits that things will be different in Gainesville after losing four seniors. But the Gators won't have any trouble finding buckets with Frazier (12.4 PPG, 118 3-pointers) leading the backcourt.

No. 49: D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Junior, Guard, Georgetown | Score: 6.82

Smith-Rivera justified all the hype that preceded his arrival by averaging 17.6 PPG and connecting on 39 percent of his 3-point attempts during his sophomore season. He might be this season's Big East Player of the Year.

No. 48: Jordan Mickey, Sophomore, Forward, LSU | Score: 6.82

The Tigers haven't reached the NCAA tourney since 2009. But Johnny Jones hopes to break that streak as Jarell Martin and Mickey, an athletic forward who topped 100 blocks last season, lead the program.

No. 47: Kaleb Tarczewski, Junior, Center, Arizona | Score: 6.82

Tarczewski (9.9 PPG) got thrown into unorthodox defensive matchups after Brandon Ashley got hurt in the middle of last season. With Ashley back, Tarczewski can be the rugged big man who makes his money around the basket full-time.

No. 46: Wesley Saunders, Senior, Guard, Harvard | Score: 6.88

He's one of those guys who always looks sleepy at tipoff. Once he gets going, however, Saunders can hurt you anywhere inside the arc.

No. 45: Tyus Jones, Freshman, Guard, Duke | Score: 6.91

He's a pure point guard who will be the cog in Duke's system and a solid defender, too. Jones could be the next great PG in Duke's lineage, and that's why he's contending for the starting slot with senior Quinn Cook.

No. 44: Nic Moore, Junior, Guard, SMU | Score: 6.91

Moore (13.6 PPG, 4.9 APG, 83 percent from the free throw line) balanced an SMU squad that reached the NIT championship game last season. Since Emmanuel Mudiay took his talents to China, Moore will be The Man again for Larry Brown's squad.

No. 43: Wayne Selden Jr., Sophomore, Guard, Kansas | Score: 6.97

He had some trouble from deep (33 percent from the 3-point line) and the free throw line (63 percent). But Selden is a bulldog who will be the heart of the Jayhawks' lineup with his aggressive attack on offense and underrated defense.

No. 42: R.J. Hunter, Junior, Guard, Georgia State | Score: 7.00

Hunter (122.0 offensive efficiency rating per Ken Pomeroy) has turned himself into an NBA prospect under his father Ron Hunter's guidance. Forget where he plays because Hunter would be a beast at a Power-5 school too.

No. 41: Dez Wells, Senior, Guard, Maryland | Score: 7.03

Maryland lost five players in an odd offseason exodus. But Wells (14.9 PPG) should be one of the best guards in the Big Ten this season.

No. 40: Willie Cauley-Stein, Junior, Center, Kentucky | Score: 7.03

He admits that his energy waned too often in past seasons, but Cauley-Stein chose to play another season in Lexington because he wants to bring another national championship banner to Rupp Arena. And although he's in a crowded frontcourt, his defensive acumen (12.3 block percentage last season, 12th nationally per Ken Pomeroy) will keep him on the floor this season, assuming he avoids the lulls.