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Way Early College Basketball Preview

Posted on: May 9, 2010 3:17 am
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With the players coming back to school officially set, I figured now would be a good time to put up an early preview of next season.


Preseason Top 25

1.) Michigan State Spartans
     Key Losses- Raymar Morgan
     Key Returniess- Kalin Lucas, Draymond Green, Durrell Summers, Chris Allen, Delvon Roe
     Incoming Recruits- Adreian Payne (#5 C) Alex Gauna (#23 PF) Russell Bryd (#19 SG) Keith Appling (#10 SG)

2.) Duke Blue Devils
     Key Losses- Jon Sheyer, Brian Zoubek, Lance Thomas
     Key Returniess- Kyle Singler, Nolan Smith, Miles Plumlee, Mason Plumlee, Andre Dawkins
     Incoming Recruits-  Carrick Felix (JC SF) Kyrie Irving (#1 PG) Tyler Thornton (#23 PG) Josh Hairston (#7 PF), Seth Curry (Transfer SG)

3.) Purdue Boilermakers
      Key Losses- Chris Kramer, Keaton Grant
      Key Returniess- Robbie Hummel, E'Twaun Moore, JaJuan Johnson, Lewis Jackson, Kelsey Barlow
      Incoming Recruits- Donnie Hale (NR PF) Anthony Johnson (#27 SG) Terone Johnson (#16 PG) Travis Carroll (#28 C)

4.) Pittsburgh Panthers
      Key Losses- Jermaine Dixon
      Key Returniess- Ashton Gibbs, Brad Wanamaker, Nasir Robinson, Gary McGhee, Travon Woodall, Gilbert Brown
      Incoming Recruits- J.J. Moore (#8 SF) Cameron Wright (#32 SG) Isaiah Epps (#35 PG)

5.) Villanova Wildcats
      Key Losses- Scottie Reynolds, Reggie Redding
      Key Returniess- Corey Fisher, Corey Stokes, Antonio Pena, Taylor King, Maalik Wayans, Mouphtau Yarou
      Incoming Recruits- Jayvaughn Pinkston (#10 PG) Markus Kennedy (#14 C) James Bell (#16 SF)

6.) Kansas St. Wildcats
      Key Losses- Denis Clemente, Luis Colon
      Key Returniess- Jacob Pullen, Curtis Kelly, Dominique Sutton, Jamar Samuels, Wally Judge
      Incoming Recruits- Shane Southwell (#28 SF) Will Spradling (#36 PG)

7.) Washington Huskies
      Key Losses- Quincy Pondexter
      Key Returniess- Isaiah Thomas, Venoy Overton, Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Justin Holiday, Abdul Gaddy, Elston Turner
      Incoming Recruits- Terrence Jones (PF #2) Terrence Ross (#3 SG) Aziz Ndiaye (JC C) Desmond Simmons (#25 PF)

8.) Brigham Young Cougars
      Key Losses- Jonathan Tavernari, Chris Miles
      Key Returniess- Jimmer Fredette, Jackson Emery, Tyler Haws, Noah Hartsock, Michael Lloyd Jr.
      Incoming Recruits- Anson Winder (#46 SG) Kyle Collinsworth (#27 SF)

9.) Baylor Bears
      Key Losses- Tweety Carter, Josh Lomers, Ekpe Udoh
      Key Returniess- Lacedarius Dunn, Quincy Acy, Anthony Jones, A.J. Walton
      Incoming Recruits- Stargell Love (#26 PG) Bakari Turner (NR SG) Perry Jones (#3 C)

10.) Illinois Fighting Illini
        Key Losses- None
        Key Returniess- Demetri McCamey, Mike Davis, Mike Tisdale, D.J Richardson, Brandon Paul, Bill Cole
        Incoming Recruits- Meyers Leonard (#6 C) Crandall Head (#18 SG) Jereme Richmond (#4 SF)

11.) Florida Gators
        Key Losses- Dan Werner
        Key Returniess- Evring Walker, Kenny Boynton, Chandler Parsons, Alex Tyus, Vernon Macklin
        Incoming Recruits- Scottie Wilbekin (NRPG) Cody Larson (#22PF) Will Yeguette (#30PF) Casey Prather (#11SF) Patric Young (#5PF)

12.) Ohio St. Buckeyes
        Key Losses- Evan Turner, Kyle Madsen
        Key Returniess- Jon Diebler, David Lighty, William Buford, Dallas Lauderdale
        Incoming Recruits- J.D. Weatherspoon (#37 PF) Aaron Craft (#19 PG) Lenzelle Smith (#24 PG) Jordan Sibert (#14 SG) Deshaun  Thomas (#6 PF) Jared Sullinger (#2 C)

13.) Butler Bulldogs
        Key Losses- Gordon Hayward, Willie Veasley, Avery Jukes
        Key Returniess- Shelvin Mack, Ronald Nored, Matt Howard, Zach Hahn, Shawn Vanzant
        Incoming Recruits- Khyle Marshall (#38 SF) Chrishawm Hopkins (NR PG) Erik Fromm (NR C)

14.) Dayton Flyers
        Key Losses- Kurt Huelsman, London Warren, Mickey Perry, Rob Lowery
        Key Returniess- Chris Wright, Marcus Johnson, Chris Johnson, Paul Williams, Devin Searcy
        Incoming Recruits- Dean Oliver (NR SG) Brandon Spearman (#26 SG) Jesse Berry (NR SG) Ralph Hill (NR PF) Juwan Staten (#15 PG)

15.) Georgetown Hoyas
        Key Losses- Greg Monroe
        Key Returniess- Chris Wright, Jason Clark, Austin Freeman, Julian Vaughn, Hollis Thompson
        Incoming Recruits- Aaron Bowen (#38 SG) Moses Abraham (#19 C) Nate Lubick (#9 PF) Markel Starks (#17 PG)

16.) Gonzaga Bulldogs
        Key Losses- Matt Bouldin
        Key Returniess- Steven Gray, Elias Harris, Demtri Goodson, Robert Sacre
        Incoming Recruits- Keegan Hyland (#49 SG)

17.) Texas Longhorns
        Key Losses- Damion James, Avery Bradley, Dexter Pittman
        Key Returniess- Gary Johnson, J'Covan Brown, Jordan Hamilton, Justin Mason, Dogus Balbay, Jai Lucas
        Incoming Recruits- Cory Joseph (#4 PG) Tristan Thompson (#3 PF)

18.) Syracuse Orange
        Key Losses- Wesley Johnson, Andy Rautins, Arinze Onuaku
        Key Returniess- Kris Joseph, Rick Jackson, Scoop Jardine, Brandon Triche
        Incoming Recruits- Fab Melo (#4 C) Baye Moussa Keita (#15 C) C.J. Fair (#21 SF) Dion Waiters (#4 SG)

19.) Murray St. Racers
        Key Losses- Tony Easley, Danero Thomas
        Key Returniess- Isaac Miles, B.J. Jenkins, Ivan Aska, Isaiah Canaan, Jeffrey McClain, Donte Poole
        Incoming Recruits- Shawn Jackson (NR PF)

20.) Marquette Golden Eagles
        Key Losses- Lazar Hayward, Maurice Acker, David Cubillian
        Key Returniess- Jimmy Butler, Darius Johnson-Odom, Dwight Buycks
        Incoming Recruits- Davante Gardner (#34 C) Jae Crowder (JC SF) D.J. Newbill (NR SG) Reggie Smith (#39 PG) Vander Blue (#6 SG) Jamail Jones (#22 SF)

21.) Kansa Jayhawks
        Key Losses- Cole Aldrich, Xavier Henry, Sherron Collins
        Key Returniess- Marcus Morris, Tyshawn Taylor, Markieff Morris, Brady Morningstar, Tyrel Reed
        Incoming Recruits- Josh Selby (#2 PG) Royce Woolridge (#42 SG)

22.) Temple Owls
        Key Losses- Luis Guzman, Ryan Brooks
        Key Returniess- Lavoy Allen, Juan Fernandez, Ramone Moore, Rahlil Jefferson, Michael Eric
        Incoming Recruits- Aaron Brown (NR SG) Anthony Lee (#23 C)

23.) Kentucky Wildcats
        Key Losses- John Wall, Patrick Patterson, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe
        Key Returniess- Darius Miller, Darnell Dodson
        Incoming Recruits- Doron Lamb (#5 SG) Brandon Knight (#3 PG) Enes Kanter (#1 C) Stacey Poole (#12 SF)

24.) Virginia Tech Hokies
        Key Losses- None
        Key Returniess- Malcolm Delaney, Dorenzo Hudson, Terrell Bell, Jeff Allen, Victor Davila, J.T. Thompson
        Incoming Recruits- Tyrone Garland (#33 PG) Jarrell Eddie (#18 SF)

25.) Missouri Tigers
        Key Losses- Keith Ramsey, J.T. Tiller
        Key Returniess- Zaire Taylor, Kim English, Laurence Bowers, Marcus Denmon, Mike Dixon Jr, Justin Safford
        Incoming Recruits- Ricardo Ratliffe (JC PF) Matt Pressey (JC SG) Tony Mitchell (#2 SF) Kadeem Green (#38 PF) Phil Pressey (#11 PG) Ricky Kreklow (#31 SF)


Notes-
* All recruit rankings are from scout.com
* Key players were determined as whether or not they averaged 15 mpg (some exceptions)



Preseason All-Americans
1st Team
- Kyle Singler, Duke
- Demetri McCamey, Illinois
- Lacedarius Dunn, Baylor
- Jimmer Fredette, BYU
- Austin Freeman, Georgetown

2nd Team
- Malcolm Delaney, Virginia Tech
- Jacob Pullen, Kansas State
- Robbie Hummel, Purdue
- Elias Harris, Gonzaga
- Nolan Smith, Duke

3rd Team
- Kalin Lucas, Michigan St.
- Shelvin Mack, Butler
- Ashton Gibbs, Pittsburgh
- Corey Fisher, Villanova
- Jon Leur, Wisconsin

Projected Standings

ACC:
1- Duke Blue Devils
2- Virginia Tech Hokies
3- North Carolina Tar Heels
4- Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes
5- Florida St. Seminoles
6- Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
7- North Carolina St. Wolfpack
8- Wake Forest Demon Decons
9- Clemson Tigers
10- Maryland Terrapins
11- Boston College Eagles
12- Virginia Cavaliers

Big East:
1- Pittsburgh Panthers
2- Villanova Wildcats
3- Georgetown Hoyas
4- Syracuse Orange
5- Marquetter Golden Eagles
6- Seton Hall Pirates
7- West Virginia Mountaineers
8- Notre Dame Fighting Irish
9- Louisville Cardinal
10- Connecticut Huskies
11- South Florida Bulls
12- Cincinatti Bearcats
13- St. Johns Red Storm
14- Providence Friars
15- Depaul Blue Demons
16- Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Big 10:
1- Michigan State Spartans
2- Purdue Boilermakers
3- Illinois Fighting Illini
4- Ohio St. Buckeyes
5- Wisconsin Badgers
6- Northwestern Wildcats
7- Minnesota Golden Gophers
8- Penn St.
9- Indiana Hoosiers
10- Iowa Hawkeyes
11- Michigan Wolverines

Big 12:
1- Kansas St. Wildcats
2- Baylor Bears
3- Texas Longhorns
4- Kansas Jayhawks
5- Missouri Tigers
6- Texas A&M Aggies
7- Oklahoma St. Cowboys
8- Colorado Buffs
9- Texas Tech Red Raiders
10- Iowa St. Cyclones
11- Nebraska Cornhuskers
12- Oklahoma Sooners

Pac-10:
1- Washington Huskies
2- Arizona St. Sun Devils
3- California Golden Bears
4- UCLA Bruins
5- Arizona Wildcats
6- USC Trojans
7- Oregon St. Beavers
8- Stanford Cardinal
9- Washington St. Cougars
10- Oregon Ducks

Sec:
East
1- Florida Gators
2- Kentucky Wildcats
3- Tennessee Volunteers
4- Vanderbilt Commodores
5- Georgia Bulldogs
6- South Carolina Gamecocks

West
1- Mississippi St. Bulldogs
2- Mississippi Rebels
3- Alabama Crimson Tide
4- Arkansas Razorbacks
5- Auburn Tigers
6- LSU Tigers

Way Early Final 4:
Michigan St, Purdue, Baylor, and Kansas St.

Nat'l Champs- Michigan St.

Comments or Complaints?




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Comments

Since: Dec 15, 2009
Posted on: May 14, 2010 3:50 am
 

Way Early College Basketball Preview

13- St. Johns Red Storm

I respectfully disagree, I see them in the top 8 in the B.E. and making the NCAA Tourny

Pitino is a wise I see 

  "Pitino voted his Big East coaches poll today he put St. John's No. 1 -- welcome back Steve Lavin"




Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: May 13, 2010 1:40 am
 

Way Early College Basketball Preview

Jon Leuer's name is spelled wrong in your All American list.  It is LEUER. 

Thanks!



Since: Jan 30, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2010 10:30 pm
 

Way Early College Basketball Preview

i should have just added a next 10 after the top 25, they are in no particular order: Memphis, UNLV (should be in the poll) San Diego St, Old Dominion, North Carolina, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Richmond, and Northwestern



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2010 2:19 am
 

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Where is San Diego State?!?! They return the top five scorers from a team won the Mountain West conference tournament. How are they not in the Top 25?



Since: Jan 30, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2010 12:50 am
 

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ahh the Memphis question, Memphis would have been top 20 if Eliot Williams had stayed in school he didn't, so I dropped them, I know they have an outstanding recruiting class coming in, but im not entirely sold on them coming in and performing right away, I think it'll take time to mesh in a game setting, also people are trying to compare it to Kentucky's class of last year but there are no prospects like that of John Wall or DeMarcus Cousins. Since you want to compare it to Virginia Tech I would rather have the senior-laden team than the one that is going to rely heavily on freshman who haven't even stepped on campus yet.


-As for the St. Johns question, that definetly has to be a wait and see, but good to know that they return a lot from a team that competed in the Big East and didn't get blown out like other bottom dwellers



Since: Sep 27, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2010 12:15 am
 

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i know you guys have no respect for st. johns especially given their past few years but how could you not see that they have 9 returning seniors and every game they were in last year. not to mention we have a better coach and added dwayne polee and maybe getting remi barry as well. we return d.j. kennedy , parris horne, justin burrell, shawn evans, we get back quincy roberts ( if he doesn't transfer first ) dwight hardy ( d buckets is what they call em ). you gotta believe they are gonna finish a lot better than 13th in the league with all the experience we have and just losing one player and adding maybe two impact freshman. look for st. johns to be a top 15 team by mid year. bank on that



Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2010 2:45 pm
 

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Why do you not have Memphis ranked?  Memphis should be ranked anywhere from 10 to 20 on the recruiting class alone.  But even if you want to put them outside the top 20 there is no reason they shouldn't break the top 25.  I mean come on Viginia Tech!!  I know the best player in the ACC Malcom Delaney is coming back.  But he's coming back to a team that went to the NIT.  Memphis went to the NIT as well but that was with a depleted roster and only two post players.  Add the number one recruiting class in the country and somehow V-tech is still better??  My point is V-tech adds nothing Memphis adds the best recruiting class in the country and still V-tech is going to be better?  I just don't get it. 



Since: Jan 30, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2010 8:14 am
 

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Old Dominion was on my mind, but they lose their top scorer from last year, think they will be a top 35 team next season, agree that missouri should be higher on the list, and completely agree that I whiffed on UNLV, I remember watching the UNI-UNLV game and learning that UNLV did return everybody from a really good season they should probably be a top 15 going into next season



Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: May 11, 2010 1:15 am
 

Way Early College Basketball Preview

Good Job, here are a few of my thoughts on your predictions:

Rankings 1-10:
BYU-Michael Loyd Jr. is transferring, and Tyle Haws is going on a mission, I would rank them, but I'd move them 10 or so spots lower with those developments. Jimmer Fredette will be getting more pub this season though.

Villanova-Hmmm...Not sure on them, losing Reynolds will really hurt this team from a leadership standpoint, and not to the mention the fact that he was their best player the past two seasons.

Illinois-I think the Illini will be improving next year, but I'd probably rank them from 20-25 at this point. Having 12 guys being able to contribute really isn't that big of an advantage barring injury, and I really doubt the Illini will have that many injuries. Not to mention the fact that McCammey and Weber seem to have some problems in seeing eye to eye. I think the Illini will probably underachieve Illinois fan's expectations next year.

Baylor-I'm not sure if they can replace Carter at this point, I'd put them in my top 15, but not top 10. Same with Washington, except for different reasons.

Rankings 11-20:

Texas-They have great talent coming in, but I'm going to continue to doubt them with Rick Barnes as coach.

Syracuse-Good job in not overrating them based on what happened last year, and how they excedded expectations. Fab Melo isn't going to make the contribution expected, and losing Rautins is going to really sting this team.

Marquette-They are really going to struggle with their guard play next year. I know they have two pretty good recruits coming in, and Dwight Bucyks as well, but I'd expect their guards to be the weak link of the team. Vander Blue hasn't improved in the past two years, and isn't a top 6 SG, he may not even be a top 10 SG at this point. He got overranked based on his recruiting contraversy with Wisconsin, and Marquette. Reggie Smith as a a top 120 guard is a complete joke. If he's a top 120 player then both Duje Dukan, and Ben Brust are top 100 prospects. Both Cubillian, and Acker are underrated for what  they did.

Ohio State-Yeah, they have a good recruiting class, but losing Turner is going to really hurt them. Diebler can't create any offense without somebody like Turner to help him out. Buford is apparently going to play the PG, but I'm not sure on this one. He isn't close to the player that Turner is/was. I'd probably rate them like Illinois between 20-25, and I think they'll fight it out with Wisconsin for 3rd in the conference.

Rankings 21-25:

Kansas-Yes the Jayhawks won't be as good as their fanbase says they'll be(They apparently think they can make the Final 4), but they'll be a top 20 next year.

Missouri-They should be higher with what they have coming back, and the recruiting class coming in.

Temple-Top 15 team next year with what they have coming back.

UK-Good job in not overrating them like others have.

VT-I think this is probably of all the teams to fall flat on their face. They were benifitted from a super easy ACC Schedule, and were on the bubble. They'll probably have a harder ACC Schedule next year, so it won't shock me if they get worse record wise.

Others:

Old Dominion-They return everybody of note from last year. If you rate Murray State you should rate ODU.

UNLV-They'll be on a similar level to BYU, I'd put them in there somewhere.

Wisconsin-They'll do what they always do probably again. Finish in the top 25, finish in the top 4 of the Big Ten, and get killed in the NCAA Tournament by a super hot Mid Major and then some of their fan base will call for Bo Ryan's head.

UNC-They'll be back next year.

All American List:

It's Jon Leuer, not Leur.

Projected Standings:

Most of look's pretty good.

Again, good job!



Since: Oct 4, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2010 12:56 am
 

Way Early College Basketball Preview

Very well done. I applaud you.


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