Way-Too-Early Top 25: Ranking the 2018-19 College Basketball Season’s Leading Contenders

Yes, we just crowned a champion, but it’s never too early to start thinking about next season. There’s a lot of decisions that still have to be made that will dramatically impact the 2018–19 landscape—NBA draft early entrants, surprise transfers, grad transfers who will arrive with immediate eligibility and some still-unsigned recruits (most notably five-star Romeo Langford, who is down to Kansas, Indiana and Vanderbilt)—but we’ll make our best educated guesses for now based on ideal realistic scenarios for each team. With that being said, here’s our way-too-early top 25 for next season.

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1. Kansas

Devonte’ Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk are definite departures, but Bill Self is set to reload again via a mix of transfers and recruits. Former Memphis standouts Dedric and K.J. Lawson and Cal transfer Charlie Moore will all become eligible next season after sitting the year out, and the Jayhawks’ top-five recruiting class includes five-star guards Quentin Grimes and Devon Dotson and four-star center David McCormack (and as mentioned above, they’re still in on top recruit Romeo Langford). Odds are that Kansas gets one of sharpshooter Malik Newman, whose future in Lawrence is less clear after his breakout March, or center Udoka Azubuike back—if not both. That would make

Article source: https://www.si.com/college-basketball/2018/04/03/ncaa-basketball-preseason-rankings-top-25-kansas-duke

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