CBB Review Rank 2020-21: Teams 50-46
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*All recruiting and transfer ratings from 247sports.com. All player and team statistics from sportsreference.com*
50. Northern Iowa
2019/20 Record: 25-6 (15-4 MVC)
Key Returning Players: AJ Green (19.7 PPG, 3.0 APG), Trae Berhow (12.5 PPG, 5.7 RPG), Austin Phyfe (11.2 PPG, 8.2 RPG)
Key Losses: Isaiah Brown (Graduation), Spencer Haldeman (Graduation)
Key Transfers and Recruits: Goanar Mar (Transfer), Bowen Born (2-Star Recruit)
Northern Iowa does not lose or gain much this season, but they do bring back their top three scorers from the previous season. In a competitive MVC, if those three stars can maintain high production with an added year of experience, UNI can be dangerous on the offensive end.
2019/20 Record: 25-6 (12-6 SEC)
Key Returning Players: Devan Cambridge (4.2 PPG, 27 3PT)
Key Losses: Isaac Okoro (Draft), Danjel Purifoy (Graduation), Samir Doughty (Graduation), Anfernee McLemore (Graduation), Austin Wiley (Graduation), J’Von McCormick (Graduation)
Key Transfers and Recruits: Sharife Cooper (5-Star Recruit), Chris Moore (3-Star Recruit), Justin Powell (3-Star Recruit), JT Thor (4-Star Recruit), Dylan Cardwell (3-Star Recruit)
Auburn loses a lot but has a lot of young talent coming in. It will take a while for this young Tiger squad to catch its stride, but Bruce Pearl could have a powerhouse in the later months of the season, especially with 5 star recruit Sharife Cooper on his roster.
2019/20 Record: 19-12 (12-6 Big East)
Key Returning Players: David Duke (12.0 PPG, 4.2 RPG), Luwane Pipkins (10.8 PPG, 2.8 APG)
Key Losses: Malik White (Graduation), Alpha Diallo (Graduation)
Key Transfers and Recruits: Alyn Breed (3-Star Recruit), Jyare Davis (3-Star Recruit), Brycen Goodine (Transfer), Ed Croswell (Transfer), Noah Horchler (Transfer)
The Friars have good incoming talent backed by some solid returning players. If eligible, the transfers could be the difference between a high finish and a low finish in the always competitive Big East.
2019/20 Record: 16-16 (7-13 ACC)
Key Returning Players: Chris Lykes (15.4 PPG, 2.4 APG), Kameron McGusty (12.5 PPG, 4.0 RPG)
Key Losses: Dejan Vasievic (Graduation), Keith Stone (Graduation)
Key Transfers and Recruits: Earl Timberlake (3-Star Recruit), Matt Cross (3-Star Recruit)
Miami is looking to bounce back from a tough 2019-20 campaign, and the Hurricanes do not add or lose much. Two added recruits help the Hurricanes, but their biggest factor is Chris Lykes in his senior year.
2019/20 Record: 22-9 (10-8 Big East)
Key Returning Players: Bryce Nze (9.2 PPG, 6.6 RPG), Bryce Golden (7.9 PPG 3.9 RPG)
Key Losses: Jordan Tucker (Draft), Khalif Battle (Transfer), Kamar Baldwin (Graduation), Sean McDermott (Graduation)
Key Transfers and Recruits: Jair Bolden (Transfer), Scooby Johnson (3-Star Recruit), Chuck Harris (3-Star Recruit), Myles Tate (3-Star Recruit), Jakobe Cole (3-Star Recruit), Myles Wilmoth (3-Star Recruit)
Butler is losing a lot of its top talent to graduation and the draft, but it has a massive incoming recruiting class that will make an instant impact. Not to mention, Jair Bolden is immediately eligible to play, adding experience and scoring to a depleted roster.