Kentucky or Kansas: Who Will Top the First AP College Hoops Poll?
The first AP rankings for college basketball will be released tomorrow, and I thought I’d take a stab at predicting the top 25, and in doing so give you an initial quick glimpse of the upcoming hoops season. We’re counting backwards here…
25. Florida: Kenny Boynton is a freshman to watch and Alex Tyus is the best garbage man in the country.
24. Florida State: Potential, potential, potential; and that’s why they aren’t higher.
23. Michigan: Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims have the green light for good reason.
22. Mississippi State: Jarvis Varnado dominated at USA tryouts.
21. Clemson: Trevor Booker is a coach’s dream and everyone else’s worst nightmare.
20. Georgia Tech: Gani Lawal and freshman Derrick Favors can challenge Carolina as the best frontcourt in the ACC.
19. Georgetown: Greg Monroe at his worst is still very good; when the lights go on for the sophomore forward the Hoyas move up.
18. Syracuse: Jim Boeheim never has trouble finding players.
17. Illinois: Bruce Weber is starting to coach with talent again? Watch out.
16. California: Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher form one of the best backcourts you’ll have to stay up late and have a diesel cable package to watch.
15. Ohio State: The Big Ten’s best player, Evan Turner, gets his freakshow partner David Lighty back.
14. Oklahoma: Blake Griffin is gone, but Willie Warren returns with two fantastic freshmen.
13. Louisville: Samardo Samuels establishes himself as a dominant force in the Big East.
12. Butler: Brad Stevens brings back his starting five.
11. Connecticut: Jerome Dyson and Stanley Robinson didn’t go to the NBA?
10. Tennessee: Bruce Pearl needs a rebound year after a disappointing 2008-2009. In a down SEC they should find their legs.
9. Texas: Avery Bradley is a freshman that can fill it up.
8. Duke: Kyle Singler has the killer instinct to keep the Dukies in the top 10 all year.
7. West Virginia: DeSean Butler is the best player you don’t know about, and if you do, you know the Mountaineers belong.
6. Villanova: This Final Four team adds the second best recruiting class and Scottie Reynolds is in range… always.
5. Purdue: Robbie Hummel suffered back pain most of last year; he is healthy and the Baby Boilers have grown up.
4. North Carolina: Yeah, they are still really damn good.
3. Michigan State: Brings back most of their National Runner-Up team, including speedy point guard Kalin Lucas.
2. Kentucky: College basketball purists are hoping this Coach Cal-led team doesn’t one and done their way to a championship with John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins.
1. Kansas: Best returning inside-outside duo of Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich gets a boost from freshman Xavier Henry. “