Gonzaga, UCLA 1-2 in the far too early top 25 college basketball rankings for 2021-22

After a college basketball season like we’ve never seen before, we’re about to enter a college basketball off-season like we’ve never seen before. In addition to the usual NBA draft rulings, the transfer portal is filling at an unprecedented rate and every player in the country has been granted an additional year of eligibility if they so choose. If you introduce a likely one-time transfer waiver and rosters today, you will look drastically different in three months.

But that’s not enough to stop the top 25 much too early!

Some basic rules before proceeding. For the most part, we use ESPN’s NBA draft rankings as a guide. If a player is in the top 60, they are likely to leave. There are a few exceptions. For the additional year of eligibility, we still predict the vast majority of seniors will depart. again with a few exceptions. These rankings will shift and change in the off-season, but here’s our first guess for the 2021-22 landscape.

Hurry up and dive in – there are only about 220 days left until the Champions Classic 2021.

Gonzaga was narrowly out in 2020-21 but it deserves the benefit of the doubt when it comes to early leaderboards. More than thirty wins in five consecutive seasons and six consecutive NCAA tournament appearances on the second weekend typically do so. Mark Few’s team loses at least three starters on lottery picks Jalen Suggs and Corey Kispert as well as likely draft pick Joel Ayayi, and Drew Timme and Andrew Nembhard could both test the water. But when Timme and Nembhard come back, few have the gist of yet another national contender, and Timme will be the overwhelming favorite of the Wooden Award. Anton Watson was an important part of the rotation, and the staff is confident that the young players – too Julian Strawther and Dominick Harris – will take a step forward. The Bulldogs also bring five star guard Hunter Sallis and are the big favorites to land number 1 in the overall prospect Chet Holmgren. The Zags are likely to hit the transfer market as well and are the perceived market leader for North Carolina Walker Kessler. There will be a lot of talent again in Spokane, Washington.

Projected starting grid:

Andrew Nembhard (9.1 PPG)
Hunter Sallis (# 13 on ESPN 100)
Dominick Harris (3.1 PPG)
Anton Watson (7.1 PPG)
Drew Timme (19.0 PPG)

I trust UCLA’s March momentum will carry over to the next season. This expectation depends a lot on what Johnny Juzang however decides to do. The breakout star from March increased his stocks as much as any other college basketball player in the past three weeks and was able to join the NBA. But when Juzang comes back, Mick Cronin should have every notable player from the Final Four team back. Jaime Jaquez established himself as the top scorer and Tyger Campbell is the perfect point guard for Cronin. The Bruins should also get a boost from the possible healthy return from Chris Smith and the addition of the five-star Peyton Watson grand piano. The question will be whether UCLA is more like the team that won five games in 12 days to reach the Final Four or the team that lost four in a row and finished 17-9 before Selection Sunday.

Projected starting grid:

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)

Matt Painter has done an excellent job at the Boilermakers this season, winning the Big Ten 13-6 before going into overtime in both the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments. But there are no seniors on the roster, and only a few backup front-court players have moved out so far. So all five starters for Purdue should be back. It starts with Trevion Williams, a preseason All America candidate who can be dominant in the lower end. The painter has a deep and eclectic perimeter group with Jaden Ivey a prime sophomore breakout candidate. Ivey started the last 12 games of the season, posted double-digit results in all but two of those games and scored 26 points in the NCAA tournament. Painter can get tall at 7-foot-4 Zach Edeyhe can have a more traditional cast with Mason Gillis at the front, or it could be small with four perimeter scorers.

Projected starting grid:

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)

The Buckeyes were ranked near the top 5 for most of the season before losing four straight times in the late season to end the regular season and then racing to the Big Ten title game – and then losing in the first round of the NCAA tournament against Oral Roberts with 15 seeds. Three key players from this group are back: potential All-American preseason E.J. Liddell and starters Duane Washington Jr. and Justice sued. Chris Holtmann addressed his point guard situation by going out and receiving the Penn State transfer Jamari Wheelerwhile Zed Key will see an increase in minutes down with Kyle Young probably gone. The state of Ohio was one of the best offensive teams in the country last season, but its defense was lacking. The Buckeyes were 10th on the defensive in the Big Ten, allowing eight of their last 10 opponents to score more than one point per possession. That needs to change.

Projected starting grid:

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)
Zed Key (5.2 PPG)

Kansas, one of the best teams in the country last month of the season, should celebrate Bill Self’s life contract with a much more consistent group. The Jayhawks will likely lose older Marcus Garrettbut most of the rotation should return. Jalen Wilson and David McCormack both had long stretches of what looked like stars Christian Braun and Ochai Agbaji are robust starters. The big question could be without Garrett at point guard. But DaJuan Harris put his two-way skills to the test last season while former Louisville signatory Bobby Pettiford was a top 100 prospect at the high school level. Even has Bryce Thompsonwho came to school with a reputation as a great scorer but struggled with injuries as a freshman. The Kansas forecourt, however, should have top 50 prospects Zach Clemence and K.J. Adams enters the herd.

Projected starting grid:

DaJuan Harris Jr. (2.0 PPG)
Christian Braun (9.8 PPG)
Ochai Agbaji (14.2 PPG)
Jalen Wilson (12.1 PPG)
David McCormack (13.4 PPG, 6.1 RPG)

Mark Turgeon hit the transfer market early and landed the Rhode Island guard Fatts Russell and Georgetown big man Qudus Wahab within hours. Russell and Wahab were supposed to answer two of the bigger question marks I had about the Terps: point guard play and a consistent presence inside. I assume that I am older Darryl Morsell goes, but Turgeon is bringing back three full-time starters Eric Ayala, Aaron Wiggins and Donta Scott – plus Hakim Hartwho was a key player on the track, starting 10 of 11 games in Maryland. There’s a lot of talent on this roster, and Turgeon did an impressive job with the Terps last season, taking them to the NCAA tournament despite limited expectations in the preseason. If Russell can regain his 2019-20 form and Wahab quickly adjusts to the Big Ten, Maryland has a potential Final Four contender.

Projected starting grid:

Fatts Russell (14.7 PPG on 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 in Georgetown)

This ranking depends a lot on it Collin Gillespie. The All-America Point Guard is a senior and could decide his Villanova career is over, but after tearing up his MCL and missing his final NCAA tournament, there’s a lot of talk about Gillespie ultimately taking advantage of the extra year and the wildcats could return. The fact that he will be rehabilitating over the next few months and may not be able to train for NBA teams at all could also be a factor. When Gillespie is back this will be a surefire top 10 team. If he is not and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl goes pro as expected, then Jay Wright could have some problems. But Justin Moore is back, Caleb Daniels is back and Brandon Slater and Bryan Antoine showed some promises over the course of the season. Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree should also add a bit more physicality after missing from an injury last season. Villanova also offers a highly acclaimed recruiting class with three top 100 prospects.

Projected starting grid:

Collin Gillespie (14.0 PPG, 4.6 RPG)
Justin Moore (12.9 PPG)
Caleb Daniels (9.6 PPG)
Brandon Slater (3.8 PPG)
Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (1.5 PPG in 2019-20)

If I had told you two years ago that Alabama was losing three starters and one more rotation player and still ranked 10 in preseason, you would have thought I was crazy. But that’s the impact Nate Oats had on the program in Tuscaloosa. Herb Jones, John Petty, Jordan Bruner and Alex Reese are probably all gone, however Yah von Quinerly should fit on the grid and Jaden Shackelford and Joshua Primo should thrive with a few more shots. The Crimson Tide also brings five star guard J. D. Davison, one of the most explosive players in high school basketball in recent years. Davison should immediately become a great goalscorer and playmaker. A possible weakness comes from within, wherever James Rojas and Juwan Gary will have to take a step forward along with Junior College Transfer Langton Wilson.

Projected starting grid:

Jahvon Quinerly (12.9 PPG, 3.2 APG)
J. D. Davison (No. 11 in ESPN 100)
Jaden Shackelford (14.0 PPG)
Joshua Primo (8.1 PPG)
James Rojas (2.9 PPG, 2.6 RPG)

Are we still going to do that? You know, the thing that we underestimate Leonard Hamilton and Florida State last season and then win 25 games and fight for an ACC title and win multiple games in March? The Seminoles have made it through the first weekend in three consecutive NCAA tournaments and probably would have made it to four if the 2020 dance hadn’t been canceled. I expect them to lose M. J. Walker and Scottie BarnesWhile Raiquan Gray is also testing the NBA draft waters. But Anthony Polite is back, Balsa Koprivica is back and Hamilton will also have his usual range of 7-footers to throw at teams. He also brings with him a deep and talented recruiting class led by Houston Transfer Caleb Mills, last season’s Preseason AAC Player of the Year. Newbies Matthew Cleveland and Jalen Warley should seriously score the perimeter.

Projected starting grid:

Caleb Mills (9.8 PPG in Houston)
Jalen Warley (No. 46 in ESPN 100)
Matt Cleveland (No. 30 in ESPN 100)
Anthony Polite (10.1 PPG)
Balsa Koprivica (9.1 PPG, 5.6 RPG)

COVID-19 impacted the Hokies end-of-season more than most power conference teams, as they missed 17 days in February, then played two games, and then missed the rest of the regular season before signing up for the ACC and NCAA again – Qualified tournaments. Before the break, Mike Young’s team was 13-4 with wins against Virginia and Villanova. And most of the key players in that group should be back at Blacksburg for another year. All-ACC big man Keve Aluma is the go-to-guy in the deep, and Young will surround him once again Tyrece Radford, Nahiem Alleyne, Hunter Cattoor and Justyn Mutts. At Point Guard, Wofford Transfer Storm Murphy will get the keys. Murphy played for Young at Wofford and was a first-team All-SoCon pick last season before deciding to reunite with Young at Tech. He’s a completely different player than the outgoing point guard Wabissa Bedebut he will improve the shooting. I’m high on this team.

Projected starting grid:

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)

There’s a good chance Scott Drew will lose four out of five starters from the national champions, but it’s hard to have low expectations of a team that has won 54 games in two seasons. MaCio Teague and Mark Vital are seniors while Jared Butler and Davion Mitchell first round picks are projected in the NBA draft. That is serious talent and experience leaving Waco, Texas. But we’ve seen how impressive the bear bank can be this season Adam Flagler on the scope and Matthew Mayer and Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua front. Flo Thamba should also return as a single starter. Drew always has reinforcements ready to join the program, and next season is no different. Kendall Brown and Langston Love are both five-star prospects while the bears in the portal are actively tracking Impact Protection. I don’t think Baylor will be a top 5 team all season like the last two campaigns were, but I don’t expect a massive drop from the champions either.

Projected starting grid:

Adam Flagler (9.0 PPG)
Langston love (No. 23 in ESPN 100)
Kendall Brown (No. 20 in ESPN 100)
Matthew Mayer (8.2 PPG)
Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua (6.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG)

I don’t necessarily expect this proposed line-up to be the one the Razorbacks trot on opening night. Eric Musselman has done the transfer portal better than any other college basketball coach in recent years, and Arkansas has been very active on the portal again so far. They have already landed Pittsburgh Transfer Au’diese Toney and are in the mix for a selection of perimeter players. A point guard is high on the list of razorbacks. If they land a hitter to run the show this ranking could look low. Devo Davis had a partial breakout in the NCAA tournament focusing on defense and scoring the winning goal against Oral Roberts. J.D. Notae is great for an instant offensive role while off the bench Jaylin Williams seems like a gem for the razorbacks on either end of the floor. I wouldn’t expect a possible lottery Moses Moody or seniors Justin Smith and Jalen Tate to return but I am confident Arkansas will add reinforcements.

Projected starting grid:

KK Robinson (2.6 PPG)
Devo Davis (8.5 PPG)
JD Notae (12.8 PPG)
Au’diese Toney (14.4 PPG in Pittsburgh)
Jaylin Williams (3.7 PPG, 4.7 RPG)

Here is one of two teams that I really have no idea what to do with and I’m sure you can guess the other one too. But Duke has had a 13-11 season and is likely to lose his two best players to the NBA Matthew Hurt and DJ steward. While I’m a huge fan of the top 5 prospect Paolo Banchero and I think he might be the most college-able prospect in the class, it’s hard to expect him to hit Hurt’s 18 and 6 straight away from day one replaced. The same applies to five-star prospects Trevor Keels and A.J. Griffin replaces Steward. On the positive side, guys Jeremy Roach and Mark Williams have a year under their belts, and Wendell Moore brings some leadership. The Blue Devils are expected to chase a few more players. Despite the generally overwhelming campaign, they have won six of their last nine games to create optimism for the next season.

Projected starting grid:

Jeremy Roach (8.7 PPG)
Wendell Moore (9.7 PPG)
A.J. Gripping (No. 14 in ESPN 100)
Paolo Banchero (No. 3 in ESPN 100)
Mark Williams (7.1 PPG, 4.5 RPG)

Another team that I may have overrated based on their March performance, but the Orange’s performance each March makes me feel like this isn’t going to look terrible in a year from now. Buddy Boeheim emerged as a legitimate star, and Boeheim, Alan Griffin and Quincy Guerrier are one of the better offensive trios you’ll find in the ACC. The loss of Kadary Richmond stands out on the transfer portal as he is a high-ranking playmaker and a likely NBA prospect. Jim Boeheim will roll at the point guard spot with Joe Girard and give him another shooter. Villanova transfer Cole Swider will bring the shooting to the forecourt and could allow Boeheim to go small with five goalscorers for distances. But Boeheim generally prefers a bigger body in the center of the zone, which seems like a weakness right now. Jesse Edwards and Frank Anselem could work in that role, though Marek Dolezaj goes and Syracuse doesn’t hit the portal for a big one.

Projected starting grid:

Joseph Girard III (9.8 PPG)
Buddy Boeheim (17.8 PPG)
Alan Griffin (13.3 PPG, 5.8 RPG)
Quincy Guerrier (13.7 PPG, 8.4 RPG)
Jesse Edwards (1.9 PPG, 2.6 RPG)

It’s not easy to gauge how good the Bonnies really were last season. They only played two non-conference games against Akron and Hofstra and were then barely competitive against LSU in the NCAA tournament. But they mostly rolled through the Atlantic 10 with only a few bumps and looked dominant in the conference tournament. And Mark Schmidt got everyone back from this team. Kyle Lofton is a star in the background and all five starters – Lofton, Jaren Holmes, Dominick Welch, Jalen Adaway, Osun Osunniyi – averaged two-digit numbers. One of the problems Schmidt had was a lack of production outside of his starting five. The Bonnies addressed this early on in the transfer market, adding significant transfers Quadry Adams (Wake Forest) and Karim Coulibaly (Pittsburgh). Both of them are not expected to make a huge impact, but if they can offer depth and versatility, that’s all Schmidt needs.

Projected starting grid:

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)

Arizona was a largely forgotten team last season and was likely an NCAA tournament team for most of the campaign, despite having nothing to play due to a self-imposed ban. It’s not clear if the Wildcats can play in next season’s NCAA tournament (or if Sean Miller will continue to be the coach), but until a penalty is imposed, I’ll roll with them as a potential team on the second weekend. Miller’s teams have been known for their defenses in the past, but this version was great offensively. James Akinjo is an excellent playmaker at the point of attack, and the Wildcats have an assortment of versatile front court players to create problems for the teams. Benedict Mathurin, Kerr Kriisa, Dalen Terry, Azuolas Tubelis and Jordan Brown All of them made an impact in their freshman year in Tucson, and Miller also brings a solid recruiting class, led by Shane Nowell, a top 100 prospect. Expect Arizona to reach the portal as well.

Projected starting grid:

James Akinjo (15.6 PPG)
Dalen Terry (4.6 PPG)
Bennedict Mathurin (10.8 PPG)
Azuolas Tubelis (12.2 PPG, 7.1 RPG)
Jordan Brown (9.4 PPG)

This is another difficult read. The Wolverines had five seniors in the top 7 Franz Wagner is a potential lottery election and is expected to be abandoned as well. Could any of these seniors be returning to Ann Arbor for another year? Isaiah livers was injured towards the end of the campaign and missed the NCAA tournament, so he’s in a similar position to Collin Gillespie – but Livers has a higher NBA draft inventory and has already tested the water once last season. Juwan Howard has to build around Hunter Dickinson next season, which is not a bad starting point, but next to the big man there is hardly a return. Brandon Johns was great in the NCAA tournament, while Terrance Williams and Zeb Jackson were highly acclaimed recruits who played sparingly over the past season. Michigan brings the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class, led by top 10 prospects Caleb Houstan and Moussa Diabate, along with the top 50 guards Frankie Collins and Kobe Bufkin. Collins could be the key. There’s not much back in scope.

Projected starting grid:

Frankie Collins (No. 40 in ESPN 100)
Zeb Jackson (1.0 PPG)
Caleb Houstan (No. 7 in ESPN 100)
Brandon Johns (4.9 PPG)
Hunter Dickinson (14.1 PPG, 7.4 RPG)

Ideally, after Hubert Davis was named a top job at UNC, there won’t be much wear and tear from Chapel Hill. If so, the tar heels should be fine in the first year of the post-Roy Williams era. Caleb love must be more consistent and less error-prone at the point guard spot, but R.J. Davis and Kerwin Walton made for good perimeter pop, and Leaky black is a versatile player. It is unclear what the forecourt will look like after the NBA leaves Day’Ron Sharpe, the transfer of Walker Kessler and the expected completion of Garrison Brooks. But Davis could also move away from the two big lineups that were staples under Williams. Armando Bacot is ready to return for now, and should be a good anchor in the mail.

Projected starting grid:

Caleb Love (10.5 PPG, 3.6 APG)
R.J. Davis (8.4 PPG)
Kerwin Walton (8.2 PPG)
Leaky Black (5.6 PPG)
Armando Bacot (12.3 PPG, 7.8 RPG)

Here is the second team that I really have no idea where to rank. I’m just assuming that John Calipari can’t have a second terrible season in a row. But they went 9-16 last season and have already seen it B. J. Boston, Isaiah Jackson and Terrence Clarke declare for the NBA draft (although Jackson made it clear he was leaving the door open to return to Lexington) while newbies Devin Askew and Cam’ron Fletcher entered the transfer portal. It is unclear what will happen to seniors Olivier Sarr and Davion Mintz, but Mintz has spoken about a possible return. At the moment we’re assuming both of them go. Reloading Calipari in the spring is nothing new, and I don’t think Davidson is transferring Kellan Grady will be the last addition to the roster. Grady and Oscar Tshiebwe should add some shooting and toughness over the next season. Five stars Daimion Collins will be a hitter. Two large buttons will improve the point guard game – whether from the incoming newbie Nolan Hickman or someone from the portal – and consequently outside shots; will Dontaie Allen see a bigger role?

Projected starting grid:

Nolan Hickman (No. 28 in ESPN 100)
Kellan Grady (17.1 PPG at Davidson)
Dontaie Allen (5.4 PPG)
Keion Brooks (10.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG)
Oscar Tshiebwe (8.5 PPG, 7.8 RPG in West Virginia)

Like Arkansas and some other programs, Oregon is another situation where I expect there will be players to fill the roster in the spring. Dana Altman does it every year and he makes the team buzz in the second half of the season. And he’ll likely do it again in 2021-22. Eugene Omoruyi, Chris DuarteL. J. Figueroa and Amauri Hardy are all seniors while Chandler Lawson transmits. But Will Richardson leads the returnees, including double-digit goalscorer Eric Williams. N’Faly Dante only played six games last season before tearing up an ACL Franck Kepnang had impressive moments in the NCAA tournament. The ducks also bring Nate Bittle, a top 10 prospect, who will bring versatility to the forecourt. With production potentially being phased out, Oregon could use an upgrade to its wing rating. Whether this is about returnees Aaron Estrada or in the transfer market, it should be priority # 1 in Eugene.

Projected starting grid:

Will Richardson (11.3 PPG)
Aaron Estrada (3.1 PPG)
Eric Williams (10.0 PPG)
Nate Bittle (No. 9 in ESPN 100)
N’Faly Dante (8.2 PPG)

The season didn’t end ideally for Niko Medved’s club, who stumbled against Nevada in the season finale, ricocheted off the state of Utah in the Mountain West semifinals, and was one of the last teams to be banned from the NCAA tournament. But the Rams didn’t have seniors and should return every player from that season’s group. Isaiah Stevens and David Roddy form one of the best inside-outside tandems in the mountain west Kendle Moore and Adam Thistlewood are seasoned options that return to the grid. Colorado State had the league’s best offensive in conference play, but when the Rams fought that end of the floor towards the end of the season and in the NIT, the defense wasn’t good enough to lead them to victory. You need to be better protected in the arch and rebound at that end of the floor. But I think Colorado State is taking the next step in the NCAA tournament.

Projected starting grid:

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)

Although Illinois, Ohio State, and Michigan were beaten to sneak into the NCAA tournament in the final two weeks of the season, it was a relatively disappointing season at East Lansing by expectations for the early season. Tom Izzo will also have some wear and tear. Rocket Watts has already transferred while Josh Langford has used up his eligibility and Aaron Henry is a projected NBA draft pick. But the Spartans went out and landed northeastern transfer Tyson Walker To run the show, Walker was supposed to team up with five-star prospect Max Christie to provide a much-needed IV drip for the back room. A big key is the status of Emoni Bates. A talent of the generation, Bates has long been considered a candidate for reclassification to the 2021 class. He could still make up his mind and enroll in college in the fall – though the excitement around him has always been that he is also considering to skip college altogether. When Bates lands in East Lansing next fall, he’ll take this team to another level.

Projected starting grid:

Tyson Walker (18.8 PPG in the northeast)
Max Christie (No. 15 in ESPN 100)
Gabe Brown (7.2 PPG)
Malik Hall (5.0 PPG)
Joey Hauser (9.7 PPG)

A 21-game winning streak from December to February was in vain as the Bruins lost their last two regular season games and then were blown out by Morehead State in the title game of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. But Casey Alexander has pretty much everyone on the team back, including all five starters and his seven top scorers. Nick Muszynskiwho missed the last couple of games of the season due to injury is leading the way down Luke Smith is a great outside shooter and Grayson Murphy covers the table from the point guard point. Belmont had one of the most efficient crimes in the country last season. With a 2-point percentage, Belmont finished third nationwide and made more than 35% of its 3-point offenses in league play. But they have to make a splash in non-conference play, or they will walk a similar tightrope walk as they did this season in league play – where a loss or two require them to win the automatic bid.

Projected starting grid:

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)

Another in the same vein as West Virginia and Baylor and a few others. This is a ranking with full confidence in Kelvin Sampson to find out. Houston had four seniors in its rotation this season, including DeJon Jarreau, and Quentin Grimes might decide to use its late-season momentum and step into the NBA draft. Marcus Sasser returns but he’s the only starter. Tramon Mark was a consistent contributor to the bank and Reggie Chaney was one of four great men in the rotation, and both are expected to see more minutes. But Houston has won at least one game in each of the last three NCAA tournaments and has won at least 21 games in each of the last six seasons, and I find it hard to believe that a team trained by Sampson won’t be the American Athletic conference favorites. Grimes or Fabian White returning for another season would be a huge boost.

Projected starting grid:

Marcus Sasser (13.5 PPG)
Tramon Mark (8.0 PPG)
Cameron Tyson (6,5 PPG)
Jamal Shead (3,3 PPG)
Reggie Chaney (4,6 PPG)

Ich bin nicht einer, der an Bob Huggins zweifelt, angesichts seines beständigen Erfolgs, unabhängig vom Talent, aber mit Miles McBride Eingabe seines Namens in den NBA-Entwurf, Taz Sherman als Senior und Emmitt Matthews und Jordan McCabe Beim Transfer gibt es in Morgantown derzeit nicht viele bewährte Offensivproduktionen. Sean McNeil ist ein Light-Out-Shooter und Derek Culver ist einer der besten großen Männer im College-Basketball, und das ist offensiv. Ich würde projizieren Jalen Bridges einen Schritt nach vorne zu machen und eine konsequentere Toroption zu werden, aber der viertbeste zurückkehrende Torschütze der Bergsteiger ist Gabe Osabuohien bei 1,7 Punkten pro Spiel. Also muss Huggins einige Waffen finden – und einen neuen Point Guard, wenn McBride beschließt, seinen Namen im Entwurf zu behalten. Kedrian Johnson ist zurück und sie holen den Vier-Sterne-Rekruten Seth Wilson als weitere Option. Es gibt einige Fragen in Morgantown.

Projizierte Startaufstellung:

Kedrian Johnson (1,3 PPG)
Sean McNeil (12,2 PPG)
Jalen Bridges (5,9 PPG)
Gabe Osabuohien (1,7 PPG)
Derek Culver (14,3 PPG, 9,4 RPG)

Nächste in der Reihe:

Tennessee Volunteers
Wichita State Shockers
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Virginia Cavaliers
UConn Huskies

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