Early 2012-13 Ranking: Teams 46 to 60
Continuing with the Early 2012-13 Ranking, here are teams 46 to 60.
Its worth repeating that I had to make many assumptions about the NBA Draft in compiling the following list, and I've noted which assumptions I've made. This ranking will be updated later in the summer once players have made their official draft decisions. Also uncertain is where some remaining unsigned recruits will end up, and how the coaching carousel will take form. I purposely made no assumptions about where unsigned prospects will end up. (All prospect rankings are according to the Rivals 150 ranking.)
Early 2012-13 Ranking: Teams 45-60
46 Miami Another year under Jim Larranaga should find the Hurricanes on the inside of the NCAA Tournament bubble. Malcolm Grant departs but he did not have a terribly good season anyways.
47 Butler After a down year, Butler should once again be the class of the Horizon League. Transfer Rotnei Clarke gives them a scoring-punch that was severely lacking this year. Three solid guards enter as freshmen, who should help with depth.
48 Colorado Carlon Brown and Austin Dufault are not small loses, but the hope is that Andre Roberson blossoms into a Pac-12 Player of the Year candidate. The Buffs recruiting haul is easily their best of the last decade.
The Cougars lose veterans Hartsock and Abouo but should still settle into their
usual bubble-bound slot. Another year of improvement from Matt Carlino should
50 Pittsburgh Coming off of a disastrous season, Pittsburgh has no where to go but up. Although Gibbs and Robinson depart, the Panthers welcome 4th ranked recruit Steven Adams, one of their best-ever recruits. A healthy Tray Woodall would certainly help as well.
51 UCF After being a fringe-bubble team that last two years, UCF will once again be hoping to make the tourney. Although PG AJ Rompza graduates, the team returns solid All-CUSA caliber players in Keith Clanton, Marcus Jordan, and Isaiah Sykes.
The Owls should take a step back with key senior losses, including leader Ramone
Moore, but expect them to still be competitive in the A10. Khalif Wyatt could
score 20 ppg now that the team is fully in his hands. The recruiting haul might
be Temple's best since 2007.
53 Xavier Besides leader Tu Holloway, they also loses Kenny Frease and Andre Walker. Role players like Travis Taylor and Jeff Robinson will really need to step it up if Xavier wants to makes its 8th tourney in a row. 4-star recruit Semaj Christon is capable of contributing at PG from day one.
Jeremy Lamb and Andre Drummond will presumably go pro, and the roster looks
pretty thin without them. Last year's shock tourney run covers up what has been
3 years in a row of .500 or worse basketball in Big East play. Add in the
potential sanctions and Calhoun's health, and you have yourself a lot of
Seniors Drew Hanlen, Mick Hedgepeth, and Scott Saunders depart, but Kerron
Johnson and Ian Clark are still two of the A-Sun's top players. Incoming PG
Craig Bradshaw is one of Belmont's better pickups and should fit right into the
Three seniors that played over 25 minutes per game depart, but South Florida
shouldn't expect too much of a drop-off. USF's 4-person recruiting class is
solid for their standards, but still mediocre as far as the Big East goes.
With Dee Bost a senior and Arnett Moultrie presumably going
pro, Mississippi St loses its leading scorer, passer, rebounder, and defender.
Although an underrated 5-person recruiting class was set to come in, Rick
Stanbury's retirement does open some questions.
For a team that often struggled to score the ball, it will be interesting to see
how they'll manage without Kevin Jones and Darryl Bryant. Those two scored
almost 50% of the Mountaineers points. Aaric Murray and Juwan Staten are solid
transfers who will help.
59 Southern Miss USM was never as good as their gaudy RPI suggested.. Graduations will put a major dent into their major strength, which was depth, but their top two scorers do return.
60 Iowa St The key for Iowa St is whether Royce White decides to go pro. I'm assuming here that he does, which would mean the Cyclones lose their 3 leading scorers. A pair of solid transfers enter the mix, as well as their best recruiting class in a few years.
Also Under Consideration (alphabetical order)