Guarded optimism: The state's Mr. Basketball, Dion Harris, joins Daniel Horton (15.2 points a game) in the backcourt for Wolverines, who are NCAA eligible.
Cowboys have a slick shooting guard in Tony Allen and an I-Mac—forward Ivan McFarlin—who's wired for banging and boarding (7.8 a game).
One Luke (Ridnour) is gone, but Luke Jackson (16.0 points, 6.9 boards a game) is back to pair with 5'10" McDonald's All-American Aaron Brooks at guard.
MIAMI ( OHIO)
Guard Juby Johnson (14.8-point average) is best of six returning upperclassmen for stingy RedHawks (No. 3 nationally in scoring defense).
Cougars' confidence stems from rapid improvement of 6'11", 280-pound Brazilian banger Rafael Araujo and addition of juco-transfer shooter Mike Hall.
Junior Kirk Snyder, 6'6", playing both guard spots and small forward, was fourth in WAC with 16.3 points a game and second in rebounding (8.1).
Tom Izzo prot�g� Brian Gregory inherits a solid Flyers core in center Sean Finn, forward Keith Waleskowski and guard Ramod Marshall, all seniors.
Senior guards Cedric Banks (19.0 points a game) and Martell Bailey (8.1 assists) have been together eight years, dating to high school.
The load borne by Big 12 scoring leader Andre Emmett will ease with arrival of a corps of General Bob Knight's recruits, led by 6'1" Jarrius Jackson.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
Forward Thomas Mobley is player to watch for Cougars, whose .814 winning percentage in last decade trails only Kansas' .817.