• Player stats from 2021-22 season.
• Player classification projected for 2022-23 season.
• 2022 freshman rankings are the 247Sports Composite Rating.
1. NORTH CAROLINA
BACK: F Armando Bacot (16.3 ppg), G Caleb Love (Jr., 16.0 ppg), G RJ Davis (Jr., 13.5 ppg), SG Leaky Black (Sr., 5.0 ppg), SF Puff Johnson (Jr., 2.8 ppg), G Dontrez Styles (Soph., 2.0 ppg), F Justin McKoy (Sr., 1.1 ppg), G D’Marco Dunn (Soph., 1.0 ppg), F Will Shaver (didn’t play)
GONE: F Brady Manek (15.2 ppg), F Dawson Garcia (9.0 ppg, transfer), G Kerwin Walton Jr., (3.4 ppg, transfer), G Anthony Harris (Jr., 2.6 ppg, transfer)
ADD: F Pete Nance (Northwestern, 14.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg), PG Seth Trimble (No. 34), C Jalen Washington (No. 41), SF Tyler Nickel (No. 74)
The Tar Heels will bring back everyone of note besides Manek from a team that played in the national title game, and Hubert Davis picked up a replacement for Manek in Northwestern transfer Pete Nance – who doesn’t shoot it quite as well but can score, rebound and gives UNC an experienced, talented, team-first big man. This puts the Tar Heels over Gonzaga for the No. 1 spot entering the season.
BACK: PF Drew Timme (18.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg), F Julian Strawther (Jr., 11.8 ppg), SG Rasir Bolton (11.2 ppg), F Anton Watson (Sr., 7.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg), PG Nolan Hickman (Soph., 5.1 ppg), G Hunter Sallis (Soph., 4.3 ppg), F Ben Gregg (Soph., 2.4 ppg), F Kaden Perry (Soph., 1.8 ppg), G Martynas Arlauskas (Sr., 0.9 ppg), G Dominick Harris (Soph. – injured)
GONE: F Chet Holmgren (14.1 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 3.7 bpg), PG Andrew Nembhard (11.8 ppg, 5.8 apg)
ADD: PF Braden Huff, F Efton Reid (LSU, 6.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg), PG Malachi Smith (Chattanooga, 19.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 3.0 apg)
When Timme opted to come back, the Zags became one of the favorites this season. He joins Strawther and Bolton, but the key to how far they can go come March will be in the backcourt with the development of sophomores Hickman and Sallis, and the addition of Smith.
BACK: G Marcus Sasser (Sr., 17.7 ppg), G Tramon Mark (Jr., 10.1 ppg), PG Jamal Shead (Jr., 10.0 ppg, 5.8 apg), F Reggie Chaney (Sr., 3.2 ppg), G Ramon Walker (Soph., 3.2 ppg), F J’Wan Roberts (RS Jr., 3.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg), C Kiyron Powell (Soph., 2.3 ppg), F Ja’Vier Francis (Soph., 1.2 ppg), G Emanuel Sharp (did not play)
GONE: G Kyler Edwards (13.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg), F Fabian White Jr. (12.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg), C Josh Carlton (11.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg), G Taze Moore (10.4 ppg), Robbie Armbrester (1.2 ppg, transfer)
ADD: PF Jarace Walker (No. 10), SF Terrance Arceneaux (No. 37), G Mylik Wilson (Texas Tech, 2.5 ppg)
Kelvin Sampson nearly took Houston to a second consecutive Final Four despite losing Sasser and Mark to injury back in December. Both are back, and so are a pair of talented frosh in Walker and Arceneaux.
BACK: C Ryan Kalkbrenner (Jr., 13.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.6 bpg), PG Ryan Nembhard (Soph., 11.3 ppg, 4.4 apg), F Arthur Kaluma (Soph., 10.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg), G Trey Alexander (Soph., 7.4 ppg), G Shereef Mitchell (Sr., 3.5 ppg), G Rati Andronikashvili (1.8 ppg), G John Christofilis (Fr., 0.5 ppg), F Mason Miller (redshirted)
GONE: F Ryan Hawkins (13.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg), SG Alex O’Connell (11.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg), F Keyshawn Feazell (3.1 ppg), F Modestas Kancleris (0.2 ppg, transferred)
ADD: G Baylor Scheierman (16.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 4.5 apg), C Fredrick King, G Ben Shtolzberg, PF Jasen Green, G Francisco Farabello (TCU, 4.4 ppg)
The losses of both Hawkins and O’Connell will hurt, but Greg McDermott will return everyone else from a team that nearly beat Kansas in the NCAA tourney without Kalkbrenner and Nembhard. Creighton brought back everyone of note, and also added South Dakota transfer Baylor Scheierman – who averaged 16.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists and was an elite long range shooter this past season.
BACK: F Jalen Wilson (RS Jr., 11.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg), PG Dajuan Harris Jr. (Jr., 5.5 ppg, 4.2 apg), G Joseph Yesufu (Jr., 2.1 ppg), F Zach Clemence (Soph., 2.1 ppg), G Bobby Pettiford (Soph., 1.4 ppg), KJ Adams (Soph., 1.1 ppg), F Cam Martin (Sr. – redshirted), G Kyle Cuffe Jr. (Fr. – redshirted)
GONE: SG Ochai Agbaji (18.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg), SG Christian Braun (14.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg), C David McCormack (10.5 ppg, 6.9 rpg), PG Remy Martin (8.4 ppg), F Mitch Lightfoot (4.7 ppg), G Jalen Coleman-Lands (3.8 ppg)
ADD: SF Gradey Dick (No. 19), SF MJ Rice (No. 28), C Ernest Udeh Jr. (No. 29), PF Zuby Ejiofor (No. 49), G Kevin McCullar (Texas Tech, 10.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg)
Agbaji and Braun are gone, but Wilson is back and the key was adding McCullar from Texas Tech. Bill Self will have a bunch of talented sophomores ready for expanded roles in Pettiford, Clemence and Adams, and also a quartet of top-50 frosh coming into Lawrence. The defending champs have reloaded.
BACK: G Adam Flagler (Sr., 13.8 ppg), G LJ Cryer (Jr., 13.5 ppg), C Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua (Sr., 8.4 ppg), Flo Thamba (Sr., 6.2 ppg), G Dale Bonner (Sr., 3.1 ppg), SF Jordan Turner (Jr., 2.0 ppg), C Zach Loveday (Jr., 1.0 ppg), G Langston Love (Fr. – injured)
GONE: G James Akinjo (13.5 ppg), SF Matthew Mayer (9.8 ppg), Kendall Brown (9.7 ppg), Jeremy Sochan (9.2 ppg)
ADD: G Keyonte George (No. 6), C Joshua Ojianwuna (No. 150), G Dantwan Grimes, F Jalen Bridges (West Virginia, 8.4 ppg), F Caleb Lohner (BYU, 7.0 ppg)
Scott Drew will still have a talented backcourt in Flagler and Cryer, and they add two impact transfers – Bridges and Lohner – in addition to one of the top freshmen in the country with scoring wing Keyonte George. It’s tough to question the Bears and their culture these days.
BACK: C Oscar Tshiebwe (17.4 ppg, 15.1 rpg), PG Sahvir Wheeler (Sr., 10.1 ppg, 6.9 apg), F Jacob Toppin (Sr., 6.2 ppg), F Daimion Collins (Soph., 2.9 ppg), F Lance Ware (Jr., 1.5 ppg), CJ Fredrick (Jr., – injured)
GONE: G TyTy Washington (12.5 ppg), SG Kellan Grady (11.4 ppg), F Keion Brooks Jr. (Sr., 10.8 ppg, transferred), G Davion Mintz (8.5 ppg), G Dontaie Allen (2.2 ppg, transfer), F Bryce Hopkins (Soph., 2.1 ppg, transfer), G Shaedon Sharpe (Redshirted)
ADD: G Cason Wallace (No. 8), SF Chris Livingston (No. 11), G Adou Thiero, G Antonio Reeves (Illinois State, 20.1 ppg)
Obviously, the return of the National Player of the Year, Tshiebwe, was huge. But the question that remains is perimeter shooting. Illinois State transfer Reeves will be huge in that area and so will a healthy CJ Fredrick. John Calipari should still have enough talent to be among the top teams in the country with a handful of returnees and the addition of a pair of top-10 freshmen.
BACK: G Jaime Jaquez Jr. (Sr., 13.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg), G Tyger Campbell (Sr., 11.9 ppg, 4.3 apg), G Jaylen Clark (Jr., 6.7 ppg), G David Singleton (Sr., 4.8 ppg), F Kenneth Nwuba (Sr., 1.2 ppg), F Mac Etienne (RS Fr. – injured), G Will McClendon (Fr. – injured)
GONE: G Johnny Juzang (15.6 ppg), G Jules Bernard (12.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg), F Cody Riley (7.3 ppg), C Myles Johnson (3.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg), SF Peyton Watson (3.3 ppg), SF Jake Kyman (2.4 ppg, transfer)
ADD: G Amari Bailey (No. 7), C Adem Bona (No. 15), PG Dylan Andrews (No. 39)
With Jaquez and Campbell back in the fold, and the addition of three talented freshmen — including Amari Bailey — the Bruins should have a chance to win the Pac-12 and be one of the top teams in the country.
BACK: Devo Davis (Jr., 8.3 ppg), F Kamani Johnson (Sr., 2.3 ppg)
GONE: G JD Notae (18.3 ppg, 3.7 apg), SF Stanley Umude (11.9 ppg), F Jaylin Williams (10.9 ppg, 9.8 rpg), G Au’Diese Toney (10.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg), PG Chris Lykes (7.6 ppg), C Connor Vanover (Sr., 3.9 ppg, transfer), F Trey Wade (3.6 ppg), G Jaxson Robinson (Jr., 3.4 ppg), KK Robinson (1.5 ppg, transfer), Chance Moore (1.0 ppg, transfer)
ADD: SG Nick Smith (No. 1), PG Anthony Black (No. 17), SF Jordan Walsh (No. 18), G Derrian Ford (No. 68), SF Barry Dunning (No. 91), SF Joseph Pinion (No. 94), G Ricky Council IV (Wichita State, 12.0 ppg), F Trevon Brazile (Missouri, 6.6 ppg), C Makhel Mitchell (URI, 10.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg), C Makhi Mitchell (URI, 9.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg), PF Jalen Graham (Arizona State, 9.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg)
This a completely different Razorbacks team with 11 new faces. There’s no doubt that Eric Musselman will have talent in Fayetteville this season with the addition of uber-talented freshman wing Nick Smith, athletic forward Jordan Walsh, point guard Anthony Black and a bunch of transfers. But the key will be chemistry and how quickly they can come together.
BACK: PG Jeremy Roach (Jr., 8.6 ppg, 3.2 apg), G Jaylen Blakes (Soph., 1.0 ppg)
GONE: F Paolo Banchero (17.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg), G Wendell Moore (13.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.4 apg), G Trevor Keels (11.5 ppg), C Mark Williams (11.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.8 bpg), F AJ Griffin (10.4 ppg), F Joey Baker (Sr., 4.5 ppg), F Theo John (2.8 ppg), F Bates Jones (Sr., 1.4 ppg)
ADD: C Dereck Lively (No. 1), SF Dariq Whitehead (No. 2), PF Kyle Filipowski (No. 4), PF Mark Mitchell (No. 21), SG Jaden Schutt (No. 63), G Christian Reeves (No. 134), PF Ryan Young (Northwestern, 8.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg), SG Jacob Grandison (Illinois, 9.6 ppg), F Kale Catchings (Harvard, 9.1 ppg)
Coach K is out and Jon Scheyer is in — with a talented freshman class that includes a pair of front-court studs in Lively and Filipowski. Lively is a long, athletic shot-blocker who can step out and make shots, while Filipowski is a skilled forward who can really space the court. The question is experience, although the additions of Young and Grandison should be huge for Scheyer.
BACK: G Justin Moore (Sr., 14.8 ppg), G Caleb Daniels (10.3 ppg), F Eric Dixon (Jr., 9.1 ppg), F Brandon Slater (8.5 ppg), G Jordan Longino (1.8 ppg), G Chris Arcidiacono (Sr., 1.6 ppg), F Nnanna Njoku (Soph., 0.7 ppg), F Trey Patterson (Soph., 0.6 ppg), G Angelo Brizzi (Fr. – redshirt)
GONE: G Collin Gillespie (15.6 ppg), F Jermaine Samuels (11.1 ppg), G Bryan Antoine (Sr., 1.5 ppg, transferred), F Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (0.8 ppg)
ADD: SF Cam Whitmore (No. 13), G Mark Armstrong (No. 48), SG Brendan Hausen (No. 109)
The shocker of the offseason was Jay Wright calling it a career, and now former assistant Kyle Neptune has the unenviable task of trying to replace the Hall of Famer. The roster isn’t overpowering and has question marks, but Moore, Slater and Daniels are all back from a Final Four team, and the Wildcats bring in a heralded frosh in Whitmore.
BACK: F Trayce Jackson-Davis (18.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg), G Xavier Johnson (12.1 ppg, 5.1 apg), F Race Thompson (Sr., 11.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg), G Miller Kopp (Sr., 6.0 ppg), G Trey Galloway (Sr., 5.5 ppg), G Jordan Geronimo (Sr., 4.4 ppg), G Tamar Bates (Soph., 3.9 ppg), G Anthony Leal (Sr., 1.9 ppg), C Logan Duncomb (Jr., 0.7 ppg)
GONE: G Parker Stewart (6.2 ppg, transferred), G Robert Phinisee (4.5 ppg, transferred to Cincinnati), F Michael Durr (1.5 ppg, transferred), G Khristian Lander (2.9 ppg, transferred)
ADD: G Jalen Hood-Schifino (No. 22), PF Malik Reneau (No. 27), PF Kaleb Banks (No. 83), SG CJ Gunn
With Jackson-Davis returning to Bloomington, Mike Woodson and the Hoosiers have most of their key pieces back from an NCAA tourney team. They also added a couple of talented freshmen in Hood-Schifino and Reneau, but the key could be the development of guys like Galloway, Geronimo and Bates.
BACK: F Timmy Allen (Sr., 12.1 ppg), G Marcus Carr (Sr., 11.4 ppg), F Christian Bishop (Sr., 7.0 ppg), F Dylan Disu (Sr., 3.7 ppg), F Brock Cunningham (Sr., 2.3 ppg)
GONE: G Andrew Jones (11.2 ppg), G Courtney Ramey (9.4 ppg, transferred), F Tre Mitchell (8.7 ppg, transferred), G Jase Febres (3.9 ppg), G Devin Askew (Jr., 2.1 ppg, transferred), F Jaylon Tyson (1.8 ppg, transferred), G Avery Benson (0.1 ppg)
ADD: SF Dillon Mitchell (No. 5), PG Arterio Morris (No. 16), PG Rowan Brumbaugh (No. 80), F Alex Anamekwe, G Tyrese Hunter (Iowa State, 11.0 ppg, 4.9 apg), PG Sir’ Jabari Rice (New Mexico State, 11.9 ppg, 3.1 apg)
Chris Beard brings back Allen, Carr, Bishop, Disu and Cunningham from a team that won a tourney game last season, and also brings in a trio of talented and heralded freshmen and couple of transfer point guards in Hunter and Rice – who both come from winning programs.
BACK: G Santiago Vescovi (Sr., 13.3 ppg), G Josiah-Jordan James (Sr., 10.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg), PG Zakai Zeigler (Soph., 8.8 ppg), F Olivier Nkamhoua (Sr., 8.6 ppg), F Uros Plavsic (Sr., 4.2 ppg), F Jonas Aidoo (Soph., 2.1 ppg), G Jahmai Mashack (Soph., 0.7 ppg)
GONE: PG Kennedy Chandler (13.9 ppg), F John Fulkerson (7.5 ppg), F Brandon Huntley-Hatfield (Soph., 3.9 ppg, transferred), G Justin Powell (Jr., 3.7 ppg, transferred), G Victor Bailey Jr. (2.6 ppg, transferred), G Quentin Diboundje (1.7, transferred), F Handje Tamba (transferred)
ADD: SF Julian Phillips (No. 12), BJ Edwards (No. 104), G Tyreke Key (Indiana State, 17.2 ppg)
The Vols could be one of the top teams in the SEC this season with everyone notable back besides Chandler and Fulkerson. They may not have a star, but have experience and depth and the late addition of highly ranked freshman Phillips will help.
BACK: G Will Richardson (14.1 ppg), F Quincy Guerrier (Sr., 10.1 ppg), F N’Faly Dante (Sr., 8.1 ppg), G Rivaldo Soares (Sr., 4.7 ppg), C Nate Bittle (Soph., 1.7 ppg), F Lok Wur (Jr., 0.9 ppg)
GONE: G Jacob Young (12.0 ppg), G De’Vion Harmon (10.8 ppg, transferred), F Eric Williams Jr. (8.4 ppg, transferred), C Franck Kepnang (Jr., 4.7 ppg, transferred), C Isaac Johnson (2.4 ppg, transferred)
ADD: C Kel’el Ware (No. 9), PG Dior Johnson (No. 36), G Tyrone Williams, G Brennan Rigsby, G Keeshawn Barthelemy (Colorado, 11.1 ppg), G Jermaine Couisnard (South Carolina, 12.0 ppg)
Dana Altman and the Ducks had a tough season this past year, but don’t expect another. Richardson, Guerrier and Dante return with a cast that also includes a pair of top-25 recruits and the addition of Colorado transfer Barthelemy.
BACK: G K.D. Johnson (Jr., 12.3 ppg), G Wendell Green (Jr., 12.0 ppg), G Allen Flanigan (Sr., 6.3 ppg), F Jaylin Williams (Sr., 5.6 ppg), G Zep Jasper (Sr., 5.1 ppg), C Dylan Cardwell (Jr., 3.0 ppg), F Chris Moore (Jr., 1.7 ppg)
GONE: F Jabari Smith (16.9 ppg), C Walker Kessler (11.4 ppg), G Devan Cambridge (5.3 ppg, transferred)
ADD: F Yohan Traore (No. 25), SF Chance Westry (No. 35), PG Tre Donaldson (No. 127), F Johni Broome (Morehead State, 16.8 ppg, 10.5 rpg)
Bruce Pearl. That’s the reason I’ve got the Tigers this high despite losing Smith and Kessler. The roster is solid, but the hope is that Traore and Westry can come along quickly and instantly be impact freshmen, and that Broome can help with experience up front.
BACK: F Jayden Gardner (15.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg), PG Kihei Clark (10.0 ppg, 4.4 apg), G Armaan Franklin (11.1 ppg), G Reece Beekman (8.2 ppg), F Kadin Shedrick (6.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg), C Francisco Caffaro (4.3 ppg), G Taine Murray (2.0 ppg)
GONE: C Kody Stattmann (3.3 ppg), G Carson McCorkle (1.3 ppg, transferred), F Igor Milicic (transferred)
ADD: F Isaac Traudt (No. 54), G Isaac McKneely (No. 55), SF Leon Bond (No. 58), SF Ryan Dunn, F Ben Vander Plas (Ohio, 14.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 3.1 apg)
Tony Bennett and the Cavaliers struggled a year ago, but he has everyone back added a versatile impact forward in Vander Plas, and also a couple of talented freshmen ranked in the top 75.
BACK: G Jahvon Quinerly (13.8 ppg, 4.2 apg), C Charles Bediako (Soph., 6.7 ppg), F Noah Gurley (Sr., 6.8 ppg), F Darius Miles (Jr., 5.8 ppg), G Nimari Burnett (Soph., Injured)
GONE: G Jaden Shackelford (16.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg), G Keon Ellis (12.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg), G JD Davison (8.5 ppg, 4.3 apg), F Juwan Gary (Jr., 6.5 ppg, transferred), F James Rojas (5.4 ppg, transferred), F Keon Ambrose-Hylton (1.0 ppg, transferred), G Jusaun Holt (0.7 ppg, transferred), F Alex Tchikou (transferred)
ADD: SF Brandon Miller (No. 14), PG Jaden Bradley (No. 24), SG Rylan Griffen (No. 50), PF Noah Clowney (No. 69), F Nick Pringle, G Mark Sears (Ohio, 19.6 ppg, 4.1 apg), G Dominick Welch (St. Bonaventure, 12.3 ppg)
The Crimson Tide bring in two of the top freshmen in the country with Miller and Bradley, and also get Bediako back. Quinerly might not be back on the court until February after suffering a major knee injury at the end of the season. The Tide added Sears from the portal to help at the point guard spot.
BACK: G Mike Miles (15.4 ppg, 3.8 apg), G Damion Baugh (10.6 ppg, 4.5 apg), F Emanuel Miller (10.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg), F Chuck O’Bannon (9.5 ppg), C Eddie Lampkin (6.8 ppg), G Micah Peavy (6.1 ppg), F Xavier Cork (3.3 ppg), F JaKobe Coles (2.7 ppg), G Shahada Wells (1.9 ppg), Souleymane Doumbia (1.0 ppg)
GONE: G Francisco Farabello (4.7 ppg, transferred)
ADD: G PJ Haggerty
When Mike Miles and Damion Baugh decided to return, the Horned Frogs became a top-20 team. Jamie Dixon has Miles and just about everyone else of note from an NCAA tourney group.
BACK: F Coleman Hawkins (Jr., 5.9 ppg), G RJ Melendez (Soph., 3.8 ppg), G Luke Goode (Soph., 2.0 ppg), C Brandon Lieb (Jr., 0.8)
GONE: C Kofi Cockburn (20.9 ppg, 10.6 rpg), G Alfonso Plummer (14.6 ppg), G Trent Frazier (11.6 ppg, 4.1 apg), G Jacob Grandison (9.6 ppg, transferred), PG Andre Curbelo (7.5 ppg, transferred), F Da’Monte Williams (3.9 ppg), G Austin Hutcherson (2.0 ppg), C Omar Payne (1.8 ppg, transferred), F Benjamin Bosmans-Verdonk (1.6 ppg, transferred), G Brandin Podziemski (1.4 ppg, transferred)
ADD: PG Skyy Clark (No. 30), PF Ty Rodgers (No. 48), G Jayden Epps (No. 67), SG Sencire Harris (No. 106), F Matthew Mayer (Baylor, 9.8 ppg), G TJ Shannon (Texas Tech, 10.4 ppg), C Dain Dainja (Baylor, 2.0 ppg)
It’s a completely revamped Illini team with the departure of Cockburn, Plummer, Frazier and even Curbelo. Brad Underwood will play fast with the addition of guys like Mayer and Shannon through the portal, and also a trio of top-75 freshmen.
BACK: C Hunter Dickinson (18.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg), F Terrance Williams II (Jr., 4.7 ppg), G Kobe Bufkin (Soph., 3.0 ppg), G Jace Howard (Jr., 1.1 ppg), SF Isaiah Barnes (Fr. – redshirted), F Will Tschetter (Fr., – redshirted)
GONE: G Eli Brooks (12.8 ppg), G DeVante’ Jones (10.3 ppg, 4.6 apg), SG Caleb Houstan (Soph., 10.1 ppg), C Moussa Diabate (Soph., 9.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg), F Brandon Johns Jr. (3.2 ppg, transferred), G Frankie Collins (Soph., 2.8 ppg, transferred), G Adrien Nunez (0.8 ppg)
ADD: C Tarris Reed (No. 32), SF Jett Howard (No. 38), PG Dug McDaniel (No. 76), PF Gregg Glenn (No. 114), PG Jaelin Llewellyn (Princeton, 15.7 ppg, 2.5 apg), F Joey Baker (Duke, 4.5 ppg)
Juwan Howard has Dickinson back in the fold, and now some of the young freshmen have a year under their belt. The key will be the transfer additions — especially at the point guard spot where they have added Jaelin Llewwllyn from Princeton. The Wolverines also add a freshman class that includes a pair of top-50 players – one of which being his son, Jett.
BACK: F DaRon Holmes (Soph., 12.8), F Toumani Camara (Jr., 10.9), G Malachi Smith (Soph., 9.3), G Kobe Elvis (Soph., 8.9), G Koby Brea (Soph., 8.1), G R.J. Blakney (Soph., 6.5), F Mustapha Amzil (Soph., 5.6), F Kaleb Washington (Soph., 1.4 ppg), F Zimi Nwokeji (Soph., 0.9), F Richard Amaefule (Fr. – redshirted)
GONE: G Elijah Weaver (6.6 ppg, transferred), G Lynn Greer III (2.7 ppg, transferred), C Moulaye Sissoko (2.4 ppg, transferred)
ADD: F Mike Sharavjamts (No. 84), F Tyrone Baker (Georgia)
The Flyers return just about everyone from a team that went 24-11 and finished a game back from the A-10 regular-season title. Now, it’ll be a sophomore-laden group, and that should make a huge difference.
BACK: F Adama Sanogo (14.8 ppg), G Andre Jackson (Jr., 6.8 ppg), G Jordan Hawkins (Soph., 5.8 ppg), F Samson Johnson (Soph., 1.7 ppg), F Richie Springs (1.3 ppg), F Alex Karaban
GONE: G R.J. Cole (15.8 ppg), F Tyrese Martin (13.6 ppg), F Tyler Polley (7.6 ppg), F Isaiah Whaley (7.7 ppg), G Jalen Gaffney (4.0 ppg, transferred), F Akok Akok (3.4 ppg, transferred), G Rahsool Diggins (0.8 ppg, transferred), G Corey Floyd Jr. (transferred)
ADD: C Donovan Clingan (No. 45), G Tristan Newton (ECU, 17.7 ppg), G Nahiem Alleyne (Virginia Tech, 9.6 ppg), G Hassan Diarra (Texas A&M, 6.2 ppg)
Dan Hurley lost some quality seniors in Cole and Martin, but he has Sanogo back and will hope that Hawkins emerges. He also adds transfers that should help — especially scorers on the wing.
24. TEXAS TECH
BACK: F Kevin Obanor (10.0 ppg), G Clarence Nadolny (Sr., 3.5 ppg), F Daniel Batcho (Soph., 2.2 ppg), F KJ Allen (Jr., 1.9 ppg)
GONE: F Bryson Williams (14.1 ppg), F Terrence Shannon (10.4 ppg, transferred), G Kevin McCullar (Sr., 10.1 ppg, transferred), G Davion Warren (9.4 ppg), G Adonis Arms (8.6 ppg), F Marcus Santos-Silva (4.7 ppg), G Sardaar Calhoun (3.5 ppg, transferred), G Mylik Wilson (Sr., 2.5 ppg, transferred), F, F Chibuzo Agbo (1.5 ppg, transferred)
ADD: G Richard Isaacs (No. 73), G Lamar Washington (No. 88), G Elijah Fisher, F Robert Jennings, G Jaylon Tyson (Texas), G D’Maurian Williams (Gardner Webb, 14.5 ppg), F Fardaws Aimaq (Utah Valley, 18.9 ppg, 13.6 rpg), G De’Vion Harmon (Oregon, 10.8 ppg)
I’ve got faith in Mark Adams. Obanor is back, but they lose just about everyone else of note — including McCullar. Look for Texas transfer Tyson to come in and start right away, and the Red Raiders also added a talented freshman guard in Isaacs and other impact transfers in Aimaq, Harmon and Williams.
25. OHIO STATE
BACK: F Zed Key (Jr., 7.8 ppg), G Eugene Brown (Jr., 3.5 ppg), F Justice Sueing (Sr., did not play), F Kalen Etzler (Fr.), F Seth Towns (Sr., did not play)
GONE: F E.J. Liddell (19.4 ppg), G Malaki Branham (13.7 ppg), G Jamari Wheeler (7.1 ppg), F Kyle Young (8.2 ppg), F Justin Ahrens (4.8 ppg, transferred), G Cedric Russell (4.2 ppg), G Meechie Johnson Jr. (4.4 ppg, transferred), C Joey Brunk (2.4 ppg), G Jimmy Sotos (1.8 ppg)
ADD: SG Roddy Gayle Jr. (No. 41), PG Bruce Thornton (No. 42), C Felix Okpara (No. 57), SF Brice Sensabaugh (No. 60), SG Bowen Hardman, G Isaac Likekele (Oklahoma State, 7.1 ppg), G Sean McNeil (West Virginia, 12.2 ppg), G Tanner Holden (Wright State, 20.1 ppg)
It’s a revamped roster with the early departure of Liddell and Branham, but Chris Holtmann has reloaded through the portal with guys like Likekele, McNeil and Holden, and also with a strong recruiting class that has four top-75 guys.