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ESPN Names Kansas Next Year's No. 1 In "Way Too Early" Poll

A closeup of Bill Self smiling.

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 14: Head coach Bill Self of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts in the first half against the Iowa State Cyclones during the championship game of the Big 12 Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 14, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Kansas won't have Devonte' Graham back in 2018-2019, but ESPN's Myron Medcalf is still tabbing the Jayhawks as the top team in the nation heading into next year.

Villanova won the NCAA Tournament on Monday night, and it's pretty clear now that the Wildcats were the best team in the country this past season. Tuesday morning, ESPN's Myron Medcalf gave us his best guess as to which team will be the best next season.

Medcalf thinks that Kansas, despite losing Devonte' Graham, will be tops in the nation. The rest of his top ten? Duke, Villanova, Kentucky, Auburn, Gonzaga, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Nevada.

He also thinks that Syracuse, despite losing five-star recruit Darius Bazley to the G-League, will be top 15. Here's his entire list:

  1. Kansas
  2. Duke
  3. Villanova
  4. Kentucky
  5. Auburn
  6. Gonzaga
  7. Virginia
  8. Tennessee
  9. North Carolina
  10. Nevada
  11. Michigan State
  12. Michigan
  13. West Virginia
  14. Florida
  15. Syracuse
  16. Virginia Tech
  17. Loyola-Chicago
  18. Clemson
  19. Kansas State
  20. LSU
  21. TCU
  22. Butler
  23. Florida State
  24. Purdue
  25. Oregon

Of course, this list could change, depending upon which players decide to head to the NBA Draft. We'll have a better clue in about two months time.