College Basketball is right around the corner and nobody really will give a shit until March hits. If you aren’t one of those people and love watching from day 1, thank god. You probably aren’t reading this though. Anyways, November 10th we get to start another journey of the craziest sports league out there. As they say “College Basketball: Where the unexpected becomes the ordinary”. So I can’t wait to see what we have in store and on the shelves this year. Who makes the jump this season? Who takes the dump this season? Go ahead and take a look.
- Duke– Five potential All-Americans on the floor for Duke this year. All about if Coach K can get them to gel together. Should be fun until they need to substitute.
- Arizona– Returning potential Wooden Award winner Allonzo Trier, along with maybe the best recruiting class this year, this should be the year Sean Miller gets his first Final Four appearance.
- Wichita State– Led by head coach Gregg Marshall, and returning everybody, Wichita State looks to own the state of Kansas in college basketball this year.
- Kansas– Devonte Graham looks to have a major breakout year and give Kansas their 156th Big 12 Championship.
- Villanova– With the loss of Hart and Jenkins, Villanova looks to Jay Wright to develop his senior-less team (besides the white bench dudes).
- Michigan State– As Tom Izzo actually tried to get Bridges out of college, he for some reason chose to stay which I love. Obviously a dumb decision, but he might just want to enjoy the college basketball (best league) days.
- Saint Mary’s– If you liked basketball in the 1930’s, this team is for you. Emmett Narr and Jock Landale attempt to run the West this year and bring back Delly’s Gaels.
- Cincinnati– Bringing in the best transfer in college basketball, Cane Broome, Cincy expects to make a jump and bring entertainment to the offensive side.
- North Carolina– Maybe if Joel Berry never lost in 2k, I would have them ranked a little higher. Expect Roy to throw his jacket a couple times this year as it will be difficult to find his team this year.
- Notre Dame– Big Bonzie in the frontcourt will cause bad matchups for opposing teams. Watch out for the Irish.
- West Virginia– Press Virginia brings back their backcourt and that’s all they need with Huggins in charge.
- USC– I really wanted to rank this team higher as they bring in a Duke transfer (Thornton) this year and return stars Metu, Melton, and McLaughlin but I like them right where they are.
- Florida– Injuries in the frontcourt may slow down Florida this year but fired up Mike White coaching will keep this team on the radar.
- Oklahoma– Oklahoma brings in the 23rd (best) recruit this year in Trae Young as he will make the splash this year. Potentially the best shooter we will see on a college basketball floor… ever.
- Kentucky– Calipari will struggle with this team as he didn’t land six top ten recruits this year.
- Seton Hall– Returning three star players, Seton Hall will be really good this year. Not much else to say.
- Virginia– With the best coach in college basketball, no way this team falls out of the top 25. Expect a Kyle Guy breakout season.
- SMU– Bringing in high-scoring transfer McMurray, SMU looks to repeat being a good team season after season in the American conference.
- Northwestern– Bryant McIntosh will steal the show this year and bring them to their 2nd tourney appearance.
- Minnesota– With the non-cheating Pitino coaching, Minnesota brings back a solid portion of the team this season and looks to make a leap.
- Gonzaga– They don’t have the best looking team this year but it just doesn’t feel right if Gonzaga wasn’t good. Expect Tillie and Hachimura to breakout this year.
- Purdue– The big Haas looks to tower over all big men this season and fill in for Biggie Swanigan.
- Texas A&M– Robert Williams returning makes this team worth watching this year.
- Xavier– Bluiett looks to make his name and get buckets for the Musketeers this year
- Miami– Larranaga looks to hype up his great, great grandchildren this year and make another tourney push.
Still good: TCU, Texas, Wisconsin, Maryland, Missouri, Baylor
Teams to watch out for: Rhode Island, Temple, Marquette, Alabama, St. Bonaventure
Not there year: Louisville, UCLA, Michigan
Deep Sleepers: Oakland, Middle Tennessee, UT Arlington, Harvard
All-American First Team: Allonzo Trier (Arizona), Devonte Graham (Kansas), Miles Bridges (Michigan State), Bonzie Colson (Notre Dame), Jock Landale (Saint Mary’s)
All-American Second Team: Trae Young (Oklahoma), Joel Berry (North Carolina), Grayson Allen (Duke), Ethan Happ (Wisconsin), Robert Williams (Texas A&M)
All-American Third Team: Jalen Brunson (Villanova), Landry Shamet (Wichita State), Markis McDuffie (Wichita State), Marvin Bagley (Duke), Michael Porter (Missouri)
ACC First Team: Joel Berry* (UNC), Kyle Guy (Virginia), Grayson Allen (Duke), Bonzie Colson (Notre Dame), Marvin Bagley (Duke)
Pac 12 First Team: Jordan McLaughlin (USC), Allonzo Trier* (Arizona), DeAnthony Melton (USC), Reid Travis (Stanford), DeAndre Ayton (Arizona)
Big 12 First Team: Devonte Graham* (Kansas), Trae Young (Oklahoma), Jevon Carter (West Virginia), Vladimir Brodziansky (TCU), Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (Kansas)
Big 10 First Team: Bryant McIntosh (Northwestern), Anthony Cowan (Maryland), Miles Bridges* (Michigan State), Ethan Happ (Wisconsin) Isaac Haas (Purdue)
Big East First Team: Jalen Brunson* (Villanova), Marcus Howard (Marquette), Kelan Martin (Butler), Trevon Bluiett (Xavier), Angel Delgado (Seton Hall)
American First Team: Cane Broome (Cincinnati), Landry Shamet* (Wichita State), Markis McDuffie (Wichita State), Obi Enechionyia (Temple), Tacko Fall (UCF)
Atlantic 10 First Team: Jaylen Adams (St. Bonaventure), Shavar Newkirk (Saint Joe’s), E.C. Matthews (Rhode Island), Justin Tillman (VCU), Peyton Aldridge* (Davidson)
SEC First Team: Chris Chiozza (Florida), Colin Sexton (Alabama), Kevin Knox (Kentucky), Michael Porter (Missouri), Robert Williams* (Texas A&M)
Mid-Major First Team: Emmett Naar (Saint Mary’s), Giddy Potts (Middle Tennessee), Rui Hachimura (Gonzaga), Jock Landale (Saint Mary’s), Mike Daum (South Dakota State)
Wooden Award Winner: Allonzo Trier
Coach of the Year: Gregg Marshall
Written by Pat Cloran