No. 1 is ... Big Blue

No. 1 is ... Big Blue

 A revised look at the 2014-15 preseason Top 10, with all underclassmen having announced NBA intentions, courtesy beat writer Marcus Jackson (think he's nuts? Let him know here):

 

1. Kentucky

 

Harrison twins, Dakari Johnson, Willie Cauley-Stein, Alex Poythress and three more McDonald’s All-Americans make Wildcats clear favorites.

 

2. Arizona

 

Wildcats took a hit, losing Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson, but they return T.J. McConnell, Brandon Ashley and McDonald’s All-American Stanley Johnson.

 

3. Wisconsin

 

NCAA tournament star Frank Kaminsky is returning for his senior season, along with three other starters from a team that came within a desperation shot of reaching the NCAA title game.

 

4. Duke

 

Coach K returns Rasheed Sulaimon, Quinn Cook and four McDonald’s All-Americans, headlined by point guard Tyus Jones and N-G Player of the Year Jahlil Okafor.

 

5. Kansas

 

With Cliff Alexander and Perry Ellis in the frontcourt and Wayne Selden and super fro Kelly Oubre on the wings, the only question was at point guard until stud Devonte Graham signed with Bill Self last week.

 

6. North Carolina

 

Breakout point guard and top scorer Marcus Paige returns — along with high school All-America forwards Justin Jackson and Theo Pinson — to give Roy Williams another legitimate national title shot.

 

7. Virginia

 

The ACC champs lost seniors Joe Harris and Akil Mitchell, but the suffocating defensive system of Tony Bennett is in place along with some talent headlined by returners Malcolm Brogdon and London Perrantes.

 

8. Southern Methodist

 

Everybody is back from the 27-win team that missed the NCAA tournament. Nic Moore and Markus Kennedy are the headliners for Larry Brown’s squad, and McDonald’s All-America point guard Emmanuel Mudiay joins the fun.

 

9. Wichita State

 

Cleanthony Early is a big loss, but don’t forget Fred Van Vleet and Ron Baker are the veteran leaders of Gregg Marshall’s club. Expect the Shockers to be the Missouri Valley favorites again.

 

 

10. Texas

 

The Longhorns were expected to be good with much of their roster returning from last season’s 24-win team, but expectations grew for Rick Barnes’ squad when highly regarded big man Myles Turner signed with the program last month.

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