After Marvin Bagley: Five college hoops programs with the best 2017 offseasons

On the heels of Marvin Bagley III committing to Duke, it’s got us thinking about good fortune. And with August such a dry month for college hoops news — normally — let’s look at which programs have had a good run since last season ended and that can affect the 2017-18 season. Five teams that have separated themselves from the rest. 

Duke

How about this 48-hour span for Mike Krzyzewski: He undergoes a knee replacement Sunday morning, gets five-star 2018 point guard Tre Jones on Sunday night, then lands Bagley on Monday. Duke has gone from probable top 10 preseason team to Las Vegas national title favorite overnight. The Blue Devils — if and when they get Bagley on the floor this season — are now ranked No. 1 by many outlets, including the Top 25 (and one)

Duke also got an unexpected return from Grayson Allen, giving them a much-needed veteran presence. Allen’s been a lightning rod for criticism and bad PR, but in reality he is the most vital piece if the Blue Devils are to win a national title. He’s the only returning player who averaged more than 10 minutes per game last season. 

USC

The Trojans lost in the Bagley sweepstakes, but in getting everyone of note back from last

Article source: https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/after-marvin-bagley-five-college-hoops-programs-with-the-best-2017-offseasons/

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