Kentucky climbs to No. 5, Baylor still No. 1 in Way-Too-Early Top 25 update for 2020-21

The 21st. In March, we released our first Top 25 for the 2020-21 university basketball season. In the seven months that have passed since then, everything has changed and we’re not just talking about the sport itself. For a long time, it looked like we’d never make it to the season, and if we did, it would be an extremely thick season – a season that might not include nonconference games.

And although the journey continues until the start date on the 25th. The month of November does not go exactly as planned, there is officially less than a month to go for the first games.

Some things have changed from the original top 25 – for example, Creighton was number two, while San Diego and Colorado also ranked second before leaving the NBA for duty. However, the storms of recent months have given us scenarios similar to those we had foreseen in the first weeks of the low season. Baylor, Gonzaga and Villanova are the favorites to win the national championship (in a specific order); Iowa’s Luca Garza is the big favorite for the preseason tournament; Kentucky started and finished in fifth place, with many staff losses and fluctuations in between; and the Big Ten will be the toughest championship in the country.

It’s time to go into the top 25 of preseason. Luckily, it’s not too soon. We’re almost there.

1. Baylor BearsPrevious Edition : 1

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Scott Drew’s team has been at the top of the rankings throughout the season and nothing is expected to change in the 2020-21 campaign. The Bears lost just one starter a year ago – the great Freddy Gillespie – and hope that Tristan Clarke, his likely replacement, can return to his pre-traumatic form in the 2018-19 season. But the strength of this team will revolve around the area where Jared Butler, Davion Mitchell and Masio Teague returned a year ago – and Drew also adds 100 L.J. rookies to ESPN. Cryer and Adam Flagler’s Presbyterian transfer. It’s an elite defensive group, but it’s also capable of producing and executing shots. Then there is Mark Vital, perhaps the best and most versatile defender in the country, who is not called Markus Garrett. Baylor has planned as a team that also wants to compete with the best of the best. The bears will meet Gonzaga and Illinois and are also planned for Empire Classic, which includes Villanova and Arizona. We’ll soon find out if Baylor’s the real thing.

Estimated starting grid :

Jared Butler (16.0 PPG, 3.1 APG)
Davion Mitchell (9.9 PPG, 3.8 APG)
Masio Teague (13.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG)
Mark Vital (6.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG)
Tristan Clarke (4.0 PPG, 2.4 RPG)

2. Vilyanova Wildcats
Previous Edition : 2

Only once in the last seven seasons has Villanova failed to win at least part of the regular Big East title, and the Wildcats seem to be the favorites to continue their careers this season. Jay Wright has several casting options, although beating Saddick Bey would be terrible for his versatility and ability to score points. Colleen Gillespie returns as one of the top goaltenders in the country, while Justin Moore has scored a double-double in five of her last six games and has scored 39% of the 3-point range in Big East. Double threat Jeremy Robinson Earle must win and be the best big man in the Great East. Germaine Samuels is also back after 30 games last season. The fifth starting point is registration, and Wright can switch to different appearances. If he wants to stay with less staff, he can be transferred to Tulane by Caleb Daniels; he is a stronger custodian and can also create for others. Damir Cosby Roundtree provided first class rebound and protection for the bank, while Cole Spider was the inner scorer. Don’t forget Brian Antoine, the former five-star guard.

Estimated starting grid :

Colleen Gillespie (15.1 PPG, 4.5 RPG)
Justin Moore (11.3 PPG)
Caleb Daniels (16.9 PPG at Tulane)
Germaine Samuels (10.7 PPG, 5.5 RPG)
Jeremiah Robinson Earle (10.5 PPG, 9.4 RPG).

3. Gonzaga Bulldog Procedure
: 3

Gonzaga had long been in first place in the low season, but Philip Petrusev’s decision to go pro instead of returning to Spokane cost the Bulldogs a few places. They are still the main contenders for the national title and have a number of opportunities to win claims against Baylor, Iowa, Tennessee and many others. Mark Small has players to win it all. Corey Kispert and Joel Ayaiah are back at the start, while Drew Timme, instead of Petrusev, is preparing for the breakthrough of the season downstairs. Anton Watson was a stable player at the beginning of the season, before his injury, and the front yard is very deep. The key to the Zags will be a lottery, for which Jaylen Saggs, the future head-to-head lottery selection, is expected to be one of the biggest impacts on new entrants to the country. ESPN’s Guardian 100, Dominic Harris, and South Illinois broadcaster Aaron Cook are also involved. This team has talent, depth, versatility and experience.

Estimated starting grid :

Jalen Sugar (#5 in ESPN 100)
Joel Ayayi (10.6 PPG, 6.3 RPG)
Corey Kispert (13.9 PPG)
Anton Watson (4.9 PPG, 3.1 RPG)
Drew Timme (9.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG)

4. Virginia CavaliersPrevious Edition : 4

The teams hoping to benefit from Tony Bennett’s recovery last season have had about two months to do so. The Riders are back at the start and will be the CCA favourites. They ended the season with 11 of the 12 finals, including victories over Duke and Louisville, and only finished one game for the championship. And now they’re calling for backup. Beginners start with the transfer of Market Sam Howser, who is an average candidate for CCA Pre-Season Player of the Year. Two ESPN 100 participants, Rhys Beekman and Jabri Abdur-Rahim, are also on the list; Abdur-Rahim is expected to see his score rise. The biggest problem of the past season was the offensive efficiency, which should become less problematic with the additives. Kehie Clarke is an incredible defender and stable playmaker, Jay Huff has professional potential ahead of him, and Thomas Voldetense scored three times six or more points last season.

Estimated starting grid :

Quick Clark (10.8 PPG, 5.9 RPG)
Casey Morsell (4.0 PPG)
Thomas Voldetensay (6.6 PPG)
Sam Howser (14.9 PPG, 7.2 RPG on the market)
Jay Huff (8.5 PPG, 6.2 RPG)

5. Kentucky Wildcats
Previous Edition : 12

Kentucky makes the biggest jump of last summer’s updates, and it’s the jump that was expected. Wake Forest transfer Olivier Sarr, who was selected for the third All-ACC team last season, has finally been eliminated this season and he has to decide what could be the biggest weakness of the Wildcats. It is placed directly in the middle and provides anchoring and internal balance for something that would look like a circumferential weight. In Kentucky, three five-star recruits are expected in the backyard and B.J. Boston immediately prepares for the Wildcat attack. Kayon Brooks is the only team coming back from last season. Because of the inexperience and all the newcomers, Kentucky may start slowly – but in the typical John Calippari way, the Wildcats have to strike at the right moment. And with all the paper talent on that list, we rank Kentucky in terms of the potential of the end of this season.

Estimated starting grid :

Devin Askew (#24 in ESPN 100)
B.J. Boston (#6 in ESPN 100)
Terrence Clark (#9 in ESPN 100)
Kayon Brooks (4.5 BCP, 3.2 RPG)
Olivier Sarr (13.7 BCP, 9.0 RPG in Wake Forest)

Fault! The file name is not specified. B.J. Boston is ready to attack the Wildcats immediately. John Jones/Icon Sportswire

6. Iowa Hawkeye’s
Previous issue: 5

I’m a little lost in a mystery with the Hawks. On the one hand, I think they’re going into the season as Big Ten favorites, and I think they have the top hat in the Iowa/Wisconsin/Illinois trio. On the other hand, I think they have the lowest of the three floors, because they are unable to defend themselves coherently. But the preseason is optimistic, so I’m going to play with them at the top of the league. Luca Garza enters the season as the Wooden Award favorite, having worked with Dayton’s Obi Toppin for most of last season. The other four regulars of last season are back, including Joe Whiskamp’s third team of ten great players. Jordan Bohannon came back after 10 games last season due to an injury. This is a player who has been in the program on average twice in the first three seasons and brings the game and perimeter shot. But the Hawks have to defend – last season they were 12th in the league for defensive efficiency and since 2016 they are only 5th at the end of the field.

Estimated starting grid :

Jordan Bohannon (8.8 PPG, 3.3 APG)
CJ Fredrick (10.2 PPG)
Connor McCaffrey (6.2 PPG, 4.0 APG)
Joe Whiskamp (14.0 PPG, 6.1 RPG)
Luca Garza (23.9 PPG, 9.8 RPG)

7. Wisconsin Badgers
Previous edition : 6

The Badgers brought the top-five back to the team that won part of the Big Ten title in the regular season after winning eight straight games at the end of the season. On paper, this is all a Big Ten candidate should be. But the question will be whether Wisconsin can continue its late season form. In this final badgers fired 41% of their shots from a 3-point distance, but they fired 35.2% of a 3-point distance during the season. One of the factors in this improvement was the arrival of Michael Potter. He started three of the eight finals and gave Wisconsin the X-factor that few teams can handle. He weighs 1.80 m and weighs 250 kg, he shot 46.9% of the 3 points in the big 10 and became the best defender in the league. Potter and Nate Reverse, the all-powerful vanguard who played his best basketball earlier in the season, would be one of the best duets on the offensive front of the Big Ten. Another potential advantage for Greg Garda is that it’s going to be a strange season: The badgers start with five high school students.

Estimated starting grid :

Mitrick Trice (9.8 PPG, 4.2 RPG)
Brad Davison (9.9 PPG, 4.3 RPG)
Alem Ford (8.6 PPG, 4.4 RPG)
Nate Rovers (13.1 PPG, 4.5 RPG)
Mike Potter (10.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG)

8. Illinois War Illini
Previous : 7

Illinois rose the standings after the NBA’s early withdrawal in August, when Ayo Dosunmo and Kofi Cockburn decided to return to the Champaign instead of leaving their names on the NBA draft. Dosunmu is a candidate for an American tournament after proving last season that he was one of the best players in the country – and one of the most popular players – while Cockburn showed in an instant that he was the dominant physical strength on the inside. Coach Brad Underwood also brings back three other regulars from last season and welcomes two ESPN 100 defenders who will immediately take on key roles. Adam Miller – a great offensive player and would be one of the most influential newcomers in the country if Dosunmo remained in the design, and Andre Courbello – a playmaker and sly passer who can do a lot when needed. Last season it was difficult for Battle Illini to break through on defense and the influx of pop music should help the attack.

Estimated starting grid :

Ayo Dosunmu (16.6 PPG, 3.3 RPG)
Trent Fraser (9.1 PPG)
Adam Miller (#30 in ESPN 100)
Giorgi Bejanishvili (6.8 PPG, 4.8 RPG)
Kofi Kokburn (13.3 PPG, 8.8 RPG)

9. Kansas Jachoks
Previous Edition : 8

A national champion favorite prior to the coronavirus pandemic that led to the cancellation of the NCAA tournament, Kansas was able to take a small step back by losing to all Americans Devon Dotson and Udoka Azubuika last season. But Bill Self has lost and replaced elite players before without missing a shot. And how’s he gonna do this season? David McCormack started 17 games last season and is able to keep the field. At the moment, the elite multifunctional defender Markus Garrett is expected to take over most of the ball management tasks. In terms of the number of points scored, one should consider the promises of five-star goaltender Bryce Thompson and Grant Foster’s Tyon, perhaps the best hope in the country for a college that could help in this area, as well as the return of Ochai Agbaji and the eloquent commitment of Jaylen Wilson. There are some more questions in Lawrence than usual, but Self has always shown he can analyze them.

Estimated starting grid :

Markus Garrett (9.2 PPG, 4.6 RPG)
Bryce Thompson (No. 26 in ESPN 100)
Agbaji Ochai (10.0 PPG)
Grant Foster Style (Juco transfer)
David McCormack (6.9 PPG, 4.1 RPG)

10. Duke Blue Devils
Previous Edition : 9

For Mike Krzyzewski it’s nothing new to count on newcomers, but it’s a little different when there’s no Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett or Cam Reddish on the program. However, the Blue Devils have several returning players who can help with the transition. Wendell Moore and Matthew Hurt are former five-star candidates who want to make a big step forward in the second half. The year seems to be ready, because Jordan Goldwire and Joey Baker have been on the program for several years now. Among first-year students, Jailen Johnson will probably have the greatest influence. That’s the problem with gambling and the wing scorer. Jeremy Roach would be a leader of men; he is tough and proved himself a leader and winner in high school. Another five-star newcomer, DJ Stewart, may not start immediately, but he offers a direct attack and can really shoot. Mark Williams, a man of two meters, could easily be the key to this team, given his size and defensive skills. There is a lot of talent and versatility in that list, so expect Krzyszewski to use the rotation of the different teams during the first half of the season before moving on to something more permanent.

Estimated starting grid :

Jeremy Roach (#18 in ESPN 100)
Wendell Moore (7.4 PPG)
Jelen Johnson (#12 in ESPN 100)
Matthew Hurt (9.7 PPG)
Mark Williams (#29 in ESPN 100)

11. Tennessee VolunteersPrevious edition : 10

I’m a little taller than most people in Tennessee, but the volunteers are in the top eight and probably even lower. However, they fought back last season and ended the SEC overall by 17-14 and 9-9 – they would not have made it to the NCAA tournament. But four regulars have returned from the group, including regulars Yves Pons and John Fulkerson, as well as goalkeepers Santiago Vescovia and Jociago Jordan James. But what I find important in Rick Barnes’ team are the newcomers. Five-star Jaden Springer was the highest-ranked newcomer to the Flights, but Keon Johnson received rave reviews in the preseason. Many people in the varsity basketball community refer to Johnson as an individual lottery choice of player type. Sacred Heart Transfer graduate E.J. Anosica was a double car in the NEC and will power and bounce as the transfer from Oregon to Victor Bailey, Jr. has gone under the radar and should quietly take a shot after last season’s tune-up.

Estimated starting grid :

Santiago Vescovy (10.7 PPG, 3.7 RPG)
Jaden Springer (No. 16 in ESPN 100)
Josiah Jordan James (7.4 PPG, 5.5 RPG)
Eve Pons (10.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG)
John Fulcerson (13.7 PPG, 5.9 RPG)

12. Creighton Bluejays
Previous Edition : 11

Greg McDermott’s team started the preseason with a second place in the first Way-Too-Early Top 25, but suffered losses on Ty-Shon Alexander (NBA) and Davion Mintz (transferred to Kentucky). The Bluejays are expected to remain a potential team in week two of the NCAA tournament and fight for Villanova at the top of the Big East rankings. Markus Zegarowski, who thinks he is 100% healthy, is one of the best basketball players in the university and probably the best player in the Great East. With the departure of Alexander Denzel, Mahoney will increase his scoring burden, which should not be a problem: Last season he averaged 21.4 points in 40 minutes and scored 13 times twice, although he only started one of the 20 games. Christian Bishop Damien Jefferson and Mitch Bullock, a universal interpreter of the Great Orient, return as pioneers. The waist has to be bigger than last season, when Creighton sometimes fought. Jacob Epperson (6-11 years) is in good health and includes newcomer Ryan Calcbrenner (1.80 m).

Estimated starting grid :

Denzel Mahoney (12.0 PPG)
Mitch Bullock (11.9 PPG, 5.3 RPG)
Damien Jefferson (9.4 PPG, 5.5 RPG)
Christian Bishop (8.6 PPG, 5.3 RPG)

13. Michigan SpartansPrevious Edition: 13

Very little confidence in the composition and rotation of the state of Michigan will be reflected in the season. Tom Izzo will replace American game maker Cassius Winston and NBA doubler Xavier Tillman, and we simply have no experience in East Lansing in the past. This does not mean that there is no talent or depth in the list. Rocket Watts, who played with the ball last year, is expected to be the first to shoot when he replaces Winston, with Gabe Brown and Aaron Henry on the wings next to him. There is a mix of returnees and newcomers who want to take the next step. Malik Hall showed flashes last season, which began with nine games, and Marquette transfer Joey Howser brings shots and some set pieces after he sat out last season. Role players Markus Bingham and Thomas Kittier may have seen extra time minutes earlier, but watch out for ESPN 100’s big Madi Sissoko, who made a positive post-season swing. Oh, and don’t forget Josh Langford. The former Big Ten defender missed a year and a half last season due to a leg injury, but he has a chance to play this season. If he can produce, it’s a huge boost for Izzo.

Estimated starting grid :

Rocket Watt (9.0 PPG)
Gabe Brown (6.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG)
Aaron Henry (10.0 PPG, 4.6 RPG)
Joey Howser (9.7 PPG, 5.3 RPG on the market)
Madie Sissoko (No 40 in ESPN 100)

14. Texas Technical Red Raiders
Previous Edition : 14

In the year leading up to the title game, the Red Raiders were unbeaten throughout the season and would most likely have gone back to the NCAA tournament and lost four times straight to finish the regular championship. But Chris Beard has revised the list again, and it’s a little more balanced. But the distinctive strength and defensive skills of teams training with beards will lead nowhere. Kyler Edwards and Terrence Shannon have both returned to the fence and are waiting for five-star guard Nimari Burnett to give them Joel Ntambwa and Marcus Santos Silva, who provide the main lift at Texas Tech University. Burnett can play on or off the field and is an effective playmaker, Ntambwe has professional potential and Santos-Silva should offer an option for the inside. Another potential effect could be the transfer of Georgetown McClung, who is waiting to be rejected, or the state transfer of Wichita Jamarius Burton, who has been rejected but can still end in red.

Estimated starting grid :

Nimari Burnett (No 21 in ESPN 100)
Boar Edwards (11.4 PPG, 3.1 APG)
Terrence Shannon (9.8 PPG, 4.1 RPG)
Joel Ntambwe (11.8 PPG, 5.5 RPG in UNLV)
Markus Santos-Silva (12.8 PPG, 8.9 RPG in VCU)

15. North Carolina Tar Heels
Previous edition : 15

Fired last season. The ridiculous ribbon of injuries suffered by Thar Heels can not be repeated and Roy Williams has much more depth to wear part of the time missed along the way. This depth is most evident in the front line, and Carolina has perhaps the most talented job rotation in the country. The Brooks Garrison, perhaps the best returnee of the ACC, leads the repair of the interior together with his colleague Armando Bacot. Together with Day’Ron Sharp and Walker Kessler Williams brings two big men with five stars on board. Sharpe may be the best rebounder in school basketball last season, and Kessler brings an inside skill to the game. In the region, the return of Anthony Harris and Leaky Black should be a good starting point, but five-star Caleb Love will lead the show. Love will have a greater impact than many people expect; he’s a great playmaker and he’s ready for action from day one. R.J. Davis is taking care of even more glasses on the perimeter. It is difficult to really evaluate this team in the preseason, but it should be a candidate for the CCA.

Estimated starting grid :

Caleb Love (#17 in ESPN 100)
Anthony Harris (6.8 PPG)
Black leak (6.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG)
Armando Beco (9.6 PPG, 8.3 RPG)
Harrison Brooks (16.8 PPG, 8.5 RPG)

Fault! The file name is not specified. Garrison Brooks, who averaged 16.8 points last season, is back in North Carolina. Джереми Бревард-США Спорт

16. Arizona State Sun Devils Previous Edition : 18

Arizona will be one of the most fascinating and exciting teams in the country. There are so many points, so many explosives, so many assault weapons – and Bobby Hurley will keep the Sun Devils going. Remi Martin would take part in the All-American discussion for the season. Although Alonzo Verge only played nine games last season, he scored 43 points on the bench in December. He can make up for it. Then came five-year-old Josh Christopher, the longest serving rookie in the history of the program and perhaps the tallest clean sheet in varsity basketball this season. As if that wasn’t enough, the transfer from Portland State to Holland Woods was denied as soon as he received the All-Big-South award for the first team, and rookie Markus Bagley, who finished 3rd to 5th, was also denied. The fact that the team took first place created positive excitement for several months. There are no points, but Kimani Lawrence, Tashon Cherry and Jelen Graham will have to do nothing but protect and score. It’ll be fun for Pace.

Estimated starting grid :

Remy Martin (19.1 PPG, 4.1 APG)
Alonzo Verge (14.6 PPG)
Josh Christopher (No. 10 in ESPN 100)
Markus Bagley (No. 33 in ESPN 100)
Kimani Lawrence (4.9 PPG, 2.6 RPG)

17. Oregon Ducks
Previous : 16

Dana Altman’s team is not quite ready for the season, as the Ducks are still waiting for a decision to cancel L.Y. transfers. Figeroa (St. John’s) and Aaron Estrada (St. Peter’s). Figueroa would have been a more impressive addition this season because of his scoring ability. He averaged 14.5 points last season and has been a dangerous scorer in the Far East for the past two seasons. Even without one of them, Oregon makes a strong case as a Pac-12 favorite. Will Richardson can escape this season and become one of the best point guards in the league. He and Chris Duarte will have to deal with a large part of the scored goals. Transfers Eugene Omoruya (Rutgers) and Eric Williams (Duquesne) will take the lead with Chandler Lawson, but the two most important keys could be the transfer of Amauri Hardy and sophomore UNLV student N’Faly Dante. Hardy will serve as a leader (unless Richardson takes over this role if Figueroa is entitled to it), while Dante will have to be healthy and offer more opportunities as a rebounder and bomber. In general, Altman needs consistency.

Estimated starting grid :

Amauri Hardy (14.5 PPG, 3.3 UNLV RPG)
Will Richardson (11.0 PPG, 3.7 RPG)
Chris Duarte (12.9 PPG, 5.6 RPG)
Eugene Omoruya (13.8 PPG, 7.2 Rutgers RPG)
N’Faly Dante (5.8 PPG, 2.8 RPG)

18. West Virginia Highlands
Previous Edition : 17

When Bob Huggins has a team of players who have been in his system for several years, good things usually happen. And for the most part, he gets it this season. The rising stars return with four starts of last year’s campaign, in which they started 18-4, suffered six out of seven losses and eventually won the State of Iowa and a double-digit victory over Baylor. The team will go back inland under the double threat of Oscar Chibwe and Derek Culver. Both are elite sticks of high level and shooting blockers that can hammer the edge. Last year, however, there were problems with the lack of uniform marginal values and the terrible three-point shot. Will that change? Sophomore Miles McBride could be the key. He started only two games, but in the middle of the season he hit a huge bomb and then calmed down in the Big 12 game. Keep an eye on the bridges at Jalene. Last season it was red, but last season it was a promising ESPN 100 project.

Estimated starting grid :

Jordan McCabe (3.1 PPG)
Issuer Matthews (6.3 PPG)
Miles McBride (9.5 PPG)
Oscar Chibwe (11.2 PPG, 9.3 RPG)
Derek Culver (10.4 PPG, 8.6 RPG)

19. UCLA Brown
Previous Edition : 19

When Mick Cronin married UCLA, there was no honeymoon period. In mid-January, the Bruins dropped 8-9, and a home loss for Cal State Fullerton was a weak point in the campaign. Things have changed and the California club finished 12-6 in a conference game just one game ago – and I think this season will be more like the last two months than the first two. All five starters came back, led by Chris Smith, who took his name off the NBA design and only had to find one order this season. While Dysheng Nix’ decision to go to the G-League added a heavy blow to the Cronin program, UCLA added a defender to the Kentucky transfer whose marginal shot was intended to help the team, which scored only 32.2% of the season’s three goals. It should also be noted that UCLA finished eighth in the championship last season in terms of defensive effectiveness, with Cronin in the top 30 for the last nine seasons in Cincinnati. He’s gonna turn around.

Estimated starting grid :

Campbell Tiger (8.3 PPG, 5.0 RPG)
Johnny Jazzang (2.9 PPG in Kentucky)
Jaime Jaquez (8.9 PPG, 4.8 RPG)
Chris Smith (13.1 PPG, 5.4 RPG)
Jelen Hill (9.0 PPG, 6.9 RPG)

20. Texas Longhorns
Previous Edition : 20

In mid-February it looked like the 2020-21 season would continue in Texas without the Shack Smart. The Longhorns were 14-11, 4-8 in the Big 12 and the wheels came off. They won five times in a row and were at full strength before the pandemic destroyed everything. That’s when Greg Brown decided to stay home and play for Smart. Smart didn’t want to go anywhere – and now he has a team that should win a few games in March. Every point, every impact and every help comes from last season, with the brunettes also placing themselves in the round. The most important point could be that Smart will play in a consecutive line-up; eight players started at least 10 games last season, either because of an injury or a performance match, so Smart will be able to play five games this season. Matt Coleman, Courtney Raimey and double-digit top scorer Andrew Jones, Jace Febres and Jericho Sims started the 23rd and 24th games respectively. Oh, and Brown is probably a unique lottery choice. Austin has a lot of smart options this season.

Estimated starting grid :

Matt Coleman (12.7 PPG, 3.4 RPG)
Courtney Remy (10.9 PPG)
Andrew Jones (11.5 PPG)
Greg Brown (#8 in ESPN 100)
Jericho Sims (9.7 PPG, 8.2 RPG)

21. Houston Pumas
Previous edition : 22

When the off-season started, the Cuguars had a good chance to make it into the pre-season top 10. Then Nate Hinton decided to keep his name in the NBA design and Fabian White lost the season with the ripped ACL. So while Calvin Sampson’s team remains behind in the standings, the Puma’s will remain an important factor because of their defensive play. DeJohn Jarro, Markus Sasser, Quentin Grimes and AAS Player of the Year prospect Caleb Mills are all back from last season. Mills only started seven games, but Sampson could choose a smaller size and put him on the grid. Then Cameron Tyson and ESPN 100 Tramon Mark Avenue will transfer to Idaho. It’s another story that awaits us, where actors Brison Grasham, Justin Gorham and Arkansas Reggie Cheney have to transfer and keep him. Of course there are questions about Sampson, but in the last three seasons he has won 83 games and is one of the best coaches in the country. That and a ridiculous talent on the field is more than enough to become a Top 25 team.

Estimated starting grid :

DeJohn Jarro (9.0 PPG, 3.7 RPG)
Markus Sasser (8.1 PPG)
Quentin Grimes (12.1 PPG)
Caleb Mills (13.2 PPG)
Brison Gresham (2.9 PPG, 3.5 RPG)

22. The MSUP Tiger has withdrawn: 21

Will Wade and the Tigers be able to fight for the regular championship title again after achieving first and second place in the SEC in the last two seasons? They seem to be taking a step back after a major staff loss, but the return of the trio of Ja’Vonte Smart, Trendon Watford and Darius Days provides a good basis to strengthen them. Watford is a player of the SEC calibre who can score goals and Dais is an infielder who can bounce back. One of the reasons I’m studying at LSU is that I want to add a five-star goalie, Cameron Thomas, one of the top bombers in the high school’s 2020 class. Eric Gaines and Mwani Wilkinson are the other two new talents that are expected to have an impact, while fifth place could also go to Charles Manning or Georgetown transfer Josh LeBlanc (as soon as he is considered). For the past two seasons there has been a man at LSU taking photos and images, whether it was Tremont Waters or Skylar Mays. If Watford can become such a player, then the LSU has to be solid.

Estimated starting grid :

Ja’Vonte Smart (12.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG)
Cam Thomas (No 22 in ESPN 100)
Charles Manning (7.9 PPG)
Trendon Watford (13.6 PPG, 7.2 RPG)
Darius Days (11.1 PPG, 6.8 RPG)

23. Florida State Seminars
Previous : 24

Over the past four seasons, Leonard Hamilton and Seminole have won a total of 104 games, participated in two Sweet 16s and one Elite Eight, and won the CCA regular season title last season. Thus, despite the loss of guard Trent Forrest, member of the All-ACC, and the possible first-round elections of Devin Vassell and Patrick Williams, it is impossible to project too much of the landing in Florida. Given the depth of Hamilton’s team, he has reinforcements ready to move in. The main player of the team will be Scotty Barnes, one of the top five newcomers, who, despite his size of 6-9, is versatile and can attack from the player’s position. Mr. M.J. Walker can lead the team in terms of goals scored, while Malik Osborne and Raikuan Gray also return as regulars. As for the reserves ready for the next stage, look out for Raikuan Evans and Balsa Koprivitsa. A transfer to Sardar Calhoun Junior College can really get you out of isolation.

Estimated starting grid :

LORD M.J. Walker (10,6 RPGs)
Sardar Calhoun (transferred to JUCO)
Scotty Barnes (No 4 on ESPN 100)
Rikuan Gray (6,0 RPGs, 3,8 RPGs)
Malik Osborne (6,0 RPGs, 4,9 RPGs)

24. Ohio Buckis StatePrevious Edition : 23

This season the Ohio State team will be different. The Buckeyes said goodbye to hosts Caleb Wesson and Andre Wesson and veteran Luther Mohammed, and by the end of the season they had lost newcomer D.J. Cardon. There are no clear stars this season. Wesson may not have been American, but Bakkis led most of his attacks using his skills from within. So, who’s awake? They need one of the extra players to come back and I think E.J. should take care of it. Liddell. The former ESPN 100 Avenue scored 29 points and 15 rebounds in the last two games of last season and is likely to cause a problem in the game. C.J. Walker and Dwayne Washington will also have to take over most of the perimeter offensive. And then they translate Justis Suing (Cal) and Seth Towns (Harvard). The city is still struggling with a knee injury, allowing Suing to quickly get to the starting grid.

Estimated starting grid :

C.J. Walker (8.7 PPG, 3.5 RPG)
Dwayne Washington (11.5 PPG)
Seth Towns (16.0 PPG, 5.7 Harvard RPG)
E.J. Liddell (6.7 PPG, 3.8 RPG)
Kyle Young (7.5 PPG, 5.8 RPG)

25. Florida GatorsPrevious edition: 25

For a number of reasons the Alligators did not live up to expectations last season. The transfer of Kerry Blackshear from Virginia Tech had no predictable effect, and the tempo and playing style never seemed to match the stick – there was no consistency. Can the Alligators improve despite the loss of Black and rookie guard Andrew Nembhardt? There is a certain optimism in the program. The transfer of Cleveland’s government, Tyree Appleby, will replace Nembhardt, and the former all-American McDonald’s Tre Mann will also play a larger role. Cayontey Johnson is probably the most underestimated player in the country, and Scotty Lewis decided to return to Gainesville despite the drama of the NBA design. I also hope Omar will adequately replace Payne Blackshire. Last season he only started seven games, but in this period he scored 19 points, 11 points for the game against Auburn. Keep an eye out for Anthony Duruji’s Louisiana Tech Transfer.

Estimated starting grid :

Tyree Appleby (17.2 PPG, 5.6 APG in Cleveland)
Noah Locke (10.6 PPG)
Scotty Lewis (8.5 PPG, 3.6 RPG)
Kayontay Johnson (14.0 PPG, 7.1 RPG)
Omar Payne (3.8 PPG, 3.6 RPG)

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