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: Bruce Weber (1st season at Kansas State), Overall 490-213, 21 seasons
#29 Kansas State
2011-12: Record 22-11 overall, 10-8 in Big 12 (Tie 5th)
Starters Returning (4) Jordan Henriquez, Rodney McGruder, Will Spradling, Angel Rodriguez
Preseason Tournament: Preseason NIT
Top Non-Conference Games: vs. Gonzaga, vs. Florida
Out of nowhere Frank Martin left to South Carolina and in comes former Illinois head coach Bruce Weber. Weber, who has fired from Illinois, inherits a pretty good roster at Kansas State. The Wildcats return 8 of their top 9 scores from last year’s team. Kansas State will be in great shape to earn their 5th trip to the NCAA tournament in 6 years, that’s credit to the program Martin built at Kansas State.
Leading the Wildcats will no doubt be guard Rodney McGruder (15.8 ppg). Simply he can do it all; he has no weakness. He is the 2nd returning leader scorer in the Big 12. Plus last season he was among the top in the league in rebounding, FG percentage, three point percentage and steals. Running the point guard duties will be Angel Rodriguez (8.3 ppg). He is coming off a strong freshman season in which he led the team in assists and steals. He will need to cut back on his turnovers. Also starting in the backcourt will be Will Spradling (9.3 ppg). He is a very scrappy player, who can also run the point. He is capable of being a better shooter. The Wildcats have quality depth here. The top two options off the bench will be Shane Southwell (3.2 ppg) and Martavious Irving (5.5 ppg). Also providing depth here will be Omari Lawrence (.6 ppg) and freshman Michael Orris.
Leading Kansas State in the frontcourt will be Jordan Henriquez (8.3 ppg). He really finished the season strong last season and if stays out of foul trouble he could come close to average a double double this season. Joining Henriquez in the frontcourt is Thomas Gipson (7 ppg). He produce a ton last season in limited action; he should have a breakout season with starters minutes. He is a physical presence in the paint. The top option off the bench will be Adrian Diaz (3.2 ppg). Also providing depth will be freshman D.J. Johnson and Nino Williams (2.5 ppg).