2010-11 Men's Basketball Preseason Top 50 (Post-NBA Draft Deadline)

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IMay 12, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY - MARCH 18:  Kenny Boynton #1 of  the Florida Gators pushes the ball up court in overtime against the BYU Cougars during the first round of the 2010 NCAA men�s basketball tournament at Ford Center on March 18, 2010 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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1. Duke

Kyle Singler is returning. Duke will finally have a true point guard running the show in Mr. Irving. Transfer Seth Curry and the return of SG Nolan Smith makes this Duke team number one.

2. Purdue

The big three of Robbie Hummel, E'twaun Moore, and Jajuan Johnson is back.

3. Kansas State

Yes, Dennis Clemente is gone, but Jacob Pullen and his three-headed monster front-court of Samuels, Kelly, and Sutton make the Wildcats the deepest team in the country.

4. Michigan State

Only losing Raymar Morgan, who in my opinion under-produced. The Spartans will be back in the Final Four discussion with star Kalin Lucas back at the point and key role players Korie Lucious and Draymond Green.

5. Washington

Isaiah Thomas at PG, Abdul Gaddy at SG, Terrence Ross at SF, and Terrence Jones at PF..can't argue against that.

6. Baylor

Ekpe Udoh and Tweety Carter leave but many believe incoming Freshman big man Perry Jones could be the best big man in the country. He, together with returning starters Lacedarius Dunn and Quincy Acy will be tough to take down. 

7. Florida

Frankly, Florida could even be higher. Their back-court is as solid as any other in the country with Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker. They have Alex Tyus coming back after spurning the draft. They have Chandler Parsons and his late game heroics. Not to mention an incoming freshman by the name of Patric Young who may be stronger than any other incoming Freshman. 

8. Ohio State

This team lost a lot from Turner's departure but they are hoping that the arrival of star Freshman Jared Sullinger will equalize what they've lost. Sullinger is mainly a low-post threat, but OSU can afford Turners departure with their returning guards. David Lighty, William Buford, and Jon Diebler.

9. Villanova

Scottie Reynolds is gone, but honestly who cares? Reynolds was invisible in the NCAA tournament and his leadership lacked for much of the season. Sophomore Maalik Wayns should fill in for Reynolds and the Wildcats have the rest of their core returning in Corey Fisher, Corey Stokes, Antonio Pena, and Sophomore-sure to be stars Taylor King and Mouphtaou Yarou.

10. Kentucky

When you're starting five leaves, just simply reload. Kentucky will sport an entirely new starting lineup next year, once again consisting of mainly Freshman.

Brandon Knight replaces John Wall at PG. Deandre Liggins steps in at the 2. Doron Lamb replaces Eric Bledsoe as the third guard. Dairus Miller starts at forward and Enes Kanter will start at center.  

11. North Carolina

Two Words: Harrison Barnes

12. Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Panthers who exceeded expectations all of last season, return almost all of their players. The matured core will continue to flourish under head coach Jamie Dixon. Sophomore Dante Taylor could blossom into the big time recruit we was sought out to be. Ashton Gibbs will continue to lead the team in scoring. 

13. Tennessee

With Chism and Prince gone, Tennessee will lose two of their top three scorers from last year. No problem. Incoming Freshman Tobias Harris looks to be the answer, while Scotty Hopson will help out with the scoring. Look for sophomore Kenny Hall to step up his game. 

14. Gonzaga

Elias Harris will be the new face of the Zags. His near triple-double performances will put opposing teams into defensive meltdowns nightly. 

15. Georgetown

I don't see how the Hoyas won't be relevant this upcoming season, being that they return two future guards in Freeman and Wright. Throw in Julian Vaughn down low and emerging Sophomore Hollis Thompson and you got a Big East contender once again. 

16. Illinois

I hate this team, but they're going to be good. Mccamey returns at PG. His fellow guards Mike Davis and Brandon Paul return too. Incoming Freshman Jereme Richmond should help their front-court problems (Mike Tisdale was a bum last year.)

17. Georgia

Sleeper. Sleeper. Sleeper

Travis Leslie is college basketball's most exciting and talented player. Look him up on Youtube if you don't believe me. Oh, also Trey Thompkins, their leading scorer from last year has decided to come back for another season. Should be a fun one in Athens. 

18. Syracuse

'Cuse lost a lot with the departures of Wesley Johnson, Andy Rautins, and Onuaku. However, they do have an emerging star in Kris Joseph and the backcourt duo of Brandon Triche and Scoop Jardine. Their recruiting class should fill in the holes pretty nicely with C Fab Melo and G Dion Waiters. 

19. Kansas

2009-10 favorites minus Aldrich, Collins, and Xavier Henry plus Josh Selby = a top 25 team. 

The Morris Brothers will be beastly in the paint and Selby will put the team on his shoulders. Tyshawn Taylor will finally get the opportunity he's wanted. This team could be dangerous. 

20. Virginia Tech

Malcom Delaney is back, and I, like many other college basketball fans besides V Tech fans, know nothing else about Virginia Tech. So, yeah take the top twenty ranking, but this time don't miss the NCAA tournament. 

21. San Diego State

Kawhi Leonard is nasty. D.J Gay is lethal from behind the arc. I like this team. They should win the MWC.


They could be a mystery again this upcoming year. So much talent, but will it all click? 

Incoming top-10 Freshman Tristan Thompson should fill in for Pittman, but they need Brown or Balbay to step up. Jordan Hamilton will get increased playing time and could turn out to be a star. 

23. Missouri

Kim English is a leader. This team is too good at home and too good defensively to ever doubt. They also have a nice recruiting class

24. Memphis

Star: Will Barton

25. North Carolina State

Star: C.J Leslie

26. Butler

Star: Shelvin Mack

27. Temple

Star: Lavoy Allen

28. UCLA


29. Marquette

Star: Jimmy Butler

30. Providence


31. Seton Hall

Star: Jeremy Hazell

32. Dayton

Star: Chris Wrightt

33. Texas A&M

Star: David Sloan

34. West Virginia

Star: Kevin Jones

35. Vanderbilt


36. Wake Forest

Star: Ishmael Smith

37. Ohio

Star: D.J Cooper

38. Richmond

Star: Kevin Anderson

39. Colorado

Star: Alec Burks

40. Wisconsin

Star: Trevon Hughes

41. Mississippi State

Star: Ravern Johnson

42. Connecticut

Star: Kemba Walker

43. Louisville

Star: Peyton Siva

44. St. John's 

Star: D.J Kennedy

45. Murray State

46. Xavier

47. Indiana

Star: Maurice Creek

48. Florida State

49. Maryland

Star: Jordan Williams 

50. Texas Tech