Mid-Summer Preseason Rankings
By Zachery Bonzheim
It’s the middle of the summer and the NBA Draft has just finished. We saw numerous underclassmen leave early and yet still, some decided to postpone their professional careers for another chance of raising a banner to come April. With recruits falling into place and the early entry period over (along with the draft itself), next year’s team are shaping up for in their final forms. Who is the team to beat and what teams saw stars leave for the draft? Here is a mid-summer preseason top 25.
1) Michigan State- Michigan State clocks in at number one on this preseason poll, why? Miles Bridges, yes the one that was a lock for the NBA lottery, decided to Sparty On for another year. Michigan State will return every single member of their best recruiting class ever
Bryan Mauro-Contributing Writer (@threecolorbeard)
Now that the first live period for recruiting has started, there are a lot of top recruits still left out on the market. There is a month left until the late signing day, so we should see resolution on many of these kids by the end of the month. There will be a new weekly recruiting segment, where I will delve into my recruiting rankings for each conference.
This week, lets review the top unsigned players still on the market:
Photo courtesy of USA Basketball
Mohammed Bamba- Bamba is the best player still on the market. He is a 6’11” power forward who can do it all. He has a nice offensive game with extremely polished post moves, and can shoot it from outside. He is an elite rebounder and shot blocker, and is also extremely athletic for his size. He doesn’t lumber around and
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.
CBS ESPN NBC Sports 1 Arizona Kentucky Kansas Kentucky Louisville 2 Louisville Villanova
We already endured April Fools day just a few days ago. As my phone started blowing up this evening, I had to check the date to make sure it wasn’t actually April 1.
Lavar Ball told Clay Fowler (@clay_fowler) of the Inland Valley Daily Journal
“Realistically you can’t win no championship with three white guys because the foot speed is too slow, I told Lonzo – ‘One of these games you might need to go for 30 or 40 points.’ It turned out the that was the one game. Then once they get to the Elite 8, they’re right there.”
Up to this point the things that have come out of mouth of the patriarch of the Ball family have been harmless, eccentric, outlandish and even crazy but this is a whole different level.
We have to ask ourselves some questions when comments like this are made and specifically in this situation.
College ball is always great to see some rivalry between teams and universities, and this week’s betting picks have a little of everything. With a lot of games happening on Tuesday, there is no time to waste to see which teams will most likely win and continue to move forward, or be left one more game behind. Let’s see if the Wildcats can overcome the huge point spread, or if Ole Miss can regain some of their old flair back.
Northwestern Wildcats @ Purdue Boilermakers
This is a long time rivalry between these two universities, and each game allows one team or the other…