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Keytron Jordan, CBS Sports

One week ago, at Kansas' season-ending banquet, Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame coach Bill Self made a promise to the assembled crowd.

"Our shortcomings this year will be addressed," he said, "and we'll be as good as we've ever been in the very, very near future."

Bill Self wasn't lying.

Kansas secured a commitment on Thursday from AJ Storr, the 6-foot-7 guard who just led Wisconsin to the NCAA Tournament while averaging a team-high 16.8 points per game. Combine that development with the additions of accomplished transfers Zeke Mayo (South Dakota State) and Riley Kugel (Florida) — plus three top-50 freshmen, among them five-star big Flory Bidunga — and it's clear that Self is in the process of building an immensely talented roster, one that will arguably be the deepest in college basketball, which is why the Jayhawks are the new No. 1 in Version 7.0 of the 2024-25 CBS Sports preseason Top 25 And 1 college basketball rankings.

Houston is now No. 2.

My current projections have the Jayhawks returning three of the top four scorers — specifically Hunter Dickinson, KJ Adams and Dajuan Harris — from this past season's team to go with the excellent haul of newcomers. That means I have Kansas No. 1 under the assumption that Johnny Furphy will remain in the 2024 NBA Draft. If he withdraws, then the rich will simply be richer. But, just to reiterate, KU is No. 1 regardless of Furphy's decision -- and, it should be noted, the Jayhawks likely aren't done adding quite yet.

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1 Kansas This ranking is based on Bill Self's Jayhawks returning three of the top six scorers - specifically Hunter Dickinson, KJ Adams and Dajuan Harris - from a team that secured a No. 4 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. The additions of AJ Storr (Wisconsin), Riley Kugel (Florida) and Zeke Mayo (South Dakota State) from the transfer portal, plus three top-50 high school prospects, will give Kansas the type of depth it lacked during this past season that was ultimately derailed by Kevin McCullar's lack of availability. 3 23-11
2 Houston This ranking is based on Kelvin Sampson's Cougars returning eight of the top 10 scorers - everybody besides Jamal Shead and Damian Dunn - from a team that won the Big 12 by two games and earned a No. 1 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. A backcourt of LJ Cryer, Emanuel Sharp and Oklahoma transfer Milos Uzan should make the Cougars the favorite in the Big 12 based off of current roster projections even if the loss of Shead is undeniably important. 1 32-5
3 N. Carolina This ranking is based on Hubert Davis' Tar Heels returning three of the top five scorers - specifically RJ Davis, Harrison Ingram and Elliot Cadeau - from a team that won the ACC and secured a No. 1 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. UNC is also adding a top-10 recruiting class highlighted by five-star prospects Ian Jackson and Drake Powell that should give the program a chance to make a 22nd appearance in the Final Four. 1 29-8
4 Iowa St. This ranking is based on TJ Otzelberger's Cyclones returning the top four scorers from a team that won 29 games and earned a No. 2 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Both Tamin Lipsey and Keshon Gilbert could compete for Big 12 Player of the Year honors and position Iowa State to maybe make what would be the program's first trip to the Final Four since 1944. 1 29-8
5 UConn This ranking is based on Dan Hurley's Huskies returning five of the top nine scorers - specifically Alex Karaban, Hassan Diarra, Samson Johnson, Solomon Ball and Jaylin Stewart - from a team that won the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Tarris Reed, a former top-50 recruit who averaged 9.0 points and 7.2 rebounds this season at Michigan, is among the newcomers expected to keep UConn in contention for a third straight national championship. -- 37-3
6 Gonzaga This ranking is based on Mark Few's Zags returning every rotation piece besides Anton Watson from a team that advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Gonzaga should be back in the NCAA Tournament for an incredible 26th straight time next March. -- 27-8
7 Duke This ranking is based on Jon Scheyer's Blue Devils returning two of the top six scorers -- specifically Caleb Foster and Tyrese Proctor -- from a team that secured a No. 4 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Duke also has the sport's top-ranked recruiting class headlined by Cooper Flagg, the consensus No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2024 who could quickly develop into college basketball's biggest attraction. -- 27-9
8 Auburn This ranking is based on Bruce Pearl's Tigers returning three of the top five scorers - specifically Johni Broome, Chad Baker-Mazara and Denver Jones - from a team that secured a No. 4 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. The addition of five-star freshman Tahaad Pettiford and Furman transfer JP Pegues should have Auburn in contention to maybe make a second Final Four. -- 27-8
9 Purdue This ranking is based on Matt Painter's Boilermakers returning six of the top eight scorers - everybody besides Zach Edey and Lance Jones - from a team that advanced to the title game of the 2024 NCAA Tournament. The Boilermakers have finished in the top 25 at KenPom.com nine straight years, and there's no reason to think that streak won't continue next season even without the two-time National Player of the Year. -- 34-5
10 Creighton This ranking is based on Greg McDermott's Bluejays returning every rotation player besides Baylor Scheierman and Francisco Farabello from a team that advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2024 NCAA Tournament. A trio of Trey Alexander, Ryan Kalkbrenner and Steven Ashworth would make Creighton among the Big East favorites. -- 25-10
11 Alabama This ranking is based on Nate Oats' Crimson Tide returning two of the top five scorers -- specifically Grant Nelson and Latrell Wrightsell -- from a team that advanced to the 2024 Final Four. The addition of five-star freshman Derrion Reed and transfers Houston Mallette (Pepperdine) and Chris Youngblood (USF) will help offset the departures -- and Alabama will easily move into the top 10 if Mark Sears opts to return rather than enter the 2024 NBA Draft. 1 25-12
12 Texas A&M This ranking is based on Buzz Williams' Aggies returning four of the top five scorers - everybody except Tyrece Radford - from a team that advanced to the second round of the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Wade Taylor could enter the season as the favorite to win SEC Player of the Year for the second straight season. 1 21-15
13 Clemson This ranking is based on Brad Brownell's Tigers returning five of the top six scorers - everybody besides Joe Girard - from a team that secured a No. 6 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Clemson is also enrolling Cincinnati transfer Viktor Lakhin to create a roster that should make the Tigers a factor in the ACC again provided PJ Hall and Chase Hunter both come back as expected. 1 24-12
14 Marquette This ranking is based on Shaka Smart's Golden Eagles returning every rotation player besides Tyler Kolek and Oso Ighodaro from a team that secured a No. 2 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Kam Jones' announcement that he'll return means Marquette will have a fourth-year guard who just averaged 17.2 points per game to build around. 1 27-10
15 Arizona This ranking is based on Tommy Lloyd's Wildcats returning four of the top eight scorers -- specifically Caleb Love, Jaden Bradley, KJ Lewis and Motiejus Krivas -- from a team that won the Pac-12 and secured a No. 2 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Arizona's top-five recruiting class headlined by Carter Bryant and Joson Sanon should help make the program's transition to the Big 12 go relatively smoothly. 4 27-9
16 Tennessee This ranking is based on Rick Barnes' Volunteers returning two of the top five scorers -- specifically Zakai Zeigler and Jordan Gainey -- from a team that won the SEC and secured a No. 2 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. The departures of Dalton Knecht, Jonas Aidoo and Josiah-Jordan James are huge, but Tennessee should still easily make the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight year thanks in part to the addition of Hofstra transfer Darlinstone Dubar. -- 27-9
17 Ohio St. This ranking is based on Jake Diebler's Buckeyes returning four of the top nine scorers - specifically Bruce Thornton, Felix Okpara, Devin Royal and Evan Mahaffey - from a team that missed the NCAA Tournament but closed with an 8-3 record after Diebler replaced Chris Holtmann in February. The additions of South Carolina transfer Meechie Johnson and Kentucky transfer Aaron Bradshaw should help Ohio State be relevant again in Diebler's first full season. -- 22-14
18 Baylor This ranking is based on Scott Drew's Bears returning four of the top seven scorers - everybody except Ja'Kobe Walter, RayJ Dennis and Yves Missi - from a team that secured a No. 3 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. The addition of a top-10 recruiting class headlined by five-star wing VJ Edgecombe should help offset the departures and have Baylor in its sixth straight NCAA Tournament. -- 24-11
19 Rutgers This ranking is based on Steve Pikiell's Scarlet Knights only returning one double-digit scorer (Jeremiah Williams) from a team that finished below .500. But the enrollment of five-star prospects Ace Bailey and Dylan Harper -- plus NEC Player of the Year Jordan Derkack -- will give Rutgers enough talent to start the season with a number beside its name. -- 15-17
20 Miami This ranking is based on Jim Larranaga's Hurricanes returning three of the top four scorers - everybody except Norchad Omier - from a team that struggled last season and missed the NCAA Tournament but is expected to bounce back strong. Miami's top-10 recruiting class headlined by five-star guard Jalil Bethea is among the reasons another rough year is not expected. -- 15-17
21 Florida This ranking is based on Todd Golden's Gators returning six of the top nine scorers - everybody besides Zyon Pullin, Tyrese Samuel and Riley Kugel - from a team that secured a No. 7 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. The addition of Sam Alexis gives Florida a 6-9 forward who averaged 10.8 points and 9.1 rebounds at Chattanooga as a sophomore. The transfer-portal additions of Tre White (Louisville), Jake Davis (Mercer), Ky Boswell (Arizona) and Carey Booth (Notre Dame) will help offset the losses of Terrence Shannon, Marcus Domask and Quincy Guerrier. 2 24-12
22 Seton Hall This ranking is based on Shaheen Holloway's Pirates returning five of the top eight scorers - everybody except Al-Amir Dawes, Dre Davis and Jaden Bediako - from a team that won the 2024 NIT. Kadary Richmond should return for a fifth season and emerge as a possible option for Big East Player of the Year. 2 25-12
23 Texas This ranking is based on Rodney Terry's Longhorns returning two of the top six scorers - specifically Kadin Shedrick and Chendall Weaver - from a team that secured a No. 7 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Texas is also enrolling a top-25 recruiting class, headlined by five-star guard Tre Johnson and Arkansas transfer Tramon Mark, that should help get UT to a fifth straight NCAA Tournament. 3 21-13
24 Indiana This ranking is based on Mike Woodson's Hoosiers returning three of the top four scorers -- specifically Malik Reneau, Mackenzie Mgbako and Trey Galloway -- from a team that finished tied for sixth in the Big Ten. The additions of Myles Rice (Washington State) and Oumar Ballo (Arizona) from the transfer portal means Indiana will have two players who made First Team All Pac-12 on the roster next season. NR 19-14
25 Providence This ranking is based on Kim English's Friars four of the top seven scorers -- specifically Bryce Hopkins, Jaden Pierre, Corey Floyd and Rich Barron -- from a team that finished tied for sixth in the Big East. Bensley Joseph (Miami), Jabri Abdur-Rahim (Georgia) and Christ Essandoko (Saint Joseph's) are three incoming transfers who project as likely starters at Providence. NR 21-14
26 Illinois This ranking is based on Brad Underwood's Illinois returning two of the top seven scorers -- specifically Coleman Hawkins, Ty Rodgers and Luke Goode -- from a team that made the Elite Eight of the 2024 NCAA Tournament. NR 29-9