Offseason Power Rankings: Post NBA Draft decision deadline

The final decisions have been made in terms of what players will be entering the NBA Draft. This means that this will be my final power rankings for a little while, as there won’t be much roster movement from here on out. With that being said here is my latest power rankings, which reflects all the latest NBA Draft decisions that have been made. As usual, I will display what I think the projected rotation will look like come next season and then explain each teams ranking.

1.Nevada Wolf Pack

PG: Lindsey Drew

SG: Cody Martin

SF: Caleb Martin

PF: Jordan Caroline

C: Jordan Brown

Key Reserves: Jazz Johnson, Ehab Amin, Nisre Zouzoua, Josh Hall, Tre’Shawn Thurman, Trey Porter

The Wolf Pack got great news when the trio of Jordan Caroline, Caleb, and Cody Martin announced that they will return. The Wolf Pack return three 15+ point per game players while adding a five-star recruit in Jordan Brown and a slew of impact transfers. There will be so much talent and depth around Nevada that there’s no way that the Wolf Pack shouldn’t be number one. I think the Wolf Pack will have an excellent chance at going undefeated in the regular season and they are legitimate National Championship contenders.

2.Kansas Jayhawks:

PG: Charlie Moore

SG: Quentin Grimes

SF: Marcus Garrett

PF: Dedric Lawson

C: Udoka Azubuike

Key Reserves: Devon Dotson, KJ Lawson, Silvio De Sousa, Mitch Lightfoot, David McCormack

The Jayhawks might have the deepest team in College Basketball next season, as they seem to have two of everything. Transfers Dedric Lawson, Charlie Moore, and KJ Lawson will make big impacts, while the Jayhawks have two key guards coming in. To top it off Udoka Azubuike will return for his junior season. Azubuike, Lawson, and Quentin Grimes will all compete for the Big 12 Player of the year award and the Jayhawks should be one of the favorites to win the National Championship.

3.Kentucky Wildcats

PG: Quade Green

SG: Immanuel Quickley

SF: Keldon Johnson

PF: PJ Washington

C: EJ Montgomery

Key Reserves: Tyler Herro, Nick Richards, Jemarl Baker

The Wildcats enter into the 2018-19 season with a decent amount of experience, which is what makes them more dangerous than usual. Quade Green should be the leader for the Wildcats, while PJ Washington will continue to be a force inside. The trio of Immanuel Quickley, Keldon Johnson, and EJ Montgomery fit in nicely with the roster. The Wildcats could add some other roster pieces, which will make them, even more, dangerous. Expect the Wildcats to be good from the start and have a good chance of winning the National Championship this year.

4.Tennessee Volunteers 

PG: Jordan Bone

SG: Jordan Bowden

SF: Admiral Schofield

PF: Grant Williams

C: Kyle Alexander

Key Reserves: Lamonte Turner, Khwan Fore, Derrick Walker Jr, John Fulkerson

The Volunteers return their top six players from a team that won a share of the SEC Championship. Grant Williams is the reigning SEC Player of the year, he will likely be a preseason All-American, while the Volunteers are still extremely deep. The Volunteers should continue to be a defensive force like last years team. The only question I have with Tennessee is if they can continue to improve upon last years success if so this is a Top-5 team in my opinion.

5.Gonzaga Bulldogs

PG: Josh Perkins

SG: Zach Norvell Jr.

SF: Corey Kispert

PF: Rui Hachimura

C: Killian Tillie

Key Reserves: Brandon Clarke, Jacob Larsen, Jeremy Jones, Jesse Wade

The Bulldogs once again are one of the best teams out west as they return most of their players from last year. Josh Perkins will continue to be a steady point guard for the Bulldogs, while Rui Hachimura and Killian Tillie will be the favorites to win WCC Player of the year. Hachimura’s versatility should help the Bulldogs from a depth perspective. The Bulldogs will have a good chance to go undefeated in the regular season and they will have a good chance to win the National title.

6.Duke Blue Devils

PG: Tre Jones

SG: RJ Barrett

SF: Cameron Reddish

PF: Zion Williamson

C: Marques Bolden

Key Reserves: Javin DeLaurier, Alex O’Connell, Joey Baker, Jordan Goldwire

The Blue Devils once again bring in the top recruiting class as they get Tre Jones, RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish, Zion Williamson and Joey Baker coming in. That being said, there is a lack of experience factor that could hurt the Blue Devils. The other issue is that they only have two decent shooters in Alex O’Connell and Joey Baker and neither will play the majority of minutes. On paper, the Blue Devils are extremely talented but do the pieces fit together?

7.Kansas State Wildcats

PG: Kamau Stokes

SG: Barry Brown Jr.

SF: Xavier Sneed

PF: Dean Wade

C: Makol Mawien

Key Reserves: Cartier Diarra, Mike McGuirl, Levi Stockard

There is only one team that has a chance to win the Big 12 other than Kansas and that is Kansas State. The Wildcats return their Top six scorers from a team that made it to the Elite Eight last year. Barry Brown and Dean Wade will be early favorites to win Big 12 Player of the year, while the Wildcats have six potential starters. The question that remains is if Bruce Weber can help coach this team to a Top-10 level because they certainly have the talent to be there.

8.Villanova Wildcats

PG: Jahvon Quinerly

SG: Phil Booth

SF: Joe Cremo

PF: Eric Paschall

C: Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree

Key Reserves: Collin Gillespie, Jermaine Samuels, Cole Swider

The Wildcats got hit hard in the offseason as they lost Jalen Brunson, Mikal Bridges, Donte DiVincenzo, and Omari Spellman to the NBA. This leaves some major holes for the Wildcats to fill. Jahvon Quinerly will likely take over at point guard, while grad transfer Joe Cremo will try to fill a scoring role. This should be considered a rebuilding year for Villanova but with that being said, they still deserve to be a Top-10 team and the Big East favorites.

9.Virginia Cavaliers:

PG: Ty Jerome

SG: Kyle Guy

SF: De’Andre Hunter

PF: Mamadi Diakite

C: Jack Salt

Key Reserves: Jay Huff, Francesco Badocchi, Marco Anthony, Kihei Clark

The Cavaliers once again have an underskilled roster but with how they play, they will be a Top-10 team. Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy will be the primary offensive playmakers for Virginia, while De’Andre Hunter is expected to have a big Sophomore season. Mamadi Diakite and Jack Salt should help out inside but the biggest question comes from the bench. If they continue to play a high-level defense and get timely scoring, they could win the ACC.

10.Auburn Tigers: 

PG: Jared Harper

SG: Bryce Brown

SF: Malik Dunbar

PF: Anfernee McLemore

C: Austin Wiley

Key Reserves: Jamal Johnson, Chuma Okeke, Horace Spencer, Danjel Purifoy

The Tigers get a good piece of their team back next year as Jared Harper, Bryce Brown and Austin Wiley all announced they would return. Mustapha Heron did announce that he would return to college but he will transfer. The Tigers lose some key role players but still have enough pieces to compete atop the SEC. The biggest question surrounding Auburn is the health of Anfernee McLemore, who is expected to be a key piece for the Tigers.

11.North Carolina Tar Heels:

PG: Kenny Williams

SG: Coby White

SF: Cameron Johnson

PF: Nassir Little

C: Luke Maye

Key Reserves: Sterling Manley, Garrison Brooks, Seventh Woods, Andrew Platek, Brandon Robinson

The Tar Heels have a good mixture of experience and young talent, which makes them a solid team. Luke Maye will headline the Tar Heels, as he will probably be the preseason ACC Player of the year. Nassir Little should be an impact Freshman for the Tar Heels and he will average over 15 points per game. The Tar Heels also have a lot of depth to build around and help out those two. The main issue is that the Tar Heels don’t have a true point guard, that could hurt them in ACC play.

12.Florida State Seminoles:

PG: PJ Savoy

SG: MJ Walker

SF: Terance Mann

PF: Phil Cofer

C: Christ Koumadje

Key Reserves: David Nichols, Mfiondu Kabengele, Anthony Polite, RaiQuan Gray, Wyatt Wilkes

The Seminoles return six of their eight leading scorers from last years team that made an Elite Eight run. Phil Cofer was expected to graduate but was surprisingly given a waiver for a sixth year of eligibility, which was a welcome sign for Florida State. Terance Mann, Phil Cofer, and PJ Savoy will be quality guards, while the Seminoles will continue to be a very deep team.

13.Texas Longhorns:

PG: Matt Coleman

SG: Courtney Ramey

SF: Kerwin Roach

PF: Dylan Osetkowski

C: Jericho Sims

Key Reserves: Andrew Jones, Gerald Liddell, Kamaka Hepa, Jaxson Hayes, Jase Febres

Year four of the Shaka Smart era should be the year Texas gets back in the Top-25 and stays there. Kerwin Roach announced he will return, which gives the Longhorns a leader, while Courtney Ramey and Matt Coleman will hold down the fort at the point. Dylan Osetkowski and Jericho Sims worked well together in stretches last year. Andrew Jones has recovered from his Leukemia and could make a return to Texas this year, although I would imagine he redshirts this year. The Longhorns also have some great depth, which is always good to have.

14.Syracuse Orange:

PG: Frank Howard

SG: Tyus Battle

SF: Oshae Brissett

PF: Marek Dolezaj

C: Paschal Chukwu

Key Reserves: Bourama Sidibe, Jalen Carey, Buddy Boeheim

The Orange had a surprising run in the NCAA Tournament and now returns all five starters from that team. Frank Howard and Tyus Battle will continue to be good in the backcourt, while Oshae Brissett will be another good scorer. Marek Dolezaj and Paschal Chukwu are both great on the defensive end in the 2-3 zone. Jalen Carey and Buddy Boeheim bring some depth off the bench, which should keep Syracuse in polls this year.

15.Virginia Tech Hokies:

PG: Justin Robinson

SG: Nickeil Alexander-Walker

SF: Ahmed Hill

PF: Chris Clarke

C: Kerry Blackshear Jr.

Key Reserves: PJ Horne, Tyrie Jackson, Wabissa Bede, Ty Outlaw

The Hokies have some good returning pieces next year, headlined by Justin Robinson. Robinson is a first-team All-ACC type player this year, which is big. Nickeil Alexander-Walker should develop into a good second option for the Hokies. The Hokies have some solid pieces around those two and will probably continue to play small like last year. It will be hard for the Hokies to go from a tournament team to a Top-15 team but they certainly have the pieces to do it.

16.Michigan State Spartans: 

PG: Cassius Winston

SG: Josh Langford

SF: Matt McQuiad

PF: Xavier Tilman

C: Nick Ward

Key Reserves: Kenny Goins, Foster Loyer, Gabe Brown, Marcus Bingham Jr.

The Spartans are considered the favorites to win the Big Ten based on their returning talent. Cassius Winston, Josh Langford, and Nick Ward will likely lead the Spartans in scoring, assists, and rebounding. Xavier Tilmon will likely have an expanded role in year two, which should see him improve his scoring. Matt McQuaid and Kenny Goins will play bigger roles, which will be good for the Spartans. Overall the Spartans have a solid roster next year and in a Big Ten that has no clear favorite, the Spartans are the likely favorites.

17.Mississippi State Bulldogs:

PG: Lamar Peters

SG: Nick Weatherspoon

SF: Quinndary Weatherspoon

PF: Aric Holman

C: Abdul Ado

Key Reserves: Tyson Carter, Reggie Perry, Robert Woodard

The Bulldogs seemed to be around the bubble all season long last year but they weren’t able to make it, that will change this year. Their entire starting five is back and they have some great recruits coming in. The headliners will be Quinndary and Nick Weatherspoon who will lead the Bulldogs in scoring. While Lamar Peters, Aric Holman, and Abdul Ado also return, while they will add recruits, Reggie Perry and Robert Woodard.

18.Michigan Wolverines: 

PG: Zavier Simpson

SG: Jordan Poole

SF: Charles Matthews

PF: Isaiah Livers

C: Jon Teske

Key Reserves: Eli Brooks, Ignas Brazdeikis, Brandon Johns

The defending Big Ten Tournament Champions have a solid core of players returning, headlined by Charles Matthews. Matthews is expected to be an All-Big Ten level player and he will be the star for the Wolverines. Isaiah Livers and Zavier Simpson both started last year and will continue to be good role players. Look for Jon Teske and Jordan Poole to have breakout seasons scoring-wise, which will help the Wolverines stay atop the Big Ten standings.

19.LSU Tigers:

PG: Tremont Waters

SG: Skylar Mays

SF: Emmitt Williams

PF: Naz Ried

C: Kavell Bigby-Williams

Key Reserves: Ja’Vonte Smart, Darius Days, Marlon Taylor

The Tigers have a good mixture of returning pieces and young talent, which makes many excited for this LSU team. Tremont Waters will get the headlines, as he will be a Preseason All-American. Emmitt Williams and Naz Ried both are great incoming recruits. Kavell Bigby-Williams will be a good incoming transfer to help LSU. This team will improve a lot from last year and should be a Top-25 team.

20.Indiana Hoosiers:

PG: Devonte Green

SG: Romeo Langford

SF: Justin Smith

PF: Juwan Morgan

C: De’Ron Davis

Key Reserves: Jerome Hunter, Damezi Anderson, Robert Phinisee

The Indiana Hoosiers are going to be back in the Top-25 for the first time in the Archie Miller era. Romeo Langford committing to Indiana was huge for the program, which has fans excited. Juwan Morgan also came back for his senior season, which gives them a leader. De’Ron Davis and Justin Smith should help up front, while Devonte Green will be a solid point guard for the Hoosiers.

21.Marquette Golden Eagles

PG: Markus Howard

SG: Greg Elliott

SF: Sacar Anim

PF: Sam Hauser

C: Matt Heldt

Key Reserves: Joey Hauser, Joseph Chartouny, Theo John, Jamal Cain

The Golden Eagles have their best roster in years, headlined by Markus Howard. Howard was an excellent shooter last year and should only improve this season as he will now be the team leader. The Golden Eagles return Sam Hauser, who is another high-level scorer for the Golden Eagles. If the Golden Eagles can get the expected improvement from the role players, the Golden Eagles will undoubtedly be the second-best team in the Big East.

22.UCLA Bruins

PG: Jaylen Hands

SG: Prince Ali

SF: Kris Wilkes

PF: Alex Oleskinski

C: Moses Brown

Key Reserves: Tyger Campbell, Chris Smith, Cody Riley, Shareef O’Neal

The Bruins have dealt with some question marks this offseason but with the return of Jaylen Hands and Kris Wilkes, it seems like the Bruins are the favorites in the Pac-12. Wilkes and Hands will both be high scoring guards, while five-star freshman Moses Brown will be helpful inside. The Bruins have some good role players surrounding those three, which is key. The Bruins won’t have the best roster out west but in a down Pac-12, there’s no reason the Bruins can’t win the league.

23.Memphis Tigers:

PG: Jeremiah Martin

SG: Kareem Brewton Jr.

SF: Antwann Jones Jr.

PF: Kyvon Davenport

C: Isaiah Maurice

Key Reserves: Mike Parks Jr, Tyler Harris, Alex Lomax, Jayden Hardaway

Most teams don’t fire their head coach and overnight become a better team but that’s exactly what happened with Memphis. In just a couple of months, Penny Hardaway has gathered some good recruits to go along with a good core of returning players. Jeremiah Martin and Kareem Brewton Jr. will be key in the backcourt, while Kyvon Davenport and Isaiah Maurice will be good inside. The Tigers have some depth around those players and with how Tubby Smith has been recruiting the Tigers should be in this position going forward.

24.Clemson Tigers

PG: Shelton Mitchell

SG: Marcquise Reed

SF: Anthony Oliver

PF: Aamir Simms

C: Elijah Thomas

Key Reserves: Hunter Tyson, John Newman, Dimon Carrigan

The Tigers surprised everyone by being a Top-25 team throughout the season and going to the Sweet 16. With the return of Shelton Mitchell, Marcquise Reed, and Elijah Thomas this team should continue to be ranked. Mitchell and Reed will both be big scorers, while Thomas is going to be a key piece inside. Aamir Simms should improve and help out inside with Elijah Thomas. Assuming they can get enough from their other pieces they will be ranked throughout the season.

25.Nebraska Cornhuskers: 

PG: Glynn Watson Jr.

SG: Thomas Allen

SF: James Palmer Jr.

PF: Isaiah Roby

C: Isaac Copeland

Key Reserves: Jordy Tshimanga, Karrington Davis

Nebraska had an excellent season last year but that seems to be just the start of something great. Both James Palmer Jr. and Isaac Copeland had chances to go to the NBA but they are both coming back. Palmer Jr. should be an All-Big Ten type player. Glynn Watson Jr. should continue to be a solid point guard for the Cornhuskers. Isaiah Roby and Isaac Copeland will both a force inside, which is key in the tough Big Ten. If the Cornhuskers make the proper jump, not only will Nebraska make the NCAA Tournament but they can be a consistent Top-25 team as well.

Just Missed Out: West Virginia, Oregon, Florida, Washington, Purdue

 

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