The NCAA Basketball season has not been over for even a week and odds makers have had futures out since 24 hours after the last Monday’s national championship win by Duke.
This is an early look at my top 5 for 2015-16 season. It is likely Duke will reload for another run at a national title under coach Mike Krzyzewski but possibly not next season, while Bo Ryan the Wisconsin head coach will get another shot at the title, but not likely for a couple of years.
Sam Dekker and player of the year Frank Kaminksy will both be playing for an NBA team next season. Therefore is could take Ryan a couple of years to replicate the team’s talent he had assembled the past two years. Wisconsin will still be a team to beat in the Big 10, but not likely amongst the contenders for a national title.
- Virginia: The Cavaliers will have the best team starting the season this fall. They might not be all that exciting, by they will have a suffocating defense and lost only Darion Atknes amongst this past season’s contributors. Justin Anderson and Malcolm Brogdon will be huge as seniors for the Cavaliers.
- Maryland: Melo Trimble has announced he is not going to the NBA, while Diamond Stone an incoming freshman who is 6-foot-10 will likely be well known in a hurry. Robert Carter has transferred from Georgia Tech and Jake Layman completes a strong frontcourt. They could be amongst the elite in the nation.
- North Carolina: The Tar Heels will have Joel James, Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson all back for their senior year. Kennedy Meeks will be a junior, which is the core of the team that reached the Sweet 16 before losing to Wisconsin. The Tar Heels will be strong.
- Arkansas: This depends if Bobby Portis turns pro. He is the reigning player of the year in the SEC. Michael Qualls their wing man also must decide to stay or go. If both return, the team is an instant national contender.
- Kentucky: The Wildcats lost seven players to the NBA draft. Last week Willie Cauley-Stein, Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Dakari Johnson and the Harrison twins all announced their intention to enter the NBA draft. However, coach John Calipari will have Marcus Lee, Tyler Ulis and Alex Poythress all returning and Isaiah Briscoe and Skal Labissiere two of the top recruits have committed to the Wildcats. Battling for an undefeated season will likely not be in the cards, but a title contender will.