Busting Brackets

NCAA Basketball: Top 10 players to wear jersey No. 1 in 2023-24 season

Feb 24, 2024; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Hunter Dickinson (1) and Texas Longhorns
Feb 24, 2024; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Hunter Dickinson (1) and Texas Longhorns / Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
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Honorable Mentions

Steven Ashworth (Creighton)

Following three pretty solid seasons at Utah State, Ashworth found a new home this season at Creighton, sliding into a starting spot in the Bluejays’ backcourt. He’d average 11.1 points and 4.2 assists, becoming a dependable leader on a really good Creighton team, even though his scoring and shooting numbers took a slight step back against a stronger conference.

Ace Baldwin Jr. (Penn State)

An absolute stud at VCU, Baldwin followed former head coach Mike Rhoades to Penn State and managed to find his footing in the Big Ten. The former A-10 superstar averaged 14.2 points, 6.0 assists, and 2.7 steals and was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. The Nittany Lions struggled this season, but Baldwin managed impressive numbers, building on his own game while leading the Big Ten in steals.

Trey Calvin (Wright State)

A legend for Wright State across the last five seasons, Calvin’s final year with the Raiders was among his most productive, averaging 19.6 points and 4.2 assists per game while making a career-best 40% from outside the arc. One of the national leaders in free throw shooting, Calvin earned All-Horizon honors again and led Wright State to a 3rd place finish in the Horizon League, ending his career on a pretty positive note.

Walter Clayton Jr. (Florida)

After becoming a star at Iona under Rick Pitino, Clayton transferred to Florida this past offseason and became a critical piece for the Gators. Adjusting relatively well to life in the SEC, he averaged 17.6 points and 3.6 rebounds while hitting 36% of his 3-pointers across another great shooting season. There’s nothing wrong with Second Team All-SEC honors in his first season in Florida, not to mention a 33-point effort in the NCAA Tournament to end his junior year.

Isaiah Collier (USC)

Things went quite poorly at USC this season, though Collier still showcased his talents as a freshman for the Trojans. The top-ranked freshman recruit in the country, he’d average 16.3 points and 4.3 assists as one of the leading forces for a USC squad that finished just ninth in the Pac-12. His numbers and contributions didn’t quite live up to that preseason billing, though Collier still displayed his talent as an invaluable member of that Trojans backcourt.