finalfourcuse's Week Pre-Season Ballot

1 Kansas The talent at the top is pretty even. Kansas gets the edge for having Bill Self as coach.
2 UConn A few key departures, but their returners are strong and I expect Donovan Clingan to make the biggest jump of any player in college basketball.
3Purdue It's a quality supporting cast, but Zach Edey needs to someone to step up big time.
4 Marquette An elite group surrounds All American Tyler Kolek, even with the loss of O-Max Prosper.
5 Creighton Extremely talented offensive group.
6Houston LJ Cryer was a big addition for Houston to make. They'd be outside the top 10 otherwise.
7 Michigan State High level backcourt, but waiting to see what they make of the rest of their elite talent.
8 Duke Their returners are all set to make a big jump, and one or two freshman can make significant contributions. They're in 8th, but they have title potential.
9Gonzaga It's an intriguing reload. It'll be up to how well they mesh together. Might be bumpy early.
10Villanova Same story, but with a less experienced coach. They have an impressive roster, but it might be while for it to appear that way.
11 Arizona Oumar Ballo might be an All American now that he'll have Tubelis' touches.
12 Florida Atlantic FAU returns virtually everyone from a Final Four team.
13Tennessee The roster is strong, but I feel the Vols did not make up enough for their departures.
14 TCU TCU hit the portal well and are back in a good position to break in among the top teams.
15Texas A&M A&M has elite potential.
16 Texas Built from the transfer portal, you know what that means.
17 Arkansas Khalif Battle and El Ellis are nice additions to a team that had a few losses this offseason.
18 Kansas State Tylor Perry is an underrated transfer.
19 Saint Mary's Returning their starters.
20Miami (FL) Norchad Omier and Nijel Pack lead a team that has a few breakout candidates.
21 Alabama Lots of talent.
22 USC USC has loads of potential.
23 Northwestern They might go under the radar to start, but I think they have a good roster.
24 San Diego State A few key departures, but there are a few players who can make a jump.
25 North Carolina A good offseason for the Tar Heels. They added a few good transfers.

Overall Rationale

Also Considered: Memphis, Kentucky, St. John's, Illinois, Baylor, New Mexico, Maryland, Auburn, Indiana, Colorado, Florida, UCLA, Wisconsin, Dayton