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CBS Sports ranks Tyus Battle 71st-best college basketball player for 2017-18

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Seems reasonable enough.

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With just a week left until college basketball season tips off, preview materials are in full swing. One of the latest posts, from CBS Sports, includes a ranking of the sport’s top players.

The Syracuse Orange’s Tyus Battle came in at No. 71 overall. They explained:

“Probably going to sink 100-plus 3-pointers on a Syracuse team that's loaded with mystery. He's by far Jim Boeheim's best player, and in what should be an abnormally rocky season for the Orange, Battle will make watching the games worthwhile.”

Battle seemed to come into his own as a shooter last year while averaging 11.3 points per game on 43.3 percent shooting. He shot just 36.6 percent from three and only hit 60, but the idea here is that the sophomore is very much improved (something we’ll definitely need from him in order to get back to the NCAA Tournament this year).

NCAA Basketball: ACC Media Day Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The likely future draft prospect is the most obvious reason to tune into the team, but also not the only one. None of the other players have given evidence enough to be top-100 in the country, mind you. But we could see something from players like Matthew Moyer or Oshae Brissett. Assuming he’s healthy, Geno Thorpe could also potentially make a push for that conversation.

Looking at the full list, Battle was one of 18 ACC players included. Three of those were in the top 10, including Marvin Bagley III (Duke), Bonzie Colson (Notre Dame) and Grayson Allen (Duke). The Blue Devils led the way with five players of the top 101. Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina and Notre Dame each had two. Wake Forest and Boston College placed one apiece.

On top of that list of 17 foes, you can add players from Kansas, Maryland, St. Bonaventure and UConn to the list. The Jayhawks and Terps have two each, while UConn and St. Bonaventure both have one.

While certainly a daunting task, it’s also par for the course being in the ACC. Anything you disagree with on the list? Share your own thoughts below.