Gary Parrish, Jeff Borzello and Matt Norlander of CBS ranked the top 100 college basketball players for the 2013-14 season and two Cougars made the list.
Junior Tyler Haws was ranked 34th and freshman Eric Mika was 98th. Only eight teams had more than BYU's two players ranked in the top 100. Haws is the fourth best junior player in the country as ranked by the trio of college basketball writers. He was behind Colorado's Spencer Dinwiddie, Ohio State's LaQuinton Ross and North Carolina's James Michael McAdoo. Mika is the 15th best freshman.
Kentucky had seven players ranked, while Louisville and Michigan State each had four, and five others had three. Of the 18 teams with two players each, BYU's two players averaged a ranking of 66, the 13th highest, tied with LSU.
BYU was one of just seven teams to have multiple players ranked that included at least one freshman. Kentucky had six freshmen ranked, Kansas had three, while Duke, Arizona, Indiana and LSU each had one. The Cougars were the only team to have a combination of a junior and a freshman.
BYU's opponents this season also had players ranked in the top 100. The Cougars potential game against Wichita State in the College Basketball Experience Hall of Fame Classic would have the highest ranked player in No. 22 Cleanthony Early. Gonzaga's Kevin Pangos is ranked 41st, Chaz Williams of UMass is 58th, Stanford's Dwight Powell is 67th, Iowa State has Melvin Ejim 72nd and Georges Niang 95th, Oregon's Mike Moser is 78th and Loyola Marymount's Anthony Ireland is 99th.
Pangos and Ireland are the only other West Coast Conference players ranked and no other WCC team had more than a single player ranked.