Dick Vitale is a college basketball analyst and has been ranking the best players in college basketball for decades. He recently released his preseason Top 40 for 2021, from which he dropped out one player that was not ranked then named as “the next big thing”.
The “ncaa basketball rankings 2020” are Dick Vitale’s preseason Top 40 rankings for the upcoming college basketball season. The ranking were released on September 11, 2020.
Thank you so much for the outpouring of prayers, support, and well-wishes that have come my way since I announced my cancer diagnosis. As I prepare for this struggle, your love means the world to me! Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to the start of the 2021-22 collegiate basketball season. Is it really that long since Baylor slashed the nets against an undefeated Gonzaga team that was much favored?
The transfer portal has revolutionized the game, and a lot of clubs have become reliant on it. Several stars have switched teams, and their new clubs will have an impact on my rankings.
It’s enjoyable to sit back and compile my preseason top 40. November is jam-packed with tough games and entertaining tournaments in college basketball. The basic thing is that the aim is to cut the nets down in April.
It’s time to take a risk, sweetheart! Keep track of my progress to see how well I performed!
Is this the year Mark Few becomes a national champion by cutting down the nets? Last season, he came so close. Jalen Suggs, Corey Kispert, and Joel Ayayi were among the Zags’ losses. Drew Timme, probably America’s best player, returns to Few. He also mentions Chet Holmgren, who is widely regarded as the best recruit in the sport. Up front, there’s a terrific dynamic combo. Former Florida transfer Andrew Nembhard is expected to take on more responsibilities. Transferring to Iowa State Rasir Bolton, who averaged over 15 points per game last season, will be a good fit for the team.
Before Suggs scored a 3-pointer to halt the Bruins’ remarkable run, Mick Cronin’s club was a No. 11 seed in the Big Dance and the greatest surprise in the Final Four. Cronin has resurrected the bulk of his stars. Johnny Juzang had a fantastic tournament and should be able to repeat it. Jaime Jaquez Jr. continues to perform well. Tyger Campbell is a backcourt captain and distributor. Myles Johnson, a Rutgers transfer, will offer toughness to the front line. The last time the Bruins won the national championship was in 1995, when Jim Harrick was in charge. This UCLA team has a chance to win again.
Chris Beard is expected to have a good first season with the Longhorns. Marcus Carr of Minnesota was among the top transfers he landed. This Texas team is one of the most talented in the country, and the second team might be considered a separate entity. Andrew Jones is the only returning starter, and he may be used as a substitute. Dylan Disu is coming off a knee injury, but he has double-double potential if he stays healthy. Tre Mitchell is a pure athlete. Texas, which will compete for the Big 12 championship against Kansas, is ecstatic.
In a stacked Big Ten, the Wolverines will be the team to beat. Juwan Howard has a good mix of veterans and youngsters on his roster. Hunter Dickinson was one of America’s top big men last season. Caleb Houstan is one of the best diaper dandies around, and he can do it all at the age of 6-8. Eli Brooks is returning as a graduate student to provide expertise and leadership to the team. Michigan will be a Final Four candidate with plenty of experience in a tough conference.
Chalk, Rock Remy Martin, an Arizona State transfer, has joined the Jayhawks. He’s one of the best transfers in the country, with the ability to score 20 points every game. With veterans Ochai Agbaji and David McCormack, the Big 12 preseason first-team has three players. Bill Self has guided the Jayhawks to 18 consecutive seasons of 20 wins or more, for a total of 32 in a row. Put another one on the board, baby!
Jalen Duren and Emoni Bates are two of Penny Hardaway’s greatest diaper dandies. What will it take for them to acclimatize to the collegiate game? It’s likely that they’ll be OK. Expectations will be high, but they should be prepared to succeed. Landers Nolley II, a former Virginia Tech transfer, should continue to put up big numbers, relieving the strain on the freshman. This club will compete for the AAC championship against Houston.
Jay Wright believes he can win his third national championship. Collin Gillespie’s return from a torn MCL provides the Cats with an experienced leader and outside scoring threat. Jermaine Samuels and Caleb Daniels, both veterans, are consistent double-figure scorers. With Jermaine Robinson-Earl gone, Samuels will have more responsibilities. The Catamounts are anticipated to add to their trophy cabinet in the Big East.
Matt Painter has brought back a highly skilled bunch. Trevion Williams is the campus’s big guy, and he rules on the inside. I’m hoping for a huge season from Jaden Ivey for the Boilermakers. Zach Edey, another big guy, will play a bigger role, and Sasha Stefanovic is a key three-point shooter. Purdue will make a splash in the Big Ten’s deepest division.
The Bears lost a lot of skill from last year’s national championship squad, but don’t worry, Waco: Scott Drew will rebuild his club. Matthew Mayer is anticipated to have a significant impact. Adam Flagler is back and will play a larger role as a scorer. The Bears’ success has been aided by the signing of James Akinjo from Arizona, who is the latest in a long line of transfers. The Big 12 favorites are Texas and Kansas, but Baylor will be a contender.
In 2020-21, Nate Oats led Alabama to a historic season, as the Tide won the SEC regular season championship and the conference tournament for the first time since 1991. The success was based on depth and three-point shooting. Although the Oats have lost several key players, Jahvon Quinerly and Jaden Shackelford are back. JD Davison, the diaper dandy, will have an instant impression. Noah Gurley, a transfer from Furman, could help. When Texas Tech transfer Nimari Burnett had knee surgery, the Tide experienced a setback.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s last season is clearly the focus. Duke didn’t make the NCAA tournament this year, but that won’t happen again. Coach K sends in Paolo Banchero, one of the finest diaper dandies in the world, to put up high statistics. Wendell Moore Jr. has to take a bigger role as a producer. Last season, Mark Williams was brought in as a late replacement and is expected to play a key role this season. A.J. Griffin, the diaper dandy, had a knee injury in the preseason and may not be able to contribute right away.
A year ago, Big Blue Nation ran a stunning and dismal campaign. Outside shooting has improved, and John Calipari has acquired numerous seasoned transfers, so this will be a different year. CJ Fredrick, who is coming off an injury, joins the team from Iowa. Kellan Grady, from Davidson, is a seasoned scorer. Oscar Tshiebwe, a West Virginia transfer, will give a muscular presence up front. Ty Ty Washington, the diaper dandy, will be crucial in handling the ball. Davion Mintz, Keion Brooks Jr., and Dontaie Allen, all veterans, are also back.
The Hubert Davis era began with the retirement of Roy Williams. Chapel Hill will be electric, and transfers will play a role. The frontcourt will be strengthened by Marquette’s Dawson Garcia and Oklahoma’s Brady Manek. Then you add Armando Bacot to the mix, and you’ve got a formidable team. Both Leaky Black and Caleb Love are back, and with a season under their belts, they should be even better.
Eric Musselman has already established himself at Arkansas, and transfers have aided him. Chris Lykes of Miami will be a leader if he can remain healthy. The addition of South Dakota guard Stanley Umude gives the team a proven scorer. Au’Diese Toney, a Pittsburgh native, is expected to contribute as well. Returning are JD Notae, Davonte Davis, and Connor Vanover.
Brad Underwood is pleased that Kofi Cockburn chose to return to Champaign instead of entering the NBA draft. He has the potential to be an All-American. Andre Curbelo had a strong rookie season and will be asked to do more in the future. Trent Frazier, a seasoned veteran, returns and continues to be a consistent performer. Alfonso Plummer, a guard from Utah, brings a long-range shooting threat to the team. Omar Payne, a transfer from Florida, might help on the offensive line.
Last season, the Cougars reached the Final Four. Marcus Sasser is expected to be the Cougars’ brightest star now that Quentin Grimes is gone. Kyler Edwards, a transfer from Texas Tech, is expected to have an impact. Kelvin Sampson had 111 victories in the previous four seasons and should have at least 20 more this year.
The Terps profited from the transfer gateway right away. With the additions of guard Fatts Russell from Rhode Island and big man Qudus Wahab from Georgetown, Mark Turgeon’s club has improved. Eric Ayala, a guard, is back and might improve on his 15-point-per-game average from previous season. Other veterans who need to contribute more include Donta Scott and Hakim Hart.
After UCLA, the Ducks are ranked second in the Pac-12. Dana Altman will be pleased to have Will Richardson for the whole season after he missed the start of last season. He’s a member of the Pac-12 All-Star team. Transfers have been a problem in the past, and Syracuse transfer Quincy Guerrier, who averaged 13.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game, will fit in well. De’Vion Harmon of Oklahoma and Jacob Young of Rutgers are also newcomers.
Will Wade welcomes back Darius Days, an underappreciated forward. The additions of Missouri transfers Xavier Pinson and Illinois transfers Adam Miller will be beneficial. Since Cam Thomas, Javonte Smart, and Trendon Watford — three players who averaged 16+ points per game — are gone, they’ll have to shine.
E.J. Liddell is one of the Big Ten’s finest returning players. Justice Sueing, Kyle Young, Justin Ahrens, and former Harvard transfer Seth Towns are all returning for the Buckeyes. Chris Holtmann has done a fantastic job in the past, leading the team to four consecutive 20-win seasons while playing in the tough Big Ten.
Despite losing Sharife Cooper, Jamal Johnson, and JT Thor, Bruce Pearl has cause to be optimistic based on the players he has brought in. After transferring from North Carolina, Walker Kessler, a 7-1 sophomore, should be much better. Jabari Smith is one of the most adaptable diaper dandies on the scene, and he has a lot of hype around him. Other transfers with significant roles include Wendell Green Jr. and K.D. Johnson. Allen Flanigan had a devastating Achilles’ injury, which was a setback to the Tigers.
The SEC is once again stacked, and Rick Barnes believes his squad has a chance to compete. Josiah Jordan-James has to put up more of a fight. After an injury-plagued season, John Fulkerson decided to return. Kennedy Chandler was a highly touted prospect who spent the winter with the USA under-19 squad.
Mike Brey’s Irish, I think, will surprise a lot of people. Paul Atkinson, a transfer from Yale, is the starting point. He was the finest player in the Ivy League, and he has the potential to be exceptional in South Bend. 6-10 veteran Nate Laszewski can score and rebound inside, establishing a terrific inside 1-2 tandem with Atkinson. Prentiss Hubb and Cormac Ryan bring a wealth of expertise and scoring ability to the table.
Over the last three years, Leonard Hamilton has a record of 40-13 in the ACC. With an experienced core returning, including Rayquan Evans, Wyatt Wilkes, Malik Osborne, and Anthony Polite, expect more success. Caleb Mills of Houston and Cam’Ron Fletcher of Kentucky are also expected to contribute.
The arrival of guard Tyson Walker, a transfer from Northeastern, will give Tom Izzo a lift. Walker was named Defensive Player of the Year in the CAA. After a dismal season a year ago, Joey Hauser must improve.
The remainder of my top 40 consists of…
UConn Huskies (No. 26) Virginia Cavaliers (#27) Mississippi State Bulldogs (#28) Syracuse Orange, No. 29 Bonnies of St. Bonaventure, No. 30 Arizona Wildcats (31st) The Florida Gators are ranked 32nd, while the Louisville Cardinals are ranked 33rd. The Trojans of USC are ranked 34th in the country. Texas Tech Red Raiders (35). Indiana Hoosiers (#36) The Aztecs of San Diego State are ranked 37th in the country. BYU Cougars (#38) St. John’s Red Storm (#39) Richmond Spiders (#40)
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