One Man's Thoughts: Early 2010 Top 15

April 9th, 2009
2009-10 Top 15 Teams..

1. Kansas - Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins return. Bill Self may end up with two big time recruits in Xavier Henry and John Wall. Already have 5-star recruits Elijah Johnson and Thomas Robinson signed on.

2. Syracuse - Assuming Jonny Flynn doesn't go pro, he may be the best point guard in the nation next year (if Lawson goes pro). They also return Paul Harris and Eric Devendorf.

3. Duke - The loss of Greg Paulus doesn't hurt much. They could lose Gerald Henderson. If Henderson returns, they bring back all 5 starters. They also add Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee.

4. Michigan State - They lose both Travis Walton and Goran Suton. The experience gained from this year's tournament can't hurt. They return Kalin Lucas, Durrell Summers, and Raymar Morgan.

5. Kentucky - Coach Cal's first year. Both Jodie Meeks (didn't sign with an agent) and Patrick Patterson should return. Also rumors they may land recruits Xavier Henry and John Wall.

6. North Carolina - Last year's champ. Tyler Hansbrough and Danny Green are gone. Wayne Ellington and Ty Lawson may be gone. Ed Davis is staying. He will team up with Deon Thompson and Tyler Zeller in the front court. Marcus Ginyard is back from injury. They bring in recruits John Henson and Leslie McDonald.

7. Purdue - Add another year of experience on to this team. No seniors started for them. They return Robbie Hummell, E'Twaun Moore, and JaJuan Johnson. Their backcourt also returns with Keaton Grant and Chris Kramer.

8. Texas - They lose their top scorer in AJ Abrams. If Dexter Pittman continues to develop down low they will be a force next year. Damion James and Justin Mason also return for the Longhorns. Texas is ranked as the No. 2 team on ESPN's Recruiting Rankings. That includes the addition of Jordan Hamilton and Avery Bradley.

9. Villanova - The Wildcats lose a trio of great seniors (Clark, Anderson, and Cunningham). However, their guards return with Final Four experience, led by Scottie Reynolds and Reggie Redding. Nova also brings back the two Corey's. If the Arizona Wildcats are known as "Point Guard U", Nova is maybe just "Guard U."

10. California - Patrick Christopher is going to "test the waters." However, if he returns, Mike Montgomery will have every starter back. Pac-10 POY Jerome Randle returns. Don't forget this was one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the nation last season.

11. Butler -The Horizon League regular season champs don't lose anyone, including conference POY Matt Howard. Look for Gordon Hayward to be on everyone's radar next season as well.

12. Ohio State - They may even be better if BJ Mullens doesn't declare for the NBA. He was slightly overrated anyway. The Buckeyes still return everyone. That includes Evan Turner, David Lighty, and William Buford.

13. West Virginia - Losing Alex Ruoff to graduation hurts them. However, Huggy Bear has a great group of guys returning. PG Joe Mazulla will be healthy (hopefully). The moutaineers also return DeSean Butler, Wellington Smith, and Devin Ebanks.

14. Wake Forest - Their ranking could be better, but there are a lot of question marks. Who will be back next year? Al-Farouq Aminu? Jeff Teague? James Johnson is entering the draft. However if they return Aminu and Teague look for them to compete in the ACC.

15. Florida - Billy Donovan won't let the Gators be NIT bound for three straight seasons. I just don't see it happening. Nick Calathes has entered the draft, but didn't hire an agent. If he comes back look for Florida to crack the top 10. They also have a big time PG recruit in Kenny Boynton coming to campus.