School basketball rankings: With Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels returning Villanova jumps to No. 3


One of many issues I’ve constantly famous in recent times is how faculty basketball’s nationwide champion is often a group that will get again a participant or two who might’ve fairly moved on however determined, for no matter motive, to return for yet one more yr of school.

Baylor is the latest instance.

Jared Butler and MaCio Teague every initially entered the 2020 NBA Draft. However, because the deadline to withdraw approached, each opted to return to highschool — and the consequence was the Bears going 28-2 en path to profitable the 2021 NCAA Match. I convey this up now as a result of Monday was an incredible day (for comparable causes) for Villanova. Each Collin Gillespie and Jermaine Samuels introduced they’ll make the most of the additional yr of eligibility the NCAA has granted all seniors, which suggests the Wildcats are actually set to return 4 of the highest 5 scorers from a group that gained the Huge East regular-season championship by a number of video games. In consequence, the Wildcats are as much as No. 3 in Model 3.0 of the 2021-22 CBS Sports activities Preseason High 25 And 1. They’re, on paper, adequate to present Jay Wright an actual shot to change into simply the seventh Division I males’s basketball coach in historical past to win at the least three nationwide titles.

UCLA stays No. 1 within the High 25 And 1 primarily based on the idea that each significant piece that helped the Bruins make the Closing 4, and end thirteenth at, will return. Clearly, Johnny Juzang has a choice to make concerning the NBA Draft. But when he comes again, and picks up proper the place he left off, UCLA — which is including five-star prospect Peyton Watson to its skilled core — ought to have an actual probability to win what can be the twelfth nationwide title at school historical past.

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Each significant participant who helped the Bruins make the Closing 4 is at the moment projected again on campus – amongst them NCAA Match star Johnny Juzang. UCLA will add five-star prospect Peyton Watson and will have the entire items essential to win a nationwide title.




Jalen Suggs and Joel Ayayi are each getting into the NBA Draft, however Gonzaga is predicted so as to add two five-star prospects in Chet Holmgren and Hunter Sallis, the previous of whom is the consensus No. 1 participant within the Class of 2021. Mix them with a potential core of Drew Timme, Andrew Nembhard and Anton Watson, and the Zags must be a Closing 4 contender once more. 31-1



The return of Collin Gillispie and Jermaine Samuels means the Wildcats will return 4 of the highest 5 scorers from a group that gained the Huge East title by a number of video games. So Jay Wright may have the items essential to compete for his third nationwide championship. 9 18-7



The Crimson Tide ought to return 4 of the highest seven scorers from a group that gained the SEC regular-season title and SEC Match – most notably Jaden Shackelford and Jahvon Quinerly. The addition of five-star level guard JD Davison and four-star large Charles Bediako offers Nate Oats an opportunity at back-to-back convention championships.

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Duke is the one program anticipated so as to add three five-star prospects from the Class of 2021 – amongst them Paolo Banchero and AJ Griffin, each of whom venture as one-and-done top-10 NBA Draft picks. So even when Matthew Damage joins DJ Steward within the NBA Draft, Mike Krzyzewski ought to nonetheless have sufficient expertise to take the Blue Devils again to the highest of the game.

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The Bears are anticipated to lose Davion Mitchell and Jared Butler to the NBA Draft. But when Baylor retains a core of Adam Flagler, Matthew Mayer and Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua, and enrolls its top-10 recruiting class highlighted by five-star wing Kendall Brown, Scott Drew could make a run at one other nationwide title. 1 28-2


Ohio St.

The projection right here is that Ohio State will return the highest three scorers – Duane Washington Jr., E.J. Liddell and Justice Sueing – from a group that earned a No. 2 seed within the NCAA Match. Malaki Branham, a consensus top-30 prospect within the Class of 2021, is an incoming recruit who ought to make a direct affect.

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Kansas is projected to return 4 starters from a group that went 9-2 in its closing 11 video games and superior within the NCAA Match. The latest addition of Joseph Yesufu, a switch who averaged 12.8 factors at Drake this season, will improve the Jayhawks’ shot-making skill. 1 21-9



The Razorbacks are dropping so much – together with projected first-round decide Moses Moody. However JD Notae ought to return as a double-digit scorer, and Eric Musselman is including at the least 4 skilled double-digit scorers by way of the switch market, largely notably Chris Lykes (Miami) and Au’Diese Toney (Pitt).

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Florida St.

The Seminoles must be actually good once more regardless of the probably losses of MJ Walker, RaiQuan Grey and Scottie Barnes due to the anticipated return of confirmed items like Anthony Well mannered, Balsa Koprivica and Malik Osborne. To that core, Florida State will add the nation’s second-ranked recruiting class – one highlighted by former Houston standout Caleb Mills and five-star wing Matthew Cleveland.

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This rating is tied to the concept Franz Wagner will enter the NBA Draft whereas Hunter Dickinson returns for his sophomore season at Michigan, the place he’ll probably be the preseason Huge Ten Participant of the Yr. The 7-foot-1 heart can be the proper skilled piece to pair with the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class that includes 5 star prospects Caleb Houstan and Moussa Diabate.

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The Boilermakers don’t have any seniors and nil apparent NBA prospects, that means everyone who issues ought to return from a group that acquired a No. 4 seed within the NCAA Match. The star is Trevion Williams, who averaged 15.5 factors and 9.1 rebounds as a junior.

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So long as Kelvin Sampson stays the coach, Houston will probably be a mainstay within the High 25 And 1. The early lack of Quentin Grimes will damage, however in all probability not an excessive amount of with Marcus Sasser and Tramon Mark set to return.




Mark Turgeon has used the switch market so as to add a top quality guard (Fatts Russell) and large (Qudus Wahab). That must be sufficient to offset the lack of Darryl Morsell and get the Terrapins to the Huge Dance for the sixth time in a span of seven NCAA Tournaments.




The anticipated return of Keion Brooks, Dontaie Allen and Jacob Toppin offers John Calipari a core of three gamers who averaged at the least 14 minutes per sport this season. He’ll fill out the roster with a top-five recruiting class and at the least two impactful transfers – particularly Kellan Grady (Davidson) and Oscar Tshiebwe (West Virginia).



N. Carolina

North Carolina’s choice to advertise Hubert Davis suggests the varsity ought to be capable to maintain Armando Bacot, Caleb Love and far of the rotation on campus. That is why Yr 1 of the post-Roy Williams period is probably going to achieve success.




Dan Hurley has rebuilt UConn to the purpose the place it may be a constant challenger to Villanova within the Huge East. Even the early lack of James Bouknight, a projected first-round NBA Draft decide, should not change that.



Michigan St.

Aaron Henry is following Joshua Langford and Rocket Watts out the door. However the arrival of five-star guard Max Christie and Northeastern switch Tyson Walker ought to have Tom Izzo in his twenty fourth straight NCAA Match.



St. Bona.

All 5 starters from a group that gained the Atlantic 10 regular-season title and Atlantic 10 Match are anticipated again – most notably Kyle Lofton, who averaged 14.4 factors and 5.5 assists as a junior. Wake Forest switch Quadry Adams will present depth.




Trey Murphy is predicted to stay within the NBA Draft, which suggests Virginia will probably lose its high three scorers. However Kihei Clark will present Tony Bennett with an skilled level guard able to retaining the Cavaliers close to the highest of the ACC, and the addition of East Carolina switch Jayden Gardner might be an enormous increase.

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Auburn’s frontcourt of Jabari Smith and Walker Kessler would possibly find yourself being the perfect frontcourt within the SEC. That is two five-star highschool prospects becoming a member of a roster returning two double-digit scorers.

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Andy Enfield ought to have the Trojans again within the NCAA Match – so long as Isaiah Mobley does not be part of his brother, Evan Mobley, within the NBA Draft. A top-15 recruiting class highlighted by Reese Dixon-Waters and Memphis switch Boogie Ellis will assist offset the departures.

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Dana Altman is among the many finest at reloading his roster every offseason by way of the switch market. So it is protected to imagine he’ll discover sufficient good items to complement a core of Will Richardson and Eric Williams, each of whom averaged double-figures this season.

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The Orange have three gamers within the switch portal – amongst them Kadary Richmond, a proficient freshman guard with measurement. However the high three scorers from a Candy 16 group must be again, together with Buddy Boeheim, who averaged 22.3 factors within the NCAA Match.

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Yves Pons’ choice to affix Jaden Springer and Keon Johnson in NBA Draft makes it probably that Tennessee might be changing 4 of its high 5 scorers. However a core of Victor Bailey, Santiago Vescovi and Josiah-Jordan James ought to pair properly with a recruiting class highlighted by the perfect level guard within the Class of 2021 (Kennedy Chandler) and one other newcomer who simply averaged 11.7 factors whereas taking pictures 44.2% from 3-point vary at Auburn (Justin Powell).

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Va. Tech

The highest 4 scorers from a group that made the NCAA Match are anticipated to return – amongst them Keve Aluma, who averaged 15.2 factors and seven.9 rebounds this season. They’re going to be joined by a pair of transfers (USF’s Michael Durr and Wofford’s Storm Murphy) who ought to assist Virginia Tech compete for the ACC title. 1 15-7

Roster breakdown


Coach: Mick Cronin

2020-21 report: 22-10

Notable gamers anticipated to go away: Chris Smith

Notable gamers anticipated to return: Johnny Juzang, Jaime Jaquez, Jules Bernard, Tyger Campbell, Cody Riley, David Singleton, Jake Kyman, Mac Etienne, Jaylen Clark, Kenneth Nwuba

Anticipated additions: Peyton Watson, Will McClendon


Coach: Mark Few

2020-21 report: 31-1

Notable gamers anticipated to go away: Corey Kispert, Jalen Suggs, Joel Ayayi, Aaron Prepare dinner, Oumar Ballo, Pavel Zakharov

Notable gamers anticipated to return: Drew Timme, Andrew Nembhard, Anton Watson, Julian Strawther, Dominick Harris, Ben Gregg

Anticipated additions: Chet Holmgren, Hunter Sallis, Kaden Perry


Coach: Jay Wright

2020-21 report: 18-7

Notable gamers anticipated to go away: Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Cole Swider

Notable gamers anticipated to return: Collin Gillespie, Justin Moore, Caleb Daniels, Brandon Slater, Eric Dixon, Bryan Antoine, Chris Arcidiacono, Trey Patterson

Anticipated additions: Jordan Longino, Nnanna Njoku, Angelo Brizzi


Coach: Nate Oats

2020-21 report: 

Notable gamers anticipated to go away: Herb Jones, John Petty, Alex Reese, Jordan Bruner

Notable gamers anticipated to return: Jaden Shackelford, Jahvon Quinerly, Joshua Primo, Keon Ellis, Juwan Gary, James Rojas, Darius Miles, Keon Ambrose-Hylton

Anticipated additions: Noah Gurley, JD Davison, Charles Bediako, Jusaun Holt, Nimari Burnett, Alex Tchikou


Coach: Mike Krzyzewski

2020-21 report: 13-11

Notable gamers anticipated to go away: Matthew Damage, DJ Steward, Jordan Goldwire, Jaemyn Brakefield, Patrick Tape

Notable gamers anticipated to return: Wendell Moore, Jeremy Roach, Mark Williams, Joey Baker, Henry Coleman

Anticipated additions: Paolo Banchero, AJ Griffin, Trevor Keels


Coach: Scott Drew

2020-21 report: 28-2

Notable gamers anticipated to go away: Jared Butler, Davion Mitchell, MaCio Teague, Mark Very important

Notable gamers anticipated to return: Adam Flagler, Matthew Mayer, Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchouwa, L.J. Cryer, Flo Thamba, Zach Loveday, Jordan Turner

Anticipated additions: Kendall Brown, Langston Love, Jeremy Sochan


Coach: Chris Holtmann

2020-21 report: 21-10

Notable gamers anticipated to go away: CJ Walker, Kyle Younger, Musa Jallow, Jimmy Sotos

Notable gamers anticipated to return: Duane Washington, E.J. Liddell, Justice Sueing, Justin Ahrens, Zed Key, Seth Cities, Meechie Johnson, Eugene Brown

Anticipated additions: Malaki Branham, Kalen Etzler, Jamari Wheeler


Coach: Invoice Self

2020-21 report: 21-9

Notable gamers anticipated to go away: Marcus Garret, Bryce Thompson, Tyon Grant-Foster, Tristan Enaruna, Gethro Muscadin

Notable gamers anticipated to return: Ochai Agbaji, David McCormack, Jalen Wilson, Christian Braun, Bryce Thompson, Mitch Lightfoot, Dajuan Harris, Chris Teahan

Anticipated additions: Joseph Yesufu, Cam Martin, Zach Clemence, KJ Adams, Bobby Pettiford, Sydney Curry


Coach: Eric Musselman

2020-21 report: 25-7

Notable gamers anticipated to go away: Moses Moody, Justin Smith, Jalen Tate, Desi Sills, Vance Jackson, Ethan Henderson

Notable gamers anticipated to return: JD Notae, Davonte Davis, Connor Vanover, Jaylin Williams, Khalen Robinson

Anticipated additions: Au’Diese Toney, Chris Lykes, Stanley Umode, Kamani Johnson, Likelihood Moore, Akol Mawein


Coach: Leonard Hamilton

2020-21 report: 18-7

Notable gamers anticipated to go away: MJ Walker, RaiQuan Grey, Scottie Barnes, RayQuan Evans, Nathaniel Jack, Tanor Ngom

Notable gamers anticipated to return: Anthony Well mannered, Balsa Koprivica, Malik Osborne, Sardaar Calhoun, Wyatt Wilkes, Quincy Ballard

Anticipated additions: Caleb Mills, Matthew Cleveland, Jalen Warley, John Butler, Naheem McLeod


Coach: Juwan Howard

2020-21 report: 23-5

Notable gamers anticipated to go away: Isaiah Livers, Franz Wagner, Eli Brooks, Mike Smith, Chaundee Brown, Austin Davis

Notable gamers anticipated to return: Hunter Dickinson, Brandon Johns, Terrence Williams, Zeb Jackson, Jace Howard

Anticipated additions: Caleb Houston, Moussa Diabate, Kobe Bufkin, Frankie Collins, Isaiah Barnes, Will Tschetter


Coach: Matt Painter

2020-21 report: 18-10

Notable gamers anticipated to go away: Aaron Wheeler, Emmanuel Dowuona

Notable gamers anticipated to return: Trevion Williams, Jaden Ivey, Sasha Stefanovic, Zach Edey, Eric Hunter Jr., Brandon Newman, Mason Gillis, Isaiah Thompson, Ethan Morton.

Anticipated additions: Trey Kaufman, Caleb Furst


Coach: Kelvin Sampson

2020-21 report: 28-4

Notable gamers anticipated to go away: Quentin Grimes, Dejon Jarreau, Justin Gorham, Bryson Gresham, Cameron Tyson

Notable gamers anticipated to return: Marcus Sasser, Tramon Mark, Fabian White, Reggie Chaney, Jamal Shead, Kiyron Powell, J’Wan Roberts

Anticipated additions: Ja’Vier Francis, Taze Moore, Ramon Walker, Robbie Armbrester, Josh Carlton


Coach: Mark Turgeon

2020-21 report: 17-14

Notable gamers anticipated to go away: Darryl Morsell, Galin Smith, Chol Marial, Aquan Good, Reese Mona

Notable gamers anticipated to return: Eric Ayala, Aaron Wiggins, Donta Scott, Hakim Hart, Jairus Hamilton, James Graham III, Marcus Dockery

Anticipated additions: Qudus Wahab, Fatts Russell, Julian Reese, Ike Cornish


Coach: John Caliipari

2020-21 report: 9-16

Notable gamers anticipated to go away: Brandon Boston, Olivier Sarr, Terrence Clarke, Isaiah Jackson, Devin Askew, Cam’Ron Fletcher

Notable gamers anticipated to return: Davion Mintz, Keion Brooks, Dontaie Allen, Jacob Toppin, Lance Ware

Anticipated additions: Kellan Grady, Oscar Tshiebwe, Daimion Colliins, Bryce Hopkins, Nolan Hickman


Coach: Hubert Davis

2020-21 report: 18-11

Notable gamers anticipated to go away: Garrison Brooks, Day’Ron Sharpe, Walker Kessler, Andrew Playtek, Sterling Manley

Notable gamers anticipated to return: Armando Bacot, Caleb Love, R.J. Davis, Kerwin Walton, Leaky Black, Anthony Harris, Puff Johnson.

Anticipated additions: Dontrez Types, D’Marco Dunn, Justin McKoy


Coach: Dan Hurley

2020-21 report: 15-8

Notable gamers anticipated to go away: James Bouknight, Tyler Polley, Brendan Adams, Josh Carlton

Notable gamers anticipated to return: R.J. Cole, Tyrese Martin, Isaiah Whaley, Adama Sanogo, Jalen Gaffney, Andre Jackson, Akok Akok, Richie Springs

Anticipated additions: Rahsool Diggins, Jordan Hawkins, Samson Johnson


Coach: Tom Izzo

2020-21 report: 15-13

Notable gamers anticipated to go away: Aaron Henry, Joshua Langford, Rocket Watts

Notable gamers anticipated to return: Joey Hauser, Gabe Brown, Malik Corridor, Foster Loyer, Julius Marble, Marcus Bingham, AJ Hoggard, Thomas Kithier, Mady Sissoko

Anticipated additions: Tyson Walker, Max Christie, Jaden Akins, Pierre Brooks


Coach: Mark Schmidt

2020-21 report: 16-5

Notable gamers anticipated to go away: Alejandro Vasquez, Jalen Shaw, Jermaine Taggart

Notable gamers anticipated to return:  Kyle Lofton, Jaren Holmes, Jalen Adaway, Dominick Welch, Osun Osunniyi, Alpha Okoli, Eddie Creal

Anticipated additions: Justin Ndjock, Quadry Adams, Abdoul Karim, Coulibaly, Oluwasegun Durosinmi


Coach: Tony Bennett

2020-21 report: 18-17

Notable gamers anticipated to go away: Sam Hauser, Jay Huff, Trey Murphy, Tomas Woldentensae, Jabri Abdur-Rahim, Casey Morsell, Justin McKoy

Notable gamers anticipated to return: Kihei Clark, Reece Beekman, Kody Stattman, Kadin Shedrick, Francisco Caffaro, Carson McCorkle, Chase Coleman, Malachi Poindexter

Anticipated additions: Armaan Franklin, Jayden Gardner, Taine Murray


Coach: Bruce Pearl

2020-21 report: 13-14

Notable gamers anticipated to go away: Sharife Cooper, Justin Powell, Jamal Johnson, Javon Franklin

Notable gamers anticipated to return: Allen Flanigan, Jaylin Williams, JT Thor, Devan Cambridge, Dylan Cardwell, Chris Moore, Babatunde Akingbola

Anticipated additions: Walker Kessler, Jabari Smith, Zeb Jasper, Wendell Inexperienced, Trey Alexander

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Coach: Andy Enfield

2020-21 report: 25-8

Notable gamers anticipated to go away: Evan Mobley, Tahj Eaddy, Isaiah White, Noah Baumann

Notable gamers anticipated to return: Isaiah Mobley, Drew Peterson, Ethan Anderson, Chevez Goodwin, Max Agbonkpolo, Reese Waters

Anticipated additions: Boogie Ellis, Malik Thomas, Harrison Hornery, Kobe Johnson, KJ Allen


Coach: Dana Altman

2020-21 report: 21-7

Notable gamers anticipated to go away: Eugene Omoruyi, Chris Duarte, LJ Figueroa, Chandler Lawson, Amauri Hardy, Will Johnson

Notable gamers anticipated to return: Will Richardson, Eric Williams, N’Faly Dante, Aaron Estrada, Jalen Terry, Franck Kepnang, Lok Wur

Anticipated additions: Nathan Bittle


Coach: Jim Boeheim

2020-21 report: 18-10

Notable gamers anticipated to go away: Marek Dolezaj, Kadary Richmond, Robert Braswell, Bourama Sidibe, John Bol Ajak

Notable gamers anticipated to return: Buddy Boeheim, Quincy Guerrier, Alan Griffin, Joseph Girard, Woody Newton, Jesse Edwards, Frank Anselem

Anticipated additions: Benny Williams, Cole Swider


Coach: Rick Barnes

2020-21 report: 18-9

Notable gamers anticipated to go away: Jaden Springer, Keon Johnson, John Fulkerson, Yves Pons, EJ Anosiki, Davonte Gaines, Drew Pember

Notable gamers anticipated to return: Victor Bailey, Santiago Vescovi, Josiah-Jordan James, Olivier Nkamhoua, Uros Plavsic

Anticipated additions: Kennedy Chandler, Justin Powell, Jahmai Mashack, Quentin Diboundje


Coach: Mike Younger

2020-21 report: 15-7

Notable gamers anticipated to go away: Jalen Cone, Wabissa Bede, Joe Bamisile, Cordell Pemsl

Notable gamers anticipated to return: Keve Aluma, Tyrece Radford, Nahiem Alleyne, Justyn Mutts, Hunter Cattoor, David N’Guessan, Darius Maddox, John Ojiako

Anticipated additions: Michael Durr, Storm Murphy, Sean Pedulla



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