In this week's College Hoops Mailbag, we give a progress report on St. John's, create a trophy in honor of Aaron Craft, and discuss which college hoops player we think would be the best cage fighter.
Kentucky junior forward Marcus Lee appears ready for a breakout season and Dayton could be in real trouble with the suspension of one of its top players Jon Rothstein writes in his weekly collection of news and notes.
Yes, the 32-year-old former Shaka Smart assistant inherited a great situation at VCU. But the jump from Chattanooga to the Top-25 fixture has him recruiting an entirely different level of prospect, meaning he's starting from scratch on the recruiting trail.
Alabama and Auburn each picked up big commitments this week and Texas will need increased production from senior forward Connor Lammert.
The biggest teams: Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke, Kansas, Michigan State. The list goes on. They're all playing in something major in college hoops this November.
The Rams could win the Atlantic 10, but don't forget about Dayton. How VCU responds in the post-Shaka Smart era will also be interesting to watch in a wide-open conference race.
With the departure of Shaka Smart, Archie Miller becomes the new face in the Atlantic 10. But will Smart's old VCU team be competitive?
Maryland is making a lot of noise this offseason. Getting Rasheed Sulaimon was huge, but the Robert Carter transfer is not to be overlooked.
The Longhorns have dropped their quest to bring Smart's trademarked defensive style down to Austin.
Terry Larrier, a former Top-40 prospect in high school, will transfer out of VCU during the offseason.

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