Sheridan Hoops Preseason Top 25 – Part II

16. Wisconsin (26-10)

Key losses: Jordan Taylor, Rob Wilson

Key returnees:  Jared Berggren, Mike Bruesewitz, Ben Brust, Ryan Evans, John Gasser, Frank Kaminsky

Key newcomers: Zach Bohannon (Air Force transfer) Sam Dekker, George Marshall, Zak Showalter

The skinny: Taylor is gone from the team that gave Syracuse all it could handle in the Sweet 16, but Coach Bo Ryan always has his teams in the mix. Gasser and Brust should form an experienced backcourt, and Dekker, a Wisconsin schoolboy legend, can be one of the top frosh in the Big Ten.

17. ARIZONA (23-12)

Key losses: Kyle Fogg, Jesse Perry, Josiah Turner

Key returnees: Angelo Chol, Solomon Hill, Nick Johnson, Jordin Mayes, Kevin Parrom

Key newcomers: Brandon Ashley, Grant Jerrett, Mark Lyons (Xavier transfer), Kaleb Tarczewski, Gabe York

The skinny: You would think things would be calmer around the Arizona program now that Turner has taken his antics elsewhere. Lyons, a former two guard, will run the point, and Parrom and Mayes are both healthy after injuries. The four frosh bring a lot of size and talent.

18. MICHIGAN (24-10)

Key losses: Stu Douglass, Zack Novak, Evan Smotrycz

Key returnees: Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway, Jr., Jon Horford, Jordan Morgan, Matt Vogrich

Key newcomers: Mitch McGary, Glenn “Tre” Robinson, Nick Stauskas

The skinny: Burke told The Detroit Free Press he believes his team is “national championship contenders.” While we’re not so sure about that, Burke and Hardaway Jr. should be among the best backcourts in the nation, and if McGary lives up to the huge expectations surrounding him, he will be a force in the Big Ten.

19. MEMPHIS (26-9)

Key losses: Will Barton, Wesley Witherspoon

Key returnees: Antonio Barton, Tarik Black, Chris Crawford, Ferrakohn Hall, Joe Jackson, Stan Simpson, Adonis Thomas, Hippolyte Tsafack

Key newcomers: Shaq Goodwin, Geron Johnson, Damien Wilson

The skinny: The Tigers get set to play their final year in Conference USA before jumping to the Big East in 2013. Josh Pastner’s club features a bulked-up Thomas, now listed at 252 pounds, on the wing, but Pastner told the Commercial Appeal he’s not worried. “I think he looks good,” Pastner told the paper. “He’s gonna be just fine.”

20. UNLV (26-9)

Key losses: Oscar Bellfield, Brice Massamba, Chace Stanback, Kendall Wallace

Key returnees: Justin Hawkins, Carlos Lopez, Anthony Marshall, Mike Moser, Reggie Smith, Quintrell Thomas

Key newcomers: Anthony Bennett, Khem Birch (Pitt transfer; mid-year), Daquan Cook, Savon Goodman, Bryce Dejean-Jones (USC transfer), Demetris Morant, Katin Reinhardt

The skinny: Did any team in America have a better offseason than the Rebels? They added Bennett, Birch, Goodman, Cook, Morant and Reinhardt to a team that already includes Moser. Now coach Dave Rice must put all the pieces together and make it work.

21. N.C. STATE (24-13)

Key losses: Alex Johnson, Deshawn Painter, C.J. Williams

Key returnees: Lorenzo Brown, Richard Howell, C.J. Leslie, Scott Wood

Key newcomers: Tyler Lewis, Rodney Purvis, T.J. Warren

The skinny: Leslie’s decision to forego the NBA Draft and return to campus automatically makes the Wolfpack an elite team. Brown and Wood should be one of the top backcourts in the land, and coach Mark Gottfried has added three McDonald’s All-Americans as freshmen.

22. MINNESOTA (23-15)

Key losses: Ralph Sampson III

Key returnees: Joe Collins, Andre Hollins, Austin Hollins, Trevor Mbakwe, Maurice Walker, Julian Welch, Rodney Williams

Key newcomers: Charles Buggs, Wally Ellenson

The skinny: Tubby Smith’s team returns its top five scorers in Mbakwe, Williams, Welch and the Hollins’. Mbakwe’s return was a huge boost after he averaged 14.0 points and 9.1 boards last season.

23. CREIGHTON (29-6)

Key losses: Antoine Young

Key returnees: Gregory Echenique, Grant Gibbs, Doug McDermott, Jahenns Manigat, Ethan Wragge

Key newcomers: Geoffrey Groselle,  Nevin Johnson, Andre Yates, Isaiah Zierden

The skinny: McDermott and Echenique should be one of the top frontcourts in the nation, while Manigat and Wragge provide shooting from the perimeter.

24. VCU (29-7)

Key losses: Bradford Burgess

Key returnees: Rob Brandenberg, Troy Daniels, Treveon Graham, D.J. Haley, Juvonte Reddic, Darius Theus, Briante Weber

Key newcomers: Mohamed Alie-Cox, Jordan Burgess, Melvin Johnson, Justin Tuoyo

The skinny: The Rams enter the A-10 with a pedigree of having reached a Final Four in 2011. Theus will run the point with Graham and Daniels as shooters. Jordan Burgess replaces his big brother, Bradford.

25. MIAMI (20-13)

Key losses: DeQuan Jones, Malcolm Grant

Key returnees: Garrius Adams, Rion Brown, Reggie Johnson, Shane Larkin, Trey McKinney-Jones, Durand Scott

Key newcomers: Bishop Daniels, Tonye Jekiri

The skinny: Coach Jim Larranaga lost out on landing scoring guard Melvin Johnson, but the Hurricanes have a nice backcourt combination in Larkin and Scott. Kadji and Johnson form a tough combination at the power forward and center spots.

Five to watch: Gonzaga, St. Louis, Kansas State, Texas, Missouri.

Adam Zagoria of Zags Blog covers the future stars of the NBA for Follow him on Twitter at @AdamZagoria.



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