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.
#73 Oregon State
Coach: Craig Robinson (4 seasons at Oregon State 64-71) Overall 94-99, 6 years
2011-12: Record 21-15 overall, 7-11 in Pac 12 ( 8th)
Starters Returning (4) Ahmad Starks, Joe Burton, Angus Brandt, Devon Collier
Preseason Tournament: 2k Sports Classic
Top Non-Conference Games: vs. Kansas
Transfer Out: Rhys Murphy (Chaminade)
Sat Out: Daniel Gomis (Injury), Michael Moyer
Early Departure: Jared Cunningham
Oregon State won over 20 games left season but yet they still won’t close to making the NCAA tournament. Craig Robinson has brought this program a long way since taking over. Now this season the Beavers return 7 of 8 top scorers from last year’s team. The bad news gone is there best player and leading scorer from last season Jared Cunningham. The core of these players still went 7-11 in a weak Pac 12 last season.
Leading the way for the Beavers will be point guard Ahmad Starks (12.1 ppg). Last season Starks made 79 three pointers which is 2nd in school history. Joining Starks in the backcourt is Roberto Nelson (9.3 ppg). Nelson came off the bench last season and now look for his scoring average to go way up. He is super athletic. The depth here really lacks experience. Challe Barton(1.7 ppg) is the only player with college experience. Also in the mix are transfer Michael Moyer and freshman Langston Morris-Walker and Victor Robbins.
No question that forward Devin Collier (13.1 ppg) will take over for Cunningham as being the best player and leader of the team. Collier does a little bit of everything for the Beavers; he is also an excellent defender, who can guard all positions. He led the Pac 12 in shooting percentage last year. Battling for the starting job at power forward will be Joe Burton (8.3 ppg) and Eric Moreland (5.2 ppg). Moreland led the Pac 12 in block shots last season . The man at center will be Angus Brandt (9.1 ppg). He is very skilled for his size and he can shot the three. Providing depth here will be Daniel Gomis and freshman Jarmal Reid and Olef Schaftenaar.