MJ's early Top 10: Go Sparty!
Beat writer and AP poll voter Marcus Jackson’s way-too-early Top 10 for 2013-14
1. Michigan State
The Spartans were a Top 10 team late and everybody returns except Derrick Nix. Expect Big Ten Freshman of the Year Gary Harris (right) to become a star.
2. North Carolina
Roy Williams will have the Tar Heels in the national conversation again with James Michael McAdoo back and plenty of talent around him.
Rick Pitino loses Peyton Siva, but freshman point guard Terry Rozier can team up with Russ Smith and the rest of the returnees to keep the Cardinals near the top.
The model didn’t work this year, but John Calipari has six of the Top 20 players in this recruiting class, all of whom will play in the NBA.
Duquesne transfer T.J. McConnell takes over for Mark Lyons at the point, and Sean Miller’s got a heralded recruiting class coming.
Trey Burke will certainly be gone. But Mitch McGary has emerged as a star and — if Glenn Robinson III returns — Wolverines will remain elite.
Patric Young said Monday he’s coming back, and incoming freshman Chris Walker gives the Gators one of the best frontcourts in the country.
Remember, sharpshooter Andre Dawkins is expected to return after redshirting this season, and Jabari Parker will add some versatility as Duke reloads.
Buzz Williams returns his top three players, including Vander Blue, and a vaunted recruiting class featuring three Top 100 players.
10. Ohio State
Deshaun Thomas declared for the draft, but he and Evan Ravenel are the only players the Buckeyes lose. Aaron Craft is a beast and LaQuinton Ross grew up in NCAAs.