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.
Coach: Brett Reed (5 seasons at Lehigh 94-63)
2011-12: Record 27-8 overall, 11-3 in Patriot ( 2th)
Starters Returning (4) C.J. McCollum, Gabe Knutson, Mackey McKnight, Holden Greiner
Preseason Tournament: NIT Season Tip-Off
Top Non-Conference Games: None
What a season last year for Lehigh, upsetting Duke in the NCAA tournament. This year the Mountain Hawks bring 4 starters back from last year’s team. They also bring back most of the reverse from last year’s team.
The star of this team is no question guard C.J. McCollum (21.9 ppg). McCollum decided to come back for his senior season. He scored 30 points against Duke last season. McCollum can do it all on both ends of the court the only thing the NBA scouts don’t like about him is his size. He even led the team in rebounding. Small but quick point guard Mackey McKnight(8.8 ppg) returns. B.J. Bailey (2.9 ppg), Stefan Czrkajl (2.3 ppg), Corey Schaefer (2.8 ppg) and Anthony D’Orazio(2.6 ppg) will battle for the final starting spot in the backcourt. Also added depth here will be freshman Devon Carter.
The leader in the frontcourt will be Gabe Knutson (12.2 ppg). He is very undersized at center but he knows how to score. Joining him in the frontcourt is Holden Greiner (9.4 ppg), who is best known for his shooting ability. The Moutain Hakws are lacking quality depth here. Trying to provide that depth is two freshman Justin Goldborough and Jesse Chuku. Conroy Baltimore (1.4 ppg) also some limited action last season.