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2011--12 TOP 10
April 11, 2011
Assuming Jordan Hamilton, Kyrie Irving, Terrence Jones, Brandon Knight, the Morris twins, Kemba Walker and Derrick Williams turn pro ...
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April 11, 2011

2011--12 Top 10

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The next wave of players at One-and-Done U is headlined by the class of 2011's top point guard (Marquis Teague) and No. 1 small forward (Mike Gilchrist). They'll join returning guard Darius Miller (a senior) and Doron Lamb (a sophomore) in a stacked starting lineup.


Thomas Robinson, the nation's most productive backup big man (7.6 points and 6.4 boards in 14.6 minutes), is the key: If he puts off the NBA, the Jayhawks win the Big 12. If rising sophomore point guard Josh Selby also stays, Kansas is a title contender.


Billy Donovan has a bumper crop in the backcourt, with Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton set to be joined by Rutgers transfer Mike Rosario and superfrosh Brad Beal. But are the Gators strong enough in the post to repeat as SEC East champs?


The Bulldogs will remain powerful if rising senior Shelvin Mack passes on the draft. Khyle Marshall's success in his first NCAA tournament suggests he could be the team's next frontcourt star. And it's just unwise not to put a Brad Stevens team in the top 10.


Reasons to be bullish on the Panthers despite key senior departures: Ashton Gibbs, who's unlikely to remain in the draft, is the Big East's most efficient scoring guard, and forwards Dante Taylor and Talib Zanna are primed for breakout seasons.


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