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MAC Basketball Top 25 - Best of the Rest

We've counted down the Top 25 players in the conference. Now let's look at those players that just missed out.

Cameron Black is entering his senior season and looking to make an impact at Bowling Green.
Cameron Black is entering his senior season and looking to make an impact at Bowling Green.
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Did you enjoy our Top 25? I'm sure you agreed with every single one of our rankings. We couldn't rank every player in the conference, so let's look at those who just missed the cut broken down by team.


Jake Kretzer, Sophomore Forward

Reggie McAdams, Sophomore Forward

Kretzer and McAdams had some great games in their freshmen seasons. At the beginning of the year it wasn't clear if they both would redshirt or not. Kretzer came out of a small high school in Southern Ohio and McAdams was an all-state quarterback. They both had a penchant for hitting clutch threes, and probably will try to bring a more rounded game to the table this season.

Ball State

Zavier Turner, Freshman Guard

Turner will likely be the starting point guard this season and is the most talented recruit to come into Muncie in awhile. He led the team in scoring during the team's exhibition win. Turner had an offer from St. Louis coming out of high school but committed to James Whitford instead. A MAC Freshman of the Year trophy is a realistic possibility.

Bowling Green

Cameron Black, Senior Center

Black has been a very consistent player throughout his career at Bowling Green. He's been a force in the middle, averaging four rebounds per game and is currently sixth on the Falcons' blocked shots leaderboard.

Central Michigan

Blake Hibbits, Sophomore Forward

Hibbits had a great freshman year for the Chippewas, averaging nine points per game and three and a half rebounds. He thrived in Keno Davis's up-tempo offense and could get some all-conference recognition with another great year.

Eastern Michigan

Mike Talley, Junior Guard

Talley is likely going to be the guy we will miss on the most. He's probably deserving of a top 25 spot, but we just don't know how he'll adjust to the conference. He averaged seven and a half points per game at Duquesne two seasons ago. As a freshman, Talley started all but five games for the Dukes. He'll run the show at Eastern Michigan and has an opportunity to take the conference by storm.

Kent State

Darren Goodson, Senior Forward

Goodson is the quintessential MAC power forward. He's 6'5 and 245 pounds, and plays tough all the time. He was probably the most impressive in the last game of the regular season at Akron where he put up 19 points. Here's a great personal story about Goodson and his daughter.


Bill Edwards, Senior Forward

The time is now for Bill Edwards. Injuries hampered his year last season, and the transfer from Penn State will look to make his mark on the conference. The playing time will be there after all of the defections from the program over the summer.

Northern Illinois

Aaric Armstead, Freshman Guard/Forward

Well, I had to pick someone from Northern Illinois. Armstead joins his brother Aaron on the Huskies after Aaron transferred in from Wisconsin-Green Bay. Armstead should receive a lot of playing time and could end up on the all-freshman team.


Jon Smith, Senior Forward

Maurice Ndour, Junior Forward

Both are forwards but both bring different skill sets to the floor. Smith is more of a traditional forward, blocking shots and collecting rebounds. Ndour is more of a finesse player who can even shoot threes well. Here's a well-done profile on Ndour.


J.D. Weatherspoon, Junior Forward

Justin Drummond, Junior Guard

Weatherspoon and Drummond are probably the two biggest unknowns in the conference. Weatherspoon comes to the Rockets from Ohio State and Drummond from Loyola (Maryland). Drummond has the more impressive college resume, but earning a scholarship to Ohio State is no hard task. It'll be interesting to see how they play and how many minutes they both get early in the season.

Western Michigan

Austin Richie-Junior Guard

Richie returns as the starting point guard for the Broncos. He averaged six points and three assists last year and should improve those numbers this season.