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CBS Sports - Gary Parrish: Preseason Top 25 (and one): Michigan State gets early honors at top spot (Memphis #9)

Preseason Top 25 (and one): Michigan State gets early honors at top spot

April 7, 2010
By Gary Parrish Senior Writer

As you know, this is impossible. We still have no complete picture that tells which underclassmen are coming are going. Heck, we still don't know who will be coaching Clemson and Oregon (or Butler, for that matter), and we don't know where three of the nation's top 15 prospects will enroll. The answers will come in the coming days, weeks and months. But I went ahead and guessed (they are educated guesses, in most cases) and used my guesses to help compile what I like to call the Ridiculously Early (But Still Kind of Fun) Preseason Top 25 (and one). Just call it the REBSKOF Preseason Top 25 (and one) for short.

For the purposes of these rankings, I'm assuming Baylor's Ekpe Udoh, Syracuse's Wesley Johnson, Georgetown's Greg Monroe, New Mexico's Darington Hobson, Florida State's Solomon Alabi, West Virginia's Devin Ebanks, Georgia Tech's Derrick Favors, Tennessee's Scotty Hopson, and Ole Miss' Terrico White will eventually join the list of underclassmen who have already declared for the NBA Draft and enter the NBA Draft, though some of them could surprise me and return to school. And then there's always a possibility that some guys I think will return to college (like Duke's Kyle Singler, Butler's Gordon Hayward, North Carolina's Ed Davis, Memphis' Elliot Williams, Virginia Tech's Malcolm Delaney, Florida's Alex Tyus and BYU's Jimmer Fredette) won't actually come back. And then there's a chance I could be wrong in predicting that Josh Selby will go to Kansas while Brandon Knight and C.J. Leslie enroll at Kentucky.

And now I think my head is spinning.

Anyway, you get the point.

This could all change by tomorrow.

But for now, here's my REBSKOF Preseason Top 25 (and one).

1. Michigan State

Notable veterans: Kalin Lucas, Durrell Summers, Draymond Green, Chris Allen, Korie Lucious, Delvon Roe, Derrick Nix

Notable departures: Raymar Morgan

Expected to leave early: None

Notable newcomers: Adreian Payne, Keith Appling

2. Duke

Notable veterans: Nolan Smith, Kyle Singler, Mason Plumlee, Miles Plumlee, Andre Dawkins

Notable departures: Jon Scheyer, Brian Zoubek, Lance Thomas

Expected to leave early: None

Notable newcomers: Kyrie Irving, Seth Curry, Josh Hairston

3. Butler

Notable veterans: Gordon Hayward, Shelvin Mack, Matt Howard, Ronald Nored, Zach Hahn, Shawn Vanzant

Notable departures: Willie Veasley, Avery Jukes

Expected to leave early: None

Top newcomers: Khyle Marshall

4. Purdue

Notable veterans: Robbie Hummel, E'Twaun Moore, JaJuan Johnson, Kelsey Barlow, D.J. Byrd, Patrick Bade, Lewis Jackson

Notable departures: Chris Kramer, Keaton Grant

Expected to leave early: None

Top newcomers: Terone Johnson, Sandi Marcius

5. Villanova

Notable veterans: Corey Fisher, Corey Stokes, Antonio Pena, Malik Wayns, Taylor King, Dominic Cheek, Mouphtaou Yarou, Maurice Sutton, Isaiah Armwood

Notable departures: Scottie Reynolds, Reggie Redding

Expected to leave early: None

Top newcomers: Jayvaughn Pinkston, Markus Kennedy, James Bell

6. Pittsburgh

Notable veterans: Ashton Gibbs, Brad Wanamaker, Gilbert Brown, Nasir Robinson, Gary McGhee, Travon Woodall, Dante Taylor

Notable departures: Jermaine Dixon

Expected to leave early: None

Top newcomers: Cameron Wright, Isaiah Epps, J.J. Moore

7. Kansas State

Notable veterans: Jacob Pullen, Curtis Kelly, Jamar Samuels, Dominique Sutton, Wally Judge, Rodney McGruder

Notable departures: Denis Clemente, Luis Colon

Expected to leave early: None

Top newcomers: Freddy Asprilla, Shane Southwell, Will Spradling

8. Ohio State

Notable veterans: William Buford, Jon Diebler, David Lighty, Dallas Lauderdale

Notable departures: Jeremie Simmons, P.J. Hill, Mark Titus

Expected to leave early: Evan Turner

Top newcomers: Jared Sullinger, DeShaun Thomas, Jordan Siebert, Aaron Craft

9. Memphis

Notable veterans: Elliot Williams, Wesley Witherspoon, Will Coleman, Angel Garcia, Roburt Sallie

Notable departures: Doneal Mack, Willie Kemp

Expected to leave early: None

Top newcomers: Joe Jackson, Will Barton, Jelan Kendrick, Tarik Black, Chris Crawford, Hippolyte Tsafack

10. North Carolina

Notable veterans: Ed Davis, Tyler Zeller, Dexter Strickland, John Henson, Leslie McDonald, Will Graves, Travis Wear, David Wear, Larry Drew

Notable departures: Deon Thompson, Marcus Ginyard

Expected to leave early: None

Top newcomers: Harrison Barnes, Reggie Bullock, Kendall Marshall

11. Baylor

Notable veterans: LaceDarius Dunn, Quincy Acy, Anthony Jones, Nolan Dennis

Notable departures: Tweety Carter, Josh Lomers

Expected to leave early: Ekpe Udoh

Top newcomers: Perry Jones

12. Temple

Notable veterans: Juan Fernandez, Lavoy Allen, Ramone Moore, Michael Eric

Notable departures: Ryan Brooks, Luis Guzman

Expected to leave early: None

Top newcomers: Anthony Lee, Aaron Brown

13. Florida

Notable veterans: Kenny Boynton, Erving Walker, Chandler Parsons, Alex Tyus, Vernon Macklin, Erik Murphy

Notable departures: Dan Werner, Ray Shipman

Expected to leave early: None

Top newcomers: Patric Young, Casey Prather

14. BYU

Notable veterans: Jimmer Fredette, Michael Lloyd, Jackson Emery

Notable departures: Jonathan Tavernari, Chris Miles, Lamont Morgan, Tyler Haws

Expected to leave early: None

Top newcomers: Kyle Collinsworth, Anson Winder

15. Gonzaga

Notable veterans: Elias Harris, Steven Gray, Robert Sacre, Demetri Goodson

Notable departures: Matt Bouldin

Expected to leave early: None

Top newcomers: None

16. Kansas

Notable veterans: Marcus Morris, Tyshawn Taylor, Brady Morningstar, Tyrel Reed, Markieff Morris, Elijiah Johnson, Thomas Robinson

Notable departures: Sherron Collins

Expected to leave early: Cole Aldrich, Xavier Henry

Top newcomers: Josh Selby (?)

17. Illinois

Notable veterans: Demetri McCamey, Mike Davis, Mike Tisdale, D.J. Richardson, Brandon Paul

Notable departures: Dominiue Keller

Expected to leave early: None

Top newcomers: Jereme Richmond, Crandall Head, Meyers Leonard

18. Missouri

Notable veterans: Kim English, Laurence Bowers, Justin Safford, Michael Dixon, Miguel Paul

Notable departures: J.T. Tiller, Zaire Taylor, Keith Ramsey

Expected to leave early: None

Top newcomers: Phil Pressey, Tony Mitchell, Kadeem Green, Ricky Kreklow

19. UNLV

Notable veterans: Tre'Von Willis, Chase Stanbeck, Oscar Bellfield, Anthony Marshall, Kendall Wallace, Derrick Jasper

Notable departures: Darris Santee

Expected to leave early: None

Top newcomers: Henry Buckley

20. Syracuse

Notable veterans: Kris Joseph, Rick Jackson, Scoop Jardine, Brandon Triche, Mookie Jones, Dashonte Riley

Notable departures: Andy Rautins, Arinze Onuaku

Expected to leave early: Wesley Johnson

Top newcomers: Fab Melo, Dion Waiters

21. Georgetown

Notable veterans: Austin Freeman, Chris Wright, Jason Clark

Notable departures: None

Expected to leave early: Greg Monroe

Top newcomers: Nate Lubick, Markel Starks, Moses Abraham

22. Kentucky

Notable veterans: Darius Miller, DeAndre Liggins, Darnell Dodson, Jon Hood

Notable departures: Ramon Harris, Perry Stevenson

Expected to leave early: John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson, Eric Bledsoe, Daniel Orton

Top newcomers: Stacey Poole, Enes Kanter, Brandon Knight (?), C.J. Leslie (?)

23. Wisconsin

Notable veterans: Jon Leuer, Jordan Taylor, Keaton Nankivil, Tim Jarmusz, Ryan Evans

Notable departures: Trevon Hughes, Jason Bohannon

Expected to leave early: None

Top newcomers: Evan Anderson, Josh Gasser

24. Virginia Tech

Notable veterans: Malcolm Delaney, Jeff Allen, Dorenzo Hudson, J.T. Thompson, Terrell Bell

Notable departures: None

Expected to leave early: None

Top newcomers: Allan Chaney, Tyrone Garland, Jarell Eddie

25. West Virginia

Notable veterans: Kevin Jones, Truck Bryant, Joe Mazzulla, Casey Mitchell

Notable departures: Da'Sean Butler, Wellington Smith

Expected to leave early: Devin Ebanks

Top newcomers: Noah Cottrill

26. Richmond

Notable veterans: Kevin Anderson, Justin Harper, Dan Geriot, Josh Duinker, Kevin Smith, Darrius Garrett

Notable departures: David Gonzalvez, Ryan Butler

Expected to leave early: None

Top newcomers: Derrick Williams, Cedrick Lindsay, Wayne Sparrow

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