College Hoops Rankings: 39-20

With a new 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. 39: JayVaughn Pinkston, Senior, Forward, Villanova | Score: 7.03

Villanova is the favorite to win the Big East and defend its league crown in part because Pinkston (14.1 points per game, 6.1 rebounds per game) returns to control the paint for the Wildcats. Villanova should be one of the top defensive teams in the country again with Pinkston protecting the rim.

No. 38: Olivier Hanlan, Junior, Guard, Boston College | Score: 7.09

He would be on national TV every game if he played for Duke or Kansas. But Hanlan's ridiculous output (18.5 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 81 percent from the free throw line) wasn't enough to elevate an 8-24 squad that possesses one of the ACC's best players.

No. 37: Perry Ellis, Junior, Forward, Kansas | Score: 7.15

He was overshadowed by Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid last season, even though he put up impressive numbers (13.5 PPG, 6.7 RPG). But Ellis will be paired with Cliff Alexander in one of the best frontcourts outside Lexington.

No. 36: T.J. McConnell, Senior, Guard, Arizona | Score: 7.15

The veteran point guard has a strong collection of talent around him again, but he's charged with providing the leadership to make it all work. The good news is that he's effective and consistent (13th nationally with a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio last year), and there's no reason to believe that will change in 2014-15.

No. 35: Le'Bryan Nash, Senior, Forward, Oklahoma State | Score: 7.18

The former McDonald's All-American managed to accrue 13.9 PPG and 5.5 RPG, even though he often was forced to play inside because of frontcourt injuries. But he'll be the center of Oklahoma State's offensive and defensive attacks this season as one of the most physically imposing small forwards in the nation.

No. 34: Siyani Chambers, Junior, Guard, Harvard | Score: 7.21

Two years ago, the gritty junior helped Harvard win its first NCAA tournament game in program history. He followed that first-team All-Ivy League effort by averaging 11.1 PPG (38 percent from the 3-point line) and 4.6 APG, proof that he's one of the most reliable point guards in the country.

No. 33: Keifer Sykes, Senior, Guard, Green Bay | Score: 7.26

Search for him on YouTube and you'll question his respect for gravity. But the highflier also was one of the sport's most productive point guards last season (20.3 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.9 APG, 1.2 SPG, ranked 11th nationally in Ken Pomeroy's offensive efficiency ratings for high-usage players).

No. 32: Jerian Grant, Senior, Guard, Notre Dame | Score: 7.26

Notre Dame could struggle again after finishing 6-12 in ACC play last season. But the return of Grant (19.0 PPG, 6.2 APG through 12 games in 2013-14), who missed most of last season due to academic issues, should be a boost for Mike Brey's program.

No. 31: Chasson Randle, Senior, Guard, Stanford | Score: 7.28

One of the most underrated players in the Pac-12 throughout his career, Randle earned some street cred during Stanford's Sweet 16 run last season. Randle (18.8 PPG) is a terrorizing combo guard who can hurt teams off the dribble or from the perimeter (39 percent from beyond the arc last season).

No. 30: Joseph Young, Senior, Guard, Oregon | Score: 7.32

Young (18.9 PPG) was a star for an Oregon team that won 24 games last year. The offseason drama -- three Oregon players were expelled, two transferred and one failed to enroll -- that ultimately stripped the program of more than 50 points per game means that Dana Altman will need even more from the talented senior guard.

No. 29: Alan Williams, Senior, Center, UC Santa Barbara | Score: 7.32

The Big West star isn't recognized nationally, because he plays in a conference that rarely is spotlighted before the push for late-season automatic bids begins. But his 16 double-doubles (No. 10 in the country) and his No. 20 ranking in offensive rebounding rate per Ken Pomeroy suggests he has earned this slot.

No. 28: Stanley Johnson, Freshman, Forward, Arizona | Score: 7.38

Johnson reportedly held his own against LeBron James during a one-on-one in the latter's summer skill camp. At 6-foot-7 and 245 pounds, Johnson is a massive young man who could play three slots (shooting guard, small forward or power forward) for Sean Miller this season. And he also could be the guy who carries Arizona to a national title game.

No. 27: Cliff Alexander, Freshman, Forward, Kansas | Score: 7.38

Alexander is a 6-foot-8, 240-pound brute with a nastiness and fire that he used to bully high school players the last four years. Few players at the collegiate level will have the brawn to handle him in the paint.

No. 26: Marcus Foster, Sophomore, Guard, Kansas State | Score: 7.38

Foster was ranked 19th among Texas' prospects per RecruitingNation, and he wasn't bombarded by scholarship offers. After averaging 15.5 PPG and connecting on 40 percent of his 3-pointers for Bruce Weber's program last season, it's obvious the candidate for Big 12 player of the year belongs on the high-major stage.

No. 25: Myles Turner, Freshman, Forward, Texas | Score: 7.41

Turner made bucket hats a popular fashion trend in Austin when he pulled out his burnt-orange edition to announce his college choice. The 6-foot-11 freshman, a monstrous get for Rick Barnes as he tries to regroup the Longhorns, puts Texas firmly back on the basketball map.

No. 24: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Soph., Forward, Arizona | Score: 7.44

Huge as a sixth man last year, Hollis-Jefferson jumps to the starting lineup, where the Wildcats will need his combo of athleticism and aggressiveness. He could be a breakout star for them this season.

No. 23: Treveon Graham, Senior, Forward, VCU | Score: 7.44

Graham is a power forward (emphasis on power) on track to become the Rams' all-time leading scorer. Though he can shoot the 3, it's his ability to bulldoze the basket -- and opponents' inability to stop him -- that makes Graham the likely Atlantic 10 player of the year.

No. 22: Malcolm Brogdon, Junior, Guard, Virginia | Score: 7.47

Brogdon is like the ideal utility man. He is able to do a little bit of everything, and he does a little bit of everything exceptionally well. The guard averaged 12.7 PPG, 5.4 RPG and 2.7 APG (with just 53 turnovers). He also shot 37 percent from beyond the arc and 88 percent from the stripe. No weaknesses.

No. 21: Karl-Anthony Towns, Freshman, Forward, Kentucky | Score: 7.50

The consensus top-10 freshman could be the best among the Wildcats' Big Man Brigade. He can score inside and out, is active on the boards and comes to college after averaging 20 points in high school.

No. 20: Delon Wright, Senior, Guard, Utah | Score: 7.50

Wright was the who's-that player of 2013-14, a City College of San Francisco transfer who lit up the Pac-12 to earn first-team all-conference honors. His lone weakness came outside the arc, but Wright promised to improve there this year.