UConn, top 30 team next year.

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Not that it means much considering Dayton and Illinois are missing from the Top 25 as I think they belong, but good to see UConn getting some (positive) press just the same.

Thoughts?
 
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Made me curious - when was the last time we were ranked?
16-17 we topped out at 18th.

I'm stoked and I think the expectations are not only fair, but better than I expected before reading these "too early" rankings. Overall, we seem to be mostly placed in the top-5 of the conference and there are some clear tiers to how some people see the conference will look next year.

Tier 1 (top 5-10 in nation)
Villanova
Creighton

Tier 2 (top 25-40 in the nation, teams looking to improve)
UConn, Xavier, Providence

Tier 3 (projected years looking worse than 19/20, but still solid teams)
Marquette, Butler, Seton Hall

Tier 4 (might surprise us, but low expectations)
Georgetown, St. John's

Tier 5 (a down 20/21, but should be better in 21/22)
DePaul
 
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Under "FIVE THAT JUST MISSED THE CUT"

Not that it means much considering Dayton and Illinois are missing from the Top 25 as I think they belong, but good to see UConn getting some (positive) press just the same.

Thoughts?
When a guy starts his article with references to a "handful" of players who will obviously be leaving early and names only Anthony, Edwards, and Wiseman, you know the article is suspect.

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Top 30 if we get no more pieces for next season. Add a grad transfer or freshman and we’re top 20.
 

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Providence is under ranked by this service
They will definitely be top 20
The transfer ins are really good and what they have coming back is strong

DePaul has a young team but a really good PG to lead them
 
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Dayton and Illinois are missing from the Top 25
With Obi gone, can’t see Dayton in the top 25, not even the top of the A10.

I agree that Illinois could be a top 25 team so long as Kofi stays. Ayo is gone so the 2 freshman guards (I forget their names, I think a 5 star, and then a 4 star) will be expected to carry a big load. However if Kofi leaves I don’t see them close to the top 25
 

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We're a top 25 team once the roster is filled out. How high we go depends on the caliber of player that we add, but I think that's where we end up once all the NBA stuff shakes out.
 
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I think we are underestimating how much we relied on Vital. He was instrumental to our end of season success. I don't see us anywhere near the top 25, at least early on, until multiple players prove they can play at a high level consistently.
 
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I think we are underestimating how much we relied on Vital. He was instrumental to our end of season success. I don't see us anywhere near the top 25, at least early on, until multiple players prove they can play at a high level consistently.
I totally agree with you, he put the team on his back through the final stretch.
 
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I think we are underestimating how much we relied on Vital. He was instrumental to our end of season success. I don't see us anywhere near the top 25, at least early on, until multiple players prove they can play at a high level consistently.
I love Vital, top 3 favorite Husky of all time. But I’m very confident RJ Cole and an improved Bouknight can offset his production.
 

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I love Vital, top 3 favorite Husky of all time. But I’m very confident RJ Cole and an improved Bouknight can offset his production.
Not on the boards nor on D. Bouk ain't great on D yet, and it's apparently Cole's weakness.

Also missing that emotional heart and soul
 
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Not on the boards nor on D. Bouk ain't great on D yet, and it's apparently Cole's weakness.

Also missing that emotional heart and soul
We witnessed the same thing when Kemba left. We looked GREAT on paper but we lost the emotional heart and soul. The same can be said for other heart & soul departures

1) Post AJ/Adrien = NIT
2) Post Kemba = Bubble
3) Post Shabazz = NIT
4) Post Boatright = Bubble

I hope the same thing does not happen with Vital but we are losing a lot more than his statistics.
 

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Not on the boards nor on D. Bouk ain't great on D yet, and it's apparently Cole's weakness.

Also missing that emotional heart and soul
I agree defense could be an issue next year losing Vital and Akok likely out as well. This is where someone like Jackson could earn minutes.
 
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I think we are underestimating how much we relied on Vital. He was instrumental to our end of season success. I don't see us anywhere near the top 25, at least early on, until multiple players prove they can play at a high level consistently.
Vital was great the last 3 weeks of the season but I think you're underestimating how good Bouknight is going to be, how much Gaffney is going to improve, how much better all our additions and having a full roster instead of 8 players is going to make us.
 
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We witnessed the same thing when Kemba left. We looked GREAT on paper but we lost the emotional heart and soul. The same can be said for other heart & soul departures

1) Post AJ/Adrien = NIT
2) Post Kemba = Bubble
3) Post Shabazz = NIT
4) Post Boatright = Bubble

I hope the same thing does not happen with Vital but we are losing a lot more than his statistics.
We all love CV and how he closed out his career but please don't compare his departure to Kemba's.
 
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I love Vital, top 3 favorite Husky of all time. But I’m very confident RJ Cole and an improved Bouknight can offset his production.
It will def be hard to match CV's heart and soul that's for sure. I do think that Jackson will bring that swagger that we'll also miss from CV. He seems to be a fiery type player.
 
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Not on the boards nor on D. Bouk ain't great on D yet, and it's apparently Cole's weakness.

Also missing that emotional heart and soul
You are right on the defense. Bouk will surprise you on the boards. But D is my biggest concern next year. If we start Cole, Gaffney, and Bouk that will be nasty offense but weak defense. That’s a big reason I was pulling for AG to return.
 

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PROJECTED STARTERS: R.J. Cole, James Bouknight, Andre Jackson, Akok Akok, Josh Carlton

Bouk, definitely.
Cole, probably. I'm looking forward to see if he's as good as advertised, consistently.
Josh maybe, at least to start but other people especially Whaley will be making their case to start. If Josh gets back to end of soph year form, he stays a starter all year. That would be a good news.
Akok, I have a healthy skepticism that he'll be back next year, given that it would likely be January at the earliest before he is cleared.
Jackson? It's a lot to ask of him out of the gate. I fully expect him to be a major contributor by March.
 
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The more I think, I say the starters will be Cole, Gaffney, Bouknight, Jackson, and Whaley. They’re small but that lineup allows us to play the way Hurley likes to play. If Nolley comes swap him for Jackson with Jackson as a 6th man.
 

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