2011: Early Top 50 Ranking
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2010-11 Super-Early Top 50 Ranking: April 5th
by Shawn Siegel: Collegehoops.net Editor
|If the big 3 return like indicated, then the Boilers will be a true national title contender.|
|Morgan is the only senior, and newcomer Payne might be a better forward anyways.|
|Scheyer made this team tic, but there's another load of top-level talent joining the fray.|
|Rautins & Johnson are certainly big losses. But Boeheim welcomes the Big East's top class.|
|So long as Pullen returns, there's more then enough returning talent to make this squad legit once again.|
|Gordon Hayward is going pro but Matt Howard, Shelvin Mack and Ronald Nored all return. Khyle Marshall is an intriguing freshman at the same position as the departed Hayward.|
|Will take a step back without do-everything Da'Sean Butler, but still a quality squad.|
|The core of the team returns intact, and Dixon has a nice new extension.|
|Season ended on a sour note, but Cats might go into next season underrated.|
|I'm counting Jordan Crawford among the returnees.. if he's gone, things get much more dicey.|
|Assuming both Henry & Aldrich both leave, this team will lack a dominant force. There is young talent hiding on the roster though.|
|Forget the end of the season slump, there's more then enough talent on the roster and Tristan Thompson eases the loss of Damion James.|
|The loss of Turner is obviously huge, but the Buckeyes welcome another loaded Matta class.|
|Even moreso then Ed Davis' NBA decision, success will depend on whether the 5-star class excels or plays like the 09 crew.|
|Despite losing Jermaine Beal, Vandy has a chance to make some serious noise in the SEC.|
|A couple seniors depart, but this is still an improving team with some underrated freshmen joining the fold.|
|With Williams returning along with a Top 5 class, Memphis returns to national prominence in 2010.|
|Who knows what UK's roster will end up looking like, but you have to assume Calipari will manage to snag at least one of the remaining unsigned studs.|
|19||San Diego St||25|
|With everyone of note returning from the MWC champs, Aztecs are one of the best out west.|
|Lose Chism, Prince, Maze. Tobias Harris is their name freshman, but Jordan McRae might be the true star.|
|Losing Hughes & Bohanon will hurt, but Bo Ryan always finds a way.|
|Only lose Dan Werner. All of the young talent will eventually gel, and when they do, look out.|
|Carter was a senior, and Udoh will likely head for the pros. Can Fr Perry Jones offset Udoh's departure?|
|With Fernandez & Allen returning, the Owls will be solid once again.|
|If Fredette returns, Cougars are MWC contenders once again.|
|Who will step up in the middle to replace Greg Monroe (who we assume will eventually declare for the Draft)?|
|Coming off a weak season, Illinois returns everyone of note along with a top-notch 3-man class.|
|The usual FSU-type team.. good, but not great. A lot of depth, but no dominant players. This assumes Alabi goes pro.|
|Booker is the big loss, but there's more then enough depth remaining.|
|The Rebels always seem on the verge of making some noise, so maybe this is the year it happens.|
|I think Hobson will ultimately enter the Draft, and Martinez is a senior. Though the freshmen are quality, there will be a drop.|
|Kevin Anderson returns to lead the improving Spiders.|
|The Bouldin loss can be overcome. The big news is that Harris doesn't plan on going pro.|
|Lazar Hayward is a big loss, but look out for newcomer Vander Blue.|
|Glasser is an important loss, but Keala King has a chance to be special, and Herb Sendek knows how to coach.|
|Will be hard to make up for Pondexter loss, but you have to look how this team came together as the season wore on.|
|Senior Quayle is the only loss, but the Aggies are still the team to beat in the WAC.|
|Vasquez is the big loss, but 2 other seniors leave. One of the Terps better classes in recent years joins fray.|
|Except for Derrick Caracter, the core of this underrated team returns. Tim Floyd is a step down though.|
|Lose top 3 players, but the freshmen class is underrated, and A&M can fall back on good team D.|
|On the verge of becoming the Butler of the OVC?|
|This assumes Sanders returns. If not, they'll still be underrated but not Top 40.|
|With Lee graduating, it will be up the solid core of current juniors to lead the way.|
|All the pieces for a tourney team are there, it's just a matter of putting it all together.|
|Could be an underrated squad heading into the year. Green & Mitchell have pro talent.|
|Loss of Westbrook not that big of a deal. This team will win about 10 games in the Big Ten.|
|Will likely lose 4 of top 6 scorers. Fr Jason Morris could be an impact ACC player.|
|Elijah Millsap is legit and this is a relatively well-coached team.|
|Do lose their best player in Clevin Hannah, but enter the season the MVC favorite in my estimation.|
|Rick Majerus quietly possesses a young roster that's quickly learning how to win games.|
**2010 ranking based on Final 4 RPI
Next Ten (alphabetical)
Nic Wise was the only senior, but
newcomer Bejarano has a chance to step in and score from day one.
Lose Samuels, Sosa, Smith and the
newcomers aren't terribly exciting.
This squad couldn't even make the
dance with Varnado in the middle. His loss will be felt.
The core of the team is decimated by
graduation, but Jacobson will find a way.
With Bassett & Cooper leading the
way, and senior departures at other league contenders, Ohio is the team to beat
in the MAC.
This team is on the verge of
returning to the tourney regardless of Lavin.
Graduations decimate the frontcourt,
but you can't deny the amount of backcourt quality that returns.
Despite the disappointment and
turmoil, the pieces are still there for UCLA to once again contend for a Pac-10
It was only a matter of time until
UCONN's glory run slowly eroded. In the running for some star recruits though,
so that would certainly change things.
If Delaney returns, then Hokies move
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Top 25 lists, and then later in May for our post-NBA decision Top 50 update.