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Michigan, Texas on rise in Means-Too-Early High 25 school basketball rankings for 2021-22


The unpredictability and tumult in school basketball over the previous six months did not finish when the buzzer sounded on Baylor’s blowout win over Gonzaga within the nationwide championship sport on April 5. It merely gave method to the wildest offseason we have ever seen, with names getting into the switch portal at an unprecedented price. Extra seniors than anticipated are making the most of the NCAA rule giving them an additional yr of eligibility and dozens of gamers are getting into the NBA draft with the withdrawal deadline nonetheless months away.

For sure, there have been some main adjustments within the Means-Too-Early High 25 and that is unlikely to cease earlier than rosters are largely settled in the midst of the summer time.

There have been 4 unranked groups in our first version of the rankings on the evening of the title sport that garnered a spot this time round. Texas was the most important riser. The Longhorns have utterly rebuilt their roster by way of the switch portal, touchdown 4 of ESPN’s high 25 transfers. Auburn, Loyola Chicago and Mississippi State all moved up into the Subsequent in Line class, with the 2 SEC packages making huge strikes within the portal and Loyola Chicago getting 4 seniors again for an extra yr.

Arizona and West Virginia each dropped out. The Wildcats noticed Sean Miller get fired, Tommy Lloyd get employed and level guard James Akinjo enter the switch portal. They’re closely within the combine for five-star level guard TyTy Washington, although, so they won’t be down for lengthy. West Virginia simply has quite a lot of personnel questions proper now. Miles McBride and Derek Culver entered the draft, and Emmitt Matthews had already entered the portal.

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There are nonetheless some shifting components with Mark Few’s program, however one of many huge remaining questions was answered earlier this month when top-ranked prospect Chet Holmgren picked the Zags. One of many favorites to be the No. 1 choose in subsequent yr’s NBA draft, Holmgren is a tremendously distinctive prospect who will add a very completely different dimension to the Bulldogs subsequent season. Assuming Drew Timme returns up entrance, he and Holmgren will kind arguably the very best frontcourt duo within the nation, with Timme the Picket Award favourite and Holmgren the potential No. 1 draft choose. Andrew Nembhard will likely be again on the perimeter, whereas gifted five-star guard Hunter Sallis is getting into the fold. One of many questions comes on the wings, the place we assume Corey Kispert and Joel Ayayi are going to the NBA. Dominick Harris and Julian Strawther have been each ESPN 100 prospects within the 2020 class, however Few can also be nonetheless pursuing extra guards from the switch portal. I do not assume this roster is ready fairly but.

Projected beginning lineup:

Andrew Nembhard (9.1 PPG)
Hunter Sallis (No. 14 in ESPN 100)
Dominick Harris (3.1 PPG)
Drew Timme (19.0 PPG)
Chet Holmgren (No. 1 in ESPN 100)

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Earlier: 7

Villanova did not have a lot motion within the portal, however the Wildcats had pretty much as good a month as any group within the nation due to choices by seniors Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels to return for an additional season below Jay Wright. Gillespie’s determination wasn’t overly shocking, given how this previous season ended for him, however Samuels additionally coming again means the Wildcats will return 4 key starters from a group that was ranked inside the highest 10 for many of the season till Gillespie’s damage. There’s loads of perimeter depth, with Brandon Slater, Bryan Antoine and Chris Arcidiacono all seeing key minutes late within the season, so the one query is what occurs down low? Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree was injured this previous season and it is unclear if he’ll return in 2021-22. Eric Dixon had some good moments in nonconference play and will get first crack on the heart place — however ESPN 100 heart Nnanna Njoku will likely be another choice for the Wildcats.

Projected beginning lineup:

Collin Gillespie (14.0 PPG, 4.6 RPG)
Justin Moore (12.9 PPG)
Caleb Daniels (9.6 PPG)
Jermaine Samuels (12.0 PPG)
Eric Dixon (3.0 PPG)

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This rating nonetheless hinges closely on what Johnny Juzang decides to do with the NBA draft. He is declared that he is testing the waters, however left open the choice to return to Westwood for an additional season. After an amazing NCAA event run, he is risen all the best way to No. 50 in ESPN’s NBA draft rankings. If Juzang and Chris Smith return, Mick Cronin could have each key piece again from a group that reached the Remaining 4. He is additionally including five-star wing Peyton Watson, who may slot into the beginning lineup if Juzang finally ends up staying within the draft, and Rutgers graduate switch Myles Johnson, top-of-the-line defensive huge males within the Massive Ten final season. I do not actually see this rating as placing an excessive amount of inventory in a three-week run; UCLA was 17-5 general and a Pac-12 title contender earlier than a late-season, four-game dropping streak in opposition to NCAA event groups. They have been an excellent group for about 90% of the season and I believe that may carry over to the subsequent marketing campaign.

Projected beginning lineup:

Tyger Campbell (10.2 PPG)
Johnny Juzang (15.5 PPG)
Jaime Jaquez (12.1 PPG)
Chris Smith (12.6 PPG)
Cody Riley (9.8 PPG)

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Earlier: 4

Ohio State’s late-season struggles — a four-game dropping streak to finish the common season after which a stunning first-round upset by the hands of 15-seed Oral Roberts within the NCAA event — overshadowed what was a terrific season general for Chris Holtmann and the Buckeyes. And 4 starters from that group are anticipated to be again in Columbus. E.J. Liddell and Duane Washington Jr. are each testing the NBA draft waters, however ought to return for an additional season. Liddell may find yourself as a preseason All-American getting into subsequent season. Kyle Younger’s determination to return for an additional season is a large increase for the frontcourt, and Holtmann could have extra depth up entrance this season with the addition of Indiana switch Joey Brunk. With C.J. Walker leaving, Ohio State wanted level guard assist and that may come within the type of Penn State switch Jamari Wheeler. Wheeler is not a giant scorer, however he is an excellent distributor, could make photographs from the perimeter and is without doubt one of the higher defenders within the league.

Projected beginning lineup:

Jamari Wheeler (6.8 PPG at Penn State)
Duane Washington Jr. (16.4 PPG)
Justice Sueing (10.7 PPG)
E.J. Liddell (16.2 PPG)
Kyle Younger (8.6 PPG)

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Purdue dropping two spots for the reason that first iteration of the rankings has nothing to do with personnel adjustments in West Lafayette; Villanova jumped up a number of spots after two seniors opted to return and the Boilermakers flipped with Ohio State as soon as Kyle Younger introduced he was enjoying one other season in Columbus. Matt Painter nonetheless has a Remaining 4 contender on his palms heading into the summer time — assuming Trevion Williams is simply testing the NBA draft waters and returns to Purdue for an additional season. Williams is without doubt one of the greatest huge males within the nation and can struggle for preseason Massive Ten Participant of the Yr honors. Practically each different key participant is anticipated to return subsequent season, and Painter provides ESPN 100 recruits Trey Kaufman and Caleb Furst. The participant to look at will likely be Jaden Ivey. The freshman guard averaged higher than 18 factors per sport over his remaining six contests to finish the season and may very well be poised for an enormous season in 2021-22.

Projected beginning lineup:

Eric Hunter (8.5 PPG)
Brandon Newman (8.0 PPG)
Jaden Ivey (11.1 PPG)
Sasha Stefanovic (9.3 PPG)
Trevion Williams (15.5 PPG, 9.1 RPG)

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Earlier: 11

My expectations for Baylor rose considerably when the Bears landed a dedication from Arizona switch James Akinjo, top-of-the-line level guards on the switch market. Akinjo earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors final season after averaging 15.6 factors, 5.4 assists and capturing 40.8% from 3-point vary. His addition would enable Adam Flagler to play off the ball and deal with scoring, whereas incoming freshmen Kendall Brown and Langston Love would not each instantly be slotted into the beginning lineup. Whereas this system is anticipating Akinjo to be eligible immediately, he’ll want a waiver to be able to go well with up in 2021-22. The NCAA’s new one-time switch waiver solely applies to first-time transfers; Akinjo already transferred as soon as, from Georgetown to Arizona, and acquired a waiver to play immediately. One different personnel observe: whereas this rating is anticipating Matthew Mayer to return to Waco, he is now inside the highest 60 of ESPN’s NBA draft rankings, which might give him a shot to get drafted.

Projected beginning lineup:

James Akinjo (15.6 PPG at Arizona)
Adam Flagler (9.0 PPG)
Kendall Brown (No. 15 in ESPN 100)
Matthew Mayer (8.2 PPG)
Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua (6.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG)

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Earlier: 8

Alabama is dropping three full-time starters from this previous season in John Petty, Herb Jones and Jordan Bruner, together with key bench piece and part-time starter Alex Reese — however Nate Oats’ group should not miss a beat. The Crimson Tide reloaded early within the offseason with commitments from transfers Nimari Burnett (Texas Tech) and Noah Gurley (Furman) and top-35 highschool prospect Charles Bediako. In addition they already had a signature from explosive five-star guard J.D. Davison, top-of-the-line guards getting into school basketball subsequent season. Jaden Shackelford and Jahvon Quinerly, the group’s two scorers, are additionally anticipated again. Joshua Primo entered the NBA draft with the choice of returning to Tuscaloosa; he is made it clear he needs to be picked within the first spherical, however proper now he is ranked No. 38 at ESPN. If Primo goes again, he provides Oats an X-factor on the perimeter. He was the youngest participant in school basketball this season and had some huge video games in convention play and late within the season.

Projected beginning lineup:

Jahvon Quinerly (12.9 PPG, 3.2 APG)
J.D. Davison (No. 13 in ESPN 100)
Jaden Shackelford (14.0 PPG)
Joshua Primo (8.1 PPG)
Charles Bediako (No. 33 in ESPN 100)

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Earlier: 5

The Jayhawks misplaced 5 gamers to the switch portal for the reason that finish of the season, whereas senior guard Marcus Garrett additionally introduced he wouldn’t be returning to Lawrence for an additional season. However Invoice Self will nonetheless have a clear-cut top-10 group and Remaining 4 risk if Ochai Agbaji and Jalen Wilson withdraw from the NBA draft and head again to the Jayhawks. That will give Kansas 4 returning starters from a group that gained 9 of its remaining 10 video games of the season earlier than getting throttled by USC within the second spherical of the NCAA event. How will Self exchange Garrett? The elite defender and do-it-all guard has stuffed quite a lot of roles the previous few seasons with the Jayhawks, however discovering somebody to run the present will likely be on the high of Self’s precedence listing. They’ve dabbled with just a few portal level guards in current weeks and likewise landed Drake switch Joseph Yesufu. Yesufu solely began seven video games this previous season, however he completed the season on a tear, averaging 23.2 factors and capturing 46.9% from 3 over the ultimate 9 video games.

Projected beginning lineup:

Joseph Yesufu (12.8 PPG at Drake)
Christian Braun (9.8 PPG)
Ochai Agbaji (14.2 PPG)
Jalen Wilson (12.1 PPG)
David McCormack (13.4 PPG, 6.1 RPG)

8

Earlier: 12

We stated within the first version of the rankings that Arkansas’ projected beginning 5 was as more likely to change as dramatically as any within the nation. And that is performed out as anticipated. Eric Musselman went out and landed two affect transfers, Miami’s Chris Lykes and South Dakota’s Stanley Umude — along with Pittsburgh’s Au’diese Toney, who had dedicated to the Razorbacks earlier than the NCAA event ended. Lykes is a playmaker on the level guard spot who can get his personal shot, whereas Umude was a three-time All-Summit participant and provides versatility to the frontcourt. I’d count on all three transfers to start out instantly, which suggests JD Notae, who excelled because the sixth man this previous season, may reprise that position in 2021-22. Arkansas’ perimeter group will likely be loaded, however there will even be loads of constructive buzz for rising sophomore huge man Jaylin Williams. He began three of the Razorbacks’ NCAA event video games, had 10 rebounds and 4 assists in opposition to Texas Tech and eight factors in opposition to Baylor.

Projected beginning lineup:

Chris Lykes (15.5 PPG at Miami)
Davonte Davis (8.5 PPG)
Au’diese Toney (14.4 PPG at Pittsburgh)
Stanley Umude (21.6 PPG at South Dakota)
Jaylin Williams (3.7 PPG, 4.7 RPG)

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Earlier: 6

I had Maryland sixth popping out of the season, and that was with the expectation Darryl Morsell wouldn’t return — so his getting into the NBA draft and the switch portal did not change a lot. Mark Turgeon obtained his switch work completed early within the offseason, touchdown Rhode Island guard Fatts Russell and Georgetown huge man Qudus Wahab earlier than the season even ended. Russell will slot into the backcourt instantly, giving the Terrapins a high-level playmaker on the level of the assault, whereas Wahab was creating into top-of-the-line huge males within the Massive East earlier than he left the Hoyas. Assuming Eric Ayala and Aaron Wiggins withdraw from the NBA draft, Turgeon ought to have as balanced a beginning 5 as anybody within the nation. Their depth took successful with the switch of Jairus Hamilton, however Utah switch Ian Martinez was a highly-regarded level guard popping out of highschool and Julian Reese was ranked contained in the nation’s high 50 recruits within the 2021 class.

Projected beginning lineup:

Fatts Russell (14.7 PPG at Rhode Island)
Eric Ayala (15.1 PPG)
Aaron Wiggins (14.5 PPG)
Donta Scott (11.0 PPG)
Qudus Wahab (12.7 PPG, 8.2 RPG at Georgetown)

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Earlier: 17

I used to be most likely a bit of low on Michigan within the first version of the rankings, however there have been actual questions concerning the Wolverines’ backcourt on the time. Now, senior Eli Brooks has introduced he is returning for an additional season in Ann Arbor, which provides them expertise and top-of-the-line defenders within the Massive Ten. And evidently Juwan Howard realizes he wants assist on the level guard spot, given the Wolverines’ pursuit of transfers Jalen Pickett, who finally went to Penn State, DeVante’ Jones and Sahvir Wheeler. They appear to have essentially the most buzz for Jones getting into the Coastal Carolina switch’s Saturday determination date. They’re loaded up entrance, assuming Hunter Dickinson returns for his sophomore season. 5-star frontcourt prospects Caleb Houstan and Moussa Diabate can begin immediately, though I believe Brandon Johns will even struggle for a spot. The return of Brooks and sure addition of a switch level guard additionally improves their depth, as Michigan’s inexperienced guards will not be thrown into the hearth too quickly.

Projected beginning lineup:

Frankie Collins (No. 36 in ESPN 100)
Eli Brooks (9.5 PPG)
Caleb Houstan (No. 7 in ESPN 100)
Brandon Johns (4.9 PPG)
Hunter Dickinson (14.1 PPG, 7.4 RPG)

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Earlier: 13

This rating may change within the coming weeks, as Duke is without doubt one of the two favorites for uncommitted top-five prospect Patrick Baldwin Jr. If the Blue Devils can persuade Baldwin to return to Durham as an alternative of play for his father, Pat, at Milwaukee, they instantly push for a top-five spot nationally. Paolo Banchero is already getting into the fold as maybe essentially the most college-ready participant within the class and top-30 perimeter gamers Trevor Keels and A.J. Griffin will add extra scoring pop. We’re anticipating Jeremy Roach to take the subsequent step on the level guard spot and Mark Williams has first-round capability down low — and he confirmed that late within the season when lastly given prolonged time. Whereas touchdown Marquette switch Theo John will not garner too many headlines, he does carry some much-needed toughness, expertise and defensive capability. If Baldwin comes, that would give Mike Krzyzewski a reasonably very best eight-man rotation — a bunch that has ballhandling, capturing, measurement, expertise and flexibility.

Projected beginning lineup:

Jeremy Roach (8.7 PPG)
Wendell Moore (9.7 PPG)
A.J. Griffin (No. 26 in ESPN 100)
Paolo Banchero (No. 3 in ESPN 100)
Mark Williams (7.1 PPG, 4.5 RPG)

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Earlier: 10

High 10 may need been lofty for Virginia Tech getting into the offseason, but when potential ACC Participant of the Yr candidate Keve Aluma withdraws from the NBA draft and returns to Blacksburg, what’s to not like concerning the Hokies? They have been 13-4 with wins over Virginia and Villanova heading down the stretch of the season, then missed 17 days in February attributable to COVID-19, performed two video games, missed the remainder of the common season attributable to COVID after which returned for the ACC and NCAA tournaments. This was a group in line for a high 4 or 5 seed for the primary two and a half months of the season and could have many of the key items again. The backcourt depth chart will bear some adjustments, with Wabissa Bede and reserves Jalen Cone and Joseph Bamisile gone, and Wofford switch Storm Murphy taking up on the level guard spot. However Murphy will present added capturing and the Hokies additionally went out and landed 7-foot South Florida switch Michael Durr, who ought to assistance on the inside and supply a contingency plan if Aluma leaves.

Projected beginning lineup:

Storm Murphy (17.8 PPG, 4.3 APG)
Tyrece Radford (12.2 PPG)
Nahiem Alleyne (11.1 PPG)
Justyn Mutts (9.5 PPG, 6.4 RPG)
Keve Aluma (15.2 PPG, 7.9 RPG)

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Earlier: Unranked

The largest riser for the reason that launch of the rankings earlier this month, Texas has undergone dramatic roster adjustments. Donovan Williams, Kamaka Hepa, Gerald Liddell and Royce Hamm hit the switch portal, Matt Coleman and Jericho Sims have been seniors and Kai Jones and Greg Brown may each head to the NBA draft. Solely Andrew Jones, Courtney Ramey and Jase Febres are anticipated to be again. However Chris Beard hit the switch portal in a giant approach for reinforcements, touchdown 4 top-25 transfers: Utah’s Timmy Allen, Creighton’s Christian Bishop, Vanderbilt’s Dylan Disu and Kentucky’s Devin Askew. On high of that, Beard went out and obtained top-30 prospect Jaylon Tyson, who dedicated to him at Texas Tech. There is a ton of expertise on this roster, however it is going to be attention-grabbing to see how shortly all of it comes collectively in Austin. I additionally would not be stunned to see the Longhorns usher in one other participant or two from the portal; they proceed to pursue guards.

Projected beginning lineup:

Devin Askew (6.5 PPG at Kentucky)
Courtney Ramey (12.2 PPG)
Andrew Jones (14.6 PPG)
Timmy Allen (17.2 PPG at Utah)
Christian Bishop (11.0 PPG at Creighton)

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Earlier: 24

Kelvin Sampson is a type of coaches who we simply assume goes to determine issues out and win 20-plus video games, no matter personnel. However it’s lots simpler to purchase into the Cougars now versus 4 weeks in the past, after getting Fabian White Jr. again for an additional yr and touchdown a trio of transfers. White brings expertise to the inside and he’ll group up with Reggie Chaney and UConn switch Josh Carlton — one of many nation’s greatest offensive rebounders — to comprise a formidable put up group. Marcus Sasser and Tramon Mark are again on the perimeter, and Houston landed Texas Tech switch Kyler Edwards, a double-figure scorer for 2 seasons with the Crimson Raiders, and Cal State Bakersfield switch Taze Moore, a first-team All-Massive West choice this previous season. The Cougars are bidding farewell to loads of expertise in starters Quentin Grimes, DeJon Jarreau, Justin Gorham and Brison Gresham, so there could be some rising pains early.

Projected beginning lineup:

Marcus Sasser (13.5 PPG)
Tramon Mark (8.0 PPG)
Kyler Edwards (10.1 PPG at Texas Tech)
Fabian White Jr. (6.3 PPG)
Reggie Chaney (4.6 PPG)

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Earlier: Subsequent in line

One other huge riser from Means-Too-Early High 25 model 1.0, the Volunteers have been shut the primary time round after which landed Auburn switch Justin Powell, former Marquette commit and ESPN 100 huge man Jonas Aidoo and five-star ahead Brandon Huntley-Hatfield. Additionally, senior John Fulkerson opted to return to Knoxville for an additional season. Maybe the most important cause for optimism, nonetheless, comes within the type of elite level guard recruit Kennedy Chandler. The highest participant at his place within the 2021 class, Chandler will get the keys to the present from day one. Rick Barnes will get to encompass him with shooters like Powell, Santiago Vescovi and Victor Bailey Jr. Fulkerson would be the anchor down low, however there will likely be improved depth with Aidoo and Huntley-Hatfield anticipated to make early impacts. Huntley-Hatfield, particularly, will likely be counted on early; he reclassified from 2022 and might create matchup points. Tennessee was a relative disappointment this previous season, particularly after its 10-1 begin, however I like the best way its roster is shaping up.

Projected beginning lineup:

Kennedy Chandler (No. 8 in ESPN 100)
Justin Powell (11.7 PPG at Auburn)
Victor Bailey Jr. (10.9 PPG)
Josiah-Jordan James (8.0 PPG)
John Fulkerson (9.5 PPG)

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Earlier: 9

Leonard Hamilton may lose just a few extra gamers than anticipated this offseason. Scottie Barnes, Raiquan Grey, Balsa Koprivica and Sardaar Calhoun all entered their names into the NBA draft and solely Barnes and Grey are projected to be chosen. Koprivica’s announcement, nonetheless, seemed he plans to maintain his title within the draft. The Seminoles are on the prowl for replacements, pursuing uncommitted five-star Efton Reid they usually have additionally been linked with Memphis switch Moussa Cisse. If they’ll discover an affect 5-man, they may rise proper again close to the highest 10. Houston switch Caleb Mills was one of the crucial gifted gamers within the AAC and may very well be poised for a giant season on the offensive finish, whereas three top-60 recruits will shore up the perimeter group. Anthony Well mannered returns as a double-figure scorer up entrance. Hamilton and Florida State are likely to overachieve each season, and 2021-22 will doubtless carry extra of the identical — however one other piece down low (or the shock return of Grey) may carry huge preseason expectations.

Projected beginning lineup:

Caleb Mills (9.8 PPG at Houston)
Jalen Warley (No. 59 in ESPN 100)
Matt Cleveland (No. 28 in ESPN 100)
Anthony Well mannered (10.1 PPG)
Malik Osborne (5.9 PPG, 4.5 RPG)

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Earlier: 18

The Tar Heels are a little bit of a thriller getting into the season. Personnel-wise, they should not be all that completely different than the previous season. Caleb Love, R.J. Davis and Kerwin Walton all had their moments as freshmen, exhibiting flashes of what is doubtlessly to return subsequent season. Love would be the key. He was inconsistent, however he was thought-about an elite level guard popping out of highschool and must take that subsequent step. Armando Bacot is the final of the four-man put up rotation from final season, and he may have extra room to function down low. In addition they added Oklahoma switch Brady Manek, a stretch-four who can lengthen the protection and knock down photographs from the perimeter. Starter Leaky Black will even return. The large query is clear. What’s going to the Tar Heels appear to be below Hubert Davis? Will Davis proceed the two-big lineups used below Roy Williams? Will they rank towards the underside nationally in 3-point try share? We cannot have solutions to those questions till the season will get underway.

Projected beginning lineup:

Caleb Love (10.5 PPG, 3.6 APG)
R.J. Davis (8.4 PPG)
Kerwin Walton (8.2 PPG)
Brady Manek (10.8 PPG at Oklahoma)
Armando Bacot (12.3 PPG, 7.8 RPG)

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Earlier: 19

Kentucky is used to huge adjustments each spring and solely three or 4 gamers are nonetheless locks to return to the roster subsequent season. However this has felt completely different to previous rebuilding and reloading efforts. John Calipari hit the portal early to land West Virginia switch Oscar Tshiebwe and Davidson switch Kellan Grady, each of whom ought to begin instantly. However there’s additionally been adjustments on the teaching employees, with Tony Barbee leaving for the pinnacle job at Central Michigan and Joel Justus changing into Bobby Hurley’s high assistant at Arizona State. There was some buzz surrounding Illinois assistants Orlando Antigua and Chin Coleman as potential replacements; what would that imply for Kentucky’s pursuit of Illinois switch Adam Miller? Devin Askew’s departure means Calipari wants one other level guard and he is been recruiting practically each accessible high-level guard. UK can also be within the combine for Iowa switch CJ Fredrick, the very best shooter within the portal. Then there’s the gamers in limbo: Davion Mintz and Isaiah Jackson. Kentucky’s roster continues to be very a lot in flux.

Projected beginning lineup:

Nolan Hickman (No. 22 in ESPN 100)
Kellan Grady (17.1 PPG at Davidson)
Dontaie Allen (5.4 PPG)
Keion Brooks Jr. (10.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG)
Oscar Tshiebwe (8.5 PPG, 7.8 RPG at West Virginia)

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Earlier: 15

5 junior starters return for Mark Schmidt, so due to this fact the Bonnies ought to open the season as a official top-25 group. St. Bonaventure gained each the Atlantic 10 common season and convention event titles this previous season, the latter in dominant trend, and all the important thing items are again. First-team all-conference guard Kyle Lofton leads the best way after establishing himself as top-of-the-line playmakers on the mid-major stage, whereas Osun Osunniyi gained Defensive Participant of the Yr honors within the league. Jaren Holmes is one other all-conference member again in Olean. One of many points for Schmidt’s membership final season was a scarcity of depth — they ranked No. 347 nationally in bench minutes, based on KenPom. The Bonnies tried to handle the problem this offseason by including two high-major transfers: Abdoul Karim Coulibaly (5.2 PPG at Pittsburgh) and Quadry Adams (2.2 PPG at Wake Forest). I would count on this group to be the clear favourite in what ought to be a really stable high of the Atlantic 10.

Projected beginning lineup:

Kyle Lofton (14.4 PPG, 5.5 APG)
Jaren Holmes (13.8 PPG)
Dominick Welch (11.4 PPG)
Jalen Adaway (12.2 PPG)
Osun Osunniyi (10.7 PPG, 9.4 RPG)

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Earlier: 20

It is all the time exhausting to venture what a Dana Altman-coached roster goes to appear to be, and this spring is not any completely different. Eugene Omoruyi, Chris Duarte, LJ Figueroa and Amauri Hardy are all seniors, whereas Chandler Lawson, Aaron Estrada and Jalen Terry all entered the switch portal. So there’s quite a lot of room for Altman to play with when it comes to reloading for subsequent season. The Geese already went out and landed Oklahoma switch De’Vion Harmon, who will present one other playmaker within the backcourt alongside Will Richardson. Eric Williams Jr. is one other double-figure scorer on the wing, whereas the Geese ought to have much-improved measurement on the inside with top-10 prospect Nate Bittle and a wholesome N’Faly Dante. Bittle and Dante’s skillset differ sufficient the place they’ll each be on the ground on the similar time, which might create extreme matchup points for opponents. Oregon constantly tweaks and tinkers with its roster till effectively into the summer time, and I believe the Geese could have just a few extra methods up their sleeve.

Projected beginning lineup:

Will Richardson (11.3 PPG)
De’Vion Harmon (12.9 PPG at Oklahoma)
Eric Williams Jr. (10.0 PPG)
Nate Bittle (No. 9 in ESPN 100)
N’Faly Dante (8.2 PPG)

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Earlier: Subsequent in line

It felt bizarre not having Virginia within the high 25 earlier this month, however the Cavaliers touchdown transfers Armaan Franklin (Indiana) and Jayden Gardner (East Carolina) helps them discover their approach into the rankings this time round. That does not imply there aren’t nonetheless loads of questions dealing with the roster. Maybe a very powerful one is what occurs with Trey Murphy. The previous Rice switch is a projected NBA draft choose and it is possible for him to go away Charlottesville for the professionals. If that occurs, Tony Bennett may very well be wanting weapons this season. Kihei Clark is again on the level guard spot, whereas Reece Beekman began 20 video games as a freshman. Franklin and Gardner are the favorites to steer the group in scoring regardless of being newcomers; Franklin can actually make photographs, whereas Gardner was one of the crucial productive gamers within the nation the previous few seasons. Who replaces Jay Huff inside? 7-footer Francisco Caffaro and 6-foot-11 Kadin Shedrick might want to step up.

Projected beginning lineup:

Kihei Clark (9.5 PPG, 4.5 APG)
Reece Beekman (4.7 PPG)
Armaan Franklin (11.4 PPG at Indiana)
Jayden Gardner (18.3 PPG at East Carolina)
Francisco Caffaro (1.2 PPG)

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Earlier: 22

I am intrigued to see what beginning 5 Tom Izzo rolls out in East Lansing subsequent season. Tyson Walker is the favourite to run the purpose with the transfers of Rocket Watts and Foster Loyer, whereas five-star guard Max Christie is a gifted scorer who will see the ground immediately. Up entrance is anybody’s guess. Gabe Brown has been in this system three years and shot the ball successfully final season, whereas Malik Corridor brings versatility — however noticed an inconsistent position in the course of the second half of the season. Joey Hauser began the season on a tear earlier than fading in convention play, and Julius Marble began the ultimate 9 video games of the season however solely performed double-figure minutes in 5 of these video games. Given his defensive capability, Marcus Bingham may transfer into the beginning lineup, however he was solely chosen to start out 5 instances. And do not forget Mady Sissoko, a former ESPN 100 huge man who performed 25 video games as a freshman. Izzo will not lack for choices and depth subsequent season, however will anybody step up as a go-to-guy?

Projected beginning lineup:

Tyson Walker (18.8 PPG at Northeastern)
Max Christie (No. 16 in ESPN 100)
Gabe Brown (7.2 PPG)
Malik Corridor (5.0 PPG)
Joey Hauser (9.7 PPG)

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Earlier: 21

If continuity is your factor, Colorado State checks all of the bins. The Rams did not have a single senior on this previous season’s group, they usually have not had anybody hit the switch portal this spring. And if not for Cinderella convention event runs by Oregon State and Georgetown, Niko Medved’s group would have been within the NCAA event. It should not come right down to the ultimate few spots this time round, although. First-team all-conference ahead David Roddy leads the best way after tallying 12 double-doubles this previous season, whereas second-team all-conference guard Isaiah Stevens is the headliner within the backcourt. He is top-of-the-line playmaking guards within the Mountain West. Adam Thistlewood and Kendle Moore carry veteran expertise, whereas New Zealand native James Moors has measurement and confirmed flashes throughout his first yr in school basketball. How a lot Colorado State improves will come right down to the Rams’ effort on the defensive finish. That they had the very best offense within the convention, however struggled on the different finish of the ground in huge video games.

Projected beginning lineup:

Kendle Moore (10.5 PPG)
Isaiah Stevens (15.3 PPG, 5.4 APG)
Adam Thistlewood (9.1 PPG)
David Roddy (15.9 PPG, 9.4 RPG)
James Moors (5.9 PPG)

2057

Earlier: 23

One other group with loads of continuity from final season, Belmont regarded prefer it was going to be a preferred NCAA event upset choose for the primary three months of the season — earlier than the Bruins misplaced two in a row to finish the common season after which obtained blown out within the Ohio Valley title sport by Morehead State. It was a troublesome finish to what was a fantastic season for Casey Alexander and the Bruins; at one level, they gained 21 straight video games and have been 18-0 in convention play. On the brilliant facet, all people is again moreover reserve guard Mitch Listau, who opted to enter the switch portal. A pair of All-Ohio Valley first-team picks high the roster in Defensive Participant of the Yr Grayson Murphy and 6-foot-11 heart Nick Muszynski, who missed these two late-season losses with an damage. Like Colorado State, Belmont’s enchancment must come on the defensive finish. The Bruins allowed Morehead State to place 1.30 factors per possession within the title sport and likewise allowed not less than one level per possession within the different three losses. When the offense is struggling, can they beat good groups?

Projected beginning lineup:

Grayson Murphy (10.9 PPG)
Luke Smith (12.7 PPG)
Ben Sheppard (10.5 PPG)
Caleb Hollander (9.3 PPG)
Nick Muszynski (15.0 PPG)

Subsequent in line:

Syracuse Orange (earlier: No. 14)
Auburn Tigers (earlier: Unranked)
Loyola Chicago Ramblers (earlier: Unranked)
UConn Huskies (earlier: Subsequent in line)
Mississippi State Bulldogs (earlier: Unranked)

Dropped out: Arizona Wildcats (No. 16), West Virginia Mountaineers (No. 25)



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