The Cavs lose just one key senior while bringing back an experienced lineup that features 6'6" swingman Justin Anderson (left), a national player of the year candidate.
2. NORTH CAROLINA
The Tar Heels dodged a bullet when 6'8" freshman Justin Jackson decided to stay. Signing high school forwards Brandon Ingram or Jaylen Brown could push UNC to No. 1.
Another elite recruiting class arrives, but the Cats will probably start a lineup light on freshmen, headlined by sophomore guards Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker.
Unlike in recent years, the Jayhawks have most of their rotation coming back. Look for 6'8" sophomore guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk to make a huge improvement.
The Terps got two great pieces of news recently: Sophomore point guard Melo Trimble is coming back, and 6'10" freshman stud Diamond Stone is signing up.
6. IOWA STATE
The Cyclones have four of their top six scorers returning, plus Fred Hoiberg adds his usual batch of transfers led by Deonte Burton, a 6'4" junior from Marquette.
Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow are likely NBA-bound, but if Tyus Jones returns, he'll join two elite freshmen in 6'10" forward Chase Jeter and 6'5" guard Luke Kennard.
8. MICHIGAN STATE
Senior guard Denzel Valentine, who could be a preseason All-America, will play alongside West Virginia transfer Eron Harris, a 6'3" junior.
Freshman Thomas Bryant, a 6'10" power forward from Rochester, N.Y., will fill the interior void and allow the Big Ten's best perimeter corps to flourish.
If 6'4" guard Buddy Hield, the Big 12's player of the year, returns for his senior season, the Sooners will again challenge for the conference crown.
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