ESPN.com ranks the ten best programs in the past decade, and the ten best teams in the past ten years. Duke was ranked the best program, receiving two first-place votes, while Michigan State and Connecticut tied for second, each getting one first-place vote. Florida, Kansas, and North Carolina rounded out the top five, with the latter two tying for fifth. As far as teams go, the 2007 version of Florida had the top spot, with 2005 North Carolina and 1999 Connecticut following the Gators. 2004 Connecticut and 2001 Duke rounded out the top five, while the 2006 Gators were not ranked in the top ten.
FOX Sports’ Jeff Goodman writes about how Xavier is playing a very difficult schedule despite losing three starters. The Musketeers will face Virginia, Tennessee, Creighton, Cincinnati, Auburn, and Kansas State, among others. Coach Sean Miller said he did this because he wants to give his team a chance to get an at-large bid out of the Atlantic-10. Goodman also discusses how Manhattan transfer C.J. Anderson will play a key role next season for the Musketeers.
Dick “Hoops” Weiss of FOXSports.com writes about how Memphis coach John Calipari is using a very similar method to build up the Tigers as he did with Massachusetts in the 90s. Calipari recruits in a way that most coaches don’t, he plays a difficult schedule, and the Tigers dominate Conference-USA. "BCS teams all want to do the Wal-Mart thing,'' Calipari said. “They all want to dominate the world. We're like a thorn in their side. Here we are, just like the UMass days. We've bumped into their parade, their party.''
OnMilwaukee.com’s John Keegan writes that Marquette guard Dominic James is not ready for the NBA and should return to college, while The Journal Times' Gery Woelfel thinks that James should stay in the Draft. Keegan thinks that James needs to work on his jump-shot before he enters the Draft because guards without jumpshots don’t normally make it in the NBA. On the other hand, Woelfel thinks that James should stay in the Draft because his stock might drop with another year in college and the point guard position is not very deep this year.
Ken Tysiac of the Charlotte Observer reports that Patrick Patterson, the nation’s top unsigned recruit will announce his college plans on May 16. According to Patterson’s high school coach, Lloyd McGuffin, he will decide this weekend between Duke, Kentucky, and Florida. Patterson is ranked No. 11 by Scout.com, and No 15 by Rivals.com.
Drew Gordon, the top-ranked junior big man on the West Coast, has announced his plans to attend UCLA. "All the schools were great schools, all the coaches were excellent coaches," Gordon said. "UCLA and its staff would be the best fit for me at this point in time to be able to further my career beyond college. Basically, that's what it came down to.” He chose the Bruins over Washington, California, Arizona, North Carolina, and Duke. Gordon, who averaged 16 points, 14 rebounds, and 3.8 blocks per game this past season, is ranked No. 20 by Scout.com and No. 25 by Rivals.com.
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