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: Frank Haith (1 season at Missouri 30-5) Overall 159-106, 8 years
2011-12: Record 30-5 overall, 14-4 in Big East (2nd)
Starters Returning (1) Phil Pressey
Preseason Tournament: Battle of Atlantis
Top Non-Conference Games: at UCLA, vs. Illinois
Transfer In : Alex Oriakhi (Uconn eligible right away), Jordan Clarkson (Tulsa)
Transfer Out: Kadeem Green (Ohio)
Sat Out: Emest Ross (Auburn), Keion Ball (Pepperdine), Jabari Brown (Oregon) , Lawrence Bowers (injury)
What a coaching job Frank Haith did at Missouri at his 1st year at the school. The Tigers won 30 games doing so with only 7 scholarship players. However, the Tigers fail in the big dance losing to a 15th seed. Now Haith and the Tigers are in the SEC and lose 4 key starters off last year’s team. That being said the Tigers return a key player from injury and have 4 impact transfers joining the team. 3 of those transfers sat out last season.
The strength of this team will once again be in the backcourt. Leading the way is point guard Phil Pressey (10.3 ppg). Last season Pressey led the Big 12 in assists, steals, and assist to turnover ratio. He is most likely the fastest guard in the country. Joining him in the backcourt is Michael Dixon Jr. (13.5 ppg). He averaged the most points per game than other non-starter in the country. Like Pressey he is very fast that allows him to attack the rim and he is also a decent three point shooter. The battle for the 3 spot will be between two highly transfer than sat out last season. In his last season at Pepperdine Keion Ball averaged 18.9 ppg and at his last season at Auburn Earnest Ross scored 13.1 ppg. Both players are pure scores that excel at attacking the rim but can also shot the three. Both are also good rebounders for their position. Oregon transfer Jabari Brown a former McDonalds’ All American will become eligible mid-December. Also providing depth will be freshman Dominique Bull and Negus Webster-Chan.
Leading the way in the frontcourt for the Tigers is Laurence Bowers (10.2 ppg). Bowers missed last season with an ACL injury. Bowers is a very good rebounder and he is good scoring around the basket. At Center will be UConn transfer Alex Oriakhi (7.2 ppg). While not a scorer he is a strong presence in the paint with his rebounding and shot blocking ability. He won a title at UConn. Depth will be a concern here because of inexperience. Providing the depth will be JUCO transfer Tony Criswell and freshman Stefan Jankovic and Ryan Rosburg.