Klee's early Top 10 for 2011-12

Klee's early Top 10 for 2011-12

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Want to know who's going to cut down the nets in New Orleans in 2012? We asked beat writer and AP Top 25 voter Paul Klee for his really early Top 10 for 2011-12, subject to serious change (draft, transfers, late-signing period, etc.):

1. North Carolina

Roy Williams has team to beat, especially if Harrison Barnes follows through and returns

2. Kentucky

Third straight top-ranked recruiting class set to join NCAA investigators in Lexington

3. Duke

One roster, three Plumlees: Marshall joins brothers Mason and Miles in Devils' locker room

4. Ohio State

For now, we'll take Jared Sullinger at his word ("I'm coming back"), though we doubt it

5. Kansas

Bill Self's squad a contender again, though UI-beating Morris twins reportedly are gone

6. Syracuse

Love the potential of McDonald's All-American Michael Carter-Williams as future point guard


Wild card of this group, Bruins return bulk of roster that beat Michigan State in NCAAs

8. Texas

Working under assumption Jordan Hamilton returns — and Tristan Thompson turns to NBA

9. Memphis

Impression from watching Tigers in Tulsa: Young, talented and a handful to coach

10. Michigan

Prospects hinge on NBA early-entrant Darius Morris — and finding another rebounder


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illiniphil85 wrote on April 05, 2011 at 6:04 am

How long till UConn Title gets vacated?

illiniadl wrote on April 05, 2011 at 8:04 am

My 2 year old toddler could pull college names out of a hat and might have a chance to be more accurate. Impossible to predict this. Ex..Michigan State

kzimmer001 wrote on April 05, 2011 at 8:04 am

How funny to see Michigan's name in there and Illinois' not. Could Mr. Klee be stoking the flame of restless, disgruntled Illini fans? No, never mind.

walker wrote on April 05, 2011 at 9:04 am

Don't remember seeing UConn or Butler in your Top 10 forecast a year ago at this time ?

IlliniNationsCapital wrote on April 05, 2011 at 11:04 am

Thanks Paul. Despite all the comments above, its always fun to look ahead and offer forecasts.

Wenalway wrote on April 06, 2011 at 12:04 am

I'd say more than half of these will be wrong to way wrong. NBA departures will bring down some of these teams. Memphis and Michigan have talent but also a load of question marks.

VCU might not be under the radar next year.

jhodges wrote on April 06, 2011 at 12:04 am

If all the Kentucky players come back, they are no doubt, #1 with a bullet.

illiniadl wrote on April 06, 2011 at 8:04 am

how many of those top 10 teams cheat to win? in other words, pay players to come or after they leave. Illinois is clean I think.