2018-19 college basketball rankings: Way-too-early projection has Kansas, Duke at top

The 2017-18 college basketball season is over. So, naturally, it’s time to look ahead to the 2018-19 season — where I expect the Kansas Jayhawks to be the preseason favorite to win the national championship.

Put simply, KU should be loaded — even if Malik Newman enters the NBA Draft. That’s because Dedric Lawson, K.J. Lawson and Charlie Moore are all eligible, five of the top eight scorers are back, and because Bill Self is about to enroll a top-five recruiting class featuring five-star guard Quentin Grimes. That’s the projection right now, at least, which is what this entire Ridiculously Early Preseason CBS Sports Top 25 (and one) represents.

It’s a projection.

Obviously, some of the players I think are leaving school will remain in school. And some of the players I think are remaining in school will leave school. And teams will add meaningful players over the next few months. As always, when news suggests these rankings need to be adjusted, I’ll adjust. But, for now, here is the Top 25 (and one).

1. KANSAS

  • Coach: Bill Self
  • 2017-18 record: 33-7
  • Notable players definitely gone: Devonte’ Graham, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
  • Other expected departures: Malik Newman
  • Notable players expected to return: Udoka Azubuike, Lagerald Vick, Marcus Garrett, Mitch Lightfoot, Silvio De Sousa, Sam Cunliffe
  • Expected additions: Dedric Lawson, K.J. Lawson, Charlie

    Article source: https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/2018-19-college-basketball-rankings-way-too-early-projection-has-kansas-duke-at-top/

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