After a disappointing season, Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans will resume their quest for a national championship in just a few months. With summer practices and recruiting ongoing, and with many moving parts still in the air due to transfers, the genesis of the Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) NCAA world, and the burgeoning non-NBA professional options for young professional basketball aspirants things will always remain in flux to some degree (The Heraclitus principle of college basketball).
All of that being said above, July 7 was the deadline for early-entrant withdrawal from the NBA Draft, so things are becoming a bit clearer now that some big names have elected to pull out of the draft and return to college. Regardless, please consider this to be an impressionist vision of a rankings that will come into clearer definition as the season approaches and as roster become truly finalized.
Without further ado…
Here are the current depth charts and rankings of the top-60 NCAA men’s basketball teams for the 2021-22 season:
(Disclaimer: I have no ability to predict the future regarding roster developments and may have completely forgotten, omitted, or mis-depth-charted various players due to signings, transfers, or NBA decisions I have not accounted for. Please DO let me know about factual or obvious omissions and errors both with regard to individual players and teams.)
I view this as a fun collective exercise: please offer your thoughts and critiques and don’t be surprised if I change my rankings and depth charts based on your excellent input!
We will start with the bottom half of the top-60 rankings, and tackle the top-30 teams in an upcoming separate post. Following each team, I provide my thoughts, questions and comments on that particular school.
31. St. Bonaventure
1 – Kyle Lofton, Joryam Saizonou
2 – Jaren Holmes, Linton Brown
3 – Dominick Welch, Quadry Adams, Justin Ndjock-Tadjore
4 – Jalen Adaway, Abdoul Karim Coulibaly, Anouar Mellouk
5 – Osun Osunniyi, Oluwasecun Durosinmi
This deep, veteran Bonnies group will have a great shot to win the Atlantic 10 and make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. While the Bonnies return all five starters, all of whom will be seniors, their bench is somewhat unproven and will rely on some JUCO guys and freshmen to sort out their depth; if they do sort out the back of their rotation, then watch-out.
1 – Michael O’Connell, Issa Silva
2 – Bryce Wills, Noah Taitz, Jarvis Moss
3 – Harrison Ingram, Brandon Angel
4 – Jaiden Delaire, Spencer Jones, Max Murrell
5 – Lukas Kisunas, James Keefe, Keenan Fitzmorris, Maxime Raynaud
Teams outside of the top-25 are really teams that are in contention for a second-round game in the NCAA Tournament. Could some of these teams fare better, or worse? Sure. Stanford should win at least one game in the tournament, in my view, and finish in the top-four of the Pac-12.
O’Connell and the freshman Silva should hold down the point guard…
Read More: NCAA Men’s Basketball: 2021 Top-60 teams preseason rankings, No. 31-60 2021-07-27 14:00:17