College basketball rankings: Kentucky's not done recruiting and is No. 3 in the early Top 25 And 1

It should be no surprise that Kentucky's John Calipari is doing big things in the late period — but that doesn't make it any less impressive. According to 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions, the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame coach is now expected to eventually secure a commitment from 5-star forward Jaden McDaniels. And when McDaniels is combined with the rest of Kentucky's incoming freshmen, what the Wildcats will have is the nation's top-ranked recruiting class to pair with Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley, Nick Richards and a roster that'll be among the best in the sport.

It's why UK is No. 3 in the CBS Sports 2019-20 Top 25 And 1.

As always, I've updated these rankings to reflect where 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions currently have any relevant uncommitted Class of 2019 prospects projected to enroll. That's why McDaniels is now on Kentucky's projected roster, why 5-star guard RJ Hampton is now on Kansas' projected roster, and why 5-star forward Precious Achiuwa and 4-star guard Boogie Ellis are now on Memphis' projected roster. If and when those Crystal Ball Predictions change, these rankings will change again. Then I'll simply rinse and repeat, as much as necessary, until the season begins in November.

Top 25 And 1 

1
Coach: Tom Izzo

2018-19 record: 32-7
 
Notable players definitely gone:  Nick Ward, Matt McQuaid, Kenny Goins
 
Other expected departures: N/A
 
Notable players expected to return: Cassius Winston, Joshua Langford, Xavier Tillman, Aaron Henry, Kyle Ahrens, Gabe Brown, Foster Loyer, Thomas Kithier, Marcus Bingham
 
Expected additions: Malik Hall, Rocket Watts, Julius Marble 
 
2
Coach: Mike Krzyzewski

2018-19 record: 32-6
 
Notable players definitely gone:  Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish
 
Other expected departures: N/A 
 
Notable players expected to return: Tre Jones, Marques Bolden, Alex O'Connell, Jack White, Javin DeLaurier, Jordan Goldwire, Joey Baker
 
Expected additions: Vernon Carey, Wendell Moore, Matthew Hurt, Cassius Stanley
 
3
Coach: John Calipari

2018-19 record: 30-7
 
Notable players definitely gone: Reid Travis, PJ Washington, Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, Jemarl Baker
 
Other expected departures:  N/A
 
Notable players expected to return: Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley, Nick Richards, EJ Montgomery
 
Expected additions: Jaden McDaniels, Nate Sestina, Kahlil Whitney, Tyrese Maxey, Johnny Juzang, Keion Brooks, Dontaie Allen, Brennan Canada
 
4
Coach: Chris Mack

2018-19 record: 20-14
 
Notable players definitely gone: Christen Cunningham, Khwan Fore, V.J. King
 
Other expected departures: N/A
 
Notable players expected to return: Jordan Nwora, Dwayne Sutton, Steven Enoch, Malik Williams, Ryan McMahon, Darius Perry 
 
Expected additions: Lamarr Kimble, Samuell Williamson, Aidan Igheion, David Johnson, Josh Nickelberry, Jaelyn Withers, Quinn Slazinski
 
5

Coach: Bill Self

2018-19 record: 26-10
 
Notable players definitely gone: Dedric Lawson, Lagerald Vick, KJ Lawson, Charlie Moore, Quintin Grimes
 
Other expected departures: N/A
 
Notable players expected to return: Udoka Azubuike, Devon Dotson, Ochai Agbaji, Marcus Garrett, David McCormack, Mitch Lightfoot
 
Expected additions: RJ Hampton, Isaac McBride, Christian Braun, Tristan Enaruna
 
6
Coach: Penny Hardaway

2018-19 record: 22-14
 
Notable players definitely gone: Jeremiah Martin, Kyvon Davenport, Kareem Brewton, Raynere Thornton, Mike Parks, Antwann Jones
 
Other expected departures: Victor Enoh, David Wingett
 
Notable players expected to return: Tyler Harris, Isaiah Maurice, Alex Lomax 
 
Expected additions: James Wiseman, Precious Achiuwa, Boogie Ellis, D.J. Jeffries, Lester Quinones, Malcolm Dandridge, Damion Baugh, Lance Thomas, Ryan Boyce, Rayjon Tucker
7
Coach: Mark Turgeon

2018-19 record: 23-11
 
Notable players definitely gone: Bruno Fernando, Ivan Bender
 
Other expected departures: N/A 
 
Notable players expected to return: Anthony Cowan, Jalen Smith, Darryl Morsell, Aaron Wiggins, Serrel Smith, Eric Ayala, Ricky Lindo
 
Expected additions: Makhi Mitchel, Makhel Mitchell, Donta Scott, Chol Marial, Hakim Hart
 
8
Coach: Roy Williams

2018-19 record: 29-7
 
Notable players definitely gone: Coby White, Cameron Johnson, Luke Maye, Kenny Williams, Nassir Little, Seventh Woods
 
Other expected departures:  N/A 
 
Notable players expected to return: Garrison Brooks, Sterling Manley, Brandon Robinson, Leaky Black 
 
Expected additions: Cole Anthony, Armando Bacot, Anthony Harris, Jeremiah Francis, Christian Keeling, Justin Pierce
 
9
Coach: Tony Bennett

2018-19 record: 35-3
 
Notable players definitely gone: De'Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome, Kyle Guy, Jack Salt
 
Other expected departures: Marco Anthony
 
Notable players expected to return: Mamadi Diakite, Braxton Key, Jay Huff, Kihei Clark
 
Expected additions: Kadin Shedrick, Casey Morsell, Justin McKoy, Tomas Woldetensae
 
10

Coach: Mark Few

2018-19 record: 33-4
 
Notable players definitely gone: Brandon Clarke, Rui Hachimura, Zach Norvell, Josh Perkins, Geno Crandall, Jeremy Jones
 
Other expected departures: N/A 
 
Notable players expected to return: Corey Kispert, Killian Tillie, Filip Petrusev, Joel Ayayi
 
Expected additions: Admon Gilder, Drew Timme, Anton Watson, Pavel Zakharov, Oumar Ballo, Martynas Arlauskas, Brock Ravet
 
11
Coach: Kevin Willard

2018-19 record: 20-14
 
Notable players definitely gone: Michael Nzei
 
Other expected departures: N/A
 
Notable players expected to return: Darnell Brodie, Myles Powell, Myles Cale, Romaro Gill, Sandro Mamukelashvili, Quincy McKnight, Anthony Nelson, Taurean Thompson
 
Expected additions: Ikey Obiagu, Tyrese Samuel, Dashawn Davis
12
Coach: Jay Wright

2018-19 record: 26-10
 
Notable players definitely gone: Phil Booth, Eric Paschall, Joe Cremo, Jahvon Quinerly
 
Other expected departures: N/A
 
Notable players expected to return: Collin Gillispie, Saddiq Bey, Jermaine Samuels, Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, Cole Swider, Brandon Slater, Tim Delaney
 
Expected additions: Bryan Antoine, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Justin Moore, Eric Dixon
 
13
Coach: Bruce Pearl

2018-19 record: 30-10
 
Notable players definitely gone: Bryce Brown, Jared Harper, Malik Dunbar, Horace Spencer, Chuma Okeke,  
 
Other expected departures: N/A
 
Notable players expected to return: Samir Doughty, Austin Wiley, Anfernee McLemore, J'Von McCormick, Danjel Purifoy  
 
Expected additions: Isaac Okoro, Tyrell Jones, Jaylin Williams, Babatunde Akingbola, Allen Flanigan, Jamal Johnson
 
14
Coach: Dana Altman

2018-19 record: 25-13
 
Notable players definitely gone: Bol Bol, Louis King, Paul White, Victor Bailey, Ehab Amin
 
Other expected departures: Miles Norris
 
Notable players expected to return: Payton Pritchard, Kenny Wooten, Will Richardson, Francis Okoro
 
Expected additions: CJ Walker, Isaac Johnson, Chandler Lawson, Chris Duarte
 
15
Coach: Sean Miller

2018-19 record: 17-15
 
Notable players definitely gone: Justin Coleman, Ryan Luther
 
Other expected departures: N/A
 
Notable players expected to return: Brandon Randolph, Brandon Williams, Chase Jeter, Dylan Smith, Ira Lee, Devonaire Doutrive, Alex Barcello
 
Expected additions: Max Hazzard, Nico Mannion, Josh Green, Zeke Nnaji, Terry Armstrong, Christian Koloko, Stone Gettings 
 
16
Coach: John Beilein

2018-19 record: 30-7
 
Notable players definitely gone:  Charles Matthews, Jordan Poole
 
Other expected departures: Ignas Brazdeikis
 
Notable players expected to return: Jon Teske, Zavier Simpson, Isaiah Livers, Eli Brooks, Austin Davis, David DeJulius, Brandon Johns
 
Expected additions: Jalen Wilson, Cole Bajema
 
17

Coach: Fran McCaffery

2018-19 record: 23-12
 
Notable players definitely gone: Nicolas Baer, Isaiah Moss, Maishe Dailey
 
Other expected departures: Tyler Cook
 
Notable players expected to return: Jordan Bohannon, Luka Garza, Ryan Kriener, Connor McCaffery, Joe Wieskamp, Jack Nunge, Cordell Pemsl
 
Expected additions: Patrick McCaffery, Joe Toussaint
 
18
Coach: Kelvin Sampson

2018-19 record: 33-4
 
Notable players definitely gone: Corey Davis, Breaon Brady, Galen Robinson
 
Other expected departures: N/A
 
Notable players expected to return: Dejon Jarreau, Cedrick Alley, Armoni Brooks, Brison Gresham, Fabian White, Chris Harris, Nate Hinton
 
Expected additions: Caleb Mills, Justin Gorham
 
19
Coach: Matt Painter

2018-19 record: 25-8
 
Notable players definitely gone: Carsen Edwards, Ryan Cline, Grady Eifert
 
Other expected departures: N/A
 
Notable players expected to return: Nojel Eastern, Eric Hunter Jr., Aaron Wheeler, Matt Haarms, Trevion Williams, Evan Boudreaux, Sasha Stefanovic
 
Expected additions: Brandon Newman, Isaiah Thompson, Mason Gillis, Jahaad Proctor
 
20
Coach: Mike Rhoades

2018-19 record: 25-8
 
Notable players definitely gone: Michael Gilmore
 
Other expected departures: N/A
 
Notable players expected to return: Marcus Evans, Isaac Vann, Deriante Jenkins, Marcus Santos-Silva, Sean Mobley, Vince Williams, Mike'L Simms, P.J. Byrd, Malik Crowfield
 
Expected additions: Jarren McAlister
 
21
Coach: Rick Barnes

2018-19 record: 31-6
 
Notable players definitely gone: Admiral Schofield, Kyle Alexander
 
Other expected departures: Grant Williams, Jordan Bone, Derrick Walker 
 
Notable players expected to return: Lamonte Turner, Jordan Bowden, John Fulkerson, Yves Pons, Jalen Johnson
 
Expected additions: Josiah-Jordan James, Drew Pember, Davonte Gaines
 
22
Coach: Chris Beard

2018-19 record: 31-7
 
Notable players definitely gone: Jarrett Culver, Matt Mooney, Tariq Owens, Brandone Francis, Norense Odiase, Khavon Moore
 
Other expected departures:  N/A 
 
Notable players expected to return: Davide Moretti, Kyler Edwards, Deshawn Corprew, Andrei Savrasov
 
Expected additions: Jahmius Ramsey, Khalid Thomas, Kevin McCullar, Russel Tchewa, Terrence Shannon, Clarence Nadolny             
23
Coach: Scott Drew

2018-19 record: 20-14
 
Notable players definitely gone: Makai Mason, King McClure              
 
Other expected departures: N/A
 
Notable players expected to return: Devonte Bandoo, Jared Butler, Tristan Clark, Freddie Gillespie, Mario Kegler, Matthew Mayer, Flo Thamba, Mark Vital
 
Expected additions: Davion Mitchell, Macio Teague, Jordan Turner
24
Coach: Greg McDermott

2018-19 record: 20-15
 
Notable players definitely gone: Kaleb Joseph, Connor Cashaw, Samson Froling
 
Other expected departures: N/A
 
Notable players expected to return: Martin Krampelj, Ty-Shon Alexander, Mitch Ballock, Marcus Zegarowski, Davion Mintz, Damien Jefferson, Christian Bishop
 
Expected additions: Tristan Enaruna, Sedrick Hammonds
25
Coach: Chris Holtmann
 
2018-19 record: 20-15
 
Notable players definitely gone: CJ Jackson, Keyshawn Woods
 
Other expected departures: N/A
 
Notable players expected to return: Kaleb Wesson, Andre Wesson, Luther Muhammad, Duane Washington, Kyle Young, Justin Aherns, Musa Jallow, Jaedon LeDee
 
Expected additions: DJ Carton, Alonzo Gaffney, EJ Liddel, Ibrahima Diallo, CJ Walker 
26
Coach:  Bob McKillop
 
2018-19 record:  24-10
 
Notable players definitely gone:  Nathan Ekwu
 
Other expected departures:  Dusan Kovacevic
 
Notable players expected to return:  Kellan Grady, Jon Axel Gudmundson, Luka Brajkovic, Luke Frampton, Kishawn Pritchett, Carter Collins, David Czerapowics, Bates Jones
 
Expected additions:  N/A

Top 25 And 1 analysis

Biggest Movers
3 Kansas
1 Memphis
Rk
Teams
 
Chg
Rcrd
1 Michigan St. Cassius Winston's decision to return to Michigan State for his senior season was enough to keep Tom Izzo's team No. 1 in the Top 25 And 1. The Spartans are returning three of the top four scorers from a 32-win team that won the Big Ten regular-season title and Big Ten Tournament title before advancing to the Final Four. --32-7
2 Duke The Blue Devils are enrolling a top-three recruiting class for the six consecutive season - one that's highlighted by 5-star prospects Vernon Carey and Matthew Hurt. The return of Tre Jones will give Mike Krzyzewski the type of experience in the backcourt most great teams possess. --32-6
3 Kentucky The return of Ashtan Hagans for his sophomore year is massive for Kentucky. He'll combine with the nation's top-ranked recruiting class to create what should be the SEC's best team. --30-7
4 Louisville Jordan Nwora has declared for the NBA Draft but left open the option of returning to Louisville. If he does, he'll be the leading returning scorer for a program set to enroll a top-10 recruiting class - not to mention graduate transfer Lamarr Kimble, who averaged 15.6 points per game at Saint Joseph's this season. --20-14
5 Kansas This ranking is contingent on the Jayhawks securing a commitment from 5-star guard RJ Hampton. If they do, they'll be the clear favorite in the Big 12 once again. 326-10
6 Memphis This ranking is based on Memphis securing commitments from 5-star forward Precious Achiuwa and 4-star guard Boogie Ellis. If Penny Hardaway pulls it off, and pairs them with 5-star center James Wiseman, the Tigers will have one of the nation's most talented rosters and be the obvious favorites in the American Athletic Conference. 122-14
7 Maryland The early loss of Bruno Fernando should mostly be offset by the return of Jalen Smith and addition of former 5-star prospect Chol Marial. The Terrapins will be talented, experienced and a real threat to Michigan State at the top of the Big Ten. 123-11
8 N. Carolina The loss of Coby White after one season stings a little considering he didn't project as a one-and-done prospect coming out of high school. But the enrollment of 5-star guard Cole Anthony should fill any hole UNC might otherwise have in the backcourt. 129-7
9 Virginia The Cavaliers are losing the top three scorers from their national championship team, all of whom are entering the NBA Draft early. But Tony Bennett still has enough to keep Virginia nationally relevant. 135-3
10 Gonzaga Zach Norvell's decision to remain in the NBA Draft means Gonzaga is losing the top four scorers from last season's team. That's among the reasons why it was crucial for Mark Few to secure a top-10 recruiting class and enroll a heralded graduate transfer like Admon Gilder. 133-4
11 Seton Hall Kevin Willard spoke with Virginia Tech about its opening but ultimately remained at Seton Hall. He has a roster good enough to take the Pirates to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight year. --20-14
12 Villanova In a bit of a twist, Villanova will not be the favorite to win the Big East. But the Wildcats, thanks to a top-five recruiting class, should still operate near the top of the sport. --26-10
13 Auburn Jared Harper's decision to withdraw from school and enter the NBA Draft means Auburn is losing its top two scorers from a Final Four team. Bryce Brown, whose eligibility is exhausted, combined with Harper this season to average 31.2 points and 7.7 assists that must now be replaced. --30-10
14 Oregon Louis King's decision to enter and remain in the NBA Draft was a blow to Oregon. But three of the top six scorers are still expected back -- and they'll pair with a top-15 recruiting class that should make the Ducks the Pac-12 favorites. --25-13
15 Arizona Sean Miller, even with an NCAA cloud hovering over his program, has secured a top-five recruiting class that should return the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament. The addition of grad-transfer Max Hazzard was a nice late development. --17-15
16 Michigan It appears the Wolverines are losing their top three scorers - most notably Ignas Brazdeikis. But, remember, they lost three of their top four scorers the year before and still managed to earn a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. --30-7
17 Iowa Tyler Cook is determined to remain in the NBA Draft, which isn't ideal for Iowa. But the Hawkeyes are still returning two of their top four scorers - most notably Luka Garza. --23-12
18 Houston Houston reaching a deal on a contract extension for Kelvin Sampson was a massive development for the AAC program. The Cougars will be capable of winning back-to-back league titles. --33-4
19 Purdue The loss of Carsen Edwards is obviously a big deal. But Matt Painter has proven capable of running a competent program even when he loses key pieces. --26-10
20 VCU Every relevant piece from a VCU team that won the Atlantic 10 by two games should be back. That includes four players who averaged double-digits in points this season. --25-8
21 Tennessee If Grant Williams and/or Jordan Bone return, Tennessee will be significantly higher in the Top 25 And 1. But if they both remain in the NBA Draft, as expected, the Vols will have to replace the top three scorers from a team that lost in the Sweet 16. --31-6
22 Texas Tech The Red Raiders are expected to lose four of their top five scorers - most notably Jarrett Culver early to the NBA Draft. But, remember, they lost five of their top seven scorers from last season's team, and that didn't stop Chris Beard from getting Texas Tech to this season's national title game. --31-7
23 Baylor The Bears are losing Makai Mason and King McClure. But they'll get Tristan Clark back and likely make the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in a seven-year span. --20-14
24 Creighton The Bluejays are returning all five starters from a team that closed the season by winning seven of their final nine games. That should be enough to help Creighton advance in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014. --20-15
25 Ohio St. Five of the top seven scorers from a team that spent part of last season ranked are expected back - including Kaleb Wesson, who averaged 14.6 points and 6.9 rebounds as a sophomore. Those returnees, combined with a top-15 recruiting class, should have Chris Holtmann in the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight year. --20-15
26 Davidson The top six scorers from a Davidson team that finished 14-4 in the Atlantic 10 are expected back - including A-10 Player of the Year Jon Axel Gudmundson. As long as Kellan Grady stays healthy, the Wildcats will be good enough to advance in the NCAA Tournament. --24-10
CBS Sports Insider

Gary Parrish is an award-winning college basketball columnist and television analyst for CBS Sports who also hosts the highest-rated afternoon drive radio show in Memphis, where he lives with his wife... Full Bio

Our Latest Stories