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Top 25 (and one): UCLA continues climb while Baylor plummets


With Kyle Anderson and others, UCLA moves from 17th to 10th in the rankings. (US Presswire)  
With Kyle Anderson and others, UCLA moves from 17th to 10th in the rankings. (US Presswire)  

By Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish | College Basketball Writers

The NBA released the official early entry list and that means it's time for yet another Preseason Top 25 update. There has been some movement since our last edition -- with UCLA continuing to climb after its latest addition and Baylor falling 10 spots with the about-face done by Quincy Miller.

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We understand that Kentucky's recruiting class may not possess an Anthony Davis -- or even a Michael Kidd-Gilchrist -- but the landscape this season isn't what it was a year ago, either. John Calipari's young kids -- led by shot-blocking freak Nerlens Noel -- are enough to warrant the No. 1 overall spot with Indiana and Louisville right on UK's heels.

We'll have at least another update or two prior to the mid-October -- when practice officially begins for the 2012-13 college hoops campaign.

Here's our Updated Top 25 (and one):

1. Kentucky
Last season: 38-2 (won the national title)
Lost: Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Marquis Teague, Doron Lamb, Darius Miller, Eloy Vargas
Return: Kyle Wiltjer
Notable newcomers: Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress, Willie Cauley, Ryan Harrow (N.C. State)

2. Indiana
Last season: 27-9 (lost to Kentucky in the Sweet 16)
Lost: Verdell Jones, Tom Pritchard, Matt Roth
Return: Cody Zeller, Christian Watford, Jordan Hulls, Victor Oladipo, Will Sheehey, Maurice Creek
Notable newcomers: Yogi Ferrell, Hanner Perea, Jeremy Hollowell

3. Louisville
Last season: 30-10 (lost to Kentucky in the Final Four)
Lost: Kyle Kuric, Chris Smith, Jared Swopshire
Return: Gorgui Dieng, Peyton Siva, Russ Smith, Chane Behanan, Wayne Blackshear, Rakeem Buckles, Mike Marra
Notable newcomers: Luke Hancock (George Mason), Terry Rozier

4. Kansas
Last season: 32-7 (lost to Kentucky in the title game)
Lost: Thomas Robinson, Tyshawn Taylor, Conner Teahan
Return: Jeff Withey, Elijah Johnson, Travis Releford, Justin Wesley, Kevin Young
Notable newcomers: Ben McLemore, Jamari Traylor, Andrew White, Perry Ellis, Zach Peters, Landen Lucas, Anrio Adams

5. Michigan
Last season: 24-10 (lost to Ohio in the round of 64)
Lost: Zack Novak, Stu Douglass, Evan Smotrycz
Return: Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Jordan Morgan, Jon Horford, Matt Vogrich
Notable newcomers: Mitch McGary, Glenn "Tre" Robinson, Nick Stauskas

6. Syracuse
Last season: 34-3 (lost to Ohio State in the Elite Eight)
Lost: Scoop Jardine, Dion Waiters, Fab Melo, Kris Joseph
Return: Brandon Triche, C.J. Fair, James Southerland, Michael Carter-Williams, Rakeem Christmas, Baye Keita
Notable newcomers: DaJuan Coleman, Jerami Grant

7. Michigan State
Last season: 29-8 (lost to Louisville in Sweet 16)
Lost: Draymond Green, Brandon Wood, Austin Thornton
Return: Keith Appling, Derrick Nix, Adreian Payne, Branden Dawson, Travis Trice, Brandan Kearney, Russell Byrd
Notable newcomers: Gary Harris, Matt Costello, Denzel Valentine, Kenny Kaminski

8. San Diego State
Last season: 26-8 (lost to N.C. State in the round of 64)
Lost: Garrett Green, Tim Shelton
Return: Jamaal Franklin, Chase Tapley, Xavier Thames, James Rahon, DeShawn Stephens, LaBradford Franklin
Notable newcomers: J.J. O'Brien (Utah), Dwayne Polee (St. John's), James Johnson (Virginia -- mid-year), Winston Shepard, Skylar Spencer, Matt Shrigley

9. North Carolina
Last season: 32-6 (Lost to Kansas in the Elite Eight)
Lost: Tyler Zeller, Kendall Marshall, John Henson, Harrison Barnes
Return: Dexter Strickland, Reggie Bullock, P.J. Hairston, James Michael McAdoo, Leslie McDonald
Notable newcomers: Marcus Paige, J.P. Tokoto, Joel James, Brice Johnson

10. UCLA
Last season: 19-13 (no postseason)
Lost: Lazeric Jones, Jerime Anderson

Return: Josh Smith, Travis Wear, David Wear, Tyler Lamb, Norman Powell, Anthony Stover
Notable newcomers: Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson, Tony Parker, Jordan Adams, Larry Drew II (North Carolina)

11. Florida
Last season: 26-11 (lost to Louisville in Elite Eight)
Lost: Bradley Beal, Erving Walker
Return: Patric Young, Kenny Boynton, Erik Murphy, Mike Rosario, Scottie Wilbekin, Will Yeguete
Notable newcomers: Braxton Ogbueze, Michael Frazier, Dillon Graham

12. Duke
Last season: 27-7 (lost to Lehigh in the round of 64)
Lost: Austin Rivers, Miles Plumlee
Return: Mason Plumlee, Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly, Andre Dawkins, Quinn Cook, Tyler Thornton, Josh Hairston
Notable newcomers: Alex Murphy, Marshall Plumlee, Rasheed Sulaimon

13. Ohio State
Last season: 31-8 (lost to Kansas in Final Four)
Lost: William Buford, Jared Sullinger
Return: Aaron Craft, Deshaun Thomas, Lenzelle Smith, Sam Thompson, Shannon Scott, Evan Ravenel, Amir Williams, LaQuinton Ross
Notable newcomers: None

14. Memphis
Last season: 26-9 (lost to Saint Louis in the round of 64)
Lost: Will Barton, Wesley Witherspoon
Return: Adonis Thomas, Joe Jackson, Tarik Black, Chris Crawford, Antonio Barton, Ferrakohn Hall, Stan Simpson, D.J. Stephens
Notable newcomers: Shaq Goodwin, Damien Wilson, Geron Johnson

15. UNLV
Last season: 26-9 (Lost to Colorado in round of 64)
Lost: Chace Stanback, Oscar Bellfield, Brice Massamba, Kendall Wallace
Return: Mike Moser, Anthony Marshall, Justin Hawkins, Carlos Lopez, Quintrell Thomas, Reggie Smith
Notable newcomers: Bryce Jones (USC), Khem Birch (Pitt -- midyear), Katin Reinhardt, Daquan Cook, Demetris Morant

16. Baylor
Last season: 30-8 (lost to Kentucky in Elite Eight)
Lost: Perry Jones III, Quincy Miller, Quincy Acy, Anthony Jones
Return: Pierre Jackson, Brady Heslip, A.J. Walton, Gary Franklin, Deuce Bello, Cory Jefferson
Notable newcomers: Isaiah Austin, L.J. Rose, Ricardo Gathers

17. Wisconsin
Last season: 26-10 (lost to Syracuse in Sweet 16)
Lost: Jordan Taylor, Rob Wilson
Return: Ryan Evans, Jared Berggren, Mike Bruesewitz, Josh Gasser, Ben Brust, Frank Kaminsky
Notable newcomers: George Marshall, Sam Dekker, Zach Bohannon (Air Force), Zak Showalter

18. North Carolina State
Last season: 24-13 (lost to Kansas in the Sweet 16)
Lost: C.J. Williams, Alex Johnson
Return: Lorenzo Brown, C.J. Leslie, Richard Howell, Scott Wood
Notable newcomers: Rodney Purvis, Tyler Lewis, T.J. Warren

19. Missouri
Last season: 30-5 (lost to Norfolk State in the round of 64)
Lost: Marcus Denmon, Kim English, Ricardo Ratliffe, Matt Pressey
Return: Phil Pressey, Michael Dixon, Laurence Bowers
Notable newcomers: Alex Oriaki (UConn), Keion Bell (Pepperdine), Ernest Ross (Auburn), Jabari Brown (Oregon -- mid-year), Tony Criswell, Stefan Jankovic, Domonique Bull, Ryan Rosburg, Negus Webster-Chan

20. Gonzaga
Last season: 26-7 (lost to Ohio State in round of 32)
Lost: Robert Sacre, Marquise Carter
Return: Elias Harris, Kevin Pangos, Gary Bell, Sam Dower, Guy Landry-Edi, Kelly Olynyk, Mike Hart, David Stockton
Notable newcomers: Przemek Karnowski

21. Arizona
Last season: 23-12 (NIT)
Lost: Kyle Fogg, Jesse Perry, Josiah Turner
Return: Nick Johnson, Solomon Hill, Kevin Parrom, Angelo Chol, Jordin Mayes
Notable newcomers: Brandon Ashley, Kaleb Tarczewski, Grant Jerrett, Gabe York

22. Saint Louis
Last season: 26-8 (lost to Michigan State in the round of 32)
Lost: Brian Conklin, Kyle Cassity
Return: Kwamain Mitchell, Dwayne Evans, Cody Ellis, Mike McCall, Jordair Jett, Rob Loe
Notable newcomers: Jared Drew, Keith Carter

23. Kansas State
Last season: 22-11 (lost to Syracuse in the round of 32)
Lost: Jamar Samuels
Return: Rodney McGruder, Will Spradling, Jordan Henriquez, Angel Rodriguez, Thomas Gipson, Adrian Diaz, Shane Southwell, Martavious Irving
Notable newcomers: None

24. Minnesota
Last season: 23-15 (NIT)
Notable players definitely gone: Ralph Sampson III
Lost: None
Return: Trevor Mbakwe, Rodney Williams, Austin Hollins, Andre Hollins, Julian Welch, Joe Coleman, Maurice Walker
Notable newcomers: Wally Ellenson, Charles Buggs

25. Virginia Commonwealth
Last season: 29-7 (lost to Indiana in round of 32)
Lost: Bradford Burgess
Return: Juvonte Reddic, Rob Brandenberg, Treveon Graham, Darius Theus, Troy Daniels, Briante Weber, D.J. Haley
Notable newcomers: Jordan Burgess, Justin Tuoyo, Mohamed Alie-Cox

26. Creighton
Last season: 29-6 (lost to North Carolina in the round of 32)
Lost: Antoine Young
Return: Doug McDermott, Gregory Echenique, Grant Gibbs, Jahenns Manigat, Ethan Wragge, Josh Jones, Austin Chatman, Avery Dingman, Will Artino
Notable newcomers: Nevin Johnson, Geoffrey Groselle, Andre Yates, Isaiah Zierden


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