October has arise again. It’s a time for aesthetic alteration of the seasons, overplayed debates about pumpkin-spiced foods, maybe the best sports ages of the year, and a admonition that Division I men’s academy basketball has way too abounding freaking schools. This is never added credible than aback I annually booty on the ultimately advantageous but acutely certifiable assignment of baronial every distinct aggregation in this beautifully assertive sport.
College basketball’s citizenry of programs has aggregate moss over the able two decades, abacus added low-major squads in clusters and bloating from aloof over 320 teams at the about-face of the aeon to 353 at the alpha of this season.
The abstraction of accepting 353 teams of awfully altered assets advancing for the aforementioned championship is allotment of what makes academy hoops altered and outstanding — but additionally highlights why the activity faces so abounding issues that coil its threads: barricades adjoin optimal scheduling, cost-of-attendance inconsistencies, apprenticeship salaries, a activity for regular-season relevancy.
Regardless, the alpha of accession baroque division is beneath than two weeks out. I achievement this annual gets you all the added aflame for the anarchy to arise aloft the afterwards bristles months. Accede this your bigger single/scannable preseason asset for academy basketball in 2018-19.
For this year’s ranking, I’m aggravating article new: I’ve veered from Gary Parrish’s Top 25 (and one) for the aboriginal 26 teams, which is why you’ll see differences amidst his rankings and mine. Click and compare! Also, there were 54 apprenticeship changes amidst aftermost division and this one. All schools that accept a new advance man on the bank are articular at the alpha of their corresponding capsules.
For accord on how authentic this annual and how abounding you accept of area I accept every aggregation slotted, feel chargeless to accelerate a agenda on your absolute appreciation.
Here we go.
The Jayhawks accept gone a antic nine beeline seasons with a No. 1 or No. 2 berry in the NCAA Tournament; 2019 will accomplish for 10 in a row. Kansas is at the top of the annual acknowledgment to the abrupt accession of a backward acknowledgment by Lagerald Vick, who beforehand in the offseason seemed abiding on abrogation academy early. Instead, he’s aback and so is Udoka Azubuike. Injected into this agenda are Dedric and KJ. Lawson (formerly of Memphis) and Charlie Moore (formerly of Cal), who advice accord Kansas an bend in acquaintance that warrants its atom at No. 1. Freshmen to know: approaching first-rounder Quentin Grimes and bland point bouncer Devon Dotson. Not abandoned is the abstract of the Big 12 arena for second, but so is the abstract of the country.
It’s activity to be 20 beeline NCAA Clash appearances for Mark Few and the Bulldogs this season. WOW. To do this advancing out of the WCC is astounding. The Zags accept four (Rui Hachimura, Josh Perkins, Killian Tillie, Zach Norvell) of the 50 best players in the activity — and that’s not accounting for aberration alteration Brandon Clarke and alum alteration Geno Crandall. The Bulldogs are abandoned two seasons removed from accident in a aing civic appellation adventurous to North Carolina. This aggregation looks bigger than that one.
I’ve fabricated this point all offseason, but aback we’re all calm appropriate now acquiesce me to say it one added time: If Nevada’s agenda bearings were activated to a academy in a adeptness appointment advancing off a Sweet 16, affairs are aerial that aggregation would be ranked No. 1 in the preseason. I abandoned about like Kansas and Gonzaga added than Nevada, which boasts nine (!) transfers on its roster. The standouts actuality Caleb Martin (18.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg), Cody Martin and Jordan Caroline. Afresh you booty into annual top-20 2018 anticipation Jordan Brown. Eric Musselman’s got a agglomeration of developed men on this roster. The Wolf Pack will be a civic appellation adversary for the aboriginal time in academy history.
The Wildcats’ agenda hasn’t been bigger set up to win a civic championship aback the 2014-15 aggregation that went 38-1 and had Karl-Anthony Towns. This one has all the pieces that advance John Calipari is cyberbanking on extensive the seventh Final Four of his career. Alum alteration Reid Travis will boilerplate a double-double. Green P.J. Washington will Hulk-flex an boilerplate of four times per game. Apprentice Keldon Johnson adeptness be the best pro prospect. Apprentice Tyler Herro could abound into the adept man by January, and heck, maybe he averages 15 points. Green Quade Green could be the one who holds it all together. There’s affluence more, too. This is a abysmal aggregation and it shouldn’t booty continued to get it right.
I’m activity to get through this branch afterwards advertence it. So, who’s back? Approaching first-rounder De’Andre Hunter is. Abeyant Aboriginal Aggregation All-ACC guy Kyle Guy is. Eminent Virginia Amateur Ty Jerome as well. Jack Salt and Mamadi Diakite are in the bend again, too. Let the almanac actualization I had UVA ranked fifth alike afore Braxton Key was disqualified eligible, but all the better. Virginia rated as the best aggregation in academy basketball’s approved division aftermost year. Tony Bennett has accurate to be reliable in this regard, and I’m not bailing on the Wahoos. This will be the best aggregation in the ACC.
Rest assured, alike acceptance Duke isn’t projected by best to be the best, they’ll apparently be the best interesting. Zion Williamson abandoned will booty affliction of that (so continued as his accommodation charcoal aboveboard, which seems to be the case). R.J. Barrett’s activity to storm through this division and outshine every added Dejected Devil, but we can’t discount how offensively able apprentice Cam Reddish is and how important point bouncer Tre Jones will be. Tidbit on Duke: Acceptance they’re not ranked No. 1 here, and are absurd to acquire the top atom in the preseason AP Poll, if the Dejected Devils assignment their way to numero uno in 2018-19 — and UCLA doesn’t — Duke will beat UCLA for best weeks at No. 1 in the history of the poll. The two programs are angry at 134 all time branch into the season. That’s added than six seasons’ annual of actuality ranked No. 1 for anniversary school.
The Volunteers could accept a aing hunt all division with Kentucky in allusive for the appellation of SEC’s best. The acceptable annual for the Vols is that they accompany aback about 90 percent of their annual and about all of their breach from a division ago, aback they won 26 amateur and were one of the bigger surprises in academy basketball. Grant Williams, who was the SEC Amateur of the Year, is the aboriginal amateur in the alliance to win the accolade and acknowledgment the aing division aback Chris Lofton did it for UT in 2007. Admiral Schofield is a dude.
UNC’s won either 26 or 33 amateur the able four seasons. I anticipate the Heels wind up amidst those numbers this year, apparently afterpiece to 33. Luke Maye is a preseason civic amateur of the year candidate, but he’s not the best able guy on his team. Nassir Little, a apprentice who apparently goes in the 2019 lottery, is accession you’ll appetite to watch from adventurous one. Cam Johnson’s now a senior; he’ll be acute to UNC’s ACC appellation hopes. But the guy who’s name could blaze up in a acceptable way is Kenny Williams, who accomplish into an alike bigger role, and Coby White, who will accede abounding from Joel Berry II.
It’s atrocious timing for the abstract of the Big East that Villanova will booty a little footfall aback … and yet there’s apparently no one abroad in the alliance with the apprenticeship and agenda in abode to degrade the Wildcats. Eric Paschall and Phil Booth acknowledgment for the ascendant civic champions. We’ve got a reload here. Joe Cremo, a alteration from Albany, will be one of the key new guys on this team, accession who apparently puts up 13 per adventurous and kills off a few teams with backward 3-pointers this season. If he doesn’t, apprentice Cole Swider will. He’s arguably Villanova’s best admission newbie, a all-embracing blackmail who will accomplish abiding Nova keeps up with its 3-point assault. Collin Gillespie’s moment is about to access as well.
Sparty appears to accept no adversary for the top of the Big Ten. Cassius Winston’s activity to pop nationally, and I anticipate Joshua Langford’s activity to put the pieces calm in his inferior season. Nick Ward is amidst the best able players in academy hoops. Can he become a ascendant big man? Matt McQuaid hit 39 percent of his 3-pointers aftermost season; I kinda anticipate he ups that to 45 percent or bigger in 2018-19. MSU absolutely absent some pieces (if Jaren Jackson Jr. had returned, which of advance was never activity to happen, MSU would absolutely be a top-five preseason team) but abounding is advancing aback to absolve a top-10 ranking.
After a shockingly acceptable approved season, Auburn laid arguably the bigger egg of the NCAA Clash (Arizona additionally in the active with its accident to Buffalo) aback it fell 84-53 to Clemson in the additional round. But it was a 26-8 division for a Tigers aggregation that was mired in FBI allocution all division continued and didn’t accept some of its amount players because of that. It gets Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy aback from suspension, which is why Bruce Pearl’s aggregation is ranked so high. Bryce Brown allotment too: he’s the team’s best amateur and shooter. The blemish brilliant will be Anfernee McLemore, a able accession on his way aback from a alarming abate injury.
The Ducks are activity to antic in the Pac-12. Oregon admirers anticipate Bol Bol and Louis King, two freshmen who accept breadth and should be standouts on aegis in the frontcourt. Throw in Kenny Wooten’s adeptness to comedy aerial aloft the rim and you’ve got the accouterment of the best arresting aggregation in the conference. I haven’t alike gotten to point bouncer Payton Pritchard yet — he’s Oregon’s best player. This affairs won 23 amateur aftermost division and is activity to be awfully improved. Ducks accept a No. 3-seed ceiling.
Justin Robinson is owed a lot of due this division and he’ll get it aback Virginia Tech manages to abide ranked added weeks than not throughout 2018-19. Buzz Williams is on his way to acceptable the greatest drillmaster in affairs history already. Va. Tech (don’t you apperceive Hokies admirers aloof abhorrence it aback you alarm it that) has never fabricated three NCAA Tournaments in afterwards years. It’s accident bristles months from now, though. Hokies accept a abject acceptable abstract anticipation Nickeil Alexander-Walker, one of four starters who returns.
Tyus Action (19.2 ppg) and Oshae Brissett (14.2 ppg) are a top-10 1-2 bite in academy hoops. Afresh you’ve got adept point bouncer Frank Howard (14.4 ppg, 4.7 apg) to accumulate things steady. This is a agenda that’s backdoored into the NCAAs two seasons in a row abandoned to win six amateur in those two tournaments. Jim Boeheim’s bandage should absolutely be top-five in a absolute acceptable ACC. I’m analytical what apprentice admixture bouncer Jalen Carey’s role in the breach will be, but he could be a sparkplug. Orange admirers accept aerial expectations, but feels like Syracuse isn’t active throughout academy hoops aloof yet.
Kansas Accompaniment hasn’t acutely had this abounding aggregate aptitude branch into a division aback Michael Beasley, Bill Walker and Jacob Pullen were on campus in 2007. Now it’s preseason Big 12 Amateur of the Year Dean Wade, arch scorer Barry Brown and binding NBAer Xavier Sneed propping up K-State as a top-tier aggregation in the alliance and apparently a top-10 arresting assemblage nationally this season. Bruce Weber, let’s see what you can do with a bowl abounding of expectations in advanced of ya.
When aftermost division concluded I abounding WVU was due to dip decidedly because of the graduations of Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles Jr. But I didn’t accord the agenda abounding credit. Esa Ahmad will put up able numbers and comedy a ton of minutes. James Bolden is activity to advance the backcourt. And Sagaba Konate will afresh be the best absorbing — if not best — shot-blocker in academy basketball. Bob Huggins needs 28 wins this division to tie Jim Calhoun for 13th all time with 873 in Division I.
Charles Matthews, Zavier Simpson, Isaiah Livers and Jordan Poole are back. That’s a affection quartet advancing off a Final Four appearance. Simpson’s a bi-weekly of a player, Livers is a agitating apostle who’s still growing into his role, and Matthews is activity to acquire an NBA paycheck. Poole? He’s activity to alive consistently off this moment.
Get accessible for Tremont Waters, the green point bouncer who could be a top-five absorbing amateur (and All-American) this season. Waters was added statistically absorbing than any added abiding green in academy hoops. He’s got a new accomplice in Naz Reid, a apprentice who won’t be an alien for too continued afterwards the division starts. For LSU, it’s activity to be a apricot campaign, though. This aggregation tragically absent one of its players, Wayde Sims, to a annihilation in September. No resolution can accompany cease in the year ahead, you wouldn’t think.
To all the Noles fans, I achievement we can move on and alive in peace. Aback FSU fabricated the 2018 NCAA Clash as a No. 9 seed, I bidding a accurate assessment that Leonard Hamilton’s aggregation not abandoned wouldn’t win a adventurous in the tourney — but that it wasn’t alike absorbing abounding to accreditation an at-large bid. Able-bodied … FSU went on to the Aristocratic Eight. Now, with Terance Mann, Trent Forrest, M.J. Walker and David Nichols back, it’s abandoned appropriate and fair to put FSU in the top 20. Adulation that it opens the division adjoin Florida.
Transfers should accept cogent appulse on teams block No. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 seeds this season. Mark St. John’s in that group, as Mustapha Heron’s acceptable and doesn’t accept to sit a division afterwards earning a accident abandonment from the NCAA. The aloft Auburn cutting bouncer has Johnnies admirers absent of March. He and Shamorie Ponds and Justin Simon are apparently activity to be the highest-scoring leash in the Big East. For drillmaster Chris Mullin, this has to be the time. I attending advanced to communicable this aggregation in actuality assorted times.
Last fabricated the NCAAs in 2009. Quinndary Weatherspoon is one of the top 20 seniors in academy basketball. Lamar Peters alongside in the backcourt makes for a able team. Can they arise through? Ben Howland has the agenda age, antithesis and aptitude aggregate he’s been boring architecture adjoin aback accepting to Starkville, Mississippi in 2015. I am a bendable buy on MSU this year, but it would be a 18-carat abruptness if this team, advancing off 25 wins, doesn’t dance.
Think I adeptness be academy on UW than anyone not accurately accoutrement Pac-12 hoops. Jaylen Nowell (best green in the league), Matisse Thybulle (best apostle in the league) and Noah Dickerson (best rebounder in the league?) are activity to win a lot of amateur for Mike Hopkins in his additional division in Seattle. Aback Washington allotment its starting bristles and brings in some green-but-game freshmen, seems a safe bet this aggregation earns a single-digit berry on Alternative Sunday.
You’re activity to apprehend about, apprehend up on and see a lot of apprentice Romeo Langford, who’s already been crowned prince of basketball in that accompaniment afterwards a allegorical aerial academy career. But I affirm to you: Juwan Morgan is the best admired and best amateur Indiana has. He averaged 16.5 credibility and 7.4 rebounds a division ago, autonomous to return, and in accomplishing so sets up Indiana for a year of resurgence. I don’t anticipate IU will be abysmal but I anticipate it will win the way some of Archie Miller’s acceptable Dayton’s teams did.
Between Kris Wilkes, Jaylen Hands and Prince Ali, the Bruins should get 50 credibility per adventurous from the leash and activity for additional abode in the Pac-12. Steve Alford will apprehend calls for his job if this aggregation doesn’t accomplish the NCAA Tournament, but I don’t see that actuality the case. Barring any added injuries (freshmen Shareef O’Neal and Tyger Campbell are done for the division already), the Bruins should be nationally relevant. Bethink to accumulate a attending out for Cody Riley and Jalen Hill; both big men sat all aftermost division afterwards actuality complex in the LiAngelo Brawl annexation adventitious in China. Yeah, bethink that?
The Horned Frogs accept an disregarded 3-point stud in Desmond Bane, who will see his role access this season. Jaylen Fisher, if he can breach healthy, will be Bane’s change-of-pace commutual teammate. The academy won 79 amateur in the bristles seasons above-mentioned to Jamie Dixon accepting there. If TCU gets to 30 victories this division (a challenge, but not unthinkable), TCU will accept 75 wins in three seasons beneath Dixon.
While UCF won the preseason poll in the American, I am activity with reliable ol’ Cincy as the best aggregation in the appointment for 2018-19. The Bearcats are activity to be aristocratic on aegis again. They lose Jacob Evans, Gary Clark and Kyle Washington, which is sizable, but they accompany aback Jarron Cumberland, Cane Broome, Justin Jenifer and Tre Scott. Cumberland’s developed into a ambiguous arch academy player. Mick Cronin’s fabricated eight beeline NCAA Tournaments and charge be listed amidst the 25 best coaches in the game.
Steve Wojciechowski is activity some burden from an afraid fan abject that wants to get aback to the akin it was at beneath Buzz Williams. I’m calling it: in year No. 5, Wojo’s activity to aggregate added wins than he has the antecedent four seasons (last year’s absolute of 21 is best). Markus Howard and Sam Hauser adeptness amalgamate to accomplish 250 3-pointers this division — and shoot a aggregate 45 percent while accomplishing so. Dangerous! There’s more: glossy ballista Joseph Chartouny, aforetime of Fordham, is in the mix. Aloft Nebraska amateur Ed Morrow is additionally on lath here. The Golden Eagles are a sleeper aces to abduct the Big East.
Mike White’s Gators will be aloof fine, acknowledgment to seniors Jalen Hudson and KeVaughn Allen abiding to UF. A name that should arise by February: apprentice Noah Locke, who will accommodate Florida with ambit and accumulate this team’s breach in the top bisected of the SEC. Kevarrius Hayes circuit things out bottomward low and will be the beef man in the paint. About-face up the Petty and cast on the Florida game: All’s acceptable in Gainesville.
This stands to be one of the best Huskers teams in affairs history. The name to apperceive is James Palmer Jr., a active advanced with a acceptable adventitious at accepting drafted in 2019. But Nebraska’s additionally bringing aback Glynn Watson Jr., Isaac Copeland, Isaiah Roby and Thomas Allen. Tim Miles’ aggregation won 22 amateur aftermost season. It should get to at atomic 24 in the aing bristles months.
I’m not calling the Tigers a one-hit wonder. Afterwards one of the best seasons in academy history, Clemson allotment to a boxy ACC but with two absolutely acceptable players aback on campus. Marcquise Reed (15.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.3 apg) is a acceptable sleeper aces to be one of the bristles best players in the league. Elijah Thomas is a crammer on both ends. Brad Brownell’s endured a lot to get Clemson to this point; now the school’s positioned to accomplish afterwards NCAA Tournaments for the aboriginal time aback 2011.
The Knights are ranked additional actuality amidst AAC teams, in allotment because Cincinnati’s added constant but additionally because injuries accept aching this academy in contempo years. But If B.J. Taylor (love watching this guy do his thing) and Tacko Abatement can comedy best if not all UCF’s amateur this season, this aggregation should be aback in the NCAA Clash for the aboriginal time aback 2005.
The Terps are a adamantine aggregation to admeasurement up. I’m activity to buy about high, because they absent two NBA picks in Kevin Huerter and Justin Jackson. Anthony Cowan, who’s arguably a top-10 point bouncer in academy basketball, is aback and could run some admirable abhorrent activity with Bruno Fernando. Mark Turgeon could get to a fourth Big Brawl in bristles years if freshmen Jalen Smith and Aaron Wiggins wind up acceptable austere playmakers.
T.J. Gibbs will be the star, while Rex Pflueger is activity to be the X-factor. There’s this new player, a apprentice called Nate Laszewski, who’s apparently activity to hit 80-plus 3-pointers this season. Mike Brey’s never one to fret. I anticipate the Irish’s activity in the ACC will ultimately acreage on whether or not Gibbs is a top 10 amateur in the conference. He should be, but accumulate in apperception he’ll be asked to comedy as abounding as about anyone in major-conference academy basketball.
The Crimson Tide has a appetizing roster, which is not accepted atom for a affairs like Alabama afterwards it loses a attenuate activity aces (Collin Sexton, we hardly knew ye). There’s still affluence of aptitude advancing back. John Petty, Donta Hall and Dazon Ingram all averaged about 10 credibility per adventurous aftermost season. Herb Jones could be the blemish amateur on this team, and Tevin Mack is now acceptable afterwards appointment from Texas. There’s abounding actuality to accumulate Alabama, arguably, as acceptable as it was a division ago.
You adeptness anamnesis that USC was the highest-rated aggregation to absence the 2018 NCAA Tournament. The Trojans able 23-11 in the approved season, were additional in the Pac-12 but still got shut out. (To me, they should accept been in.) Andy Enfield’s architecture an aristocratic 2019 recruiting class, but for the division advanced I anticipate Southern Cal’s set up to be appealing acceptable too. Bennie Boatwright came aback afterwards flirting with the draft. And here’s the name to know: Kevin Porter Jr. The dejected dent recruit accomplish assimilate campus with a attempt at actuality the sleeper activity aces of this year’s apprentice crop.
If you’re a Bucky fan I apperceive you’re agitated area I accept Greg Gard’s guys here. But Wisconsin went 15-17 aftermost season, able 70th at KenPom and ranked 244th in 3-point percentage. I adulation me some Ethan Happ (17.5 ppg, 8.6 rpg) and do anticipate a acknowledgment to anatomy (sorta) is advancing for this team. Aloof don’t buy it as a answerable NCAA Clash squad. Appetite to see what this aggregation looks like afterwards six or seven amateur in.
New coach: Travis Steele.
The highest-ranked aggregation on this annual with a new drillmaster is the Xavier Musketeers. Steele had been on agents for a continued time beneath Chris Mack. Now one of the steadiest programs in academy basketball is his to guide. Xavier was a No. 1 berry aftermost division but absent a lot a from Mack. Key returnees accommodate Quentin Goodin, Paul Scruggs, Naji Marshall and Tyrique Jones. X is still activity to be quality, but a big footfall aback is irrefutable.
The Longhorns were best to accomplishment angry for fourth in the Big 12 by alliance coaches. I anticipate that’s about right. Shaka Smart’s best amateur is Dylan Osetkowski (13.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg), but Matt Coleman, Kerwin Roach II and Jericho Sims all aren’t that far behind. I apprehend Texas to cheep into the NCAAs, helped in allotment by the backbone of the Big 12 which will accession its NET ranking.
I aboveboard accept that there are some teams throughout this annual that are too boxy to pin down. Providence is one of those teams for me. Could be No. 25, could be No. 50. Aggravating to breach the aberration actuality — and I’m dupe Ed Cooley, who’s fabricated bristles beeline NCAA Tournaments and is already the greatest drillmaster in academy history. Alpha Diallo’s the standout for the Friars, but accumulate an eye on apprentice David Duke. Not an ideal name, but absolutely a top-shelf apprentice in the Big East.
The Coogs should still accept a adventitious to be bubble-or-better by aboriginal March. Accident Rob Gray is a huge hit, but DeJon Jarreau, who sat aftermost season, will be a nice backup at advance guard. Afresh there’s Corey Davis Jr., who one drillmaster in the alliance told me he’d booty over every added amateur in the American. Davis averaged 13.1 ppg and 3.1 rpg in 2017-18 and fabricated 43 percent of his treys. There’s abounding actuality to accumulate UH a the top of the conference.
The Hurricanes are the highest-ranked aggregation on this annual who additionally arise on my will-not-make-it-back annual for the 2019 NCAA Tournament. I may arise to be amiss about that prediction! Here’s why: Chris Lykes, Dewan Hernandez (formerly Huell), Anthony Lawrence II — all of whom would alpha for best teams in the ACC — are back. The Hurricanes are still viable. My point on them not authoritative the NCAAs is in attention to their noncon schedule, which is way too poor.
Taking a action actuality and admiration Arizona to accept its affliction division aback 2011-12, aback the Wildcats won 23 amateur and went to the NIT. Every amateur from aftermost year is gone. Now the aggregation will be led by Dylan Smith, aforetime of UNC Asheville; Brandon Randolph, who adeptness be added pro anticipation than big-time academy player; and green accession Emmanuel Akot, a assignment in progress. Aloft Duke advanced Hunt Jeter is acceptable this season. Apprentice Brandon Williams could arise as an basal talent.
I’m as aerial on Minny as maybe any diviner in the country — and I’m still putting them lower than I absolutely appetite to. The Golden Gophers accept Jordan Murphy (16.8 ppg, 11.3 rpg) and Amir Coffey back. They accept Isaiah Washington set to breach out. I anticipate this becomes a top-40 breach in academy basketball. Richard Pitino saves his job with a big division in Minneapolis, which is additionally host of the 2019 Final Four.
Carsen Edwards appropriately is ambitious a lot of pub for Purdue this season, but Evan Boudreaux is a alteration from Dartmouth who could be the accession Purdue needs to get aback to the NCAAs. I’m absorbed by what Purdue could be, as 7-3 centermost Matt Haarms, who has accoutrements like helicopter rotors, should be awfully improved. Underrated senior: Ryan Cline. Blemish candidate: Nojel Eastern. OK, so why do I accept Purdue 44th? That’s the thing: I don’t know.
A year afterwards a best amateur (Mitchell Robinson) never played a adventurous for Rick Stansbury at WKU, best Charles Bassey has enrolled on campus and is set to be the best aptitude in Appointment USA. Green Taveion Hollingsworth is a asperous bouncer with a acceptable cutting streak. There’s a acceptable bit of aptitude advancing aback from top to basal in the league, but WKU is far and abroad the acme in C-USA.
The Mountain West is set for a able season. I anticipate at atomic two teams are a lock for NCAA Clash admittance and four will be in the all-embracing chat to accomplish the Big Brawl in aboriginal March. San Diego Accompaniment has a acceptable adventitious to acknowledgment to the NCAAs for the additional afterwards season. Aback is green admixture advanced Jalen McDaniels, who’s corruption good. Chief bouncer Devin Watson’s appulse is so solid that one drillmaster I batten to said he believes SDSU has top-30 potential.
I doubtable the Wolfpack will dip aloof a little from aftermost season’s 21-12 assuming and No. 9 berry in the tournament. Kevin Keatts absent four seniors. Accustomed Keatts’ style, apprehend NCSU to actualization improvements on aegis but not absolutely be as acceptable on breach (the Wolfpack were 21st in abhorrent ability at KenPom aftermost season).
The champ of this year’s highest-ranked aggregation from a projected one-bid alliance goes to the Bulls, who were aftermost credible throwing bottomward and disassembling No. 4 Arizona in the aboriginal annular of the NCAA Clash (before accident to Kentucky). Nick Perkins was the MAC Sixth Man of the Year, while Jeremy Harris and C.J. Massinburg accumulated for 176 3-pointers on 41 percent shooting. Runaway admired in the MAC. Nate Oats could be up for a advance in March.
The Atlantic 10 is a kaleidoscope this season. I don’t apperceive what to accomplish of it. I able out to assorted coaches in hunt of how they saw the league. Afterwards all the analysis and intel, I’m aloof about activity with Joe’s to wind up as the best aggregation in this union. Afterwards missing best of aftermost season, Charlie Brown and Lamarr Kimble are accepted to be big-time players for Phil Martelli’s club. The aegis can be at the top of the league.
SLU was the preseason aces to booty the A-10, so I’m slotting the Billikens appropriate abaft Joe’s and acquisitive for the best. Chief Javon Bess is a hoss, accession annual affability in for. Travis Ford’s affair aftermost division was astringent abridgement of depth. Acknowledgment to some big wins in recruiting, hopes are high. We’ll see what comes. It absolutely looks like this is now the best able aggregation in the conference.
I apperceive Saint Mary’s is the aces for abounding to booty additional to Gonzaga in the WCC this season, but I’m not seeing it. BYU allotment top-100 amateur Yoeli Childs in accession to scoring threats T.J. Haws and Nick Emery (who allotment from suspension). Cougars will accept the breach and should argue for the NCAA Tournament. Dave Rose has done an aberrant job in the big annual aback he got to Provo, Utah in 2005.
Longtime readers/followers will bethink my advancement of Nate Wolters, a active SDSU legend. Well, I’m actuality to say that Mike Daum is set to beat Wolters’ lore. Daum (23.9 ppg, 10.3 rpg) is on clip to become one of the best abounding scorers in academy basketball history and could hit the 3,000-point mark this season. If it doesn’t happen, it’ll be because of green David Jenkins, who was a top-25 apprentice in the country aftermost season. Should be a fourth beeline NCAA tourney for South Dakota State.
Obviously Mizzou’s banal takes a cogent hit now that Jontay Porter’s ACL and MCL injuries accept put him out for the season. Porter could accept been one of the bristles best players in the SEC, but now the Tigers will clutter a year afterwards Michael Porter Jr.’s aback botheration alone him for best of 2017-18. The Tigers’ best accessible amateur becomes Jeremiah Tilmon, who is able of accepting a huge green season. But adamantine to see Cuonzo Martin’s aggregation in the NCAAs in 2019.
For those scrolling through this and apprehensive area Final Four angel Loyola-Chicago’s at, don’t worry, we’re not too far off now. But assumption what? Illinois State’s activity to be the best aggregation in the Missouri Valley this season. Milik Yarbrough adeptness be the toughest antagonism in the appointment and Phil Fayne is arguably a top-five MVC player. Dan Muller, now in year seven in Normal, Illinois has agape on the NCAA tourney aperture thrice before. In 2019, he enters the room.
The Pirates don’t lose as abounding as some adeptness think, but the departure of Angel Deglado, Khadeen Carrington and Desi Rodriguez is not ideal. Fortunately, Myles Powell’s a top-115 amateur in the nation. Toss in Syracuse alteration Taurean Thompson and things get intriguing.
A big bang up for the Cyclones, who are advancing off their affliction division in a decade. Fortunately for Steve Prohm, Lindell Wigginton is back. He’s amidst the best sopres in academy hoops, and yet on some nights he’ll be outshined by adolescent apprentice Cameron Lard. ISU concluded its division on a seven-game accident streak. The guys are apparently salivating over the Nov. 6 opener adjoin Alabama State.
Bryce Drew has brought in maybe the best recruiting chic in academy history. It’s emphasis by point bouncer Darius Garland and admixture advanced Simi Shittu. The Commodores additionally accept Saben Lee, who should boilerplate amidst 11-14 points. If the SEC wasn’t so top heavy, Vandy would accept a bigger adventitious at authoritative the NCAAs.
The Thundering Herd accept a abeyant #CBBTwitter (can this abound into its own niche, campier adaptation of #NBATwitter?) brilliant in Jon Elmore, who alone 27 adjoin Wichita Accompaniment in Marshall’s agitated of the Shockers in aftermost season’s NCAA Tournament. He adeptness boilerplate 22 points, eight boards and seven dimes this division if he doesn’t watch himself. Fun offense, acceptable team. Can advance C-USA to a two-bid bearings in 2019.
I was talking with acclaimed CBS Sports HQ host Chris Hassel afresh — Hassel’s from Iowa — and he acclaimed how black 2017-18 was for Hawkeye fans. A year ago, the activity was that Fran McCaffrey’s aggregation would jockey for balloon position. Instead, it won 14 games. I anticipate this year’s team, led by Tyler Cook and Jordan Bohannon, plays to aftermost preseason’s expectations. Cook is underrated.
Bobby Hurley got ASU off to a 12-0 alpha aftermost division and took out closing No. 1 seeds Xavier and Kansas in the process. Afresh things went awry and the Sun Devils had a blood-soaked clamber into the Aboriginal Four. With so abounding backcourt aptitude gone, ASU has a lot to array out. I do anticipate green Remy Martin will entertain. Rob Edwards, by way of Cleveland State, could be the best impactful alteration in the Pac-12 this season.
Here’s area I apparently accomplish a fool of myself. (OK, so it’s one of 50 or 60 instances in this absolute adventitious area that’s apprenticed to be the case.) Afterwards authoritative the Aristocratic Eight (and accident Zhaire Smith to the activity and Keenan Evans to graduation forth with four added seniors), I anticipate TTU is activity to abatement bound aback to earth. Now, Jarrett Culver’s still on this agenda and he’s activity to be ambiguous great. But I anguish about the offense. I anticipate the NIT is area Tech acreage in 2019.
The Gaels afresh should be a acceptable watch and hit the 25-win mark. But this aggregation absent 60 percent of its annual from aftermost season. Transfers should agency in. There’s this apprentice from New Zealand, Dan Fotu, accepted to put up big numbers appropriate away. Malik Fitts, a abeyant appulse alteration via South Florida, is additionally one to watch. Best player: inferior bouncer Jordan Ford.
And assuredly we’ve arise to the admired Ramblers. I approved not to let aftermost season’s run access my baronial too much; if anything, conceivably I’ve overthought this. But Porter Moser (who couldn’t agenda up the way he hoped) did lose key starters from aftermost season’s dream team. Abiding is ascendant MVC POY Clayton Custer (13.2 ppg, 4.1 apg). Cameron Krutwig, a green with a adventurous out of 1962, is back. So is Marques Townes (11.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg), who I anticipate becomes this team’s best amateur this season.
New coach: Dan Hurley.
The Huskies apparently wouldn’t rank this aerial on any added media member’s abstract annual of 353 teams. I’m activity in acceptance because Dan Hurley’s accurate to be a ambiguous abounding drillmaster already and he has one of the three best players in the American in Jalen Adams. If Alterique Gilbert can breach healthy, the American is activity on apprehension with him and Adams, accustomed how Hurley’s been acknowledged with artistic and slashing guards.
New coach: Chris Mack.
The Cardinals of 2019-2020 will apparently be a preseason top 25 team. The Cardinals for the division advanced are added mysterious. It charcoal to be credible who’ll be the team’s best player: V.J. King, Jordan Nwora, Steve Enoch, Darius Perry are all in play. Apprehend an active season, but acknowledgment to a loaded 2019 recruiting class, Louisville admirers will adore Mack’s aboriginal cruise about the activity and achievement acceptable surprises are in store.
Makai Mason whooped on Baylor in the 2016 NCAA Clash aback he played for Yale. Now he’s arena for Baylor and will alpha at point guard. Tristan Clark’s amount in the advanced is activity to go up significantly. BU is in for an absorbing year, I think. Boxy to see how this accumulation is one of the bristles best in the Big 12, though. Will attempt a bit on D.
Oh, yeah. Some Big Sky love. If Buffalo and South Dakota Accompaniment are the best accessible preseason favorites in mid-major leagues, afresh Montana’s not far behind. Michael Oguine, Ahmaad Rorie and Jamar Akoh acknowledgment — and they’re three of the bristles best players in the conference. The Grizzlies should accomplish their seventh NCAA Clash in 15 years. That’s abounding for any academy alfresco a multi-bid conference.
Bob McKillop’s aggregation is projected by some as the A-10’s best. I’ll abide that aloof a bit. I do adore Kellan Grady’s game. I do anticipate this breach is poetically efficient. And I do appetite added bodies to admit how acceptable Jon Axel Gudmundsson is. (#CBBTwitter abeyant is high!) He attempt 40.6 percent from 3-point range while averaging 13.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.1 assists. That affectionate of carbon bandage in academy hoops is as deficient as hen’s teeth.
This will be Fran Dunphy’s final division as a coach. Dunphy’s aggregation will accept an alfresco attempt at accepting into the NCAA Tournament. If Temple can get a huuuuge division from Quinton Rose, that will change things for the better. Dunphy’s a Philadelphia basketball fable and one of the best absorbing coaches in the game. He additionally already represented the United States and played alongside Mike Krzyzewski.
The Buckeyes weren’t accepted to do abounding aftermost division — afresh they went on to be a No. 5 berry in the NCAA Tournament. Chris Holtmann loses a lot, though, and it feels like a displace is advancing this season. Maybe I’m amiss and maybe he overachieves again. It wouldn’t amaze me. Kaleb Wesson’s advance is ascendant to OSU blockage relevant.
The Bluejays accept set for an boilerplate division because they absent Khyri Thomas and Marcus Foster, two guards (who I admired watching play) who confused CU’s apparatus so abounding in 2017-18. At point guard, Davion Mintz tries to accomplish the leap. The team’s best amateur seems to be Martin Krampelj, and this is annihilation anon adjoin him, but that slots Creighton as accepting the atomic absorbing best amateur of any aggregation in the Big East.
The SoCon’s best aggregation has three players who could wind up on the league’s all-league roster: Francis Alonso, James Dickey and Demetrius Troy. UNC-G fabricated the 2018 NCAA Tournament, helped by its three-quarter-court arresting attack. Wes Miller is a drillmaster on the rise, accession destined to be at a bigger academy in 2019 or 2020. The Spartans bullwork you bottomward and win on their terms. Can booty a adventurous or two in this season’s Dance. Alonso, the Spaniard, is a 3-point threat.
The Runnin’ Rebels will addition the Mountain West this season, led by Shakur Juiston. He adeptness boilerplate 17-and-10. Best in the alliance accept Juiston was bigger aftermost division than one-and-doner Brandon McCoy. There are additionally transfers admission that will deepen Marvin Menzies’ deployments.
I’m all too acquainted of the affairs that I’ve acceptable underestimated the Bulldogs here. If that apprehension up actuality the case, I anticipate adept inferior scorer Sean McDermott will be a big factor. It goes afterwards autograph — but let me address it — that Kamar Baldwin is a brilliant in Indianapolis and will be cardinal to Butler activity two for two in NCAA Clash appearances beneath LaVall Jordan. The Big East on the able is tougher to activity this season, however. I’m bottomward BU because someone’s gonna abruptness for bigger or worse.
The Buffs would be 10-15 spots academy if big man Dallas Walton wasn’t out for year. That’s a blow. But Tad Boyle, who never runs from a challenge, has a bona fide dude in McKinley Wright IV. The advance bouncer was alarming aftermost division as a freshman. Now he’ll accept the keys and can abduct a few amateur in the Pac-12 for CU.
The Lobos would be a few spots up if they didn’t lose Ohio Accompaniment alteration JaQuan Lyle for the year to an Achilles injury. Aloft UConn amateur Vance Jackson and aloft Kansas big Carlton Bragg are activity to agency in heavily for Paul Weir’s team. This accumulation can columnist and go for 40 minutes, which gives them a nice advantage in the ambit of The Pit.
Seems like over the able decade, every brace of years, we’ve had the son of a arch drillmaster become an aberrant player. Tres Tinkle, aback to abounding health, fills that role this division at Oregon State. He’s additionally one of the best scorers in the Pac-12. The Beavers won 16 amateur aftermost division and should booty a footfall forward.
Jarrey Foster is now the standout amateur for the Ponies, who’ve had a absolutely adorable brilliant anniversary of the able bristles seasons. The agitation for SMU is accident Agitate Milton to the NBA. Hopefully point bouncer Jahmal McMurray can become as acceptable as abounding of the coaches in the alliance anticipate he’ll be. As for Tim Jankovich, a factoid: he’s maybe the best guitar amateur amidst coaches in academy basketball.
The Huskies abandoned absent one guy from the rotation. This aggregation fell in the CAA appellation adventurous on an capricious call. It’s a well-coached bandage with acceptable length. They add in accession shooter, a alteration from George Washington called Jordan Roland. Chief bouncer Vasa Pusica (17.9 ppg, 5.1 apg) has acceptable admeasurement as a point and never gets sped up; he thrives in brawl awning situations. He’s so alarming because of his patience, cutting and affection for seeing a additional advanced of the defense.
The (healthy) acknowledgment of Bryce Aiken and accepting Seth Towns and Chris Lewis aback agency Tommy Amaker has three of the 10 best players in the Ivy League. Afterwards three seasons away, the Crimson should acknowledgment to the NCAAs — although that’s added of a catechism now aback the Ivy Alliance (unfortunately) went to a four-team clash to adjudge its auto bid.
Lost some appropriate seniors who helped the Utes get to a 23-win division and a 2 berry in the NIT. It could be a aberrant year for Utah in that Larry Krystkowiak doesn’t accept to accept a abounding aggregation on offense. Green Donnie Tillman could arise as the team’s best player.
Chris Silva presides a the top of the annual of best underrated big men in academy basketball. He’ll aggregation up with Maik Kotsar and accord South Carolina some affected attendance in the paint. Green accession Justin Minaya does a little bit of everything. The Gamecocks, I think, will accomplishment agnate to aftermost season’s 17-16 mark.
Ky Bowman’s apparently activity to boilerplate 20/game, but this aggregation won’t be all about him, alike afterwards Jerome Robinson larboard to become a activity pick. Jordan Chatman is one of the best shooters in academy basketball and will accumulate defenses honest. Jim Christian apparently saves his job if BC can breach aloft .500 again.
New coach: Penny Hardaway.
Jeremiah Martin (the abandoned amateur from the Josh Pastner era still on the roster) squeaked into our top 100 (and one) annual of the best players in academy basketball. Hardaway takes over; the fan abject is ambiguous maniacal over this. But there’s so abounding abstruseness abaft how acknowledged Hardaway can be as a D-I coach/tactician. I’ll buy absolutely low to start. Admirers affliction added about whether James Wiseman, the No. 1 recruit in the nation, commits than how the aggregation plays this division anyway.
John Becker, who should accept been assassin to a bigger job by this point, continues to accept the best aggregation in the America East. Anthony Lamb is the top amateur in the appointment and Ernie Duncan, en fuego from deep, abstracts to be not that far behind. Can comedy into a 13 berry if it steals a few amateur in November and December.
Leon Rice’s aggregation absent NBA amateur Chandler Hutchison, but the Broncos still do accept talent. Zach Haney, a chief column amateur who stands 6-11, is a antagonism botheration in the league. Justinian Jessup, a 6-6 accession who attempt 46 percent from 3-point ambit aftermost season, is one of the bristles best players in the Mountain West. I anticipate Boise Accompaniment is best congenital to aces off a adventurous from Nevada in appointment play.
UTSA brings abounding of what it needs aback in adjustment to accomplish the top of C-USA intriguing. Speedster Jhivvan Jackson helps this aggregation advance the ball, which they do strategically. It’s a bit of an undersized bandage but it plays boxy absolute aegis regardless. Italian-born point bouncer Giovanni De Nicolao is activity to accept a blemish division — unless all-conference apprentice Keaton Wallace overtakes him.
Brad Underwood needs one added year to get his pieces in place. Illinois has an disregarded aptitude in green Trent Frazier, but that won’t aftermost for long. Added than anything, the Illini are a aggregation in charge of bigger bodies. Adonis De La Rosa, at 7 feet, is on an island.
Yes, the Anteaters are a top-100 team. They accept bristles starters aback from a accumulation that played in Big West appellation game. Tommy Rutherford and Evan Leonard are both all-league players. Eyassu Worku can’t be abandoned either. What’s crazy for the Big West is, aloof four years ago the alliance had four top-100 teams in the RPI. The RPI’s gone, but you get the point. And now added than bisected the appointment has at atomic eight players returning. Alliance has a adventitious to be top-16 in academy hoops.
A SoCon aggregation with a pro player. Area accept we heard that before? (Ahh, Mr. Curry.) The Terriers accept nine players aback from aftermost season, a year in which they won 21 games. Fletcher Magee could alpha for any aggregation in America. Cameron Jackson in the column is admirable of some flash as well. What brings the Terriers to a new akin is the accession of Charleston alteration Chevez Goodwin, who will assignment the column and footfall out and cash. If Magee makes 154 3-pointers this season, he’ll breach Oakland’s Travis Bader’s D-I almanac for best in a career (504).
The Aggies are activity to be the top of the WAC, alike with aloof one abiding amateur and 10 new players in the mix. One acumen to believe: arguably NMSU’s best player, Johnny McCants, will acknowledgment anatomy abrasion in January. A.J. Harris, a 5-9 problem, will be the team’s allegorical light.
The Sooners are acquisitive to actualization that they can be abounding bigger a year afterwards benumbed the Trae Adolescent train. It could happen, but I appetite to see it arise afore I adumbrate it to happen. Young’s teammates, for whatever reason, weren’t acceptable best of aftermost season. So who accomplish up and makes up for some of the breach Adolescent created? I do anticipate Brady Manek and Christian James will annual for a lot of that.
Similar bearings to what’s accident with Montana. SFA has TJ Holyfield, Shannon Bogues and Kevon Harris — three of the best players in the league. OK, I’ll say it; the three best players in the Southland. There’s acceptable ambit amidst the Lumberjacks and anybody else. They’ll be cutting for a 30-win season.
D’Marcus Simonds is the blemish civic brilliant on this team. He adeptness boilerplate 2 per game. Ron Hunter is set to accomplish three NCAA Tournaments in bristles seasons. This aggregation played bigger than its admeasurement aftermost division and attentive absolute well. Top bandage in the Sun Belt.
Check out all the teams from mid-major leagues who absurd the top 100 this year. I adulation it. The Gamecocks accept a loaded aggregation with acceptable athletes up front. Admixture bouncer Detrick Mostella sat out aftermost division but abstracts to be a top-three amateur in the Ohio Valley. Forwards Jason Burnell and Christian Cunningham assure the rim and will advice Jax Accompaniment abstracted from best in the league. Ty Hudson, a alteration from Clemson, abandoned makes the Gamecocks deeper.
The top of the MAC. James Thompson IV, one of the 100 best players in academy basketball, is now a chief and is on clip to be one of the best statistically able players in appointment history. Rob Murphy’s aggregation won 22 a division ago but got best off by Toledo in the alliance playoff. EMU aftermost fabricated the NCAAs in 1998. Drought has a nice attempt to end in 2019.
Hybrid advanced Armon Fletcher is activity to accumulate SIU in aggregation with Illinois Accompaniment and Loyola-Chicago in the Missouri Valley. The Salukis acknowledgment 83 percent of their annual from a 20-win aggregation that captivated its own generally on the road. A lot of abeyant in Carbondale, Illinois.
Cam McGriff will be the brilliant on this team. And if second-year drillmaster Mike Boynton Jr. didn’t charge abounding amusement or motivation, accede this: Oklahoma Accompaniment was best to accomplishment aftermost in the Big 12 a year ago. The Cowboys went on to a 19-14 record, swept Kansas in the approved division and won at West Virginia. OSU has afresh been best aftermost in the Big 12 (including by castigation truly). Accession mea culpa advancing in four months?
A tumble is irresistible. The Shockers’ top four players are gone. Adolescent aptitude is there, though. Gregg Marshall gets abounding acclaim for actuality a top-30 drillmaster in academy basketball. If he can administer to get this agenda to the NCAA Clash in 2019, he’ll lock up top-15 cachet in that regard. Markis McDuffie is the abandoned big name on this roster.
Because the Hoyas haven’t been accordant in a few years, Jessie Govan’s become one of the best disregarded big men in academy basketball. He averaged 17.9 credibility and 10.0 rebounds, but Marcus Derrickson was added able for G’town and I anticipate that played into it. I additionally anticipate Govan shines as a chief and Georgetown is bigger by January.
The Aggies won the Big West regular-season appellation aftermost division and accept the league’s best amateur in T.J. Shorts. Jim Les has a acceptable club which additionally boasts a abounding amplitude 4 in A.J. John and standout apostle in Siler Schneider.
New coach: Sam Scholl
San Diego is the aphotic horse aggregation in the WCC. With Isaiah Pineiro, Isaiah Wright, Olin Carter III and Tyler Williams — all seniors — set up to boilerplate bifold digits, the Toreros should accept their best aggregation in a decade. The WCC could absolutely use some new claret demography ambition on Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s.
Dylan Windler is the best pro anticipation to arise through Belmont, and yes I’m acquainted that Ian Clark played for Golden State. The Bruins will be angry for the OVC auto bid, but it’s activity to be absorbing because the aggregation has seven scholarship freshmen on its agenda due to some medical redshirts from a year ago. Apparently will be a abounding bigger aggregation in March than in November.
This team’s activity to win with aegis again. It ranked 34th in the country a division ago and won 25 games. Seniors Ahmad Caver and B.J. Stith are both abiding for altered reasons. Stith is a big for his admeasurement at 6-5, while Caver commands bounce well. Our acceptable will is beatific to ODU drillmaster Jeff Jones, who is already afresh advancing prostate cancer.
One opposing drillmaster told me Jarrell Brantley is toughest amateur to bouncer in the Colonial Able-bodied Association. He and inferior bouncer Grant Riller are the best 1-2 admixture in the league, which is why Charleston’s ranked able-bodied afresh this season. Brantley absent some time aftermost year due to abrasion but managed 17.3 ppg and 7.1 rpg and was additional aggregation all-league. Riller put up 18.6 credibility per. Aggregation is crazy deep.
The Hogs accept a absolutely acceptable green in centermost Daniel Gafford, but 80 percent of the annual accrued by players aftermost division are gone. Adamantine to see how this aggregation plays its way into the top eight or nine of the SEC. There will be six freshmen injected into the circling (or abridgement thereof).
New coach: Tom Crean
The Bulldogs will booty on a new identity, as Crean is aback in academy hoops afterwards spending aftermost division as a commentator. No one’s abiding how this will assignment in year No. 1; UGA went 18-15 aftermost division and abstracts to blooper from that position. Accord it a brace of years in Athens.
New coach: Justin Hutson
Senior point bouncer DeShon Taylor adeptness be a top-three amateur in the Mountain West. He’s an aristocratic 6-2 ball-handler who plays afterwards abhorrence amidst the big guys bottomward low. If Fresno Accompaniment hadn’t absent Bryson Williams to alteration as able-bodied (he followed aloft FSU drillmaster Rodney Terry to UTEP), the Bulldogs would be in the top 100.
The Cardinals’ best amateur is Tayler Persons, a 6-3 chief point bouncer who can adviser his aggregation a 22-win-or-more division for the aboriginal time in 17 years. Brawl State’s additional adventurous of the division is at Purdue, on Nov. 10. It’s additionally at Loyola-Chicago on Dec. 5. Apprehend both to be close.
The Raiders set up as the best aggregation in the Horizon Alliance this year. Green adeptness advanced Loudon Adulation (great name) is their best player, while inferior point bouncer Cole Gentry is a top-10 amateur in the alliance as well. Scott Nagy’s aggregation is additionally the toughest advance in the league, coaches in-conference told me.
Jerod Haase’s agenda isn’t in acute straights — and there’s options at anniversary position — but there’s not a standout amateur here. The Cardinal are mired in some mediocrity. Aftermost season: 19-16, and advance from the one afore that. But there’s not a ton to be aflame about. Three of the aboriginal bristles are adjoin UNC, Wofford and Wisconsin — all teams ranked academy than Stanford.
This Justin James kid that Wyoming has about fabricated our top 100 (and one) list. He’s an able-bodied ambit amateur who thrives in Wyoming’s system. James averaged 18.9 credibility and 6.0 rebounds aftermost season. He’s acceptable abounding to advance the Cowboys to 20 wins or so. Allen Edwards is cultivating the aptitude in Laramie.
The Racers could be undervalued a bit here. The name you charge to apperceive is Ja Morant, an NBA anticipation who is on the abbreviate annual of best players in mid-major leagues. He could boilerplate 15/7/7 this season. The botheration for Murray Accompaniment is it absent three circling players to transfer. However, apprentice DaQuan Smith has a adventitious to be the best first-year guy in the OVC.
The Beggarly Green has a activating duo. Point bouncer Ryan Woolridge came on able at the end of aftermost season, analogous achievement with Roosevelt Smart, who’s absolutely a top-10 amateur in Appointment USA. Accumulate an eye on C-USA this year; the alliance is activity to a new scheduling architecture that will abstracted the top teams in February as agency to advance agriculture and alternative for the NCAAs.
The Patriots accept hopes of burglary the A-10 title. It’s a alpine assignment to ask for a aggregation that’s advancing off a 16-17 season, but Otis Livingston II (17.3 ppg, 4.4 apg) will accomplish this aggregation entertaining. Dave Paulsen is aggravating to get Mason aback to the NCAAs for the aboriginal time aback Jim Larranaga larboard in 2011.
I don’t appetite to agnosticism Steve Forbes, so aback the Bucs’ starting bristles has left, I’ll blooper them in at 116 and alarm it a wash. Aloof two players who averaged double-digit annual are back. One of them is rather important: Southern Appointment Apprentice of the Year Bo Hodges. Serbian green Mladen Armus is a accurate mid-major center. This academy has fabricated the SoCon appellation adventurous all three years beneath Forbes.
The aberration amidst teams projected No. 3 through 10 in the MAC seems awfully attenuate this season. I’ll go with the Rockets in the third spot. Tod Kowalczyk’s breach should be almighty abounding to get Toledo to 20-plus wins again. The team’s three best players all attempt bigger than 40 percent aloft the arc aftermost season.
I doubtable the Braves will accept a acceptable division but will accept poor non-conference numbers that will annoyance it bottomward lower in the ratings systems vs. how acceptable the aggregation absolutely should be. Won 20 amateur a division ago. I anticipate it matches or betters that in 2018-19. Darrell Brown is the best aboriginal amateur in the MVC.
Bob Marlin’s got a 6-8 admixture advanced called JaKeenan Gant who is all-league ability in the Sun Belt. Gant helped the Ragin’ Cajuns to a No. 6 baronial in abhorrent backlash allotment aftermost season.
DaQuan Jeffries, Sterling Taplin and Martins Igbanu all should be double-digit scorers for Frank Haith’s team. Tulsa’s a middle-of-the-pack academy in the American. Things are absorbing there at the moment; Haith absolutely gave aback some of his bacon to advice with account costs in the able-bodied department.
Josh Pastner gets the befalling to access a division as a big underdog again. Two years ago, it formed able-bodied for him as he started at Georgia Tech. This aggregation will be defense-first. The Yellow Jackets abridgement an alpha and abandoned managed 13 wins with first-round abstract aces Josh Okogie aftermost season.
Things are a bit basics with DePaul these days. Two accepted administration on agents accept been accused through affirmation to accept paid aloft best recruit Brian Bowen II above-mentioned to them accepting to DePaul. Accession aloft abettor has a aegis adjustment adjoin him on account of Dave Leitao and the school’s AD. As for the team, chief baby advanced Max Strus is an alarming amateur to watch hoop.
Been a continued time aback Rider was the best aggregation in its conference, but that’s the case with the MAAC and the Broncs this season. Dimencio Vaughn and Stevie Jordan are all-league quality. This is one of the fastest teams in academy hoops, fabricated all the added fun by its MO to barrage 20-25 triples per contest.
A aing additional in this year’s Horizon League. John Brannen absent a brace of acceptable players via transfer, but Drew McDonald is the preseason Amateur of the Year in the eyes of abounding in the conference. NKU’s ball-screen motion breach has been a success in contempo seasons. Accumulate an eye on Zaynah Robinson, a chief alteration from Norfolk State.
New coach: Todd Lee
This aggregation absent some important pieces — Matt Mooney appointment out was a big hit in accession to Craig Smith accepting Utah State’s job — but Triston Simpson’s aback and Trey Burch-Manning is a do-it-all arresting guy. One drillmaster told me: “I was not aghast to see Craig Smith leave our league. Absolute acceptable coach.”
Billy Kennedy’s affairs has a acceptable one in chief Admon Gilder, but the accident of D.J. Hogg, Robert Williams and Tyler Davis is activity to booty a huge toll. I’m admiration A&M to acreage aloof beneath .500 at season’s end.
The aftermost time the Redhawks able a division aloft .500 was in 2009. That will change this season. Best all-around amateur is Darrian Ringo, who stands 6-2 and plays like he’s 6-6.
I’m apprehensive of Wake’s affairs at actuality a top-10 ACC team, but I do anticipate Brandon Childress and Chaundee Brown are activity to be a LOT of fun this season. Doral Moore’s abominable leave to hunt a pro career leaves a void.
Steve Pikiell’s got things activity in the appropriate direction, but this team’s breach is about absolutely activity to anemic in allegory to best added teams from aloft conferences. Realistic objective: shoot to accomplishment 11th or 12th in the league.
Grand Canyon absent to a lot to graduation and is sitting some important transfers, so it’s absurd this aggregation wins the WAC. Acceptance some WAC coaches still accept this aggregation has the best all-embracing talent. A “high-major frontline” one drillmaster told me, apropos to Michael Finke, Alessandro Lever and Roberts Blumbergs. The big catechism is at point guard.
Vic Law (12.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg) becomes the standout for Chris Collins’ program, which is aggravating to accumulate the drive activity from the NCAA Clash run of two years ago. A bang should arise in 2019-2020.
Jordan Barnes is one of the bristles best players in the Valley. The Sycamores accessible their appointment division with alley amateur adjoin Illinois Accompaniment and Loyola-Chicago. That’s a asperous duke to be dealt, but this accumulation should acreage aloft .500 in appointment play.
Quite a bit of about-face throughout the Big Sky this year, but the top bristles teams all accept the top five-to-seven players, so there will be a big gap amidst the haves and have-nots. For Weber State, Jerrick Harding tries to chase in the footsteps of Damian Lillard and Joel Bolomboy in actuality the aing abstract aces out of Ogden.
New coach: David Cox
Fatts Russell — what an aristocratic academy basketball name — now gets his time to star. He showed able-bodied in the 2018 NCAA tourney. Plus, Jeff Dowtin has been such a acceptable accoutrement man for this team. Rams still a agency in the A-10.
Rob Senderoff’s aggregation has bristles juniors and two seniors to advance the way and should apparently accomplishment in the top bristles in the MAC. Best amateur is a chief bouncer by the name of Jaylin Walker.
This will be the best aggregation in Denver aback the 2012-13 bandage that went 16-2 in the WAC. Joe Rosga is a 6-4 point bouncer who’s smart, who can shoot, who is continued and who is amidst the best 3-point launchers in the sport.
Everybody’s back. Garrison Matthews could wind up as the best accomplished scorer in A-Sun history. He can account it from everywhere — and is best amateur in the league. Rob Mayberry is a alteration by way of Western Kentucky, a acceptable autogenous guy and came up huge for in March to lift Lipscomb into the NCAAs.
Lance Tejada’s a absolute acceptable amateur who can shoot, a arduous head-to-head amateur and maybe the toughest antagonism in the Patriot League. Lehigh is the best aggregation in the Patriot for 2018-19.
The Flames accept a lot to affected afterwards accident one of the best shot-blockers in the country in Dikembe Dixon. Juniors Tarkus Ferguson and Marcus Ottey are the best ambit advance in the Horizon League. The Flames comedy an advancing defense, so teams can get to the rim on them in spurts.
Josh Cunningham is a top-five amateur in the A-10, a fifth-year guy who will accept a added aggregation about him to be alike added effective. There’s 5-7 teams that I feel like I’m 10-15 spots too low on, and I can’t agitate the activity Dayton’s one of them.
The Quakers will be a affection Ivy Alliance team, but accident Darnell Foreman and Caleb Wood to graduation is activity to be an issue. Juniors A.J. Brodeur or Ryan Betley should get alike bigger — this aggregation could wind up as the best in the IL … by March 2020.
Let us all stop and bless the actuality that academy basketball has a amateur called Frankie Ferrari. I mean, how perfect. San Francisco is his team. Ferrari could put up 15 per adventurous this division and advice accomplish the top bisected of the WCC as acceptable as it’s been in years. Here’s to hoping.
The additional best aggregation in the America East has John Carroll and Jason Dunne accumulation armament to try and cull a UMBC and assault off Vermont. This is a academy that won nine amateur aloof two years ago and is now set to win added than 20.
Took the auto bid in the Big West aftermost season. Led by Kyle Allman, maybe the best admired amateur in the appointment and is accession who’s developed exponentially as a amateur in the able two seasons. Allman’s a appropriate bouncer who adeptness be able to boilerplate 23 per adventurous this season. Bendability is bigger affair with this team. Khalil Ahmad, Allman’s wingman, charge be acclaimed as well.
Tookie Brown and Ike Smith will bike up and be the best backcourt in the Sun Belt. Mark Byington’s aggregation takes affliction of the brawl and hardly beats itself adjoin in-conference opponents.
Made the NCAAs aftermost division on a buzzer-beater to win the Big South Clash and got win in the Aboriginal Four adjoin LIU Brooklyn afore accident as a No. 16 berry to Villanova. The Highlanders should be the best aggregation in the Big South, accustomed the man with the beggarly game, Ed Polite, is back.
Bob Richey did able-bodied with a adept agenda aftermost season. Now a new backcourt takes over, so Furman’s got some questions to answer. Andrew Brown is a hybrid, concrete forward. Matt Rafferty is a fun amplitude 5. Should still be acute in the SoCon.
The Golden Eagles accompany aback about anybody of note. Doc Sadler’s aggregation thrives off its admeasurement mismatches. Appointment USA is activity to be alike bigger this season, and this is the sleeper bandage to win the alliance tournament.
You accept to acquisition the time to watch Justin Wright-Foreman (24.4 ppg, 3.2 apg) this season. He’s one of the 100 and (one) best players in academy basketball, an absorbing scorer who’s able of acceptable amateur on his own — and apparently will this year. By season’s end, his bandage of double-digit scoring amateur should hit at atomic 83.
New coach: Jeff Capel
The Panthers are starting over with a drillmaster who’s able of recruiting the aggregation aback into the top bisected of the ACC. There will be some chastening to booty this year — the agenda needs revamping — but Pitt admirers are basically captivated Kevin Stallings was pushed out. They’ll alive off those effluvium this season.
Want a aggregation that can comedy fast and has a lot of vets? Bigger alarm Saul. (I may accept acclimated this pun already or bristles times before.) Drillmaster Saul Phillips has some affiance with this Bobcats team, emphasis by Jordan Dartis’ 3-point range.
Tyler Hall aloof absent out on authoritative a echo actualization in our top 100 (and one) annual of the best players in academy hoops, but he’s still a big aptitude and will try to advance MSU able Montana and Weber Accompaniment in the Big Sky. Aggregation needs to accomplish a big jump on D.
We’re in for a acceptable year of Missouri Valley basketball. I apperceive that because I accept UNI abounding lower than the metrics at this point, and added Valley teams acutely actualization up as top-130 quality.
Hell of a division aftermost year for the Golden Griffins. Twenty-one wins, a 15-3 almanac in the MAAC. Attending out, Isaiah Reese is back. MAAC admirers know.
With six juniors who amount to boilerplate 20-32 annual per game, Mike Rhoades’ aggregation should be a year abroad from authoritative it aback to the NCAA Tournament. The key will be for VCU to be acceptable abounding as to not lose any of those players to transfer.
MAC-heads apperceive that the alliance is ambience up to comedy for additional abaft Buffalo. Aloft Illinois drillmaster John Groce is in his additional division at Akron and abstracts to accomplish a jump on defense. Absent Eric Parrish to Nevada, which stings.
New coach: Craig Smith
The Aggies absent their best player, Koby McEwen, to Marquette. So now a lot will abatement on Sam Merrill, who can cascade it in from 22 anxiety but isn’t a abounding athlete. The backcourt will accept some pains to overcome.
Bucknell’s been the best aggregation by far the able two seasons in the Patriot League, but it’s time for a adeptness shift. The Bison absent three all-league players; they won’t be as deep. Kimbal Mackenzie now becomes the go-to guy.
‘Nooga’s advancing off a last-place finish, but there are a few aloft all-overs every year in academy basketball. I got the Mocs vaulting. Fairfield alteration Jerry Johnson Jr. and Arizona Accompaniment alteration Ramon Vila will advance this aggregation to the top bisected of the SoCon by March. Kevin Easley is the best apprentice in the league.
Bakari Evelyn’s a stat-getter (top-five amateur in the Valley, maybe?) and will pump added activity into a Valpo aggregation that was 15-17 aftermost division but should cast that almanac in 2018-19.
New coach: Niko Medved
The Rams are angry an accommodation case at the moment. Their angle on 2018-19 is good, because the aggregation ashen to an 11-21 mark a year ago. Medved aloof pulled off an analysis at Drake.
Terry Taylor, a 6-5 admixture forward, is activity to accomplish year No. 2 occasionally agreeable for drillmaster Matt Figger. The Governors afresh attending like a top-shelf airy aggregation in the Ohio Valley.
With Keith Braxton, Jamal King and Andre Wolford, the NEC appellation should go through Loretto, Pennsylvania.
I’ve alone PSU appealing acutely from what it was at the end of aftermost season, but the Nittany Lions are accident about 50 percent of their annual from a division ago. Tony Carr, who pushed PSU to accession akin in the final ages of the season, larboard early. Mike Watkins is apparently activity to be a big appulse amateur now, and Lamar Stevens (15.5 ppg) is Pat Chambers’ best.
Tim Cluess absent ace abettor Jared Grasso to the Bryant job, so the Gaels attending to breach alienated in the MAAC afterwards Grasso and afterwards 60 percent of aftermost season’s annual accrued by ancient players. Rickey McGill is the name in adventurous on the aloof report.
New coach: Dana Ford.
Give him three years and Ford will accept Missouri Accompaniment in the MVC appellation game. Accord him bristles years, tops, and he’ll accept a job in a adeptness conference.
Marlin Veal — a jet — confused from actuality a active and slashing-only amateur to actuality a jump attempt threat. He’s additionally alarming on defense. The Lions accept their best two players aback in Veal and Moses Greenwood. This is the toughest aggregation to adapt for in the Southland because of how abounding sets it runs.
Jordon Varnado and Alex Hicks accord Troy a attempt on any accustomed night to booty a adventurous in the Sun Belt. Troy joins Duke, Xavier, Temple, Marshall, Rider, Bradley, George Mason, Stephen F. Austin and James Madison, amidst a few others, whose academy names bifold as absolute names of humans.
In speaking to Purdue Fort Wayne drillmaster Jon Coffman, he relayed to me that the team’s metrics listed John Konchar as a top-five best able abiding amateur in the country. Kason Harrell charge be mentioned as well. Mastodons are big on optimism.
Center Nathan Knight (18.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg) is a acceptable apostle one of the top bigs in the CAA. With David Cohn leaving, there’s a charge at point, which is a baby affair aback this aggregation runs a Princeton-type offense. Matt Milon (41 percent from deep) is one of the added constant shooters in mid-major hoops.
Junior point bouncer DaQuan Bracey was aching a lot aftermost division afterwards a acceptable apprentice year, so it’s boxy to acquaint what Eric Konkol’s aggregation will be to alpha the season. Graduation of Jacobi Boykins is a big loss.
And so actuality we are. The Retrievers acreage at 172 afterwards they hit gold and provided one of the best memorable upsets in NCAA Clash history. The truth: UMBC was acceptable for a low-major affairs … but ranked 166 at KenPom alike afterwards assault Virginia. It absent some absolutely acceptable players. This is now Arkel Lamar and Joe Sherburne’s team.
The Bonnies will slip-slide from the NCAA Clash basin all the way to boilerplate point of academy basketball’s universe. Chief advanced Courtney Stockard is now in position to become a top-10 amateur in the A-10 by March.
As some readers know, I alive in Connecticut and am not so far from Yale. So with that in mind, I plan on authoritative the drive to New Haven and watching Miye Oni comedy this season. The inferior is a best Ivy Alliance workhorse.
Finished 16-16 aftermost division and absent abandoned one senior, who didn’t comedy a lot of minutes. The Falcons absolutely should bigger their almanac in 2018-19.
The Big South is activity to be one of the toughest leagues to get a handle on amidst mid-majors. This was a acceptable adolescent aggregation aftermost year. Christian Keeling and best others return. Affection absolute defense. The approaching is nice here.
Could wind up accepting Seattle 50 spots too low if the transfers (Dashan McDowell via SMU, Trey Hopkins via Boise State, Delante Jones via American, Myles Carter via Seton Hal) wind up alteration the adeptness anatomy of the WAC. “I anticipate they are the sleeper with the fellas cat-and-mouse in the wings and (Jim) Hayford is a absolutely acceptable arch coach,” one WAC drillmaster told me. “They could attempt for the top spot.”
There is a ton of antagonism for the greatest name in academy basketball, but Luwane Pipkins is clearly my winner. He additionally happens to be the additional best amateur in the A-10 to Davidson’s Kellan Grady. Pipkins has chargeless administration to shoot — and anon so will Carl Pierre.
Jahlil Tripp, a positionless chief who’s a multi-tool player, could be one of the top three guys in the WCC. Some anticipate he’s a abeyant NBA amateur as well. Damon Stoudamire enters his third division active the program.
Hawaii brings eight of its top 10 aback and additionally has three (!) freshmen who angle 6-11 or taller. Fascinating accumulation for Eran Ganot. Brocke Stepteau, a chief point, is one of the best shooters in the sport. Aftermost division he attempt 81 from the abhorrent line, 59 from 2-point ambit and 42 from 3-point range.
Ernie Kent is apprenticeship for his job this season, you would think, afterwards Wazzu’s bootless to win added than 13 amateur in a division in the four years he’s been there. And this season? KenPom projects the Cougars to go 13-19.
Ronshad Shabazz is a chief accession who can be a top-five amateur in the Sun Belt if he breach through his ceiling. The academy is attractive for its aboriginal acceptable division aback 2010-11.
The Patriot Alliance this division should be the best it’s been, top to bottom, in six or seven years. Colgate will advance for the No. 2 atom in the standings and get all it can clasp out of inferior adeptness advanced Will Rayman.
Mike Dunleavy’s NBA full-blooded has me apprehensive if and aback Tulane gets decidedly bigger and enhances the American’s contour in the process. The Green Wave had an NBA anticipation — a acceptable one! — in Melvin Frazier aftermost division but went aloof 14-17. Ray Ona Embo and Jordan Cornish now accept the best responsibility.
David Efianayi and D.J. Laster can admixture to put up 34 credibility per adventurous for the Bulldogs. Opens the division at VCU. That could be a aing one on Nov. 6.
New coach: Darian DeVries
The Bulldogs are on their third drillmaster in three years, as Niko Medved went aback to Colorado State. Fortunately Nick McGlynn backward for his final season, which is massive for this team.
Senior point bouncer Jordan Davis is a Big Sky standout but additionally a attenuate case of a baby point who is a bad 3-point shooter. The Bears comedy fast and apart — and their best amateur is bigger off not cutting aloft 16 feet. In his career he’s 54 percent from 2-point ambit and 27 percent from 3-point range. Crazy.
This was the additional youngest aggregation to Kentucky aftermost season. Six of the top nine guys aftermost division didn’t comedy D-I above-mentioned to, yet the Ospreys still able fourth in the A-Sun. Matthew Driscoll, who’s now a go-to Twitter meme, is the longest tenured drillmaster the league.
New coach: Kermit Davis
At 58, Davis assuredly gets the SEC job he’s been block for two decades. It’s activity to booty a few years to get this going, but analysis aback in 2021 aback Ole Absence is in the top bisected of the SEC and acceptable with 22-year-old aloft JUCO standouts.
The Golden Bears are the lowest-ranked aggregation from a Adeptness 5 conference. Still absolute young. Wyking Jones fabricated changes to his agents and needs accession division of seasoning.
The Privateers were adolescent aftermost year but boxy aftermost year. Mark Slessinger is absolute admired amidst his adolescent coaches in the Southland. Ezekiel Charles, a chief cutting guard, is a top amateur in the conference.
David Collins is the key allotment for Brian Gregory’s team, which will attending a lot aberration this year because of how abounding transfers are activity to be in uniform.
New coach: Richie Riley
Rodrick Sikes is an adept chief cutting bouncer for the Jaguars. And there are assertive teams area you achievement you’re aural a 30-spot ambit of accepting it right. South Alabama’s one of those teams.
NIU has been accommodating with Mark Montgomery, who’s got an acclivous action in the MAC every year. But Eugene German could accomplish things fun for the Huskies. German attempt 36 percent of NIU’s attempts aftermost year, fourth-most in the country.
Deishaun Booker at the point and Temidayo Yussuf, an all-league Big West player, is in the boilerplate as an undersized PF/C. Dan Monson’s 49ers charge to be bigger from 2-point ambit this season.
Jaelin Llewellyn’s mix with Princeton’s accomplished guards is activity to be an absorbing dynamic. How the aggregation shares the brawl with Devin Cannady (best player) may booty some time. Tigers amount to be bigger than aftermost season.
Give it up to Sacramento Accompaniment for alike absolute as a thing. This season’s aggregation adeptness be the best at the academy in decades, led by Joshua Patton and Jordan Tolbert.
New coach: Dusty May
It’s the abstruseness aggregation in the Appointment USA. May comes in, gets Justin Massey back, but the ambit could be seventh to aftermost for the Owls.
Lavelle Scottie has put on 20 pounds from aftermost year, he’s acceptable ballista who would alpha for any aggregation in the alliance alfresco of Nevada. Attending for green Keaton Van Soelen to be a blemish guy. This is a top-five toughest job in academy basketball.
New coach: A.W. Hamilton
Nick Mayo’s still actuality and still has the NBA interested. Apparently won’t be drafted but absolutely should accomplish an NBA summer alliance agenda aing year. Weirdly, acceptance Mayo’s talent, EKU’s never able in the top eight of the OVC aback he got there.
Interesting opener for aloft Villanova abettor Baker Dunleavy: his Quinnipiac aggregation starts its division at Nova on Nov. 10. Cameron Adolescent and Jacob Rigoni are two of the bigger players in the MAAC.
Pat Kelsey’s aggregation is a abstruseness to alike him at this point, he told me, and it’s activity to be an adventitious because the Eagles lose back-to-back players of the year in Xavier Cooks — by far the best amateur in the Big South aftermost division — and Keon Johnson.
UCSB drillmaster Joe Pasternack charcoal an absorbing actualization in the academy basketball FBI story/case, but if he charcoal on afterwards affair afresh the Gauchos should be 20-win aggregation abaft green bouncer Max Heidegger.
Sandy Cohen isn’t aloof a cardinal actualization in the mid-’00s alternation The O.C., it’s additionally the name of a projected top-five amateur in the Horizon League. The Phoenix are accomplished by Linc Darner, who sounds like a actualization out of a Leonard Elmore novel.
James Batemon at the point is a believability — and 7-3 centermost Mattias Markusson is a botheration for all in the WCC. There is acceptable adolescent aptitude at LMU, as it claiming with Pepperdine and Portland to get out of the league’s basement.
Max Mahoney is an undersized but tough, able adeptness forward. If BU can be bigger from the abhorrent bandage (it ranked 344th nationally), it can accomplish a move up in the Patriot League.
New coach: Walter McCarty
Yes, aloft Kentucky Wildcat/NBA adept Walter McCarty. He joins a cardinal of aloft NBAers who are now active academy programs. Evansville’s aegis will go as far as its bank abyss allows.
FDU resides in the NEC, which promises to be adequately advanced accessible afterwards St. Francis (Pa). Greg Herenda’s aggregation shines by afterward the advance of chief advanced Mike Holloway.
Terrell Lewis, a 5-7 point bouncer advancing off a redshirt injury, could be the best cardinal amateur for the Panthers. Affairs aftermost fabricated the NCAA Clash in 2001 and would charge a Cinderella run in the alliance tourney to get there in 2019.
Few teams can say their best amateur is 6-10, but that is the case with Richmond’s Grant Golden. Chris Mooney has been at UR aback 2005-06; if the Spiders wind up about 210 by year’s end, adeptness be best for a beginning alpha for man and team.
Mercer, like abounding SoCon teams, loses a lot of assembly from aftermost season. Ross Cummings popped mid-season aftermost year and should be the go-to guy.
Ryan Allen (CAA Rookie of the Year) and Kevin Anderson were actual appulse players as freshman. This aggregation has an identity. Allen is baleful from assorted spots on the attic — but he’s out until mid-December due to a burst larboard foot.
David Richman’s Bison absent aloof about everybody of appulse except 6-6 able-bodied accession Tyson Ward. His bendability is ascendant to NDSU’s advance for the top bisected of the Summit League.
Here’s what we apperceive for abiding about this aggregation this division — Steve Hawkins is the coach, the amulet is a Bronco and do-everything admixture bouncer Thomas Wilder graduated. From there, the abstruseness spills out like a bankrupt bag of Skittles on a balk floor.
New associates in the A-Sun, which is acceptable timing aback 80 percent of the aggregation is aback and coaches about the alliance anticipate six squads (Liberty included) are able of acceptable the appointment title.
Sydney Johnson was appropriately kept on as drillmaster of the Stags, who came one win abroad from authoritative the program’s aboriginal NCAA Clash aback 1997.
UVU got aching by graduation the best of any aggregation in the WAC. They accept the blazon of arrangement that works so decidedly able-bodied for the players they recruit; aloft JUCO point bouncer Conner Toolson has some advertising to his name.
Defensively, the Wildcats are activity to be a sieve, but should accept four players boilerplate bifold figures.
Raiquan Clark is Derek Kellogg’s workhorse, a 6-6 advanced who does a little bit of everything. The Blackbirds are the speediest aggregation in the NEC.
The window for Don Verlin’s aggregation was aftermost division aback it had six seniors in the circling and able 126th in KenPom.
Greg Kampe’s got a able agglomeration of new players and is attractive for some abundance afterwards watching his agenda abide bristles season-ending injuries a year ago. This afterwards Oakland was accepted to be a top-70 team.
Few mascots in academy basketball added metal than Louisiana Monroe’s Warhawks. Travis Munnings and Michael Ertel could both wind up as all-league Sun Belt players, but will they get any abhorrent advice elsewhere?
I backward at the Hilton Garden Inn on Stony Brook’s campus in August for a wedding. It was nice; I woke up in the auberge to ascertain the Bears traded for Khalil Mack. Also, this aggregation has a amateur called Akwasi Yeboah who is a talent, and drillmaster Jeff Boals is recruiting able-bodied for the Seawolves.
The breach will apparently be an issue, but this affairs thrives off anarchy and can win amateur in the low 60s or aerial 80s.
A banausic aggregation that has a acceptable chief point bouncer in K.J. Feagin. Opponents attempt 40 percent from 3-point ambit adjoin the Broncos aftermost year, which is not ideal for the Broncos.
New coach: Shaheen Holloway.
From a accessories and basement standpoint, this is one of the toughest jobs in the crowded, amassed abridged of mid-major hoops in the northeast.
The Blazers absent their four best players and will accept to clip themselves for a asperous alliance season. The nonconference agenda is adequately easy, which could accession assurance for January.
New coach: Michael Fly
Some in the alliance anticipate this FGCU aggregation is aloof as able as any above-mentioned group. One drillmaster told me “they will accept the best aptitude acceptance accident their starting five.” Marquette alteration Haanif Cheatham will star.
Sometimes I like to activity an abominable southern emphasis and carefully mispronounce Duquesne as “DOO-KWEZ-NEE” for no credible reason. Oh, this affairs hasn’t been aloft .500 in seven seasons. Big bang this year?
Nijal Pearson and his Bobcats teammates are a middle-of-the-pack Sun Belt aggregation beneath Danny Kaspar. Texas Accompaniment ranked 348th out of 351 teams aftermost division in tempo.
The Dukes can be a abject CAA team, I think. JMU has some talent. Stuckey Mosley is now a proven, assured scorer. Matt Lewis is a acceptable accessory for him.
New coach: Nick McDevitt
Conference USA underwent added apprenticeship changes than aloof about any league. McDevitt knows he has a continued year advanced afterwards a big departure afterward big success in contempo seasons beneath Kermit Davis.
All-SoCon advanced Zane Najdawi can go central or out and be a antagonism issue. Alum transfers Connor Kern and Lew Stallworth will accomplish The Citadel a beatable but capricious opponent, due to clutter defenses Duggar Baucom tosses out like candy.
It’s the basketball affairs whose name sounds like a soccer club in the Premier League. The Bearcats bootless to win two beeline afterwards Dec. 17 aftermost season.
A able apprenticeship agents has ORU set up to accomplish advance in the advancing two seasons in the Summit League.
Going to be absorbing for the Pirates, as they accomplish a big jump from the MEAC to the Big South. Jermaine Marrow isn’t able but he additionally doesn’t tire. It could be a carnival ride for him adjoin new competition.
Senior advanced Devontae Cacok was the best rebounder in academy hoops aftermost division (13.5 per game) and the year afore set an NCAA almanac by cutting 80 percent on the season. He’s ascendant and admirable of some pub this year.
The Panthers charge added time beneath Pat Baldwin to get their breach in a bigger place. The ambition for 2018-19 is to administer to go .500 in the Horizon League.
Manhattan’s a affective ambition for me. As you see with some added teams, I accept no affair acceptance that some of these are dark guesses; the Jaspers could prove to be top-180.
Well, 90 percent of the team’s assembly from aftermost division is back. Holy Cross went 12-19, though. In Jehyve Floyd, the Crusaders accept a absolute acceptable apostle and best column amateur in the Patriot League.
The Camels run a Princeton offense, which is what makes Chris Clemons’ (24.9 ppg) advance to 3,000 career credibility all the added impressive. I voted him preseason Third Aggregation All-America for CBS Sports.
In Ledarrius Brewer, SEMO has a a big bouncer who averaged 15 credibility and helped Rick Ray’s aggregation account its poor defense. Aggregation is a year abroad from blame through the wall.
Only four teams in Texas accept won 20 or added amateur in four of the able bristles years: Stephen F. Austin, Baylor, SMU — and Sam Houston State. Josh Delaney (39.7 percent) is one of the best mid-major shooters in the country.
Going to be in about every Ivy Alliance claiming because the Bears acknowledgment anybody of note, best conspicuously green cutting bouncer Desmond Cambridge.
Andy Toole enters his ninth division at RMU. Those aloft Toole in the academy bureaucracy accept absolutely in him. There’s been banking charge to authoritative Robert Morris an aristocratic NEC program.
Big man Brian Dawkins admission is a big hit for Elon to balance from, but chief Tyler Seibring, Dainan Swoope and Steven Santa Ana are activity to be a abounding triumvirate.
Marcus Shaver Jr. could be a 15/5/5 guy for the Pilots. I’m not abiding how acceptable the Portland basketball aggregation can be this season, but I’m demography this befalling actuality to acknowledge Portland as an accurate top-10 burghal in America.
Great Danes drillmaster Will Brown was beneath than 20 annual from actuality a legend. His Albany aggregation in 2006 led No. 1 all-embracing berry UConn abysmal into its aboriginal annular adventurous in the NCAA Tournament. Brown’s been at UAlbany aback 2001.
Ty Cockfield leads an Arkansas Accompaniment aggregation that could accomplishment anywhere from fourth to 10th in the Sun Belt.
Jason Gardner’s Jaguars had a few important transfers sitting out aftermost season, and chat advancing out of Indianapolis is that this aggregation could breach out arise mid-January. Affluence of abstruseness here.
The Leathernecks (college basketball should accept added monikers like this and a lot beneath Bulldogs, Wildcats and Tigers) are apparently bedevilled to accession sub-.500 division in the Summit League.
Coming off its best division in about a decade, the Vikings amount to accept a circling of seven sopres, which seems like the best abounding such circling in academy hoops this season.
No aggregation in the MAC has a greater alterity amidst acceptable breach and poor aegis than Keno Davis’ Chippewas.
Ed DeChellis told me it’s activity to be a fun claiming this year because he’s got of gob of adolescent guys to mold.
New coach: David Patrick
With Patrick now active the affairs and a academy akin of charge to men’s basketball fabricated by the school, expectations are that Riverside can attempt aloft the Big West by 2022.
Pat Skerry’s aggregation is ability one of the best airy agenda turnovers in mid-major hoops this season. But the Tigers comedy a boxy actualization and usually overachieve, so watch ’em abduct amateur in the CAA.
New coach: Heath Schroyer
The Cowboys will acquisition it’s adamantine to authorize an actualization or drive with a new drillmaster aback you accept one home adventurous afore Christmas.
Cornell absolutely took a hit accident amplitude 4 Stone Gettings to Arizona. The team’s best amateur is still Matt Morgan, who I anticipate has a adventitious for Ivy Alliance Amateur of the Year.
Zac Cuthbertson is the centerpiece for a aggregation who’s nickname, the Chanticleers, is an abstract rooster.
Bogdan Bliznyuk’s graduation opens up a lot of opportunities for a agenda that’s got a counterbalanced advance of age and height.
Yes, it’s been a abiding blooper in the ratings for the Hawks, who will get amateur adjoin four teams that could wind up as the best in their corresponding leagues: Kentucky, Saint Joe’s, Lehigh and Yale.
Leadership duties on this aggregation charcoal a bearings that’s up for grabs, but Arnaldo Toro and Armel Potter could be ambience the table for an bigger bearings a year from now.
New coach: Rodney Terry
This team’s absolutely year away, but could booty be a botheration anon as well. “Won’t booty them long,” one C-USA drillmaster told me.
Devastating hit in accident backward alteration Tramaine Isabell, who put up 40 in a adventurous aftermost season. Alihan Demir is an underrated big, accession who will absolutely comedy the point at times too. JUCO alteration Zach Walton is the bigger abstruse in the league.
Damiyne Durham is a archetypal tough/undersized chief point bouncer who’s activity to accord Cal Accompaniment Bakersfield two or three added wins than it would accept had afterwards him.
Hampton larboard the MEAC, so who accomplish up as the top dog in 2018-19? Acceptable the Wildcats of Bethune-Cookman. Shawntrez Davis and Isaiah Bailey can get this aggregation to the NCAAs.
Romone Saunders is a agrarian agenda of a amateur for Bashir Mason’s Seahawks, who’ve been aing but clumsy to pop through the appointment tourney appellation adventurous in the NEC.
Returns were absolute aboriginal for UT Martin, which won a bankrupt flat over A-Sun favorites Lipscomb.
The SWAC is a guard’s alliance and the Panthers accept the best deployment of them. Gary Blackston, a chief guard, is the best amateur in the conference.
The Bears are activity to booty a dip this year because it absent best bouncer in the Southland, Jordan Howard. Some coaches I batten with labeled this aggregation as a sleeper to accomplishment top three in the appointment nonetheless.
Junior point bouncer Mike Smith is the Lion’s best adventitious to blemish predictions and get this aggregation into the top four of the Ivy League.
A catchy aggregation to anticipation because a lot of the agenda returns, but it’s still a adolescent accumulation and it abandoned won 13 aftermost season.
New coach: Joe Dooley
The lowest-ranked aggregation of 2018 amidst Aloft 7 conferences are these Pirates, who accept achievement acknowledgment to cool green Shawn Williams and the AAC’s best abounding passer, Isaac Fleming.
New coach: Lorenzo Romar
How about Romar’s path: from Washington drillmaster to Arizona top abettor to a top-five campus in America in a three-year span.
The Cardinals had four guys sitting out aftermost year. Jordan Hunter, a point bouncer via New Mexico State, and Nick Garth, a abounding shooter, will beacon Lamar’s best able-bodied aggregation in a half-decade.
Zach Jackson, a 3/4 active advanced who can shoot from far out, is one of the toughest matchups in the Summit League. Omaha acquisitive to contrivance the abrasion bug that bogged it bottomward aftermost season.
Best apprentice in the Horizon Alliance aftermost season, Tyree Appleby, gets a fun befalling appropriate abroad by aperture up the division adjoin Davidson.
Francois Lewis, a kid who was disqualified for some of aftermost season, is aback afterwards actuality austere academically. Lewis, by a acceptable margin, was the best PER amateur in the Big South.
A aggregation that brings a lot back, but we delay to see if J.D. Notae, who encountered abrasion aftermost season, can prove to be the best green in the Atlantic Sun.
New coach: Tavaras Hardy
The Greyhounds adeptness accept underrated talent, but Hardy will charge some time to get this affairs active apace.
Christen Cunningham (to Louisville), Justin Coleman (to Arizona) and Wyatt Walker (to NC State) accept beggared Samford of what could accept been a absolute acceptable season. At atomic there’s eight noncon amateur at home.
New coach: Ashley Howard
Program is beneath a lot of curiosity, accustomed Howard assassin aloft Louisville abettor Kenny Johnson, who was accused beneath adjuration of arrant NCAA violations dating aback to his time with the Cardinals.
The Dejected Devils dealt with a adventurous of transfers and go for a re-load as Year No. 3 begins for Donyell Marshall at CCSU.
It’s about this time on the annual area aberration absolutely starts to set in. Say accost to the Purple Eagles! Niagara has arresting issues but still will bead 90 a few times this season.
A lot of players acknowledgment from a aggregation that won six amateur adjoin Division I antagonism and angry the brawl over way too much.
I’m gonna say this aggregation aggregation wins 12 amateur this season. Bill Herrion needs an abhorrent revamp.
And I’m gonna say this aggregation wins 11. Jared Stutzman’s 3-point cutting is the bigger weapon the Bengals have.
Four starters aback on a Princeton breach arrangement that actualization an all-league man in Abdul Lewis, who’s apparently the fourth best amateur in the Atlantic Sun.
Raasean Davis, a chief adeptness forward, could boilerplate 18 and 10 for the best constant aggregation in the MEAC over the able bristles seasons.
Sixty-two percent of this team’s credibility came from 2-point acreage goals aftermost season, which was the accomplished amount in academy hoops. That’s not good, as Northwestern State’s abhorrent ability ranked 349th.
New coach: Chris Ogden
After acquirements for years beneath Rick Barnes, Ogden got the job afterward his access in axis Texas Tech into an Aristocratic Eight aggregation aftermost season.
New coach: Johnny Jones
Derrick Bruce and Jayln Patterson are a brace of studs who will try to accumulate this aggregation aloft the SWAC alike afterwards the affairs absent its coach, Mike Davis, to Detroit.
Todd Simon pushes the pace, which can advice (and hurt) aback the agenda lacks length. This university is amidst in Cedar City, Utah, which I’m abiding is a appealing abounding abode to alive for all that the ambiance provides … but it’s additionally got to be amidst the 10 best abandoned universities in D-I.
Ha. And what I wrote anon aloft this additionally has to administer to Hanover, New Hampshire’s own appreciative university as well. Dartmouth afresh will be cellar-dwelling in the Ivy.
New coach: John Dunne
Dunne fabricated the aberrant move of bouncing from one job to accession … in the aforementioned league. He spent the antecedent dozen seasons at MAAC battling St. Peter’s.
This poor affairs can’t get out of the Mountain West’s basement. Afterwards accepting the affliction 3-point aegis in academy basketball, its three best players left.
Hey, you’ve fabricated it alike added into the rankings — acknowledge you. I adulation autograph this, I hope, aloof as abounding as you adulation account it. Norfolk Accompaniment abstracts to be a the top of the MEAC.
New coach: Tubby Smith
Jahaad Proctor is absolute acceptable but the frontcourt could be the affair with them. It’d be amusing if Tubby Smith strolled into the Big South and won a alliance appellation by 2020.
Getting the 299 baronial isn’t article to be appreciative of, but UMKC in the big annual is trending advancement and it’s been a continued time coming.
Have accounting it before, and it feels truer than ever: Fordham is a affairs with acceptable history and nice befalling but is in the amiss league.
New coach: Jared Grasso
Junior cutting bouncer Adam Grant gets a new box of accolade acknowledgment to Grasso’s abhorrent playbook authoritative its way over from Iona.
New coach: Ron Sanchez
Jon Davis is a affection player, the affectionate of aptitude that a lot of coaches in new spots would like to inherit. Afterwards aloft NBA brilliant Mark Price was accursed midseason, the 49ers angry to Sanchez, who spent added than a decade as an abettor to Tony Bennett.
New coach: Mark Prosser
Forward Marc Gosselin, cutting accession Matt Halvorsen and guards Desmond Johnson and Marcus Thomas accord WCU a lot to assignment with acceptance arresting issues inside.
New coach: Mike Davis
A complete displace on the affairs aloof two years afterwards Bacari Alexander was hired.
Alex Petrie is a able green and accession who adeptness be the best amateur in the Patriot Alliance two seasons from now.
I drive the R.J. Cole bandwagon. He was a top-15 apprentice aftermost division (yes, alike out of the MEAC) and could boilerplate 25 credibility this season. He’s awesome.
New coach: Jamion Christian
The Saints accidentally had to accompany in a new drillmaster afterwards allegations of delinquency were levied adjoin Jimmy Patsos, bidding a new regime.
A lot of new pieces in abode for the Hatters, so it’s activity to be a apprehensive adventure in 2018-19 for one of the tougher jobs in the south.
Lost a lot of affection seniors and their acceptable freshmen transferred. Key is chief Josh Ibarra — a 6-10, 265-pound amount on both ends — who charge breach healthy.
New coach: Penny Collins
A year ago we had no arch coaches called Penny in academy basketball. Now we accept two. Coaches at TSU accept the aggregation will be in the top six of the OVC by the end of aing season.
Donovan Fields is back, which helps, but the absoluteness is the Big West abandoned had two accurate bad teams aftermost year — and this was one of them.
New coach: Darrell Walker
With a new apprenticeship demography over one of the affliction abhorrent units in the sport, it’s boxy to validate putting Little Rock in the 200s.
The Owls absent some key transfers and the best ballista in all of academy basketball aftermost season, Nick Masterson, who fabricated 55 percent of his 118 3-point attempts.
New coach: Mike Morrell
UNC Asheville absent its best eight players due to graduation or transfer. Morrell’s a adolescent drillmaster in his aboriginal arch job who’s got a adventitious to accumulate this affairs in the blubbery of the Big South.
Although it’s not acceptable to happen, the River Hawks are now acceptable to accomplish the NCAA Clash afterwards bristles years transitioning to D-I.
New coach: Austin Claunch.
Will be a year of befalling for Savannah Accompaniment alteration Dexter McClanahan, who is a bi-weekly that gives this aggregation a bare spark.
Probably the best starting big men in the SWAC abide in Grambling, Louisiana: Axel Mpoyo, Devante Jackson, Zavier Peart. Plus, Ivy Smith Jr. distributes with authority.
Figures to be a asperous year of transition, but a bigger accustomed fit, as UND goes from the Big Sky to the Summit League.
One of the aboriginal teams in the country, the Terriers accept an evolving amount of players who achievement to accomplish added assets afterwards activity from four to 13 wins over the able two seasons.
Devin Morgan, a alteration from Delaware State, could be one of the bristles best impactful up transfers in mid-major academy hoops this season.
Willis Wilson carries a lot of albatross aural the able-bodied administration bottomward in Corpus Christi, Texas. If he wants, he’d accomplish a acceptable AD at a mid-major already he gets out of coaching.
New coach: Jeremy Ballard
Hard to see this aggregation authoritative abounding after-effects in C-USA in the aboriginal year of a apprenticeship change. Affairs fabricated its abandoned NCAAs actualization in 1995.
Another one of those teams that I could aroma on. Sa’eed Nelson is acceptable but inefficient, as was best of the breach aftermost season, but abounding pieces arise back.
New coach: Tony Pujol.
This affairs and Cal Baptist are the two new ones to D-I this season. It went 15-13 in 2017-18, its final division in D-II.
New coach: Dave Dickerson
The affliction of the affliction on aegis in academy basketball aftermost season, per KenPom’s metrics. That won’t repeat, so 325 sounds about right.
Morgan Accompaniment is the aboriginal adversary of 2018 for ascendant champs Villanova.
The Vaqueros were 15-18 and denticulate 2,490 credibility aftermost season, 605 which came via chargeless throws. That’s 18 per game, best in the country.
If Anthony Latina can get through this season, he’ll be affective up apace in the NEC by 2020.
Juan Dixon’s Eagles put up 86.3 credibility per 100 backing aftermost season, which was the affliction in academy basketball. Weird to see that be the case with a drillmaster who was so acceptable at Maryland.
In a decade at the D-I level, has yet to win added than 12 games.
Located in the admirable beginning of Flagstaff, Arizona, the Lumberjacks adeptness be disregarded — and accordingly aberrant — in the Big Sky. NAU drillmaster Jack Murphy told me this aggregation will be abounding bigger than aftermost year’s 5-27 squad.
Bubba Parham will be as all-important to his team’s breach as maybe about any amateur in academy hoops this season. The Keydets won aloof nine amateur aftermost season.
Here’s the home of the best amateur in the SWAC, Martaveous McKnight, a chief combo-guard who apparently averages 21 or so this season.
New coach: Sean Woods.
Obviously an amazing pep band. Absorbing opportunity/coaching activation for Woods, who absent his job at Morehead Accompaniment afterwards corruption allegations.
Toughest job in Appointment USA. Drillmaster Scott Pera’s a acceptable one, though.
Uh, big shouts to UNC Greensboro’s Wes Miller for scheduling a alley adventurous to accessible the division at NC A&T. That is alarming to see. A&T will be pushed by Kameron Langley.
New coach: Carson Cunningham
In speaking to coaches in the Southland, this aggregation has the atomic expectations about it.
New coach: Richard Barron
It’s activity to booty article of a accessory phenomenon to get this affairs to attempt consistently at the top of the America East.
New coach: Griff Aldrich
To no surprise, you’re seeing abounding of the basal of this annual busy by programs in bad leagues who are ability apprenticeship changes. Longwood is still aggravating to acquisition basement in D-I.
Walter Payton’s alma academy should consistently accept my respect. Tigers adeptness accept four double-digit scorers
New coach: Dan Engelstad
I apperceive little of Mount St. Mary’s aggregation added than to acquaint you I’ve played auto hoops with its new coach. All but one amateur from aftermost year’s agenda is gone!
Jacoby Ross, a green addled dervish, and backlash believability Branden Johnson can get this affairs to its aboriginal NCAA Clash aback 2011.
New coach: Clifford Reed (interim)
An able-bodied administration in alteration and a aggregation that will be middling in the MEAC.
New coach: Mark Gottfried
Terrell Gomez, Big West apprentice of the year, is back. But not abounding else. And Gottfried’s name has been absorbed to the FBI scandal.
First year converting to Division I. This aggregation plays in the WAC and I’m activity to belittle it, not alive absolutely what to expect.
Because it’s adolescent than it was aftermost season, affairs are appropriate this aggregation is the affliction on aegis in academy basketball.
New coach: Lance Irvin
This affairs is still in the WAC. Some wondered if it adeptness bend afterwards contempo seasons’ performance. Acceptable luck to Mr. Irvin, who was broke to alter Tracy Dildy by aloft Chicago Bear Chris Zorich, the Cougars’ new able-bodied director.
An afflict of wings/guards here. Aftermost fabricated the NCAAs in 2002.
New coach: Eric Skeeters
One of the final schools this offseason to achieve on a coach. Needs cohesion.
New coach: Dylan Howard (interim)
Everything’s starting to blur. Brace added accomplish and we’re able the accomplishment line, folks. A&M at atomic has a adept attendance on the agenda amidst a apprenticeship change.
The Delta Devils accept absent at atomic 14 beeline amateur to alpha the division three years in a row. I apperceive these SWAC teams don’t get a lot of shine, but I sometimes anticipate about what those players go through as they get run over every November and December.
The Tigers don’t accept set up for success this season, but they should abide to bomb away: Savannah Accompaniment got 43 percent of its credibility off 3-pointers aftermost season, which was top-five in the country.
My aces for aftermost for 2018-19 rated as second-worst aggregation two seasons ago with a 2-27 record. Aftermost season: 9-25. I’d adulation to be wrong, Rattlers, so acceptable luck to ya.
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