Posted on: April 11, 2010 10:26 pm

Very Early 2010-11 College Hoops Top 25

Yes, we're in early April and there are still declarations to be made, coaches to be hired and player committments to be had. However, we can still take a look at what the 2010-11 NCAA hoops season will bring, can't we?

Here is my early Top 25 for next season with occassional comments to follow:

1. Michigan State -- Raymar Morgan is the lone Spartan to graduate and next year's team will be better than the previous two Final Four teams. Add in a stacked recruiting class and Tom Izzo will get his coveted second title.

2. Georgetown -- If Greg Monroe returns, the entire unit is back.

3. Memphis -- The Tigers were solid this season. Think Kentucky-style recruits for Memphis next season.

4. Pittsburgh -- Love how Coach Dixon does more with less.

5. Duke -- Loss of Zoubek and Scheyer can't be understated. Still love Duke's defensive prowess.

6. Illinois -- The big sleeper of 2011 returns its entire starting 5 with one of most underrated PGs in game (McCamey).

7. Purdue -- Loss of defensive stopper Kramer will be a big blow, but Hummel's return and senior-laden team will be dangerous once again.

8. Villanova -- Sometimes losing your best player can be a good thing (see MSU's 2010 tourney run). I think 'Cats will be better without Reynolds.

9. Butler -- A little luck played a role in Butler's near title. This is still a great team, but it's closer to a Sweet 16 team than a Final Four team.

10. Kansas State -- Pullen's return will help offset the loss of Clemente. Another year of Frank Martin running the show will only be good for these Wildcats.

11. North Carolina -- I don't imagine the Tar Heels being down for long. Expect Ol' Roy to have UNC in the ACC title hunt again.

12. Florida -- Entire starting 5 returns as well as potent offense.

13. Xavier -- Chris Mack will once again have a tough squad.

14. Kansas -- Forget the losses, Kansas will contend for the Big XII title again. 

15. Washington -- The class of the Pac-10.

16. Kentucky -- We don't know all Coach Cal's recruits just yet but I can promise you they'll make a big splash.

17. Ohio State -- I've seen the Buckeyes as high as No. 2 in early rankings. It's one thing to lose a star player and another to lose your Player-of-the-Year PG. The Buckeyes will survive without Evan Turner, but they'll be a good team next year, not great.

18. Gonzaga -- Who knows what Gonzaga team we'll get. Either way, Mark Few will have the Zags in the Top 25.

19. BYU -- Jimmer Fredette returns to the MWC's best team.

20. New Mexico -- If Darington Hobson leaves, UNM drops out but he's a poor man's Evan Turner. UNM will battle BYU for Mountain West supremacy again in 2011.

21. UCLA -- I think Ben Howland has had enough of sub-.500 seasons in Westwood. The Bruins will still be young but good in the rough Pac-10.

22. Wisconsin -- Don't ever count out the Badgers, who will reload and be dangerous for another year.

23. Mississippi -- I love Andy Kennedy's gritty club. The Rebels have to break through one of these years, right?

24. Texas -- Rick Barnes loses a lot of individual talent but that might actually help him develop a team in Austin.

25. Saint Louis -- This was a real surprising club in 2010. Look for bigger things in 2011.

Others to keep an eye on (alphabetical order): Baylor, Cincinnati, Indiana, Missouri, Notre Dame, Old Dominion, Syracuse, Temple, Vanderbilt, West Virginia.

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