This has certainly been one of the more eventful off-seasons in recent college basketball memory with big-time coaching changes, scandals, NBA Draft decisions, and last-minute decisions by big-name recruits.
Thus my "Super-Early Top 50 Ranking" back in April is almost obsolete by now, and an updated ranking is sorely needed.
In the list below you'll see my original April ranking as well as the team's final 08-09 CHN Top 50 ranking. Note that these picks are purely my own opinion and do not reflect CHN's official 144 Teams in 144 Days preseason ranking.
Post your thoughts in the comments section whether you agree or disagree.. there's certainly many debates to be had.
2009-10 Updated Top 50 Ranking: September 15th
by Shawn Siegel: Collegehoops.net Editor
addition of Xavier Henry solidifies the former sg hole..
lose Cunningham, but loaded in the backcourt
nothing new since april, Roe & Green need to step up
added Wall & got Patterson to return since april ranking
superior frontcourt talent, but are young guards legit?
lost Henderson & Williams since i originally had them #1
get boost from James's return. some like texas #2
improving every year, serious final four threat
with a healthy set of guards, Huggins team will be solid
had disappointing season, but will be underrated
formidable trio of Howard, Hayward, and Mack
perhaps Manny Harris is big ten's 2010 poy?
have guards and wings, but who can replace Brockman?
have one of the game's biggest talents in Evan Turner
Bears have core back and pac-10 is wide open
Weber did a great job in 09. i like this team more than most
in Tubby I trust.. everyone relevant returns
Chris Wright should be even better. a-10's top team.
loss of Summers no biggie. Monroe, Wright, Freeman return
Oglesby has left since april ranking
new coach should be no issue for this solid program
on rise with Varnado, Bost, (Sidney?). overrated by some
lose Adrien, Price, Thabeet.. but its still uconn
Bryan Davis improves every month. Sloan is no slouch
coming off solid season. Wally Judge is serious recruit
Hasbrouck is major loss, but still many of the same pieces
only senior loss is Neal, so can't forget about Gary's guys
lose 3 senior contributors, but still a lot of emerging talent
return of Chris Warren is huge. underrated in my opinion
Daye went pro, but don't discount the WCC's best
lose Eaton & Harris, but loading up on solid d1 players
lose Calathes since April, but Boynton is super frosh
top notch recruiting class, plus Shumpert is back
will obviously take step back, but still best of CUSA (barely)
hard to overcome loss of Williams & Clark
Downey leads a fringe tourney squad from 08-09
Jordan's return solidifies Tulsa's CUSA title hopes
there's no reason to ever discount a Bo Ryan squad
with Teague returning, would have been top 25
outside of Cummard, everyone important is back
success depends on how good freshman are
Douglas is huge loss, but Snaer joins talented youngsters
Woodfox is the big loss. But always a contender
Babbitt & Johnson to
deep recruiting class joins backourt of Warren, Crocker
couple sizeable losses, but Battle gives them a chance
play of pg Paris will be key. wide open opinions on this team
will new & old talent mesh to form tourney team?
top dogs in CAA ready to make a splash