The NCAA College basketball off-season can be pretty scarce with news. The one day I look forward to the most is the withdraw deadline for the NBA draft. It is one of my favorites because you get to see plenty of different players wait until the last minute, and some of these could be the star players.
This year the deadline ended on Monday, and plenty of big names withdrew their name from the NBA draft. Names like Luka Garza, Jared Butler, and Isaiah Joe all decided to return to their respective schools for the 2020-21 basketball season. So let us move along to rankings 20-16 in the Overtime Heroics college basketball preseason Top 25 prediction.
20. Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Rutgers basketball was one of the best things to happen to college basketball last season. They finished 28th in the KemPom rankings, and they were well on their way to getting a spot in the 2020 NCAA tournament, which they have not achieved since 2001. This next year seems to be no different. Steve Pikiell has 7-8 returning back to campus and he was also able to pick up a top 50 talent, big man, Cliff Omoruyi. This Rutgers team will be another tough out, and certainly a fun team to watch stay in the top 25 all season long.
19. Ohio St Buckeyes
The big thing about this Ohio St team is clearly the departure of Kaleb Wesson. The Buckeyes did get a commitment from Seth Towns who played for Harvard inside of the Ivy League and won Player of the Year in 2018. They will also have returning veteran players like C.J Walker and Kyle Young to help lead the way.
18. Texas Longhorns
Lets not put this lightly, Texas is going to have a squad next season. The Longhorns are returning all of their players that got minutes in the 2019-20 season, the same team that was making a run late in the year to try and steal a bid for the big dance. Shaka Smart only got one commit in the 2020 class, but it was a huge pick up. It was 5 star, top ten player in the class Greg Brown. Texas you will have a fun year.
17. Texas Tech Red Raiders
Texas Tech got hit with the departures of their two best scorers, one being one and done star player Jahmi’us Ramsey and the other being Davide Moretti. After those losses, Chris Beard returns 3-5 scorers from last year, and also put together a top 15 recruiting class led by three 4 stars Nimari Burnett, Micah Peavy and Chibuzo Agbo Jr. Look for the Red Raiders to be in the top portion of the Big 12 in 2020-21.
16. Kentucky Wildcats
Kentucky was probably one of the hardest teams to rank in this top 25. We ranked this with no knowledge that Olivier Sarr will actually be able to see the floor next season. Clearly, if Sarr is able to play, Kentucky moves up. But for now Kentucky loses six of their top scorers, led by Immanuel Quickly, and Tyrese Maxey who is projected to be taken in the first round of the NBA draft. But nothing is new with one and one schools, people leave and studs replace them. Calapari brings in the top recruiting class once again, landing 5 star BJ Boston and Terrence Clarke. The Wildcats will still have the fire power to try and compete for another SEC title.
That just about wraps up this article with rankings 20-16. Make sure you guys tune in next as we get closer to the number one spot. Next will be rankings 15-11. If you have not seen already, go take a look at the beginning of the rankings where it all began. Rankings 25-21 is up and running for the Overtime Heroics college basketball early Top 25 rankings.
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