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HOOP SCOOPS PRE-SEASON RANKING
OF THE TOP 30 COLLEGE TEAMS FOR THE 2009-2010 SEASON
Published August 31, 2009
by Clark Francis, Editor &
Publisher of the HOOP SCOOP
nine players (Sherron Collins, Cole Aldrich, Tyshawn Taylor, Marcus Morris,
Brady Morningstar, Tyrel Reed, Mario Little, Markieff Morris, & Travis
Releford) are back from last year's Sweet 16 Team. So, with the
addition of the three highly touted freshmen (Xavier Henry, Elijah Johnson,
& Thomas Robinson), it's easy to see why this is the team to beat in college
front-line, which features Damion James, Dexter Pittman, & Gary Johnson,
returns intact. But it's all the new faces (Avery Bradley, J'Covan
Brown, and Jai Lucas) in the backcourt that should make this the best team
that Rick Barnes has ever coached.
Spartans are loaded at the 1, 2, 3, & 4-spot with the likes of Kalin Lucas,
Raymar Morgan, Delvon Roe, Durrell Summers, Chris Allen, Korie Lucious,
Draymond Green, & Isaiah Dahlman. However, replacing Goran Suton at
center may be easier said than done. The
two most likely candidates (Derrick Nix & Garrick Sherman) are freshmen.
college basketball will have more experience than the Boilermakers, as
E'Twaun Moore, JaJuan Johnson, Robbie Hummel, Keaton Grant, Chris Kramer, &
Lewis Jackson have started a grand total of 312 games on teams that have
gone 25-9 and 27-10 the last two years. That's an average of 26 starts
per player per season!
the top eight players returning, plus the addition of Renardo Sidney, John
Riek, Shaunessy Smith, & Wendell Lewis, this promises to be the best Rick
Stansbury has had in during his 11-year tenure as boss of the Bulldogs.
And, if you don't believe it, just check out Mississippi State's 76.1 talent rating.
Wildcats are much better on paper than they were at this time a year ago.
But for this team to advance to the NCAA Final Four 6'9 Frosh Mouphtaou
Yurao will have to make a major impact inside, Duke transfer Taylor King
will have to provide additional firepower out on the perimeter, and the
other freshmen (Dominic Cheek, Maalik Wayns, & Isaiah Armwood) must provide
||Six of the
Gators' top eight player are back. But the big key here is the fact this team
should be meaner & tougher,
more athletic, better defensively, and a lot more talented than it was a
year ago, thanks to the additions of Kenny Boynton, Vernon
Macklin, Erik Murphy, & Nimrod Tishman.
knows that Kemba Walker, Jerome Dyson, & Stanley Robinson promise to be
three of the better players in the Big East Conference. But they
appear to be overlooking the immediate impact that guys like Alex Oriakhi,
Ater Majok, & Jamal Combs-McDaniel are expected to make.
college basketball will go to war with three better big men than DeMarcus
Cousins, Patrick Patterson, & Daniel Orton. However,
there also are still major questions, including chemistry, youth and
inexperience, and whether John Wall will be the next Derrick Rose/Tyreke
Devils are ranked #1 based on talent!!! But a lack of depth in the
backcourt, overall team speed and quickness, and a killer mentality are
legitimate questions. On the other hand, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski is long overdue to make a serious run in the NCAA Tournament.
Replacing Jon Brockman inside will be easier said than done. But Huskies
head coach Lorenzo Romar will have all kinds of firepower at the 1, 2, & 3
spots with Isaiah Thomas, Abdul Gaddy, & Quincy Pondexter.
bad news is that Toney Douglas, who was the best point guard in the league a
year ago, has graduated. The good news is that Solomon Alabi, Chris
Singleton, Derwin Kitchen, Ryan Reid form a heck of a nucleus and Michael
Snaer promises to be one of the best freshman in the league.
Cardinals are going to achieve a third straight Elite Eight appearance in
the NCAA Tournament, Rick Pitino will have to go with two bigs (Samardo
Samuels & Terrance Jennings) and a plethora of guards (Edgar Sosa, Jerry
Smith, Preston Knowles, Reginald Delk, & Peyton Siva).
Mountaineers head coach Bobby Huggins has the foundation in place, as
three freshmen (Devin Ebanks, Kevin Jones, Darryl Bryant) played key roles a
year ago. And three more freshmen (Dalton Pepper, Danny Jennings, and
Deniz Kilici) are expected to do the same this time around.
||The top 10
players are back and Volunteers head coach Bruce Pearl will have all kinds
of fire power out on the perimeter with players like Tyler Smith, Scotty
Hopson, Bobby Maze, Cameron Tatum, Josh Tabb, and Renaldo Woolridge.
on the Tigers! Wesley Witherspoon and Duke transfer Elliott
Williams will both make money playing the game someday; JUCO transfer Will
Coleman is a stud inside; and Doneal Mack, Willie Kemp, Pierre
Henderson-Niles, Roburt Sallie all played important roles a year ago.
thing missing for the Golden Bears, which return four starters (Jerome
Randle, Patrick Christopher, Jamal Boykin, and Theo Robertson) from a 22-11
team, is a proven big man. In other words, 6'8 JUCO Transfer Markhuri
Sanders-Frison and/or 6'10 Frosh Bak Bak will have to grow up in a hurry.
talent is there! But there are too many question marks (i.e. can Larry Drew
run the show?) and not enough experience (only one starter return from a
last's year' NCAA Championship team) for this to be one of the very elite teams
in college basketball. However, that won't be the case a year from now, as
there are nine freshmen and sophomores currently in the program.
Everybody is back from one of the surprise teams in college basketball a
year ago. And Matt Howard, Gordon Hayward, Shelvin Mack, Willie
Veasley, Ronald Nored, Zach Hahn, et al. promise to provide even more
balance and be even better defensively this time around.
have four starters back from last year's 17-15 team. But it's the four
players (Keon Lawrence, Herb Pope, Melvyn Oliver, & Jeff Robinson) they had
sitting out last year that make this potentially one of the surprise teams
in college basketball. And, if it happens, remember where you
heard about it first!
starters are back from a 22-11 team. But that doesn't mean some of the
highly touted newcomers (Royce White, Trevor Mbekwe, Rodney Williams, &
Justin Cobb) will be called upon just to provide valuable depth, as the
Golden Gophers continue their march in to the upper echelon of the league).
averaged between 15.0 ppg and 8.3 ppg on a well balanced Saints team
that won 27 games last season.
And five of those players are back, including Edwin Ubiles and Ronald Moore,
who promise to be two of the best players in the league.
||The best of
the rest in the Big -12 Conference should be the Aggies, which return
seven of the top nine players from a team that won 24 games and finished
fourth in the league a year ago.
Buckeyes have been knocking on the door with 24-13 and 22-11 records the
last two years. However, this team still may be a year away, as their
#1-ranked recruiting class features Jared Sullinger, DeShaun Thomas, Jordan
Sibert, Lenzelle Smith, Aaron Craft, and J.D. Weatherspoon.
Slaughter, Steffphon Pettigrew, Sergio Kerusch, & Jeremy Evans will provide
the nucleus & all of the good young players that the Hilltoppers landed in
last year's recruiting class will provide the depth on a team that promises
to be even better than it was a year ago.
starters return from a team that just missed being a .500 team in the tough
Big East Conference. But it's the addition of Lance Stephenson, who
was one of the top high school players in the nation, and Jaquon Parker, who
was one of the best kept secrets nationally in the high school ranks, that
make this team dangerous.
players who started seven games or more returning, the Wolverines should be
very similar to where they were a year ago. The two big guns once
again will be Deshawn Sims & Manny Harris, but a number of the young
players must also step up and play key roles.
Bearcats will have the the star power with D.J. Rivera, Tiki Mayben, and
Malik Alvin, the experience with four other players back who started
six or more game last year, and the depth with five excellent recruits.
this should be one of the better teams in the tough Big East Conference with
players like Greg Monroe, Austin Freeman, & Chris Wright providing what
should be a great nucleus. But a lack of quality depth and last year's
level of mediocrity are causes for concern.
Jackets should be one of the most improved teams in college basketball with
the added year of experience for Gani Lawal and Iman Shumpert and the
addition of Derrick Favors. But after that there are still a lot of