Syracuse University Logofalconlover79's Ballot for Preseason of 2021-22

Submitted on Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 10:11PM EDT
1 Gonzaga University Logo Gonzaga #1 and it's not even close. Timme and Holmgren will be impossible to stop, especially for WCC teams.
2 University of Kansas Logo Kansas This roster is unbelievably stacked. 6 starter-caliber players with a deep bench - including a 25 PPG scorer at D2 and a nice freshman class
3 University of Michigan Logo Michigan Juwan Howard has a deep pool of talented bigs to coach up, plus a stud transfer in DeVante Jones. This team's ceiling is higher than 2020/21
4 Villanova University Logo Villanova I put trust into Jay Wright and Collin Gillespie, but I do worry about the depth of this team. They're still a near lock to win the Big East
5 Purdue University Logo Purdue The best sophomore class in the country joins Trevion Williams as the Boilermakers should have their best team since at least the Hummel era
6 University of Kentucky Logo Kentucky I'm usually (justifiably) low on Kentucky in the pre-season but this year is different. Cal has bolstered his roster with quality transfers.
7 University of Houston Logo Houston Don't doubt Kelvin Sampson. Edwards and Sasser make up one of the best backcourt duos in the country, and the frontcourt has nice upside.
8 Baylor University Logo Baylor The dropoff won't be as bad as most would expect. Akinjo is a huge addition and last year's bench is ready to ascend to the starting lineup.
9 University of Tennessee Logo Tennessee Last year's Vols squad underperformed in conference but they flashed at times. I think Justin Powell and a well-rounded freshman class helps
10 Florida State University Logo Florida State Don't doubt Leonard Hamilton. Caleb Mills and Cam'Ron Fletcher are big adds to a roster with an army of seniors with 5+ years in this system
11 University of Texas at Austin Logo Texas I know, this is very low. I like a lot of the players on this roster and I love the coach, I just see FAR too many mouths to feed
12 University of Oregon Logo Oregon Quincy Guerrier could be a stud under Altman's coaching, and the Ducks have a trio of high-ceiling bigs to throw at the Pac 12.
13 Ohio State University Logo Ohio State Friendly reminder that this team was 1-3 without Kyle Young last year. Hot take: Wheeler/Russell > Walker/Washington by the end of the year.
14 University of Alabama Logo Alabama Injuries have knocked them down a bit but Nate Oats has a solid group of players who absolutely will not shoot any long-range twos.
15 University of California, Los Angeles Logo UCLA The tournament run was very fun to watch, the regular season... not so much. Need to see more of the former for the Bruins to climb.
16 Duke University Logo Duke Banchero and Mark Williams are a tough frontcourt duo to beat. Duke needs the guards to step up in order to see a 1 or 2 seed come March.
17 University of Memphis Logo Memphis The 2019-20 Memphis vibes are back. Let's hope Bates and Duren do better than Wiseman and Achiuwa. Depth is noticeably better, however.
18 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Logo Illinois Curbelo and Kofi will be about as fun as Ayo and Kofi were. I'm not as high on the remaining roster as others are, even with all the seniors
19 University of Arkansas Logo Arkansas It'll be interesting to see if these transfers mesh as well as they did last year. The talent is there, it's on Muss to keep the wheels on.
20 St. Bonaventure University Logo St. Bonaventure Imagine if last year's team had a bench (and imagine if they made shots against LSU). This team's ceiling is much higher than many think.
21 Oklahoma State University Logo Oklahoma State Cade may be gone, but literally the rest of the team is back. Avery Anderson played almost as well as Cade in Feb/March last season.
22 San Diego State University Logo San Diego State I'm happy that Matt Bradley is finally playing for a decent team, he will be the star that leads the Aztecs to another MWC title.
23 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Logo Virginia Tech I love the coach and the starting five enough to be contenders for the ACC. That said, the depth is practically non-existent.
24 University of Maryland, College Park Logo Maryland These final two teams both have very high potential, Maryland has more talent but it's hard to sleep on a Mark Pope-coached team.
25 Brigham Young University Logo BYU Next 15: Michigan State, UNC, Miss St, LSU, St. John's, Indiana, Drake, Louisville, Seton Hall, Auburn, Richmond, WVU, UConn, UVA, TTU