American University LogoKalonKral's Ballot for Preseason of 2018-19

Submitted on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 10:25AM EDT
1 University of Virginia Logo Virginia The No. 1 overall seed from last year’s tournament returns with nearly all of its major contributors. It’s not March, so trust the Wahoos.
2 University of Nevada, Reno Logo Nevada It’s not often that you have 8 players that averaged over 10 ppg, including the Martins. Overwhelming depth and talent for Nevada.
3 Gonzaga University Logo Gonzaga An impressive frontcourt with Hachimura, Clarke and Tillie and I expect Norvell to take a big step forward this year.
4 University of Kansas Logo Kansas I know this is probably too low. But today, I’m not sold that Vick can carry this team when he needs to and “Doke” has limits on offense.
5 University of Kentucky Logo Kentucky Travis Reid is going to be great for this team and it’ll be interesting to see if PJ Washington can follow up on those monster tourney games
6 Duke University Logo Duke Today, Duke is all potential. With seemingly every top recruit in the nation, by the end of the year, they may just have the most talent.
7 University of Tennessee Logo Tennessee I love the bruisers – Grant Williams and the Admiral – and their bevy of shooters, but the offense can bog down in key spots.
8 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Logo North Carolina UNC could be a top 5 or top 3 team this year. With top talent returning, the development of Nassir Little may guide how high they soar.
9 Syracuse University Logo Syracuse Another March, another Syracuse tournament run. The Big 3: Battle, Brissett and Howard are back and the zone reigns supreme.
10 Michigan State University Logo Michigan State Cassius Winston is still a stone cold killer at the ends of games and Tom Izzo may be able to better deal with this more conventional lineup
11 Kansas State University Logo Kansas State After their tourney run, they return everyone and have a bunch of guys who are ready to make big leaps forward. Oh, and Dean Wade’s back.
12 Villanova University Logo Villanova It’s unlikely Villanova falls too far after exodus of talent. Paschall and Booth anchor a rebuilding team still likely to top Big East.
13 Auburn University Logo Auburn The surprise of the SEC last year won’t sneak up on anyone this year. Brown and Harper lead a very balanced team.
14 Florida State University Logo Florida State Florida St. throws a lot of weapons (Mann, Cofer etc.) at opposing teams. They still have their traditional height advantage as well.
15 West Virginia University Logo West Virginia A big step back for West Virginia without Jevon Carter. Sag Konate will block a million shots, but they need Esa Ahmad to get out of funk.
16 University of Oregon Logo Oregon Bol Bol joins a rising Oregon team led by Payton Pritchard and other improving pieces. They could win mid-major Pac-12 conference. :)
17 University of Miami (Florida) Logo Miami (FL) Chris Lykes, the 5’ 7” dynamo, has a bigger role on a team with a ton of weapons. Dewan Huell’s name change aside, a lot remains the same.
18 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Logo Virginia Tech Watch out for Virginia Tech. The kingslayers of the ACC return with most of their starters, ready to sting an unaware top dog.
19 Arizona State University Logo Arizona State I love the Twin Towers of Romello White and De’Quon Lake. Plus, more Remy Martin this year can only be a great thing.
20 Indiana University Bloomington Logo Indiana All eyes are on Indiana’s own Romeo Langford, but let’s take a moment this year to appreciate all Juwan Morgan will do.
21 University of Wisconsin-Madison Logo Wisconsin Wisconsin finished strong last year. In Ethan Happ’s 23rd collegiate year, gutsy Brad Davison and other bring the Badgers back to relevance.
22 University of Michigan Logo Michigan Michigan won’t fall as far as many think. Matthews, Simpson and Poole will anchor a rambunctious group that will make waves in the Big 10.
23 University of Florida Logo Florida They ultimately always seem to disappoint despite having overwhelming talent. I know Hudson and Allen are back, but let’s wait and see.
24 Purdue University Logo Purdue Trust in Carsen Edwards. Despite losing NBA talent, he’s still got Haarms, Eastern and transfer Boudreaux. They’ll hang in there.
25 Xavier University Logo Xavier They lost everybody. I get it. But the guys still here played a lot last year. Goodin, Marshall, Scruggs and Jones are good enough.