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CBSSports.com 2014-15 Ridiculously Early Preseason Top 25 (and one)

Rasheed Sulaimon is a solid returner for Coach K's Blue Devils next season. (USATSI)
Rasheed Sulaimon is a solid returner for Coach K's Blue Devils next season. (USATSI)

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The 2013-14 season is now complete.

So, obviously, it's time to start looking ahead.

With that in mind, I got with my colleagues Jeff Borzello and Matt Norlander and tried to project a Top 25 (and one) by combining what we already know with what we think will happen in the coming weeks as it pertains to players' decisions about turning pro or remaining in school. More than likely, we'll be wrong about some of these projected rosters because surprises always happen. But the rosters we've projected below are based on the best information we gathered in recent days while talking to various coaches and industry sources. If we need to adjust down the road, we will.

But for now, here you go.

This is the 2014-15 Ridiculously Early Preseason Top 25 (and one).

  • Notable players definitely gone: Julius Randle, James Young, Jarrod Polson, Jon Hood
  • Others expected to leave: None
  • Notable players expected to return: Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Willie Cauley-Stein, Alex Poythress, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee, Dominique Hawkins, Derek Willis
  • Notable newcomers: Trey Lyles, Devin Booker, Karl Towns, Tyler Ulis
2. DUKE
  • Notable players definitely gone: Jabari Parker, Rodney Hood, Tyler Thornton, Andre Dawkins, Josh Hairston
  • Others expected to leave: None
  • Notable players expected to return: Quinn Cook, Rasheed Sulaimon, Amile Jefferson, Marshall Plumlee, Matt Jones, Semi Ojeleye
  • Notable newcomers: Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones, Justise Winslow, Grayson Allen
  • Notable players definitely gone: Aaron Gordon, Nick Johnson, Jordin Mayes
  • Others expected to leave: None
  • Notable players expected to return: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Brandon Ashley, T.J. McConnell, Kaleb Tarczewski, Gabe York, Elliott Pitts, Matt Korcheck
  • Notable newcomers: Stanley Johnson, Craig Victor, Parker Jackson-Cartwright, Kadeem Allen, Dusan Ristic
4. WISCONSIN
  • Notable players definitely gone: Ben Brust
  • Others expected to leave: None
  • Notable players expected to return: Frank Kaminsky, Sam Dekker, Nigel Hayes, Traevon Jackson, Josh Gasser, Duje Dukan, Bronson Koenig
  • Notable newcomers: Ethan Happ
5. KANSAS
  • Notable players definitely gone: Andrew Wiggins, Tarik Black, Joel Embiid
  • Others expected to leave: None
  • Notable players expected to return: Perry Ellis, Wayne Selden, Naadir Tharpe, Frank Mason, Brannen Greene, Jamari Traylor, Conner Frankamp, Landen Lucas
  • Notable newcomers: Cliff Alexander, Kelly Oubre, Hunter Mickelson
  • Notable players definitely gone: Scottie Wilbekin, Patric Young, Will Yeguette, Casey Prather
  • Others expected to leave: None
  • Notable players expected to return: Michael Frazier, Dorian Finney-Smith, Kasey Hill, Devon Walker, Chris Walker, Eli Carter
  • Notable newcomers: Chris Chiozza, Brandone Francis, Devin Robinson, Alex Murphy
  • Notable players definitely gone: Leslie McDonald, James Michael McAdoo
  • Others expected to leave: None
  • Notable players expected to return: Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson, Kennedy Meeks, J.P. Tokoto, Nate Britt, Joel James, Isaiah Hicks, Desmond Hubert, Jackson Simmons
  • Notable newcomers: Justin Jackson, Joel Berry, Theo Pinson
  • Notable players definitely gone: Cleanthony Early, Kadeem Coleby, Nick Wiggins, Chadrack Lufile
  • Others expected to leave: None
  • Notable players expected to return: Fred VanVleet, Ron Baker, Tekele Cotton, Darius Carter, Evan Wessell
  • Notable newcomers: Rashard Kelly, Zach Brown, Corey Henderson, Eric Hamilton, Tom Wamukota
9. TEXAS
  • Notable players definitely gone: None
  • Others expected to leave: None
  • Notable players expected to return: Isaiah Taylor, Jonathan Holmes, Cameron Ridley, Javan Felix, Martez Walker, Kendal Yancy, Damarcus Croaker, Demarcus Holland, Connor Lammert, Prince Ibeh
  • Notable newcomers: Jordan Barnett
  • Expected to be a notable newcomer: Myles Turner
10. LOUISVILLE
  • Notable players definitely gone: Russ Smith, Luke Hancock, Stephan Van Treese, Tim Henderson, Kevin Ware
  • Others expected to leave: None
  • Notable players expected to return: Montrezl Harrell, Chris Jones, Wayne Blackshear, Terry Rozier, Mangok Mathiang, Anton Gill
  • Notable newcomers: Shaqquan Aaron, Jaylen Johnson, Chinanu Onuaku, Quentin Snider, Matz Stockman, Anas Osama Mahmoud
  • Notable players definitely gone: Joe Harris, Akil Mitchell
  • Others expected to leave: None
  • Notable players expected to return: Malcolm Brogdon, Justin Anderson, Anthony Gill, Mike Tobey, Darion Atkins, London Perrantes, Evan Nolte
  • Notable newcomers: B.J. Stith, Isaiah Wilkins, Jack Salt
  • Notable players definitely gone: James Bell, Tony Chennault
  • Others expected to leave: None
  • Notable players expected to return: JayVaughn Pinkston, Darrun Hilliard, Ryan Arcidiacono, Daniel Ochefu, Josh Hart, Dylan Ennis, Kris Jenkins
  • Notable newcomers: Phil Booth, Mikal Bridges
13. SMU
  • Notable players definitely gone: Nick Russell, Shawn Williams
  • Others expected to leave: None
  • Notable players expected to return: Markus Kennedy, Nic Moore, Yanick Moreira, Ben Moore, Cannen Cunningham, Keith Frazier, Crandall Head, Sterling Brown, Ryan Manuel
  • Notable newcomers: Emmanuel Mudiay
14. SAN DIEGO STATE
  • Notable players definitely gone: Xavier Thames, Josh Davis, James Johnson
  • Others expected to leave: None
  • Notable players expected to return: Winston Shepard, Dwayne Polee, JJ O'Brien, Matt Shrigley, Aqeel Quinn, Dakari Allen, Skylar Spencer
  • Notable newcomers: Angelo Chol, Trey Kell, Malik Pope, Zylan Cheatham, Kevin Zabo
15. IOWA STATE
  • Notable players definitely gone: DeAndre Kane, Melvin Ejim, Percy Gibson
  • Others expected to leave: None
  • Notable players expected to return: Georges Niang, Dustin Hogue, Monte Morris, Matt Thomas, Naz Long, Daniel Edozie
  • Notable newcomers: Bryce Dejean-Jones, Abdel Nader, Jameel McKay, Clayton Custer
16. GONZAGA
  • Notable players definitely gone: Sam Dower, David Stockton, Drew Barham
  • Others expected to leave: None
  • Notable players expected to return: Kevin Pangos, Gary Bell, Przemek Karnowski, Angel Nunez, Gerard Coleman, Kyle Dranginis
  • Notable newcomers: Kyle Wiltjer, Domantas Sabonis, Josh Perkins, Silas Melson, Bryan Alberts
17. OKLAHOMA
  • Notable players definitely gone: Cameron Clark, Tyler Neal
  • Others expected to leave: None
  • Notable players expected to return: Buddy Hield, Jordan Woodard, Isaiah Cousins, Jelon Hornbeak, Frank Booker, Ryan Spangler, D.J. Bennett
  • Notable newcomers: Khadeem Lattin, Dante Buford, Jamuni McNeace
18. NEBRASKA
  • Notable players definitely gone: Ray Gallegos
  • Others expected to leave: None
  • Notable players expected to return: Terran Petteway, Shavon Shields, Leslee Smith, Walter Pitchford, Tai Webster
  • Notable newcomers: Jacob Hammond, Tarin Smith
19. VCU
  • Notable players definitely gone: Juvonte Reddic, Rob Brandenberg, Terrance Shannon
  • Others expected to leave: None
  • Notable players expected to return: Treveon Graham, Melvin Johnson, JeQuan Lewis, Briante Weber, Jordan Burgess, Mo Allie-Cox, Jarred Guest
  • Notable newcomers: Terry Larrier, Michael Gilmore, Justin Tillman, Jonathan Williams
20. CONNECTICUT
  • Notable players definitely gone: Shabazz Napier, DeAndre Daniels, Lasan Kromah, Niels Giffey, Tylander Olander
  • Others expected to leave: None
  • Notable players expected to return: Ryan Boatright, Omar Calhoun, Terrence Samuel, Amida Brimah, Phillip Nolan
  • Notable newcomers: Rodney Purvis, Daniel Hamilton, Sam Cassell Jr., Rakim Lubin
  • Notable players definitely gone: LaQuinton Ross, Amedeo Della Valle, Aaron Craft, Lenzelle Smith
  • Others expected to leave: None
  • Notable players expected to return: Marc Loving, Shannon Scott, Sam Thompson, Amir Williams
  • Notable newcomers: D'Angelo Russell, Keita Bates-Diop, Jae'sean Tate, Dave Bell, Anthony Lee, Kameron Williams
22. PITTSBURGH
  • Notable players definitely gone: Lamar Patterson, Talib Zanna
  • Others expected to leave: None
  • Notable players expected to return: Cameron Wright, Durand Johnson, Michael Young, Jamel Artis, Chris Jones, James Robinson, Josh Newkirk, Derrick Randall
  • Notable newcomers: Ryan Luther, Shaq Doorson, Sheldon Jeter, Detrick Mostella, Tyrone Haughton
23. MICHIGAN STATE
  • Notable players definitely gone: Andreian Payne, Keith Appling, Gary Harris
  • Others expected to leave: None
  • Notable players expected to return: Denzel Valentine, Travis Trice, Branden Dawson, Gavin Schilling, Matt Costello, Kenny Kaminski, Alvin Ellis, Alex Gauna, Russell Byrd
  • Notable newcomers: Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn, Javon Bess, Marvin Clark
24. STANFORD
  • Notable players definitely gone: Dwight Powell, Josh Huestis, John Gage
  • Others expected to leave: None
  • Notable players expected to return: Chasson Randle, Stefan Nastic, Anthony Brown, Marcus Allen
  • Notable newcomers: Reid Travis, Robert Cartwright, Michael Humphrey, Dorian Pickens
25. HARVARD
  • Notable players definitely gone: Kyle Casey, Brandyn Curry, Laurent Rivard
  • Others expected to leave: None
  • Notable players expected to return: Wesley Saunders, Siyani Chambers, Steve Moundou-Missi, Jonah Travis, Evan Cummins, Agunwa Okolie
  • Notable newcomers: Chris Egi, Andre Chatfield
26. OREGON
  • Notable players definitely gone: Mike Moser, Richard Amardi, Jason Calliste, Johnathon Lloyd, Waverly Austin
  • Others expected to leave: Ben Carter
  • Notable players expected to return: Joseph Young, Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis, Elgin Cook
  • Notable newcomers: Brandon Austin, JaQuan Lyle, Michael Chandler, Ray Kasongo, Casey Benson, Dwayne Benjamin
 
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