Early Applicants for the NBA Draft
By Zachery Bonzheim
The NBA Draft is a couple of months away and the early entry period is almost over. Players can declare for the draft until April 24 and withdraw any time until May 24 while maintaining their NCAA eligibility, as long as they don’t hire agents, meaning within the next 5 days, we should see a lot more test the waters. This policy allows these student-athletes see their chances in the NBA, get professional feedback on what to improve on, and gain the overall professional experience. The NBA Draft itself is June 22, 2017, 4:00 PM on ESPN, with the location to be determined. This all matters because if a lot of these declared players who have not hired an agent leave, some of the top predicted teams for next season may take some huge blows. Say USC loses
A Composite “Way Too Early Top 25”
by: Zachery Bonzheim
The 2016-17 season is over and it’s already time to focus on the next season. Within the last week, nine notable college basketball news sources released their “Way Too Early Top 25’s”. These polls are very likely to change with recruits making final choices, players transferring, and players leaving for the NBA, but this is what the experts predict the rankings will look like.
Below is a side-by-side comparison for all nine of the preseason polls that were released. Further below is a composite ranking. This composite ranking takes the average rankings for every team listed and sorts them based on best average and number of times ranked. 15 teams were unanimously ranked and 10 teams had average rankings below 10.
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by: Zachery Bonzheim
All of the tournaments are done and over with. North Carolina has been crowned the king of the NCAA, but there was more than one team that ended their year with a win. In addition to the NCAA Tournament, the NIT, CBI, and CIT took place, giving over hundred teams a chance to win some sort of title. How do all of these teams rack up? This article intends to rank every NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball team that participated in postseason play. Teams like Ohio State, that declined their postseason bid will not be a part of the ranking regardless if they are more qualified than some of the lesser teams. Also, no team from a lesser round or a lesser tournament will be ranked above a team that either made it further or in a better tournament. For instance,