Which NBA players are in the running for the AP top 50?
The Associated Press’ weekly top 50 is out and it’s filled with some big names.
Here are some of the biggest names on the list.
Deandre Ayton, Texas A&M (No. 46) The former Texas A &M star was a unanimous selection to the AP’s preseason team.
The 6-foot-8 forward was the No. 6 pick of the 2017 NBA draft and is one of the most versatile players in the draft.
He is a two-time all-American who averaged 14.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists last season.
Ayton also had 11 steals in 19 games last season as the Aggies won five games in a row.
Jabari Parker, Florida State (No .46) Parker was a top 10 pick of last year’s NBA draft but struggled in his first two years at FSU.
He averaged 3.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in the ACC this season.
Parker, who was a three-time All-ACC selection, is a solid rebounder and can shoot the 3-point line.
Lonzo Ball, UCLA (No 52) Ball was selected by the Lakers in the second round of last summer’s draft and was a consensus All-American last season for UCLA.
He’s a terrific athlete who plays the wing.
Ball averaged 18.8 minutes per game in 2017-18 for the Bruins.
Josh Jackson, Oklahoma State ( No 53) Jackson is an explosive scorer and a solid defensive presence for the Cowboys.
He had 17.4 points per game last season and was the nation’s leading scorer for the first time in school history.
Jackson will likely be an early lottery pick because of his upside, but he could also fall to the fourth or fifth pick.
Joel Embiid, Kansas (No 54) Embiids potential has been questioned all season, but the point guard was an early favorite to win the MVP award.
He finished the season with 28 points, six assists and six rebounds.
Josh Richardson, Kansas State (N/A) The Jayhawks’ big man was the consensus No. 2 overall pick last year and he is a strong defender.
He led the nation with 4.5 steals per game and was an All-Big 12 first team honoree.
Richardson averaged 20.5 points per night and was named the Big 12’s Big 12 Player of the Year.
Justin Jackson, Iowa State ( n/a ) The 6’7″ guard averaged 21.5 minutes per contest last season, was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team and had 14 steals in 20 games.
Isaiah Cousins, Michigan State (n/a) The Spartans big man averaged 13.8 assists and 6.8 steals in the Big 10 last season while leading the Spartans to a Big Ten title.
Dario Saric, Michigan ( No 55) Saric had a breakout year for the Wolverines, averaging 18.3 points, 9.6 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game.
Jabril Trawick, Michigan Tech (No 56) The 6′-8″ guard had a solid freshman season for the Red Wolverines and was voted to the preseason All-America team.
He also was named Big Ten Player of Year.
Kyle Kuzma, Indiana (No 57) Kuzmias success with the Hoosiers helped him land on the preseason AP top 100 team.
Kuzs was a second-team All-Pac-12 pick and he averaged 16.8 per game for the Hoops last season after averaging 12.8 in his second season.
Jayson Tatum, Duke (No 58) The 7’0″ wing averaged 19.1 points per contest for the Blue Devils and was ranked No. 1 in the country for the second straight season.
Jaysontae Nicholson, Virginia Tech ( No 59) Nicholson was an ACC All-Conference first team selection last season but struggled on defense.
He struggled on the boards as a freshman (3.6 per game) and struggled in the post (2.4 per game).
Zach Collins, Gonzaga ( No 60) The junior guard averaged 17.2 minutes per half for the Bulldogs and was one of only three players in school History to average double figures in points, assists and rebounds.
Dez Wells, Arizona ( No 61) The senior point guard averaged 12.3 minutes per outing last season in the Pac-12 and was Pac-10 Player of Week one.
Kasey Hill, Oregon State ( N/A ) Hill was a strong rebounder who was the Pac 12’s second-leading rebounder.
J.J. Hickson, Kentucky ( No 62) The Wildcats’ point guard is one half of the dynamic duo of Hill