The 2021-2022 college basketball season has come to a close. Fans will be looking forward to next season, even if it is hard to forecast. Things will be even more up in the air this season with over 1,000 players in the transfer portal. Either way, here is the way too early 2022-2023 college basketball top 25.
25. USC Trojans
24. Colorado State Rams
While David Roddy did enter his name into the NBA Draft, he will likely pull his name out and rejoin the Rams. They’ll have enough talent to win the MWC in 2023 if Roddy returns.
23. Texas Tech Red Raiders
The first year in charge for Mark Adams was a good one, but the roster does have some question marks. Kevin McCullar returning after showing he could do a little bit of everything in 2021-2022 gives some encouragement going into next season.
22. Illinois Fighting Illini
Will Kofi Cockburn stay or go? The NBA is moving away from traditional big men and NIL money could convince Cockburn to return. If he doesn’t Illinois will likely fall out of these rankings.
21. Alabama Crimson Tide
If any of J.D. Davidson, Jaden Shakelford or Jahvon Quinerly return, Alabama is in good shape. If they lose all three, they could be in danger.
20. Auburn Tigers
19. Florida State Seminoles
18. Texas A&M Aggies
At the end of the season, the Aggies were one of the hottest teams in the country. The only projected losses for the team are Quenton Jackson and Ethan Henderson. Buzz Williams has done a solid job building the program and the NCAA Tournament is up next.
17. Michigan State Spartans
Losing Gabe Brown and Marcus Bingham will sting, but the Spartans have enough returning to really make things interesting in the Big Ten. Max Christie entered the draft, but returning is still an option.
16. Indiana Hoosiers
15. TCU Horned Frogs
Leading scorer Mike Miles is gone, but the Horned Frogs return most of their other key players. Jamie Dixon has improved the program and now they can take the next step forward after qualifying for the 2022 NCAA Tournament.
14. Arizona Wildcats
13. Tennessee Volunteers
12. Creighton Blue Jays
Point guard Ryan Nembhard getting injured really hurt the Blue Jays’ chances of advancing far in the 2022 NCAA Tournament. He will be one of the better point guards in the country and can lead the team deep in March.
11. Michigan Wolverines
The great recruiting class didn’t exactly work out for Michigan in 2021-2022. With some of the players returning, including possibly Caleb Houstan, they may be able to improve. Frankie Collins, Houstan and Hunter Dickinson are all impact players.
10. Villanova Wildcats
It is never easy replacing a point guard like Collin Gillespie. Jermaine Samuels, Dhamir Crosby-Roundtree and Caleb Daniels are also gone. Justin Moore will lead the team once he recovers from his injury.
9. Baylor Bears
After dealing with injuries in 2021-2022, the Bears need to stay healthy and deal with the losses of James Akinjo and Matthew Mayer. L.J. Cryer and Adam Flagler will combine to create a great backcourt.
8. Gonzaga Bulldogs
7. Kansas Jayhawks
The defending national champions will have to replace a lot of good players including David McCormack, Ochai Agbaji and Remy Martin. Some other players got good experience this season, including Dajuan Harris and Christian Braun. With a solid recruiting class coming in, Kansas will make a run at the Big XII title.
6. Houston Cougars
Houston proved the doubters wrong by going to the Elite Eight in the 2022 NCAA Tournament. The guard play will be some of the best in the country with Tramon Mark, Marcus Sasser and Jamal Shead. That should be enough for them to win the AAC and get another decent seed in the NCAA Tournament.
5. North Carolina Tar Heels
Armando Bacot may return in the middle for North Carolina and that makes a world of difference. With RJ Davis and Caleb Love coming back in the backcourt, the Tar Heels can build off of their tournament run.
4. Duke Blue Devils
Who will stay and who will go? Jon Scheyer will take over with the top recruiting class in the country coming in. If a few players decide to stay in college, the Blue Devils could be National Championship contenders.
3. UCLA Bruins
The Bruins made a run in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, but weren’t so fortunate in 2022. It is likely that they return their two star players Johnny Juzang and Jaime Jaquez. With another year under their belts, the Bruins should be able to improve.
2. Arkansas Razorbacks
A lot is likely walking out the door for Arkansas, including J.D. Notae. Arkansas has recruited well and Jaylin Williams may stay. Eric Musselman has put together teams quickly before and can have Arkansas competing nationally next season.
1. Kentucky Wildcats
There is a lot of momentum to the idea that Oscar Tshiebwe returning to Kentucky for another year. He and Sahvir Wheeler would star again at center and point guard respectively. With Shaedon Sharpe possibly getting to play on the wing for the Wildcats, the sky is the limit.
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