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.