College basketball rankings: Landing transfer Kerry Blackshear puts Florida in top 10 of early Top 25 And 1

Michael White has been to three NCAA Tournaments in four years at Florida and generally done a nice job replacing future Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame coach Billy Donovan. It's not easy to follow a legend and two-time national champion. But White has adjusted well — evidence being that he's won games in each of the past three NCAA Tournaments and advanced to the Elite Eight in 2017.

His best season might be on tap, though.

White's roster got a huge boost Wednesday night when Virginia Tech grad-transfer Kerry Blackshear Jr. committed to Florida. The 6-foot-10 forward also had offers from Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas and Texas A&M. He averaged 14.9 points and 7.5 rebounds for a Sweet 16 team last season. And now he's a Gator — which means Florida could have a starting lineup featuring a 5-star point guard who can really shoot (Tre Mann), a 5-star wing who projects as a one-and-done lottery pick (Scottie Lewis), and a 22-year-old All-ACC big who should compete for All-America honors in his final year of college (Blackshear). Those three newcomers will be joined by three players who averaged at least 8.0 points and 23.8 minutes per game last season for a Florida team that beat Nevada in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. So the Gators now look like a real threat to Kentucky in the SEC and are up to No. 9 in the 2019-20 CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 preseason college basketball rankings — where the Michigan State Spartans remain No. 1 thanks to the fact that they're returning three of the top four scorers from a 32-win team that made the Final Four.

Top 25 And 1 

1
Coach: Tom Izzo

2018-19 record: 32-7
 
Notable players gone: Nick Ward, Matt McQuaid, Kenny Goins
  
Notable players returning: 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 gone: Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish, Marques Bolden            
 
Notable players returning: Tre Jones, 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 gone: Reid Travis, PJ Washington, Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, Jemarl Baker
                                       
Notable players returning: Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley, Nick Richards, EJ Montgomery
 
Expected additions: 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 gone: Christen Cunningham, Khwan Fore, V.J. King
                                        
Notable players returning: 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 gone: Dedric Lawson, Lagerald Vick, KJ Lawson, Charlie Moore, Quentin Grimes
 
Notable players returning: Udoka Azubuike, Devon Dotson, Ochai Agbaji, Marcus Garrett, Silvio De Sousa, David McCormack, Mitch Lightfoot
 
Expected additions: Isaiah Moss, Jalen Wilson, Isaac McBride, Christian Braun, Tristan Enaruna
 
6
Coach: Mark Turgeon

2018-19 record: 23-11
 
Notable players gone: Bruno Fernando, Ivan Bender         
 
Notable players returning: 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
 
7
Coach: Penny Hardaway

2018-19 record: 22-14
 
Notable players gone: Jeremiah Martin, Kyvon Davenport, Kareem Brewton, Raynere Thornton, Mike Parks, Antwann Jones, Victor Enoh, David Wingett
                        
Notable players returning: 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  
8
Coach: Roy Williams

2018-19 record: 29-7
 
Notable players gone: Coby White, Cameron Johnson, Luke Maye, Kenny Williams, Nassir Little, Seventh Woods
 
Notable players returning: Garrison Brooks, Sterling Manley, Brandon Robinson, Leaky Black  
 
Expected additions: Cole Anthony, Armando Bacot, Anthony Harris, Jeremiah Francis, Christian Keeling, Justin Pierce
 
9
Coach:  Michael White

2018-19 record:  20-16
 
Notable players gone: KeVaughn Allen, Jalen Hudson, Kevarrius Hayes, Keith Stone, Deaundrae Ballard, Mike OkauruIsaiah Stokes

Notable players returning: Noah Locke, Keyontae Johnson, Andrew Nembhard, Dontay Bassett
 
Expected additions: Kerry Blackshear Jr., Scottie Lewis, Tre Mann, Omar Payne, Jason Jitoboh, Ques Glover 
 
10
Coach: Tony Bennett

2018-19 record: 35-3
 
Notable players gone: De'Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome, Kyle Guy, Jack Salt, Marco Anthony
 
Notable players returning:  Mamadi Diakite, Braxton Key, Jay Huff, Kihei Clark
 
Expected additions: Kadin Shedrick, Casey Morsell, Justin McKoy, Tomas Woldetensae
 
11
Coach: Mark Few

2018-19 record: 33-4
 
Notable players gone: Brandon Clarke, Rui Hachimura, Zach Norvell, Josh Perkins, Geno Crandall, Jeremy Jones, Greg Foster
 
Notable players returning: Corey Kispert, Killian Tillie, Filip Petrusev, Joel Ayayi
 
Expected additions: Admon Gilder, Ryan Woolridge, Drew Timme, Anton Watson, Pavel Zakharov, Oumar Ballo, Martynas Arlauskas, Brock Ravet
 
12
Coach: Kevin Willard

2018-19 record: 20-14
 
Notable players gone: Michael Nzei
 
Notable players returning: Myles Powell, Myles Cale, Quincy McKnight, Sandro Mamukelashvili, Taurean Thompson, Jared Rhoden, Anthony Nelson, Romaro Gill, Shavar Reynolds, Darnell Brodie  
 
Expected additions: Ike Obiagu, Tyrese Samuel, Dashawn Davis
13
Coach: Jay Wright

2018-19 record: 26-10
 
Notable players gone: Phil Booth, Eric Paschall, Joe Cremo, Jahvon Quinerly
 
Notable players returning: 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
 
14
Coach: Chris Beard

2018-19 record: 31-7
 
Notable players gone: Jarrett Culver, Matt Mooney, Tariq Owens, Brandone Francis, Norense Odiase, Khavon Moore
 
Notable players returning: Davide Moretti, Kyler Edwards, Deshawn Corprew, Andrei Savrasov
 
Expected additions: Chris Clarke, T.J. Holyfield, Jahmius Ramsey, Kevin McCullar, Russel Tchewa, Terrence Shannon, Clarence Nadolny, Tyreek Smith 
15
Coach: Sean Miller

2018-19 record: 17-15
 
Notable players gone: Brandon Randolph, Justin Coleman, Ryan Luther  
 
Notable players returning: Brandon Williams, Chase Jeter, Dylan Smith, Ira Lee, Alex BarcelloDevonaire Doutrive
 
Expected additions: Max Hazzard , Nico Mannion, Josh Green, Zeke Nnaji, Terry Armstrong, Christian Koloko, Stone Gettings  
 
16
Coach: Bruce Pearl

2018-19 record: 30-10
 
Notable players gone: Bryce Brown, Jared Harper, Malik Dunbar, Horace Spencer, Chuma Okeke,  
 
Notable players returning: 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, Javon Franklin
 
17
Coach: Matt Painter

2018-19 record: 25-8
 
Notable players gone: Carsen Edwards, Ryan Cline, Grady Eifert
 
Notable players returning: 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
 
18
Coach: Mike Rhoades

2018-19 record: 25-8
 
Notable players gone: Michael Gilmore, Sean Mobley, P.J. Byrd
 
Notable players returning: Marcus Evans, Isaac Vann, Deriante Jenkins, Marcus Santos-Silva, Vince Williams, Mike'L Simms, Malik Crowfield
 
Expected additions: Jarren McAlister, Tre Clarke, Nah'Shon Hyland
 
19
Coach: Rick Barnes

2018-19 record: 31-6
 
Notable players gone: Grant Williams, Admiral Schofield, Jordan Bone, Kyle Alexander, Derrick Walker  
 
Notable players returning: Lamonte Turner, Jordan Bowden, John Fulkerson, Yves Pons, Jalen Johnson
 
Expected additions: Josiah-Jordan James, Drew Pember, Davonte Gaines
 
20
Coach: Scott Drew

2018-19 record: 20-14
 
Notable players gone: Makai Mason, King McClure               
 
Notable players returning: Devonte Bandoo, Jared Butler, Tristan Clark, Freddie Gillespie, Mario Kegler, Matthew Mayer, Flo Thamba, Mark Vital
 
Expected additions: Davion Mitchell, Macio Teague , Jordan Turner
21
Coach: Chris Holtmann

2018-19 record: 20-15
 
Notable players gone: CJ Jackson, Keyshawn Woods, Jaedon LeDee  
 
Notable players returning: Kaleb Wesson, Andre Wesson, Luther Muhammad , Duane Washington, Kyle Young, Justin Aherns, Musa Jallow
 
Expected additions: DJ Carton, Alonzo Gaffney, EJ Liddel, Ibrahima Diallo, CJ Walker  
22
Coach: Bob McKillop

2018-19 record:  24-10
 
Notable players gone: Nathan Ekwu, Dusan Kovacevic
 
Notable players returning: Kellan Grady, Jon Axel Gudmundson, Luka Brajkovic, Luke Frampton, Kishawn Pritchett, Carter Collins, David Czerapowics, Bates Jones
 
Expected additions: N/A
23
Coach:  Craig Smith

2018-19 record: 28-7

Notable players gone: Quinn Taylor, Dwayne Brown

Notable players returning: Sam Merrill, Neemias Queta, Diogo Brito, Brock Miller, Abel Porter, Justin Bean

Expected additions: Alphonso Anderson, Liam McChesney, Sean Bairstow, Cade Potter, Jakub Karwowski
24
Coach: Randy Bennett                            

2018-19 record:  22-12 
 

Notable players gone: Jordan Hunter

Notable players returning: Jordan Ford, Malik Fitts, Tanner Krebs, Tommy Kuhse, Elijah Thomas, Matthias Tass, Dan Fotu, Jock Perry

Expected additions: Alex Ducas, Kyle Bowen

25
Coach: Will Wade

2018-19 record: 28-7
 
Notable players gone: Tremont Waters, Naz Reid, Kavell Bigby-Williams
 
Notable players returning: Skylar Mays, Javonte Smart, Emitt Williams, Marlon Taylor, Darius Days
 
Expected additions: Trendon Watford, James Bishop, Charles Manning
 
26
Coach: Greg McDermott

2018-19 record: 20-15
 
Notable players gone: Kaleb Joseph, Martin Krampelj, Connor Cashaw, Samson Froling
 
Notable players returning: Ty-Shon Alexander, Mitch Ballock, Marcus Zegarowski, Davion Mintz, Damien Jefferson, Christian Bishop
 
Expected additions: Shareef Mitchell, Jalen Windham
 

Top 25 And 1 analysis 

Biggest Movers
18 Florida
1 Virginia
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1 Michigan St. The Spartans are returning three of the top four scorers from a team that won the Big Ten regular-season title and Big Ten Tournament title before advancing to the Final Four. Cassius Winston, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year, is the leading candidate to be the preseason National Player of the Year. --32-7
2 Duke The Blue Devils are enrolling a top-five recruiting class for the sixth 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 one of the nation's top recruiting classes to create what should be the SEC's best team. --30-7
4 Louisville Jordan Nwora's decision to withdraw from the NBA Draft means Louisville is bringing back six of its top seven scorers. The Cardinals are also set to enroll a top-15 recruiting class - not to mention graduate transfer Lamarr Kimble, who averaged 15.6 points per game last season at Saint Joseph's. --20-14
5 Kansas The Jayhawks will have to replace three of the top six scorers from last season's team that finished 17th at KenPom. But a core of Devon Dotson and Udoka Azuibuike - plus the late additions of Iowa grad-transfer Isaiah Moss and 4-star prospect Jalen Wilson - make KU the obvious favorite in the Big 12. --26-10
6 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. --23-11
7 Memphis Penny Hardaway has secured what is arguably the best recruiting class in Memphis history. It's highlighted by 5-star center James Wiseman and 5-star forward Precious Achiuwa - both of whom project as top-10 picks in the 2020 NBA Draft. --22-14
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. --29-7
9 Florida The late addition of Kerry Blackshear Jr. qualifies as a huge boost to Florida's roster. The Virgina Tech grad-transfer will pair with a heralded recruiting class and some nice returning pieces to keep the Gators part of the national conversation. NR20-16
10 Virginia The Cavaliers are losing the top three scorers from their national championship team. But Tony Bennett still has enough - thanks in part to the return of Mamadi Diakite and Kihei Clark - to keep Virginia nationally relevant. 135-3
11 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-15 recruiting class and enroll a heralded graduate transfer like Admon Gilder. 133-4
12 Seton Hall The Pirates are bringing back eight of the nine players who averaged double-digit minutes last season for a team that made the NCAA Tournament. The best of the bunch is Myles Powell, who averaged a team-high 23.1 points while shooting 44.7 percent from the field. 120-14
13 Villanova The Wildcats are losing their top two scorers - but bringing back four of the top seven from a team that won last season's Big East title outright. They'll combine with a top-five recruiting class to keep Villanova a part of the national conversation. 126-10
14 Texas Tech Chris Beard has once again reloaded in Lubbock via the graduate-transfer market. The Red Raiders, thanks to the late additions of Chris Clarke and T.J. Holyfield, will compete for back-to-back Big 12 titles. 131-7
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. 117-15
16 Auburn The top three scorers from Auburn's team that advanced to the Final Four are gone - most notably Bryce Brown and Jared Harper. But the Tigers still have enough talent in the program to compete near the top of the SEC. 130-10
17 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 players. --26-10
18 VCU Every relevant piece from a VCU team that won the Atlantic 10 by two games is back. That includes four players who averaged double-digits in points last season. --25-8
19 Tennessee The Vols are losing the top three scorers from a team that spent part of last season ranked No. 1. That alone represents 48.8 points per game that must be replaced in some form. --31-6
20 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
21 Ohio St. Five of the top seven scorers from a team that spent part of last season ranked are 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
22 Davidson The top six scorers from a Davidson team that finished 14-4 in the Atlantic 10 are back -including A-10 Player of the Year Jon Axel Gudmundsson. As long as Kellan Grady stays healthy, the Wildcats will be good enough to advance in the NCAA Tournament. --24-10
23 Utah St. The top four scorers from a team that shared the Mountain West Conference title are back - most notably Sam Merrill, who averaged 20.9 points last season. Barring a surprise or injury, he'll win back-to-back MWC Player of the Year awards. --28-7
24 Saint Mary's The Gaels are returning seven players who averaged at least 13 minutes per game last season - among them Jordan Ford, who averaged 21.1 points while shooting 41.2 percent from 3-point range. Saint Mary's should be good enough to provide Gonzaga with a real challenge in the WCC. --22-12
25 LSU The Tigers are returning three of the top six scorers from a team that won the SEC's regular-season title. The late addition of 5-star forward Trendon Watford should help fill the void caused by the departures of Tremont Waters and Naz Reid. --28-7
26 Creighton The Bluejays took a hit at the deadline to withdraw from the NBA Draft when Martin Krampelj announced he would not be returning to school. But Creighton is still bringing back four starters from a team that won seven of its final nine games last season. --20-15
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