College basketball is right around the corner. Games will be starting before you know it, and practices are just right around the corner.
Here at Roundballchat I will release my top 100 teams for the 2012-13 college basketball season. I will start at 100 and count my way down. I will rank all the 75 programs in the six major conferences, as well as 25 mid majors in my top 100 countdown.
Along with my top 100 countdown I will also feature a ton of previews. Like the top players at each position, All Conference teams, top players by class, top games, previewing the early season tournaments and much more.
Who will put at number 1? Louisville or Indiana or maybe a surprise stay tuned to Roundballchat for the next month to find out.
#66 Illinois State
Coach: Dan Muller (1 season at Illinois State)
2011-12: Record 21-14 overall, 9-9 in Missouri Valley ( Tie 3rd)
Starters Returning (4) Tyler Brown, John Wilkins, Jon Ekey, Jackie Carmichael
Preseason Tournament: South Padre Island Invitational
Top Non-Conference Games: at Drexel, at Louisville
The Redbirds were one game away from making the NCAA tournament, something they haven’t done since 1998. Then first year head coach Dan Muller was a player for the Red Birds. Illinois State returns 4 starters and most of their reverses. All five of the projected starters are seniors.
Leading the way for Illinois State is center Jackie Carmichael (13.9 ppg). Carmichael led the Missouri Valley in rebounding and double doubles. Joining him in the frontcourt is Jon Ekey (9 ppg). He is a very versatile scorer, who hit a three pointer in 28 games last season. Starting at small forward for Illinois State will be John Wilkins (7.3 ppg). Wilkins is also a very versatile scorer. Providing the depth in the frontcourt is Jordan Threloff (3.2 ppg) and John Jones.
Leading the way in the backcourt is sharp shooter Tyler Brwon (13. 7 ppg). He shot over 45 % from behind the arch last season; he hit 8 three pointers last season in one game. Taking over the point guard duties will be Anthony Cousin (4.6 ppg). Cousin is more of a pass first point guard unlike last year’s starter Nic Moore. The top threat off the bench will be Bryant Allen (8ppg). Providing depth here will be two freshmen Nick Zeisloft and Kaza Keane and Zeke Upshaw (1.4 ppg), Johnny Hill (2 ppg) will also provide depth.