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9/21/2006 03:37:00 AM
We've been debating rankings lately in the house of SI, throwing our personal top 20s into a pool that will eventually yield the list for the magazine's preview issue in November. While everything that's been discussed is top secret, not-to-be-released-'til-publication information, it did get me thinking about a tangential topic:
There are a number of heavyweights from last season that will have completely new identities, and yet could very well begin the year ranked in the preseason polls. The four teams in that category that most intrigue me are Duke, UConn, Tennessee and Washington -- because any of that quartet could be slotted as high as 10 or as low as 30, depending on how much faith one has in its radically different roster.
What will the Blue Devils, Vols, and Huskies (twice) look like in 2006-07 -- and are they still legit? To satisfy my curiosity, I called coaches from each of the schools to get a handle on the new identities. I'll break one team down on each of the next four weekdays (starting Thursday, concluding Tuesday), so keep checking back to the site. First up ... is Duke.
I worked with the UConn mens team last year, I agree with the projections of Jeff Adrien. He's a beast inside. Routinely tore up Boone in practice just on sheer work ethic. Now that he's got a year with the staff under his belt, watch for him to make a giant leap.