One vision has lingered on from last season into this summer.  It is not the rising of a new coach (although he was special) but rather, an underdog clawing its way through a multitude of strong suitors to earn a national championship.  However, this storybook ending will not happen in the 2014-2015 season.  In fact, the gap between the top 10 teams and remaining 341 division 1 squads will be vast and impenetrable.  Although the level of play will drop off significantly following the top teams, the talent in the top 10 should produce the highest level of basketball we have witnessed in years. Here is my preseason top 10 heading into next season.


1.Kentucky
Key Losses: Julius Randle. James Young,
Key Freshmen: Trey Lyles, Karl Towns Jr., Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis

Projected Started Lineup
G- Andrew Harrison
G-Aaron Harrison
F-Alex Poythress
F- Trey Lyles
C- Karl Towns Jr

Kentucky heads into next season as the most talented team and clear favorite to win a national title. With both Harrison twins returning along with an absolutely loaded recruiting class, John Calipari should have his Wildcats back in the Final Four.

2. Arizona
Key Losses: Aaron Gordon, Nick Johnson
Key Freshmen: Stanley Johnson, Craig Victor, Parker Jackson-Cartwright

Projected Started Lineup
G- T.J. McConnell
G- Stanley Johnson
F-Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
F-Brandon Ashley
C-Kaleb Tarczewski

Sean Miller probably has the best starting five in the country, led by their stud center Kaleb Tarczewski. My only question for the Wildcats this season is do they have enough depth to compete with the likes of Kentucky and Duke.

3. Wisconsin
Key Losses: Ben Brust
Key Freshmen: Ethan Happ

Projected Started Lineup
G-Josh Gasser
G-Traevon Jackson
F-Sam Dekker
F-Nigel Hayes
C-Frank Kaminsky

Wisconsin seems poised to make another Final Four run with the news that their star center Frank Kaminsky will return to school. Although, unlike last year, no one will be surprised if we see Wisconsin playing in April.

4. Duke
Key Losses: Jabari Parker, Rodney Hood, Tyler Thornton
Key Freshmen: Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones, Justise Winslow, Grayson Allen

Projected Started Lineup
G-Tyus Jones
G-Rasheed Sulaimon
F-Justise Winslow
F-Amile Jefferson
C- Jahlil Okafor

After losing studs Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood, Duke needed to reload. Coach K did just that and more, signing the #1 recruiting class in America. That class, along with a solid returning core including Rasheed Sulaimon and Amile Jefferson, will make Duke a tough team to beat come tournament time with their substantial depth.

5. Kansas
Key Losses: Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, Tarik Black, Naadir Tharpe
Key Freshmen: Cliff Alexander, Kelly Oubre

Projected Started Lineup
G- Frank Mason
G- Wayne Selden
F-Kelly Oubre
F- Perry Ellis
C- Cliff Alexander

Kansas lost two of the top three players in the NBA draft from their roster and is the still the favorite to win the Big 12 next year. Bill Self reloaded again with an outstanding recruiting class and with players like Perry Ellis returning Kansas will again be one of the top teams in college basketball

6. Florida
Key Losses: Scottie Wilbekin, Patric Young, Casey Prather, Will Yeguete
Key Freshmen: Devin Robinson, Brandone Francis, Chris Chiozza

Projected Started Lineup
G- Kasey Hill
G- Michael Frazier
F- Devin Robinson
F- Dorian Finney-Smith
C- Chris Walker

Florida was most people’s favorite heading into the March Madness last season, and although they did reach the Final Four, Billy Donovan felt the team underachieved. With all the talent they have coming in and returning from last season, the Gators will have a chance to avenge their disappointing finish.

7. North Carolina
Key Losses: James Michael McAdoo, Leslie McDonald
Key Freshmen: Theo Pinson, Justin Jackson, Joel Berry

Projected Started Lineup
G- Joel Berry
G- Marcus Paige
F- Justin Jackson
F- Brice Johnson
C- Kennedy Meeks

North Carolina has not gotten past the second round the past two seasons, and that is not acceptable to the fans in Chapel Hill. UNC has tons of depth, especially at center, and should contend for a sixth national title

8. Wichita State
Key Losses: Cleanthony Early, Kadeem Coleby, Nick Wiggins
Key Freshmen: Zach Brown, Rashard Kelly

Projected Started Lineup
G- Fred VanVleet
G- Ron Baker
F- Tekele Cotton
F- Tevin Glass
C- Darius Carter

Wichita State has turned from a Cinderella to a national contender every year, thanks to the great coaching of Gregg Marshall. His coaching, along with returning star Ron Baker & Co. make Wichita a virtual lock to win the MVC and makes them a danger come March

9. Texas
Key Losses: none
Key Freshmen: Myles Turner, Jordan Barnett

Projected Started Lineup
G- Isiah Taylor
G- Demarcus Holland
F- Javan Felix
F- Myles Turner
C- Cameron Ridley

Rick Barnes may have his next Kevin Durant in Myles Turner, a 7’0 stud who can play the post and also shoot the 3. Turner, along with standout center Cameron Ridley will make it almost impossible for opposing teams to score at the rim. Expect Texas to compete with Kansas for the Big 12 title

10. Virginia
Key Losses: Joe Harris, Akil Mitchell
Key Freshmen: B.J. Stith, Isaiah Wilkins, Jack Salt

Projected Started Lineup
G- London Perrantes
G- Malcolm Brogdon
F- Justin Anderson
F- Anthony Gill
C- Mike Tobey

Tony Bennett has people in Charlottesville excited about the future of UVA basketball. He has them playing the best defense in the nation while playing an efficient and effective offense. Even with the loss of Joe Harris expect UVA to finish in the top 3 of the ACC and contend when March comes around