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Way Too Early 2017-18 Top 25 Rankings Comparisons

The early entry list for the June 22 NBA Draft is complete, only two of the top 100 players of the 2017 class have yet to announce and college rosters are beginning to take their final form. So, it only makes sense that multiple outlets have released their “Way Too Early Top 25” for the 2017-18 season.

Arizona appears to be the favorite among the major outlets. The Wildcats lost Lauri Markkanen, Kobi Simmons, Kadeem Allen and Chance Comanche. Those losses were softened with the decision by Allonzo Trier and Rawle Alkins to stay at least one more season. Trier and Alkins were responsible for 36% of the Wildcats scoring alone.

Add five-stars DeAndre Ayton and Emmanuel Akot along with four-stars Ira Lee, Brandon Randolph and Alex Barcello, and you have one of the deepest rosters in college basketball.

For Michigan State, the loss of Eron Harris and Alvin Ellis was offset by the surprise return of Miles Bridges. Add Cassius Winston, Josh Langford and Nick Ward, and the Spartans jump into the discussion for the possible overall top spot.

Overall MSU will return 62% of their scoring while adding five-star Jaren Jackson and four-star Xavier Tillman. MSU is still in the hunt for five-star wing Brian Bowen, although some think that ship might have sailed with the return of Bridges.


READ: Texas has emerged as a legitimate landing spot for Brian Bowen.
READ: Emmanuel Akot to join Arizona as part of the 2017 Class.


Kentucky loses De’Aaron Fox, Bam Adebayo, Malik Monk, Mychal Mulder, Isaiah Briscoe, Isaac Humphries, Dominique Hawkins and Derek Willis. A group that was responsible for over 95% of their points during the 2016-17 season.

Hamidou Diallo’s decision to come back is a huge win for John Calipari and the Cats. Add him to a 2017 recruiting class that includes five other five-stars in Kevin Knox, Jarred Vanderbilt, P.J. Washington, Nick Richards and Quade Green and Kentucky will once again be a force to reckon with during the coming year.

Although the top spot is not a consensus, Arizona seems to be the overwhelming early favorite to win it all. Here is the Top 15 from each poll.

WAY TOO EARLY TOP 25 COMPARISONS:

RANKINGESPNCBSFANRAGSYAHOO
1.ArizonaArizonaMichigan StateArizona
2.KansasKansasArizonaKansas
3.Michigan StateMichigan StateKansasMichigan State
4.KentuckyWichita StateKentuckyKentucky
5.DukeKentuckyVillanovaWichita State
6.Wichita StateDukeDukeDuke
7.UNCLouisvilleLouisvilleVillanova
8.FloridaVillanovaUSCWest Virginia
9.West VirginiaUSCWichita StateUSC
10.LouisvilleFloridaWest VirginiaLouisville
11.VillanovaMiamiCincinnatiFlorida
12.MiamiUNCFloridaCincinnati
13.USCNotre DameXavierUCLA
14.UCLAMinnesotaMinnesotaMinnesota
15.MinnesotaNorthwesternVirginia TechMiami

CURRENT VEGAS ODDS:

  • Duke – 10/1
  • Arizona – 12/1
  • Kansas – 12/1
  • Kentucky – 12/1
  • Michigan State – 12/1
  • Gonzaga – 14/1
  • Louisville – 14/1
  • UNC – 14/1
  • Villanova – 16/1
  • Florida – 20/1
  • Missouri – 20/1
  • Wichita State – 20/1

 

TOP 25 LINKS:

CBS: Top 25
Yahoo!: Top 25
ESPN: Top 25
FANRAGS: Top 25

 

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