ESPN has a new team atop its college basketball preseason Top 25.
The NBA Draft early entry withdrawal deadline was yesterday, so college basketball rosters for 2017-18 have begun to crystallize. There will be some more addition and attrition as the summer goes on, but you can pretty much tell what each team will be working with.
In ESPN's latest early Top 25, there is a new No. 1. Arizona has overtaken Kentucky for the top spot, thanks to the return of Rawle Alkins and addition of Emmanuel Akot. Kentucky didn't fall far though, as they are now No. 4.
Here's ESPN's report on 'Zona:
In a 24-hour span this week, Arizona rose up the preseason rankings when Rawle Alkins withdrew from the NBA draft and Emmanuel Akot (No. 21 in the ESPN 60 for the 2018 class) reclassified into the 2017 class. The class was ranked fourth overall before Akot's move and was already anchored by DeAndre Ayton, the No. 2 incoming prospect in the ESPN 100. Allonzo Trier (17.2 PPG) should earn a spot on most preseason All-American first teams. Dusan Ristic and Parker Jackson-Cartwright give coach Sean Miller a pair of talented vets who will round out a starting rotation unrivaled on the West Coast. Plus, the staff is excited about Brandon Randolph's potential to evolve into a playmaker in his first season. Yes, Miller is still chasing his first trip to the Final Four, but his roster for next season presents a challenge for any opponent in the country, which means his season might end with a spot in San Antonio in 2018.
Kansas and Michigan State also took big leaps in the new rankings.
You can check them all out here.