|Louisville's Montrezl Harrell|
Slams Home the Dunk
9. Virginia - Yes, back to back ACC teams. Point proven their conference is filled with title contenders, with Duke and UNC yet to be ranked. As for Virginia, junior guard Malcolm Brogdon will play a huge role. As a sophomore last season, he averaged 12.7 PPG, 5.4 RPG, and 2.7 APG for the surprise contender Cavaliers. This year his role will become more important in leading the team. Virginia also has junior guard Justin Anderson to help with the backcourt duties. The Cavalier's style of play is unique and refreshing to college basketball spectators. They have ben built from the ground up and play unselfish basketball. They almost play with the same style the Spurs do in the NBA. Virginia begins their season with hopes to end it just like the Spurs did last year... with a title. But first they have to prove themselves in the almighty ACC.
7. Florida - The Gators are going to be overlooked in the SEC this year because of Kentucky, but don't be fooled. Billy Donovan's team is loaded with talent. Kasey Hill will receive the assignment of starting point guard this year. The sophomore guard had an okay freshman year with injuries never allowing him to adjust to the college game. This year will be different though, he will have plenty of time to shine and teammates to help him. Three point assassin Michael Frazier II will carry the scoring load for this team. He averaged 12.4 PPG last season, but will receive more touches to put his stamp on the game this year. The Gators also have Chris Walker. Walker is one of the most athletic bigs in the country, and will serve as a great rim protector. Florida will have another great season under head coach Billy Donovan.
|Unc Point Guard|
|Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky|
5. Wisconsin - Frank Kaminsky may be the best player in country this year. No, he won't be the #1 pick in the NBA draft, but he is the best player at the college level. The Badger's 7 footer demonstrated his superior ability last year while averageing 13.9 PPG and 6.3 PPG. This year he will construct an even better season. He will also have help from junior forward Sam Dekker. Together Kaminsky and Dekker make Wisconsin a title contender. As always the Badgers will bring their own style to the college game, but this year they will finally receive the attention they have deserved.
4. Kansas - At this point of the rankings any team could be number one. The amount of talent on these teams is crazy. The Jayhawks have another one of the best freshman classes in the country. Cliff Alexander, the 6-8, 240, man beast will serve as one of those top freshman. He has the body needed to dominate college opponents down low, on both sides of the floor. Kansas also has freshmen Devonte Graham and Kelly Oubre. Both will prove themselves as top tier college players. But wait, there's more. The Jayhawks also have Wayne Selden, Frank Mason, Perry Ellis, and Brannen Greene returning from last year's team. Ellis averaged 13.5 PPG and 6.7 RPG and was a focal point last year. The Kansas Jayhawks will obviously win the Big-12 again this year, but the question is: Can they win a national championship? Only time will tell.
3. Duke - When you have the top freshman in the country it's hard not to be considered a favorite. But, Jahil Okafor is different. He isn't just any freshman, he is one who is already NBA ready and will tear up the college scene this year. Along with Okafor, Duke is filled with talent. Freshman point guard Tyus Jones came to Duke along with Okafor in a package deal. Jones was the highest ranked high school point guard in the country last year. Wait, were not done. Duke still has two other highly regarded freshman in Justice Winslow and Grayson Allen. And the Blue Devils still have Quinn Cook, Amile Jefferson, Marshall Plumlee, and Rasheed Sulaimon. Suliamon is expected to have a breakout season after the departure of both Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood. Last year, in his sophomore season, the 6-5 swingman averaged 9.9 PPG. This year with a large increase in playing time Suliamon is going to prove himself. Although Duke is highly regarded as a top team in the country, they have to play in the ACC (Possibly the nation's best conference). Besides that fact, Duke will still be one of the most dominant teams in the country.
|Arizona Freshman Stanley Johnson|
1. Kentucky - Shocker... Right? 9 McDonalds All Americans in total are on Kenucky. That means Coach Cal will have 4 McDonalds All Americans coming off of the bench. That is unheard of... Kentucky is by far the early season favorite to win the National Title. Let's just list the players so you get the idea. Marcus Lee, Devin Booker, Aaron Harrison, Tyler Ulis, Andrew Harrison, Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Alex Poythress, Trey Lyles, and Dakari Johnson. Karl-Anthony was last years national high school player of the year, and is not even going to start this year. Alex Poythress and the Harrison twins all had great off seasons and look to improve even more this year. The Kentucky Wildcats are scary... very scary. Watch out for them this season as they could very well run the table and go undefeated.
Review: All 26 Teams Listed
11. Wichita State
14. Iowa State
16. Michigan State
18. San Diego State
19. Ohio State
Any team in the top 15 right now has a chance to win the National Title. The ACC has 5 teams in our top 26 and plenty more talented teams. This college basketball season is bound to be historic with some of the best talent in years. It all starts tonight, the start of history.