Counting down to the start of the 2016-17 college basketball season on Nov. 11, ASN’s Mark Adams previews the players, teams and conferences to watch. Today: The EnthusiAdams Preseason national Top 10.
Grayson Allen and Luke Kennard welcome three projected top 10 NBA draft picks — Harry Giles, Frank Jackson and Marquis Bolden — to make the Blue Devils the preseason favorites to cut down the nets at the Final Four in Phoenix.
Most teams would struggle after losing three underclassmen to the NBA draft, one graduation and two transfers but not Kentucky. Look for De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk to make an immediate impact for the Wildcats.
Wildcats return top two scorers (Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins) and three starters (Hart, Jenkins and Jalen Brunson) from last year’s national championship team.
Kavell Bigby-Williams, the 6-10 national junior college player of the year, joins Chris Boucher, one of the nation’s top shot blockers and a veteran perimeter group (Casey Benson, Tyler Dorsey and Dillon Brooks) to make the Ducks the Pac-12’s team to beat.
The Tar Heels return six of their top eight scorers, and the disappointment of losing’s last year’s national championship game could be all the motivation they need.
Backcourt combination of Frank Mason and Devonte’ Graham plus the addition of freshman Josh Jackson should put the Jayhawks in contention for their 13th consecutive Big 12 title.
Havoc has arrived in Austin with head coach Shaka Smart and a strong recruiting class featuring Jarrett Allen, Andrew Jones, James Banks and Jacob Young.
Despite losing indefinitely suspended Myles Davis, Musketeers look to improve on last season’s 28 victories with veteran leadership from Trevon Bluiett, Edmond Sumner and J.P. Macura.
The addition of Memphis transfer Austin Nichols and redshirt freshman Mamadi Diakite to the leadership of four-year starter London Perrantes and head coach Tony Bennett’s solid defensive philosophy will keep the Cavaliers in contention.
The Hoosiers won the Big Ten regular-season championship and return Thomas Bryant, OG Anunoby and James Blackman. Look for them to be back on top.
Now it’s your turn:
Who is your choice for college basketball's preseason No. 1 team?
- Duke (26%, 8 Votes)
- North Carolina (19%, 6 Votes)
- Kansas (16%, 5 Votes)
- Kentucky (16%, 5 Votes)
- Xavier (6%, 2 Votes)
- Indiana (6%, 2 Votes)
- Villanova (3%, 1 Votes)
- Virginia (3%, 1 Votes)
- Oregon (3%, 1 Votes)
- Texas (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 31