Monday, June 30, 2008

Post-NBA Draft Top 25

Unlike last season, when several teams made a case throughout the early part of the season to be considered the No. 1 team in the country, this season has a clear-cut favorite heading into the summer. Once North Carolina's trio of Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington and Danny Green announced their decision to return to school rather than enter the NBA Draft, the Tar Heels were entrenched as the top team in the nation. After UNC, it is wide-open, as a handful teams -- or more -- have a legitimate argument to be ranked in the top five. With the NBA Draft in the rearview mirror and most of the comings and goings finished, it is time for March Madness All Season to release its Top-25 rankings heading into July. This will change as the summer progresses, and I take a more in-depth look at each team's roster and personnel. For now, though, this should spark enough debate.

1. North Carolina
2. Connecticut
3. Duke
4. Louisville
5. Notre Dame
7. Pittsburgh
8. Purdue
9. Michigan State
10. Gonzaga
11. Tennessee
12. Memphis
13. Texas
14. Marquette
15. Georgetown
16. Arizona State
17. Villanova
18. Miami (Fl.)
19. Florida
20. Oklahoma
21. USC
22. Arizona (If Brandon Jennings goes to Europe, the Wildcats will drop out)
23. Wake Forest
24. Wisconsin
25. Syracuse

Five More to Watch:
- West Virginia
- Baylor
- Davidson
- Kansas
- Ohio State

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