Jeff Goodman’s 2019-20 College Basketball Top 25 | Preseason

The season is just a couple weeks away, so it’s time to unveil my preseason top 25. It wasn’t an easy decision between Michigan State or Kansas in the top spot, but the difference-maker for me was distractions. That’s why I went with the Spartans … until the news came out that Josh Langford’s foot issues have resurfaced.

Kansas is now numero uno.

I know Texas Tech doesn’t have the roster to support its ranking, but In Beard I Trust. Chris Beard took the Red Raiders to the national title game a year ago after a complete revamp of his roster. I’m not saying he will do that again this season, but his resume the last four years or so makes him worthy of a spot in the top 10.

The ACC has three teams in the top 10, but it’s actually the Big East that has the most reps with five. The so-called mid-majors that made the list? Utah State with All-American candidate Sam Merrill and VCU out of the A-10. Penny Hardaway has Memphis nationally relevant again, and I feel as though I have the Tigers in the right spot entering the season.

But let’s be real: No one had Virginia in the top three last year entering the season (I had the Cavs higher than most at No. 5), and virtually no one had Texas Tech in the top 25. So it’s a lot of guessing at this point. But here’s my best guess at the 2019-20 Preseason Top 25.

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1. KANSAS JAYHAWKS

Last season: 26-10, 12-6 in Big 12 (NCAA tourney – second round)
Lose (5): PF *Dedric Lawson (19.4 ppg, 10.3 rpg), SG LaGerald Vick (14.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg), *SG Quentin Grimes (transfer – 8.4 ppg), SF K.J. Lawson (transfer to Tulane – 3.1 ppg), PG Charlie Moore (transfer to DePaul – 2.9 ppg)
Returning Starters (3): PG Devon Dotson (Soph., 12.3 ppg, 3.5 apg), C Udoka Azubuike (Sr., 13.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 9 games), SG Ochai Agbaji (Soph., 8.5 ppg)
Others Returning (3): SG Marcus Garrett (Jr., 7.3 ppg), PF/C David McCormack (Soph., 3.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg), F Mitch Lightfoot (Sr., 2.4 ppg)
Sat (1): PF/C Silvio De Sousa (Jr., Did not play last season – NCAA)
Add (3): SG Isaiah Moss (Iowa grad transfer – 9.2 ppg), SF Tristan Ennaruna (No. 61), F Jalen Wilson (No. 71), SG Christian Braun, PG Dajuan Harris

 

2. MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS

Last season: 32-7, 16-4 Big Ten (Final Four)
Lose (3): C *Nick Ward (12.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg), SG *Matt McQuaid (9.8 ppg), PF Kenny Goins (7.9 ppg, 8.9 rpg)
Returning Starters (3): PG Cassius Winston (Sr., 18.8 ppg, 7.5 apg), SG Josh Langford (Sr., 15.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg), SF Aaron Henry (Soph., 6.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg)
Others Returning (6): PF Xavier Tillman (Jr., 10.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg), SF Kyle Ahrens (RS Sr., 4.7 ppg) F Gabe Brown (Soph., 2.3 ppg), PG Foster Loyer (Soph., 1.6 ppg), PF Thomas Kithier (Soph., 1.6 ppg), PF Marcus Bingham (Soph., 1.0 ppg)
Add (3): G Rockett Watts (No. 32), SF Malik Hall (No. 55), PF Julius Marble
Will Sit (1): F Joey Hauser (Soph., transfer from Marquette – 9.7 ppg)

 

3. LOUISVILLE CARDINALS

Last season: 20-14, 10-8 ACC (NCAA tourney – first round)
Lose (4): PG *Christen Cunningham (10.1 ppg), G *Khwan Fore (3.3 ppg), F V.J. King (3.9 ppg), PF Akoy Akau (1.6 ppg)
Returning Starters (3): SF Jordan Nwora (Jr., 17 ppg), F Dwayne Sutton (RS Sr., 10.0 ppg), PF Malik Williams (Jr., 7.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg)
Others Returning (3): C Steven Enoch (Sr., 9.4 ppg), SG Ryan McMahon (RS Sr., 7.2 ppg), PG Darius Perry (Jr., 5.4 ppg)
Add (7): PG Lamarr “Fresh” Kimble (St. Joe’s grad transfer – 15.6 ppg), SF Samuell Williamson (No. 24), PF Aidan Igiehon (No. 50), SG David Johnson (No. 76), SG Josh Nickelberry (No. 83), PF Jaelyn Withers, PF Quinn Slazinski

 

4. DUKE BLUE DEVILS

Last season: 32-6, 14-4 in ACC (Elite Eight)
Lose (5): SG *R.J. Barrett (22.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 4.3 apg), F *Zion Williamson (22.6 ppg, 8.9 rpg), SG *Cam Reddish (13.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg), C *Marques Bolden (5.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg), C Antonio Vrankovic (1.4 ppg)
Returning Starters (1): PG Tre Jones (Soph., 9.4 ppg, 5.3 apg)
Others Returning (7): SG Alex O’Connell (Jr., 4.4 ppg), PF Javin DeLaurier (Sr., 3.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg), PF Jack White (Sr., 4.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg), F Justin Robinson (Sr., 1.2 ppg), PG Jordan Goldwire (Jr., 0.9 ppg), F Joey Baker (Soph., 0.8 ppg), G Mike Buckmire (Jr., former walk-on)
Add (4): C Vernon Carey (No. 6), PF Matthew Hurt (No. 11), SF Wendell Moore (No. 22), SG Cassius Stanley (No. 31)

 

5. FLORIDA GATORS

Last season: 20-16, 9-9 SEC (NCAA tourney – second round)
Lose (8): SG *KeVaughn Allen (11.8 ppg), SG Jalen Hudson (9.3 ppg), C *Kevarrius Hayes (8.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg), F Keith Stone (Transferred to 6.1 ppg), G Deaundre Ballard (Transferred to South Alabama – 4.6 ppg), F Chase Johnson (Transferred to Dayton – 3.0 ppg), PF Isaiah Stokes (Transferred to Memphis – 2.7 ppg), G Mike Okauru (Transferred – 1.4 ppg)
Returning Starters (3): G Noah Locke (Soph., 9.4 ppg), F Keyontae Johnson (Soph., 8.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg), PG Andrew Nembhard (Soph., 8.0 ppg, 5.4 apg)
Others Returning (2): F Dontay Bassett (Jr., 2.7 ppg), C Gorjok Gak (Jr., missed last season)
Add (6): PF Kerry Blackshear Jr. (Virginia Tech grad transfer – 14.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg), SG Scottie Lewis (No. 10), PG Tre Mann (No. 33), PF Omar Payne (No. 43), C Jason Jitoboh, PG Ques Glover
Will Sit (2): F Anthony Duruji (Louisiana Tech transfer, RS Soph.); G Tyree Appleby (Cleveland State transfer, RS Jr.)

 

6. KENTUCKY WILDCATS

Last season: 30-7, 15-3 in SEC (Elite Eight)
Lose (5): F *P.J. Washington (15.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg), SG *Tyler Herro (14.0 ppg), SF *Keldon Johnson (13.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg), C *Reid Travis (11.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg), SG Jemarl Baker Jr., (transferred to Arizona – 2.3 ppg)
Returning Starters (1): PG Ashton Hagans (Soph., 7.7 ppg, 4.3 apg)
Others Returning (3): PG Immanuel Quickley (Soph., 5.2 ppg), C Nick Richards (Jr., 4.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg), PF EJ Montgomery (3.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg)
Add (6): PF Nate Sestina (Bucknell grad transfer – 15.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg), G Tyrese Maxey (No. 10), SF Kahlil Whitney (No. 12), SF Keion Brooks (No. 23), SG Johnny Juzang (No. 32), SG Dontaie Allen

 

7. MARYLAND TERRAPINS

Last season: 23-11, 13-7 Big Ten (NCAA tourney – second round)
Lose (3): C *Bruno Fernando (13.6 ppg, 10.6 rpg), PF Ivan Bender (0.3 ppg), SF Trace Ramsey (RS Fr.- transferred to UC San Diego)
Returning Starters (4): G Anthony Cowan (Sr., 15.6 ppg), PF Jalen Smith (Soph., 11.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg), G Eric Ayala (Soph., 8.6 ppg), SG Darryl Morsell (Jr., 8.5 ppg)
Others Returning (4): G Aaron Wiggins (Soph., 8.3 ppg), G Serrel Smith (Soph., 3.4 ppg), F Ricky Lindo (Soph., 1.6 ppg), PF Joshua Tomaic (RS Jr., 0.4 ppg)
Add (5): C Chol Marial (No. 58), C Makhi Mitchell, C Makhel Mitchell, SF Donta Scott, SG Hakim Hart

 

8. NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS

Last season: 29-7, 16-2 in ACC (Sweet 16)
Lose (6): G *Cameron Johnson (16.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg), PG *Coby White (16.1 ppg, 4.1 apg), PF *Luke Maye (14.9 ppg, 10.5 rpg), F Nassir Little (9.8 ppg), SG *Kenny Williams (8.6 ppg), G Seventh Woods (transferred – 2.5 ppg)
Returning Starters (1): C Garrison Brooks (Jr., 7.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg)
Others Returning (5): PF/C Sterling Manley (Jr., 3.5 ppg), SG Brandon Robinson (Sr., 3.4 ppg), SG Rechon “Leaky” Black (Soph., 2.5 ppg), SG Andrew Platek (Jr., 1.1 ppg), PF/C Brandon Huffman (Jr., 1.1 ppg)
Add (4): SF Justin Pierce (William & Mary grad transfer – 14.9 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 4.1 apg), G Christian Keeling (Charleston Southern grad transfer – 18.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg), PG Cole Anthony (No. 4), C Armando Bacot (No. 26), G Anthony Harris (No. 68), PG Jeremiah Francis

 

9. TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS

Last season: 31-7, 14-4 Big 12 (Lost in national title game)
Lose (9): F *Jarrett Culver (18.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg), SG *Matt Mooney (11.3 ppg), C *Tariq Owens (8.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg), SG Brandon Francis (6.5 ppg), F Deshawn Corprew (dismissed – 5.0 ppg), C *Norense Odiase (4.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg), F Malik Ondigo (transferred – 1.3 ppg), F Josh Mballa (transferred – 0.8 ppg), F Khavon Moore (played two minutes)
Returning Starters (1): PG Davide Moretti (Jr., 11.5 ppg)
Others Returning (2): G Kyler Edwards (Soph., 5.5 ppg), F Andrei Savrasov (RS Fr.)
Add (8): F Chris Clarke (Virginia Tech grad transfer – did not play last season), PF T.J Holyfield (Stephen F. Austin grad transfer – 12.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg), SG Jahmi’us Ramsey (No. 30), SF Terrence Shannon Jr. (No. 91), G Kevin McCullar (RS Fr.), C Russel Tchewa, G Clarence Nadolny, PF Tyreek Smith
Will Sit (1): PF Joel Ntambwe (UNLV transfer, Fr., 11.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg)

 

10. MEMPHIS TIGERS

Last season: 22-14, 11-7 in American (NIT)
Lose (8): G *Jeremiah Martin (19.7 ppg), F *Kyvon Davenport (13.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg), G *Kareem Brewton (8.1 ppg), G *Raynere Thornton (7.1 ppg), F *Mike Parks (5.9 ppg), G Antwann Jones (transferred to Creighton – 4.7 ppg), F Victor Enoh (0.7, transfer), G David Wingett (0.5 ppg, transfer)
Returning Starters (1): G Tyler Harris (Soph., 10.8 ppg)
Others Returning (4): F Isaiah Maurice (Sr., 5.6 ppg), G Alex Lomax (Soph., 5.1 ppg), SG Ryan Boyce (RS Fr.), G Jayden Hardaway (RS Fr.)
Sat (1): F Lance Thomas (sat after transferring from Louisville, Soph., 2.2 ppg)
Add (7): PF James Wiseman (No. 2), F Precious Achiuwa (No. 14), G Boogie Ellis (No. 37), PF DJ Jeffries (No. 48), SG Lester Quinones (No. 56), C Malcolm Dandridge (No. 98), G Damion Baugh
Will Sit (1): PF Isaiah Stokes (Florida transfer, RS Soph., 2.7 ppg, 1.0 rpg)

 

11. SETON HALL PIRATES

Last season: 20-14, 9-9 Big East (NCAA tourney – first round)
Lose (1): F *Michael Nzei (9.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg)
Returning Starters (4): G Myles Powell (Sr., 23.1 ppg), G Myles Cale (Jr., 10.2 ppg), G Quincy McKnight (Sr., 9.4 ppg), F Sandro Mamukelashvili (Jr., 8.9 ppg)
Others Returning (6): F Taurean Thompson (Jr., 4.6 ppg), G Jared Rhoden (Soph., 3.4 ppg), G Anthony Nelson (Soph., 2.4 ppg), C Romaro Gill (Sr., 2.3 ppg), G Shavar Reynolds (Jr., 2.0 ppg), F Darnell Brodie (Soph., 0.8 ppg)
Sat (1): C Ike Obiagu (Transfer from Florida State, Soph., 2.3 ppg)
Add (1): PF Tyrese Samuel
Will Sit (1): G Takal Molson (Canisius transfer, RS Soph., 16.9 ppg)

 

12. OREGON DUCKS

Last season: 25-13, 10-8 (Sweet 16)
Lose (7): C *Bol Bol (21.0 ppg, 9.6 rpg), SG *Louis King (13.5 ppg), F *Paul White (10.6 ppg), G Victor Bailey (transferred to Tennessee – 7.4 ppg), Kenny Wooten (6.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg), G Ehab Amin (5.9 ppg), F Miles Norris (transferred to City College of San Francisco – 3.3 ppg)
Returning Starters (1): PG Payton Pritchard (Sr., 12.9 ppg)
Others Returning (2): G Will Richardson (Soph., 6.0 ppg), F Francis Okoro (Soph., 3.1 ppg,. 3.2 rpg)
Add (8): F Shakur Juiston (UNLV grad transfer, 10.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg), SG Anthony Mathis (New Mexico grad transfer – 14.4 ppg, 42% 3-pointers), F C.J. Walker (No. 23), C N’Faly Dante (No. 29), SG Addison Patterson (No. 45), PF Chandler Lawson (No. 85), G Chris Duarte (Jr.), F Lok Wur
Will Sit (2): SF Eugene Omoruyi (Transferred from Rutgers, RS Jr., 13.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg), F Eric Williams (Transferred from Duquesne, RS Soph., 14.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg)
Mission (1): C Isaac Johnson (No. 61)

 

13. VILLANOVA WILDCATS

Last season: 26-10, 13-5 Big East (NCAA tourney – second round)
Lose (5): G *Phil Booth (18.6 ppg), F *Eric Paschall (16.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg), G Joe Cremo (4.0 ppg), PG Jahvon Quinerly (transferred – 3.2 ppg), F Tim Delaney (transfer to Adelphi – 0.1 ppg)
Returning Starters (3): PG Collin Gillespie (Jr., 10.9 ppg), F Saddiq Bey (Soph., 8.2 ppg), SF Jermaine Samuels (Jr., 6.4 ppg)
Others Returning (3): F Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (Jr., 5.1 ppg), F Cole Swider (Soph., 3.5 ppg), F Brandon Slater (Soph., 0.3 ppg)
Add (4): PF Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (No. 14), SG Bryan Antoine (No. 15), SG Justin Moore (No. 52), PF Eric Dixon (No. 74)
Will Sit (1): G Caleb Daniels (Tulane transfer, Soph., 16.9 ppg)

 

14. OHIO STATE BUCKEYES

Last season: 20-15, 8-12 Big Ten (NCAA tourney – second round)
Lose (4): G *C.J. Jackson (12.0 ppg), G *Keyshawn Woods (8.1 ppg), F Jaedon Ledee (Transferred to TCU – 3.0 ppg), F Micah Potter (Transferred to Wisconsin)
Returning Starters (3): C Kaleb Wesson (Jr., 14.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg), F Andre Wesson (Sr., 8.6 ppg), G Luther Muhammad (Soph., 7.6 ppg)
Others Returning (4): G Duane Washington Jr. (Soph., 7.0 ppg), F Kyle Young (Jr., 6.0 ppg), G Musa Jallow (Jr., 2.9 ppg), F Justin Ahrens (Soph., 3.2 ppg)
Sat (1): G CJ Walker (Transferred from Florida State, Jr., 8.0 ppg)
Add (4): PG D.J. Carton (No. 34), PF E.J. Liddell (No. 37), SF Alonzo Gaffney (No. 42), C Ibrahima Diallo
Will Sit (1): F Justin Sueing (Transferred from Cal, RS Soph., 14.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg)

 

15. VIRGINIA CAVALIERS

Last season: 35-3, 16-2 ACC (National champions)
Lose (6): SG *Kyle Guy (15.4 ppg), SF De’Andre Hunter (15.2 ppg), G *Ty Jerome (13.6 ppg, 5.5 apg), C Jack Salt (3.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg), G Marco Anthony (transferred 1.2 ppg), F Francesco Badocchi (left team – Soph., 0.5 ppg)
Returning Starters (2): PG Kihei Clark (Soph., 4.5 ppg), F Mamadi Diakite (RS Sr., 7.4 ppg)
Others Returning (4): F Braxton Key (Sr., 5.7 ppg), F Jay Huff (RS Jr., 4.4 ppg), G Kody Stattmann (Soph., 1.7 ppg), C Francisco Caffaro (RS Fr.)
Add (4): SG Casey Morsell (No. 57), PF Kadin Shedrick (No. 70), SF Justin McKoy, G Tomas Woldetensae (Indian Hills CC)
Will Sit (1): F Sam Hauser (Marquette transfer, RS Jr., 14.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg)

 

16. XAVIER MUSKETEERS

Last season: 19-16, 9-9 Big East (NIT)
Lose (5): F Zach Hankins (10.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg), F Ryan Welage (6.7 ppg), G *Kyle Castlin (4.3 ppg), G Elias Harden (Transferred to Jacksonville State – 2.9 ppg), G Keonte Kennedy (Transfer – 2.0 ppg)
Returning Starters (4): F Naji Marshall (Jr., 14.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg), G Paul Scruggs (Jr., 12.3 ppg), PF Tyrique Jones (Sr., 11.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg), PG Quentin Goodin (Sr., 11.0 ppg, 4.8 apg)
Others Returning (1): F Dontarius James (Soph., 0.3 ppg)
Add (7): PF Jason Carter (Ohio grad transfer – 16.5 ppg, 6.7 rpg), G Bryce Moore (Western Michigan grad transfer, 9.8 ppg), PG Dekeyvan “KyKy” Tandy (No. 85), SG Dahmir Bishop, C Zach Freemantle, PF Daniel Ramsey, PF/C Dieonte Miles

 

17. GONZAGA BULLDOGS

Last season: 33-4, 16-0 in WCC (Elite Eight)
Lose (7): F *Rui Hachimura (19.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg), *F Brandon Clarke (16.9 ppg, 8.6 rpg), SG *Zach Norvell Jr. (14.9 ppg), PG Josh Perkins (11.0 ppg, 6.3 apg), G Geno Crandall (5.0 ppg), F Jeremy Jones (3.1 ppg), G Greg Foster Jr. (transfer – Soph., 0.7 ppg)
Returning Starters (1): SF Corey Kispert (Jr., 8.0 ppg)
Others Returning (3): F Killian Tillie (Sr., 6.2 ppg), F Filip Petrusev (Soph., 6.5 ppg), G Joel Ayayi (Soph., 1.7 ppg)
Add (6): G Admon Gilder (Texas A&M Grad transfer – did not play last season, averaged 12.3 ppg in 2017-18), PG Ryan Woolridge (North Texas grad transfer – 11.7 ppg, 4.8 apg), PF Drew Timme (No. 41), SF Anton Watson (No. 46), PF Pavel Zakharov (No. 57), C Oumar Ballo (No. 73), SF Martynas Arlauskas, PG Brock Ravet

 

18. SAINT MARY’S GAELS

Last season: 22-12, 11-5 WCC (NCAA tourney – first round)
Lose (1): C *Jordan Hunter (7.9 ppg)
Returning Starters (4): PG Jordan Ford (Sr., 21.1 ppg), F Malik Fitts (RS Jr., 15.2 ppg), G Tanner Krebs (RS Sr., 8.9 ppg), G Tommy Kuhse (walk-on, RS Jr., 6.2 ppg)
Others Returning (8): PF Matthias Tass (Soph., 3.7 ppg), F Elijah Thomas (RS Jr., 4.0 ppg), F Dan Fotu (Soph., 2.8 ppg), C Jock Perry (RS Jr., 2.1 ppg), F Kyle Clark (RS Sr., 1.1 ppg), G Quinn Clinton (Soph., 1.0 ppg), G Kristers Zoriks (RS Soph., did not play last season due to injury), C Aaron Menzies (RS Sr., did not play due to injury)
Add (2): G/F Alex Ducas (Australia), F Kyle Bowen (Australia)

 

19. BAYLOR BEARS

Last season: 20-14, 10-8 Big 12 (NCAA tourney – second round)
Lose (3): PG *Makai Mason (14.9 ppg), SG Mario Kegler (turned pro after suspension – 10.5 ppg), G *King McClure (9.0 ppg), G Darius Allen (2.0 ppg – transfer)
Returning Starters (3): F Tristan Clark (Jr., 14.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg), PG Jared Butler (Soph., 10.2 ppg), SG/SF Mark Vital (RS Jr., 7.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg),
Others Returning (4): G Devonte Bandoo (Sr., 8.4 ppg), F Freddie Gillespie (RS Sr., 5.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg), SF Matthew Mayer (Soph., 4.6 ppg), F Flo Thamba (Soph., 1.8 ppg)
Add (3): G MaCio Teague (UNC Asheville transfer – RS Jr., 16.1 ppg), G Davion Mitchell (Auburn transfer – RS Soph., 3.7 ppg); G/F Jordan Turner
Will Sit (2): F Jonathan Tchamwa (UNLV transfer, Soph.), G Adam Flagler ( Presbyterian transfer, Soph.)

 

20. UTAH STATE AGGIES

Last season: 28-7, 15-3 Mountain West (NCAA tourney – first round)
Lose (4): F Quinn Taylor (8.0 ppg), F Dwayne Brown Jr. (6.1 ppg), G Tauriawn Knight (transferred – 3.5 ppg), G Crew Ainge (transferred to Babson, 2.8 ppg)
Returning Starters (4): G Sam Merrill (Sr., 20.9 ppg, 4.2 apg), C Neemias Queta (Soph., 11.8 ppg, 8.9 rpg), G Brock Miller (Soph., 8.1 ppg), G Abel Porter (Sr., 5.5 ppg)
Others Returning (4): G Diogo Brito (Sr., 8.2 ppg), F Justin Bean (Soph., 4.1 ppg), C Klay Stall (Jr.), F Roche Grootfaam (RS Jr. – redshirted last season)
Add (5): SG Sean Bairstow, F Alphonso Anderson (Jr.), F Liam McChesney, C Kuba Karwowski, G Carson Bischoff (Jr.)
Will Sit (1): G Marco Anthony (Virginia transfer, Soph., 1.2 ppg)
Mission-bound (2): F Cade Potter, G Landon Benchley

 

21. WASHINGTON HUSKIES

Last season: 27-9, 15-3 in Pac-12 (NCAA tourney – second round)
Lose (5): G *Jaylen Nowell (16.2 ppg), F *Noah Dickerson (12.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg), G *David Crisp (12.2 ppg), G *Matisse Thybulle (9.1 ppg), F Dominic Green (6.1 ppg),
Returning Starters (1): F Hameir Wright (Jr., 2.8 ppg)
Others Returning (7): G Naz Carter (Jr., 8.1 ppg), C Sam Timmins (Sr., 1.9 ppg), G Elijah Hardy (Soph., 1.2 ppg), SF Jamal Bey (Soph., 1.0 ppg), C Bryan Penn-Johnson (RS Fr.), PF/C Nate Roberts (RS Fr.), C Riley Sorn (RS Fr.)
Sat (1): PG Quade Green (Kentucky transfer – eligible at the semester)
Add (4): C Isaiah Stewart (No. 3), F Jaden McDaniels (No. 7), SF RaeQuan Battle (No. 88), SG Marcus Tsohonis
Will Sit (1): F J’Raan Brooks (Transferred from USC, Fr.., 2.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg)

 

22. VCU RAMS

Last season: 25-8, 16-2 A-10 (NCAA tourney – first round)
Lose (3): F *Sean Mobley (4.2 ppg), F Michael Gilmore (2.8 ppg), G P.J. Byrd (transfer, 1.2 ppg)
Returning Starters (4): G Marcus Evans (RS Sr., 13.6 ppg), G De’Riante Jenkins (Sr., 11.3 ppg), F Isaac Vann (RS Sr., 10.8 ppg), F Marcus Santos-Silva (Jr., 10.0 ppg)
Others Returning (5): G Vince Williams (Soph., 4.9 ppg), G/F Mike’L Simms (Sr., 4.7 ppg), G Malik Crowfield (Sr., 3.7 ppg), F Corey Douglas (RS Jr., 3.5 ppg), G KeShawn Curry (Soph., 2.1 ppg)
Add (4): PG Nah’Shon Hyland, PF Hason Ward, SG Jarren McAllister, G Jimmy “Tre” Clark

 

23. ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE

Last season: 18-16, 8-10 in SEC (NIT)
Lose (7): PF *Donta Hall (10.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg), SG *Tevin Mack (9.0 ppg – transfer), G *Dazon Ingram (7.1 ppg – transfer to UCF), G Riley Norris (6.3 ppg), PF/C Daniel Giddens (1.9 ppg – transfer to Vermont), G Avery Johnson Jr. (1.8 ppg), G Diante Wood (Transferred to Jacksonville)
Returning Starters (3): PG *Kira Lewis (Soph., 13.5 ppg), G-F John Petty (Jr., 10.2 ppg), F *Herb Jones (Jr., 6.4 ppg)
Others Returning (3): F Alex Reese (Jr., 6.3 ppg), F Galin Smith (Jr., 3.8 ppg), C Javian Davis (RS Fr.)
Add (6): SG James “Beetle” Bolden (West Virginia grad transfer – 12.2 ppg), SF Juwan Gary (No. 63), SG Jaylen Forbes (No. 84), PG Jaden Shackelford (No. 90), C Raymond Hawkins, PF James Rojas (Jr.)
Will Sit (1): PG Jahvon Quinerly (Transferred from Villanova, Soph.)

 

24. MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES

Last season: 24-10, 12-6 Big East (NCAA tourney – first round)
Lose (4): F *Sam Hauser (transfer to Virginia – 14.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg), F *Joey Hauser (transfer to Michigan State – 9.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg), G Joey Chartouny (3.0 ppg), F Ike Eke (medical – RS Soph., sat last season)
Returning Starters (3): G Markus Howard (Sr., 25.0 ppg), SF Sacar Anim (RS Sr., 8.3 ppg), F Theo John (Jr., 5.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg)
Others Returning (3): F Ed Morrow (RS Sr., 5.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg), F Brendan Bailey (Soph., 3.2 ppg), F Jamal Cain (Jr., 1.7 ppg)
Sat (3): G Koby McEwen (Utah State transfer, RS Jr., 15.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.2 apg), G Greg Elliott (RS Soph., redshirted)
Add (3): F Jayce Johnson (Utah grad transfer, 7.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg), G Dexter Akanno, PG Symir Torrence

 

25. PROVIDENCE FRIARS

Last season: 18-12, 7-11 (NIT)
Lose (3): G Isaiah Jackson (9.6 ppg), G Makai Ashton-Langford (transferred to Boston College – 3.7 ppg), G Drew Edwards (3.2 ppg)
Returning Starters (5): G Alpha Diallo (Sr., 16.0 ppg, 8.1 rpg), C Nate Watson (Jr., 11.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg), G A.J. Reeves (Soph., 9.8 ppg), G David Duke (Soph., 7.1 ppg), G Maliek White (Sr., 6.7 ppg)
Others Returning (3): F Kalif Young (Sr., 3.8 ppg), F Emmitt Holt (Grad, played 6 games last season), F Jimmy Nichols (Soph., 2.7 ppg)
Add (2): G Luwane Pipkins (Grad, 16.0 ppg), F Greg Gantt (No. 68)
Will Sit (2): G Jared Bynum (Transferred from St. Joseph’s, Soph., 11.3 ppg, 4.5 apg), F Noah Horchler (Transferred from North Florida, RS Jr., 16.0 ppg, 9.3 rpg)

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