Pre-Season Top 25

Posted on 13. Jul, 2009 by Nolan Shulman in NCAA, Top 25

1. Villanova- Scotty Reynolds made the biggest play of the season last March. His play with 0.5 seconds to go sent Villanova to it’s first Final Four under Coach Wright. Scotty’s back and he’s poised to take Villanova all the way this year. He’s got a boat load of help in Corey Fisher, Corey Stokes, and incoming top 100 players Mouphtauo Yarou, Dominic Cheek, Maalik Wayns, and Isaiah Armwood. This team has the talent, leadership, and moxy to cut down the nets.

2. Texas- Damion James is back and the Longhorns bring in the #2 ranked recruiting class in the nation. Avery Bradley will be more than ready to pick up the scoring slack left behind by AJ Abrams. He’s likely one and done, but like KD a few years back, could put on a heck of a show. Jordan Hamilton is a Compton area recruit who can also score buckets in bulk. He’s long, athletic and should give the Longhorns a dynamic trio. This team has as much talent as anyone in the country, it’s just a matter of getting them to gel together.

3. Kansas- Cole Alrich should be the best big man in America next season, as long as rumors about his deteriorating knees aren’t a as serious as some believe. Sheron Collins will be back to run the point and as long as he keeps his weight down, should score the ball and direct traffic as well as any floor general in the Big Twelve. Add incoming freshman Xavier Henry’s versatility to the mix, and the Jayhawks are poised to make a run to the final four. There’s a lot of question marks in Lawrence, but there’s also a lot of character and a lot of talent.

4. Michigan State- After dominating the Big 10 last season and advancing all the way to the championship game, The Spartans are looking to take care of some unfinished business. Although they lose big man Goran Sutton, the return of Kalin Lucas, Raymar Morgan, and Delvin Roe should help the Spartans remain the best in the Big 10. They were absolutely embarrassed by the Tar Heels in the title game and should use that as motivation this season. Throw in the fact that Coach Izzo has been to 5 final fours in the last 11 seasons and it’s virtually a lock that MSU will be one of the last 4 standing in March.

5. Kentucky- Has John Calipari made a splash yet in Kentucky or what? On top of having Patrick Patterson back to score on the low block, the Cats bring in the #1 and #7 ranked point guards (Wall and Bledsoe), as well as the #2 and #4 ranked Centers (Cousins and Orton). Think Tubby Smith is jealous? If Coach Cal can get this talented group to play together for the common goal, they could finish the season on top of this list.

6. North Carolina
7. West Virginia
8. Tennessee
9. Duke
10. Purdue
11. Michigan
12. California
13. Washington
14. Maryland
15. Tulsa
16. Minnesota
17. South Carolina
18. Missisipi St.
19. Georgetown
20. Ohio State
21. Kansas St.
22. Butler
23. Boston College
24. Syracuse
25. Uconn

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One Response to “Pre-Season Top 25”

  1. Diceman

    14. Jul, 2009

    Until Nova has a proven scorer in the frontcourt they won’t be cutting down the nets. Dont discount the impact Dante Cunningham had on that team. Night in and night out he banged with the beasts of the big east. With no experience in the frontcourt Nova will have to be the hottest outside shooting team night in and night out. Ask Duke how that worked out for them last season come March.

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