NBA’s top 20 players for 2017: Top 20 NBA prospects in 2017

A list of the top 20 NBA players of 2017.

The NBA’s first day of classes officially began in the state of Louisiana on Monday, and the first batch of incoming players were announced Monday afternoon at a news conference in Baton Rouge.

The class includes seven players who are either first-year players or have made it through the pre-draft process.

The top 20: 1.

Jabari Parker, LSU.

The 6-foot-8 forward led the Tigers to a national title last season and had a breakout year this year, averaging 18.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game while shooting 54.1 percent from the field and 42.2 percent from 3-point range.

2.

Isaiah Hartenstein, Kansas.

Hartenstein averaged 20.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest for Kansas last season, shooting 51.5 percent from beyond the arc and 43.3 percent from deep.

3.

Jarell Martin, Kentucky.

Martin has been on a tear since joining the Wildcats in 2015 and has already established himself as one of the country’s top players at 6-9, 240 pounds.

He shot 55.4 percent from three-point territory and 43 percent from long range.

4.

Ben McLemore, Kansas State.

McLemores numbers jumped to 19.5 points per game and 12.3 boards per game in 2017-18, his first season in Kansas State’s Big 12 Conference.

5.

Myles Turner, Iowa State.

Turner averaged 16.4 points per contest in 2017 and shot 47.9 percent from behind the arc in 2017.

6.

Isaiah Austin, Kentucky State.

Austin shot 52.2 from the floor and 45.4 from three in 2017, and shot 46.4 percentage from the line in 2018-19.

7.

Justin Jackson, Gonzaga.

Jackson averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds per outing in 2017 as the Bulldogs went 25-5 and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

8.

Markelle Fultz, Washington.

Fultz finished the season as the Pac-12’s most efficient scorer, averaging a career-high 18.6 points per team game and 9.7 rebounds per.

9.

De’Aaron Fox, USC.

Fox shot 53.2% from the free-throw line in 2017 after averaging 17.8 points per outing last season.

10.

Josh Hart, Baylor.

Hart played in all 16 games for the Bears in 2017 following the departure of Sam Dekker and went 11-of-15 from the foul line in his senior season.

He scored 10 points in the Big 12 Tournament.

11.

Jahlil Okafor, Kansas, and Xavier’s Jayson Tatum.

Okafos scoring average jumped to 20.9 points per games and shot 44.4% from three.

12.

DeMarre Carroll, Kentucky, and Louisville’s Frank Jackson.

Carroll averaged 18.9 rebounds per team outing last year and shot 45.9% from deep, which was second on his team.

13.

Jalen Brunson, LSU, and Miami’s Dante Exum.

Brunson scored 21.3 per game last season as LSU went 24-6 and reached its first Sweet 16 since 2009.

14.

Dario Saric, Gonzalo Castro, and UCLA’s Josh Hart.

Saric led Gonzalo to a Big 12 title last year, which he did not receive last season after the UCLA coach and his staff were accused of sexual harassment.

15.

Malik Monk, Villanova.

Monk led Villanova to a 15-2 record and made an immediate impact after being recruited by former Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski in 2015.

He had 20 points per-game in the NCAA tournament, averaging 12.6 rebounds.

16.

Ben Bentil, Kansas; Austin, Kansas and Kansas State; Luka Doncic, Kansas City; and Parker, Louisville.

17.

Tyler Ulis, Purdue; and Jahlill Oka for the Kansas Jayhawks.

Ulis led Purdue to the Big Ten title in 2017 before being dismissed by Purdue.

18.

Malik Beasley, Florida State; and Xavier James, Michigan State.

19.

T.J. Leaf, Louisville; and Jalen Hamilton, Michigan.

20.

D.J., Florida; and Emmanuel Mudiay, Texas.

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