The college basketball season is almost here and coaches are trying their hardest to
finalize rosters with returning players and new recruits.

Last year did not go how plenty of college basketball fanatics thought it would.  Duke and
Michigan State weren’t their usual dominating selves, Gonzaga went from a small school in Spokane, Washington to losing in the championship to one of the top programs in all of college basketball, and South Carolina proved the world wrong based on commitment and family.  Looking forward to the 17-18 season, the recruitment class is one to remember.  With the urge to recreate dominance and rebuild success, teams all around the country are trying to grab their hands of this years top high school players.

Duke lost double threat Jayson Tatum and Luke Kennard, as well as Harry Giles. Stuck
in the sea with not a true team to work with other than tripping king Grayson Allen, Coach K went out and made sure he brought in the best and only the best.  He and his staff went out and signed FOUR of the top ten recruits from this year’s class.  I repeat, FOUR.  PF Marvin Bagley III, PF Wendell Carter, PG Trevon Duval, and SG Gary Trent Jr. With Marvin Bagley III reclassifying to play this year, Duke is hungry for another deep run into March and perhaps a 2nd title in four years.

● Michael Porter Jr. will be playing at Mizzou with his father hoping to resurrect the lost hope in basketball for the Tigers.
● After losing 7’0 tank Lauri Markkanen, Arizona went out and signed another 7’0 tank,
DeAndre Ayton, hoping to fill right into the missing shoes of Markkanen.
● Mohamed Bamba will be playing for the Longhorns, who will be trying to get passed the first round of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2011.
● Point Guard Collin Sexton will be a part of the Crimson Tide planning to bring a new
SEC team into the mix during March.
● PF Jaren Jackson will be working with Tom Izzo who desperately wants to forget last
year’s mishap.
● Sharpshooter Kevin Knox is bringing his style to Lexington alongside Coach Cal. (Maybe he can teach Drake how to shoot a jumper?)

Following a heartbreaking March for many fans and destroying almost the entire nation’s brackets within the first two rounds, the big dogs are ready to make their powerful campaigns deep this season with their new, updated, fresh starting fives.

By Collin Speicher

Sophomore at the University of South Carolina. Broadcast and Journalism Major. SEC Writer for and Producer/Host of "DoYouAgree?" Sports Talk Show.