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Help me create a preseason field of 65 for 2009

Posted on: March 26, 2008 12:14 am
Edited on: March 26, 2008 11:57 pm


I need some people to help me create a preseason 65 for next season. To makes things simpler just list who is coming back next season and why it should make a difference for that team going into next season. Also discuss notable incoming recruits. I will try to do all the work right here, and I will post some of the best responses right here. Although I follow as many teams as I can as closely as I can it is hard for me to know the exact class of every player and every team from top to bottom. Fans know this information so please help in any way possible.

Examples of players that could help teams next season by returning:
Stephen Curry (Sophomore, Davidson)
Tyler Hansbrough (Junior, North Carolina)
Kevin Love (Freshman, UCLA)

NOTE: Do we know these players are coming back? Well no but that is what will make this interesting.


Category: NCAAB

Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2008 9:54 pm

Help me create a preseason field of 65 for 2009

Also, while looking over the top 150 on I noticed that Ohio State has 3 of the top 100 commited. 4 if you count Terrelle Pryor, but it's highly unlikely that he'll play basketball.

#4 BJ Mullens 7ft 260lb center that can run the floor and shoot.

#19 William Buford 6'5" 185lb guard. All around wing player with length.

#99 Walter Offut 6'3" 180lb Guard.

Pryor is ranked as the 28th best Basketball player in the country, just in case you were interested.




Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2008 9:43 pm

Help me create a preseason field of 65 for 2009

um...sorry. didn't realize that would happen. just go to for info on kentucky.

Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2008 9:40 pm

Help me create a preseason field of 65 for 2009

Kentucky Wildcats


Ramel Bradely

Joe Crawford


<table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="3" width="100%" border="0" class="stattable"> <tbody> <tr> <td width="15"></td> <td>Name</td> <td align="center" width="35">Pos.</td> <td align="center" width="30">Yr.</td> <td align="center" width="30">Exp.</td> <td align="center" width="60">Ht./Wt.</td> <td width="220">Hometown (last school)</td> </tr> <tr bgcolor="#dddddd"> <td align="right">2</td> <td></td> <td align="center">G</td> <td align="center">So.</td> <td align="center">TR</td> <td align="center">6-0/175</td> <td>Detroit, MI (Oak Hill Academy)</td> </tr> <tr bgcolor="#ffffff"> <td align="right"></td> <td></td> <td align="center"></td> <td align="center"></td> <td align="center"></td> <td align="center"></td> <td></td> </tr> <tr bgcolor="#dddddd"> <td align="right">4</td> <td></td> <td align="center">G</td> <td align="center">Fr.</td> <td align="center">HS</td> <td align="center">5-7/150</td> <td>Nobleville, IN (Noblesville)</td> </tr> <tr bgcolor="#ffffff"> <td align="right">5</td> <td></td> <td align="center">G</td> <td align="center">So.</td> <td align="center">1V</td> <td align="center">6-6/213</td> <td>Paso Robles, CA (Paso Robles)</td> </tr> <tr bgcolor="#dddddd"> <td align="right">12</td> <td></td> <td align="center">G</td> <td align="center">So.</td> <td align="center">TR</td> <td align="center">6-5/200</td> <td>Newport, KY (Central Catholic)</td> </tr> <tr bgcolor="#ffffff"> <td align="right">13</td> <td></td> <td align="center">G</td> <td align="center">So.</td> <td align="center">1V</td> <td align="center">6-2/193</td> <td>Modesto, CA (Modesto Christian)</td> </tr> <tr bgcolor="#dddddd"> <td align="right">15</td> <td></td> <td align="center">F</td> <td align="center">Fr.</td> <td align="center">HS</td> <td align="center">6-8/208</td> <td>Jacksonville, FL (Arlington Country Day)</td> </tr> <tr bgcolor="#ffffff"> <td align="right">21</td> <td></td> <td align="center">F</td> <td align="center">So.</td> <td align="center">1V</td> <td align="center">6-9/192</td> <td>Lafayette, LA (Northside)</td> </tr> <tr bgcolor="#dddddd"> <td align="right">23</td> <td></td> <td align="center">G</td> <td align="center">So.</td> <td align="center">1V</td> <td align="center">6-4/212</td> <td>Norcross, GA (Norcross)</td> </tr> <tr bgcolor="#ffffff"> <td align="right">25</td> <td></td> <td align="center">C</td> <td align="center">Fr.</td> <td align="center">HS</td> <td align="center">6-11/270</td> <td>Solihull, (Bishop Ireton HS)</td> </tr> <tr bgcolor="#dddddd"> <td align="right">30</td> <td></td> <td align="center">G</td> <td align="center">So.</td> <td align="center">1V</td> <td align="center">6-0/185</td> <td>Durham, NC (Southern)</td> </tr> <tr bgcolor="#ffffff"> <td align="right"></td> <td></td> <td align="center"></td> <td align="center"></td> <td align="center"></td> <td align="center"></td> <td></td> </tr> <tr bgcolor="#dddddd"> <td align="right">34</td> <td></td> <td align="center">F</td> <td align="center">So.</td> <td align="center">1V</td> <td align="center">6-7/216</td> <td>Anchorage, AK (West Anchorage HS)</td> </tr> <tr bgcolor="#ffffff"> <td align="right">42</td> <td></td> <td align="center">F</td> <td align="center">So.</td> <td align="center">1V</td> <td align="center">6-8/230</td> <td>West Bloomfield, MI (Detroit Day HS)</td> </tr> <tr bgcolor="#dddddd"> <td align="right">43</td> <td></td> <td align="center">C</td> <td align="center">Jr.</td> <td align="center">1V</td> <td align="center">7-2/250</td> <td>Georgetown, KY (Scott County)</td> </tr> <tr bgcolor="#ffffff"> <td align="right">54</td> <td></td> <td align="center">F</td> <td align="center">Fr.</td> <td align="center">HS</td> <td align="center">6-9/219</td> <td>Huntington, WV (Huntington HS)</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>


<table id="page1tab" style="WIDTH: 100%; 10px: " cellspacing="0" class="basiclist"> <thead> <tr class="header"> <td align="left" width="200">SIGNED LETTER OF INTENT</td> <td align="center" width="30"></td> <td align="center" width="60"></td> <td align="center" width="30"></td> <td align="center" width="30"></td> <td align="center" width="35"></td> <td align="center" width="35"></td> <td align="left"></td> </tr> </thead> <tbody id="tableSignedPage1" name="tableSignedPage1"> <tr bgcolor="#dddddd"> <td align="left"></td> <td align="center">PG</td> <td align="center"></td> <td align="center">6-5</td> <td align="center">190</td> <td align="center">6.0</td> <td align="center"></td> <td align="left">Henderson, NV</td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left"></td> <td align="center">SF</td> <td align="center"></td> <td align="center">6-6</td> <td align="center">215</td> <td align="center">5.9</td> <td align="center"> </td> <td align="left">Maysville, KY</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>
<table id="page1tab" style="WIDTH: 100%; 10px: " cellspacing="0" class="basiclist"> <thead> <tr class="header"> <td align="left" width="200">COMMITTED/NOT YET SIGNED</td> <td align="center" width="30"></td> <td align="center" width="60"></td> <td align="center" width="30"></td> <td align="center" width="30"></td> <td align="center" width="35"></td> <td align="center" width="35"></td> <td align="left"></td> </tr> </thead> <tbody id="tablecommittedPage1" name="tablecommittedPage1"> <tr bgcolor="#dddddd"> <td align="left"></td> <td align="center">SF</td> <td align="center"></td> <td align="center">6-6</td> <td align="center">210</td> <td align="center">-</td> <td align="center"> </td> <td align="left">Twin Falls, ID</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>


Still considering with high interest:

<table cellspacing="0" class="prospectranking"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="rank">9</td> <td class="name">
Hopkinsville (KY) University Heights</td> <td nowrap="nowrap"></td> <td class="position">G</td> <td class="htwt">6-5/185</td> <td class="schools"></td> </tr> <tr class="commentary"> <td></td> <td colspan="5">Bouncy wing with a ton of upside.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

<table cellspacing="0" class="prospectranking"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="rank">100</td> <td class="name">
Cincinnati (OH) Harmony Community School</td> <td nowrap="nowrap"></td> <td class="position">G</td> <td class="htwt">6-0/175</td> <td class="schools"></td> </tr> <tr class="commentary"> <td></td> <td colspan="5">Power guard who emerged in the spring.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: March 27, 2008 5:45 pm

Help me create a preseason field of 65 for 2009

Texas Longhorns

Returning Starters (Projected):

PG- DJ Augustin (Jr.)

SG- AJ Abrams (Sr.)

SF- Justin Mason (Jr.)

PF- Damion James (Jr.)

C- Connor Atchley (Sr.)

Key Role Players:

Gary Johnson (So.)

Dexter Pittman (Jr.)

Alexis Wangmene (So.)

Clint Chapman (So.)

J'Covan Brown (Fr.)

You have to love the backcourt for the Longhorns. If everyone returns it should be another potential Final Four team. A more experienced DJ Augustin at the point is scary for all opponents and hopefully we can have some good play from the bench next year with the addition of J'Covan Brown and the development of our Freshmen from this year and the development of Dexter Pittman. Hook 'em Horns!

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2008 5:04 am

Help me create a preseason field of 65 for 2009

allright captain, let's go over a couple teams i know pretty well

first, duke. only losing demarcus nelson, gaining two big time recruits in elliot williams [6'4 ish swingman, lefty with a gorgeous stroke, also good slasher--think keith langford, but quicker, and i mean early keith langford] and olek czyz [6'7 big body, i've heard he plays a european style but am not really sure what this is supposed to mean]. the starting lineup will definitely be seeing greg paulus, gerald henderson, and lance thomas/brian zoubek. also guaranteed starter's minutes are nolan smith and jon scheyer. will be interesting to see how elliot and olek play--elliot is very explosive, could crack into some constant minutes. zoubek didn't look good down the stretch but he was hurt in the middle of the year, and keep in mind he came out of the gates after this past offseason looking vastly improved over his freshman self. if he continues that acceleration, duke may have a serviceable player in him. lance thomas is very athletic and has shown strokes of genius, too. if either of them see improvement, this team will be much better all around than last year's. as always, the guard play is looking exceptional. there will be four guards that would definitely get huge minutes on any team in the country, and a wild card who may be one of the best of the four in elliot. this team will llkely be looking at second next year in the acc again [as far as being favored beforehand goes] though i suspect a younger team in the acc will step up and disrupt the order of things. i'll get more into that in another comment, perhaps.

another acc team i hold near and dear to my heart didn't see the tournament this year and rest assured won't see it next year, either. the virginia cavaliers are losing their heart and soul in sean singletary. maybe two years down the road, if players like jeff jones and sammy zeglinski and mike scott can really improve [i love sammy zeglinski, he looks like a young jeff boschee to me, game is tight and doesn't have any glaring holes] and if one of these 7 footers they're bringing in this year develops appropriately, this team could be right back in the swing of things in the acc. they also pulled sylven landesburg out of a hat, and he should be in an interesting backcourt situation [where he'll probably get a ton of playing time, which should help in the long run...]. but next year, they'll be too young. i do expect an upset over a top tier team, but the consistency will be a huge problem with these fellas.

i was going to point out baylor as a definite team but an above poster did. jerrells is the man and anthony jones is going to be huge.

surprised nobody's commented on kansas, either. the draft will be the absolute key here. KNOWN: russell robinson, sasha kaun, darnell jackson, jeremy case, and roderick stewart are gone. this hurts the team's depth in the low post [sasha, darnell], heart [all five of these kids were the psychological backbone of the team, no doubt about that], defense [darnell, russell, roderick], and versatility [this occurs when you lose five players, but especially when one is your big time minutes waster and can defend anybody the other team puts out there in roderick stewart]. possible departures include brandon rush, who would have gone pro had he not gotten hurt last year, and whose stock has sorta dropped--in all reality, he may be looking at a better draft position next year than this one, but he's been itching to go pro since showing up in lawrence, so that might not bother him--and darell arthur, the most polished offensive post player ku's got. if either arthur or rush stays, then mario chalmers, sherron collins, and the other player left give the jayhawks a three headed monster that's maybe less balanced than this year's team was but is equally potent offensively. if sherron can finally get back his quicks after that injury [which it appears he has offensively, though he's often blown by off the dribble defensively now] then this is especially true. there will be at least one proven post player even if arthur leaves in cole aldrich, a 6 10 ish post player who's come a long way this season [working with danny manning will do that for you] and looks to be quite good next year. collins/chalmers/aldrich would be a core looking at a top three finish in the big twelve next year without doubt; collins/chalmers/aldrich/rush or collins/chalmers/aldrich/arthur would be a team favored to take a first place finish next year; and collins/chalmers/rush/aldrich/arthu

r would be a starting five that i'd slap a one seed on and thirty wins regardless of their schedule. that team would be legit. and i haven't even gotten to the recruits bill self has lined up...first i want to point out the one that i saw play high school ball. travis releford. this kid did not impress me at all to be honest, but he's crazy athletic, so maybe some coaching will get him past that hump. i don't see an immediate impact from travis. the intriguing recruits are twin brothers from new jersey, 6'8 230 marcus and 6'10 220 markieff morris, both listed as power forwards. you know they've got chemistry... marcus is a perimeter oriented big, which works nicely with self's offense, and markieff is a banger type big, which also works nicely because he looks to help take the sting out of losing arthur. he will probably play a role similar to cole's this year, just with more time. they're also picking up quintrell thomas, who's also from jersey and sorta in between the twins in playing style and size, and a wing named mario little. players named mario have enjoyed mixed success at kansas [anybody remember mario kinsey?] but this one's from junior college and should be ready to step in and be part of that guard rotation [this is a main reason i don't see releford cracking that rotation, and no it's not because travis went to my rival high school..well okay maybe just a little]. bottom line: kansas will be in that top 65

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2008 9:10 pm
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Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2008 8:50 pm

Help me create a preseason field of 65 for 2009

Here's the information on Baylor:


Curtis Jerrells (1st Team Big 12) - Senior
Kevin Rodgers (Big 12 Player of the Week several weeks, Big 12 Honorable Mention) - Senior
Henry Dugat (Big 12 Honorable Mention) - Senior
Mamadou Diene - Senior
Josh Lomers - Junior
Tweety Carter - Junior
LaceDarius Dunn - Sophomore
Fred Ellis - Freshman (reshirted this year)

Leaving (All Graduating Seniors)
Mark Shepherd - Fred Ellis and the incoming recruits will be more than capable of making up for his presence
Aaron Bruce - Played less than 20 minutes the last half of the season and averaged 4 points per game the second half of conference play
Richard Hurd - Played in less than half of Baylor's games this year (averaged less than 5 minutes/game)

Incoming Recruits:
Anthony Jones - Forward from Houston. Very good to make up for the loss of Mark Shepherd and get experience and learn from Kevin Rodgers to help take his place.
Artem Valov

Still Potential Recruits:
Ater Majok
Chris Turner

You can bet the Bears will be back in the Tourney next year. They have only gone up since playing non-conference games. They are much more able to finish games and have a lot more experience playing good teams.

Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2008 5:27 pm

Help me create a preseason field of 65 for 2009

Kentucky will definately rebound next season. Only loosing 2 seinors, and they always recruit like muthas.

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2008 5:00 pm
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Since: Feb 9, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2008 1:34 pm

Help me create a preseason field of 65 for 2009

maybe hold it off until 2 weeks after the tourney?

then we can actually see who stays/goes, or who is more likely to stay/go?

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