Congrats, Connecticut! Now it's time to move on.
Welcome to the 2014-15 season. Sure, it's seven months away and many NBA draft decisions are left to be made and transfer season is upon us, but who likes waiting these days?
Weeks ago, I thought the lesson we could learn from this season is to not put too much value in what teams have coming in and more on what they have coming back. Well, Kentucky kind of screwed that up these last few weeks.
So while my colleague Jason King and I placed more value in what teams return, what they have coming in—at least the top-ranked guys like Jahlil Okafor at Duke or Cliff Alexander at Kansas—were considered valuable assets. We also did some forecasting and many of these rankings are based on assumptions as far as who is going pro and who is staying in school.
Let's get to it.
Honorable Mentions (in no particular order): LSU, Minnesota, Memphis, Tennessee, San Diego State, Baylor, Dayton, UCLA, Arkansas, Colorado