There are just a few weeks until the start of college football season. College basketball is right on its heels.
Right now, we’re starting to hear murmurs from practice about some top teams. A few schools have taken international tours and are playing scrimmage games this month.
There are still some top players weighing options, which could shake up the sport a bit. The most prominent is five-star N’Faly Dante, a 2020 recruit who can reclassify to 2019 and play this year.
He is believed to be down to Kentucky and Oregon, two programs already on the list. ESPN‘s Jeff Borzello acknowledged the potential addition for both schools in his updated “way too early top 25” rankings.
Before next month’s update, we should have news on five-star center N’Faly Dante, whose potential upcoming decision could impact Kentucky and Oregon. The top-10 recruit can reclassify and play immediately this fall. We will discuss him further in their individual sections, but he would be enough to move Kentucky to No. 2 and Oregon comfortably inside the top 15.
As things stand now, Kentucky sits at No. 3 in the country, while Oregon, coming off of an up-and-down regular season followed by a surprising run to the Sweet 16, is at No. 17.
Here is the Top 10 schools in ESPN’s latest “way too early” rankings ahead of college basketball season.
The Michigan State Spartans hold on to the No. 1 spot this month.
The Spartans haven’t moved from this spot since the season ended, and it’s unlikely they’ll enter the 2019-20 campaign with anything but the No. 1 ranking. That ranking will be tested immediately, as Michigan State opens the season against Kentucky in the Champions Classic in Madison Square Garden. The point guard matchup between Cassius Winston and Ashton Hagans will likely dictate the game, but keep an eye on Xavier Tillman. He’s the type of player who can give Kentucky problems up front.
8. North Carolina
Other prominent schools in the college basketball Top 25 include Ohio State (No. 12), budding recruiting power Memphis (No. 13), defending national champion Virginia (No. 15), and a talented LSU team (No. 25), looking to fight back against the NCAA issues that plagued them at the end of this season.