Top 25 players ranked by ESPN’s Pregame Report
Posted On July 21, 2021
Pregames can be a time for fans to root for their favorite team, and a lot of fans love to tune in to watch their favorite players, according to a new report.
But it can also be a good time to watch your favorite players perform.
Pregame report, a product of ESPN’s pregame show, “The College Gameday,” is a way for fans of college basketball to get a peek into what goes into making the big game.
It uses an algorithm that determines the top 25 players in the country based on their performances in the past 30 days.
Players are ranked from most to least important.
This year, ESPN’s report included a lot more players than usual, including several who had no prior experience on the job.
That left fans to make their own lists and rank them based on how they performed in the first 30 days of the season.
Here are the top-rated players according to ESPN’s top 25:1.
Brandon Ingram, Kentucky, 5-foot-11, 190 pounds: Ingram led Kentucky to its fifth straight national championship.
His team finished with a 25-3 record, which was its best since 1984.
The Wildcats finished with the best record in the Big East.2.
Malik Monk, Kentucky: The No. 1 recruit in the class of 2018, Monk had a career-best season, averaging 18.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.3.
Justin Jackson, Michigan State: The top-ranked recruit in his class, Jackson led Michigan State to its first NCAA Tournament berth in seven years.
His 6.4 rebounds per game were third-most in the nation.4.
Jabari Parker, Kentucky/Indiana: Parker is a rising star in his own right and led Kentucky with 20.7 points, 7.3 assists and 3.5 steals per game, leading the Wildcats to their first NCAA title since 2009.5.
Josh Jackson, Kentucky and Louisville: Jackson was one of the most consistent players in Kentucky’s class, averaging 17.1 points and 9.5 rebounds per contest, leading Kentucky to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010.6.
Josh McRoberts, Kentucky (and his brother), Kentucky/Michigan State: McRoberts led Kentucky in scoring and rebounding, while leading the Spartans in assists.7.
John Collins, Georgia Tech: The 6-foot, 190-pound Collins scored a career high 24 points, had a team-high 12 assists and grabbed seven rebounds against Miami.8.
Marcus Williams, Louisville: Williams had a monster season, finishing with 20 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks.9.
D.J. Jones, Arizona State: Jones had a strong season, leading Arizona State to a Big 12 title.10.
Kobi Simmons, Texas: Simmons led the Red Raiders to a national championship, finishing the season with 20 rebounds per-game.11.
Aaron Harrison, Kansas State: Harrison was a consensus All-Big 12 selection, leading Kansas State to an NCAA Tournament bid for the third time in four years.12.
Justin Anderson, North Carolina: Anderson led the Tar Heels to an undefeated season, recording 20 points and 12 rebounds per outing.13.
Devin Robinson, Duke: Robinson had a great season, totaling 19.7 ppg, 9.8 rpg and 4.6 apg, leading Duke to a top-10 national ranking.14.
De’Aaron Fox, Notre Dame: Fox had a breakout year, averaging 21.8 points per game and adding 3.6 steals per contest.15.
Jahlil Okafor, Duke/North Carolina: Okafone averaged 18.6 points and 6.5 rpg, while shooting 51 percent from the field and 43 percent from beyond the arc.16.
Tyus Jones, Louisville/Indiana/Kansas: Jones averaged 20.3 points per-36 minutes, leading Louisville to a No. 3 national ranking, while also leading the Hoosiers in assists per-minute.17.
DeMarre Carroll, Texas Tech: Carroll led the Longhorns to a NCAA Tournament victory, averaging 20.4 points per contest and shooting 57 percent from deep.18.
Dontae Johnson, Baylor: Johnson led Baylor to a 15-3 regular season, winning the Big 12 Tournament for the fourth straight season.19.
Michael Carter-Williams, Florida State: Carter- Williams led Florida State to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship for the second straight year, and the sixth time in the last seven years he’s led the Seminoles to a conference championship.20.
Kyle Kuzma, Duke (and two future All-Americans): Kuzmahas strong season saw him earn ACC Player of the Year honors, while averaging 20 points per night and shooting 54 percent from three-point range.21.
Trey Lyles, Florida: The Florida star averaged 21.1 ppg and 10.8 rebounds