As part of their ongoing college basketball preview, CBSSports.com released their list of the top 100 players today. Jeff Goodman, Gary Parrish, Matt Norlander and Jeff Borzello teamed up to create a composite picture of the best players in the country.
As could be expected, Marquette is represented on the list, and unsurprisingly, both of Marquette's seniors made the list. First up, Darius Johnson-Odom came in at 53. Here's what Matt Norlander had to say about him:
53. Darius Johnson-Odom (senior guard, Marquette). DJO! Incredibly tough player who's about as businesslike as you can find at the college level. Plays about four inches taller than he is (6-feet-2).
Jae Crowder checks in at 99. Hat tip to Mrs. Brewtown for inspiring the title of this post based on his ranking. Jeff Borzello wrote his blurb:
99. Jae Crowder (senior forward, Marquette). One of the most difficult matchups in the Big East, Crowder can score inside and out. — J.B.
It's good to see Jae on the list, especially after the math breakdown that Cracked Sidewalks did on him over the summer. It's also nice to know that we're not going to have to launch a season long campaign of vitriol at those 4 guys for leaving him off the list.
After the jump: A quick look at the rest of the list!
- CBSSports.com was kind enough to do the math on the conference breakdown so I didn't have to. The Big East is tied with the SEC for the most players on the list at 15 each.
- Tu "I cried when Jimmy Butler shut me down" Holloway is fourth. FOURTH. I defy the gods to explain this one to me.
- What's going on with Kentucky's Anthony Davis' eyebrows?
- Two guys that Marquette will see this year are in the top 10: Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor and Vanderbilt's John Jenkins.
- Pitt's Ashton Gibbs is the top Big East player at 14.
- Minnesota's Trevor Mbakwe drops in at 17 for a season that he shouldn't be playing, based on when he started at Marquette.
- 35th is the spot you get when you and your coach scam the NCAA out of an extra year of eligibility.
A quick run down of the 15 guys in the Big East and their rankings:
14: Ashton Gibbs, Pitt
15: Jeremy Lamb, UConn
21: Andre Drummond, UConn
22: Kris Joseph, Syracuse
30: Alex Oriakhi, UConn
33: Scoop Jardine, Syracuse
35: Tim Abromaitis, Notre Dame
44: Maalik Wayns, Villanova
50: Jason Clark, Georgetown
62: Kevin Jones, West Virginia
67: Shabazz Napier, UConn
71: Peyton Siva, Louisville
87: Mouphtaou Yarou, Villanova
99: Jae Crowder