NCAA Basketball Pre Pre-Season top 10
By Patrick Sellars
July 24th, 2007
#1-Memphis Tigers (Conference USA)- This team is looking absolutely unstoppable right now, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Joey Dorsey will bring back that run-n-gun offense that makes this team so very exciting, plus the addition of Derrick Rose and very underrated recruit Jeff Robinson may very well lead Memphis to a NCAA Championship in 2008.
#2-North Carolina Tar Heels (Atlantic Coast)- Not an amazing recruiting class, but they bring back Tyler Hansborough and Wayne Ellington which will be one of the best duos in College Basketball, look for a deep tourney run and ACC championship.
#3-Kansas Jayhawks (Big 12)- This team will have a pretty easy time winning their conference however, Kansas is still a stronger team than everyone thinks, they bring back good offensive players and I think they have a legit shot at the Final Four.
#4-Louisville Cardinals (Big East)- I may have this team here just because of my total respect for the big east but all of the biases aside, this team is pretty stellar. I hate Rick Pitino, but still have to commend what he has done for this program. Expect Final Four from this Cardinals team.
#5-USC Trojans (Pac-10)- The recruiting class is unbelievable, everyone knows Mayo will lead this offense. However, don’t forget that this team did very well in the NCAA tournament last year. This ranking may look a little bit high, but I love the offense and defense of this team and I won’t be surprised if they are left standing in San Antonio.
#6-UCLA Bruins (Pac 10)- Darren Collison and Kevin Love will be an amazing duo, I think this team will not win the Pac 10, but will group everything together by the tourney and make a deep run. I can’t wait for the USC-UCLA rivalry to be replenished in College Basketball.
#7-Marquette Golden Eagles (Big East)- Return their entire starting lineup, plus sixth man David Cubillian. Jerel McNeal will anchor the defense while Dominic James and Lazar Hayward are the big Offensive contributors.
#8-Syracuse Orange(Big East)- Recruits Johnny Flynn and Donte Green will be huge contributors plus Eric Devendorf will be in-charge of one of the most powerful, underrated offenses in college basketball.
#9-Georgetown Hoyas(Big East)-Roy Hibbert and Patrick Ewing Jr. will play big roles on both sides of the floor. Also Austin Freeman will be a good freshman contributor, and my pick for Big East Freshman of the year.
#10-Gonzaga Bulldogs(West Coast)-Return 4 of 5 starters, and get Austin Daye to fulfill that final spot. The key thing to look for is how Pargo reacts to the MAIN leadership role now that Raivio has departed.
Sleepers to look for:Indiana Hoosiers, Villanova Wildcats, Pittsburgh Panthers, Ohio State Buckeyes, and Illinois Fighting Illini.