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Juvonte Reddic, VCU
All Rounds: Atlantis Resort, Bahamas
Teams: Duke, Louisville, Memphis, Minnesota, Missouri, Northern Iowa, Stanford, VCU
Players to Watch: Mason Plumlee (Duke), Peyton Siva (Louisville), Adonis Thomas (Memphis), Trevor Mbakwe (Minnesota), Phil Pressey (Missouri), Chasson Randle (Stanford), Juvonte Reddic (VCU)
Prediction: Aside from Northern Iowa, the talent level in Atlantis will be stacked from top to bottom.
In a major shocker, my pick to win the Battle 4 Atlantis is VCU. Shaka Smart knows how to do well in tournaments. In addition to the Final Four run in 2011, the Rams have won the CAA two straight years and also won two games in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
Juvonte Reddic and Rob Brandenburg headline an experienced squad. The Rams lost Bradford Burgess to graduation, but add his brother, Jordan.
Louisville is easily the most talented team in the field and could definitely take the Atlantis championship back to the bluegrass state. Peyton Siva and Gorgui Dieng are All-American caliber players.
Duke and Memphis are top-20 teams who could make a run for the Atlantis title as well.
Missouri, Minnesota and Stanford are all sleepers. Missouri welcomes Connecticut transfer Alex Oriakhi and Pepperdine transfer Keion Bell. The Tigers also return star guards Phil Pressey and Michael Dixon.
Minnesota gets stud power forward Trevor Mbakwe back from an ACL injury, and Stanford is the reigning NIT Champion.