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*All recruiting and transfer ratings from 247sports.com. All player and team statistics from sportsreference.com*
40. Oklahoma State
2019/2020 Record: 18-14 (7-11 Big12)
Key Returns: Isaac Likekele
Key Losses: Jonathan Laurent, Thomas Dziagwa, and J.K. Hadlock.
Key Recruits/Transfers: Cade Cunningham, Rondel Walker, Matthew Alexander-Moncrieffe, Donovan Williams, Montreal Pena, Bryce Williams (Transfer from Ole Miss), and Ferron Flavors.
Oklahoma State gained 7 new players this year. Cunningham is one of the best players to watch on this Cowboys team. With him at the face of the team, the Cowboys are currently ranked second in the Big12. With Head Coach, Mike Boynton Jr leading this team in his 3rd year, the Cowboys will be must watch basketball. It’s important to keep in mind that the NCAA banned Oklahoma State with a 2020-2021 postseason ban.
— OSU Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) August 11, 2020
2019/2020 Record: 24-7 (14-6 Big 10)
Key Returns: Aaron Wiggins, Eric Ayala, and Donta Scott
Key Losses: Anthony Cowin Jr and Jalen Smith
Key Recruits/Transfers: Marcus Dockery, Aquan Smart, Galin Smith (Transfer from Alabama), Jairus Hamilton (Transfer from Boston College).
Last season Maryland was a force to be reckoned with. They were not as active as most teams when it came to recruitment, which is a reason why they are ranked at 39. Now with the Big 10 postponing their fall sports, it will be interesting to see how winter sports will play this season. Expect to see the Terrapins to be an aggressive team this season as Head Coach, Mark Turgeon and the players have something to prove.
38. St Louis
2019/2020 Record: 23-8 (12-6 A-10)
Key Returns: Jordan Goodwin, Hasan French, and Javonte Perkins
Key Losses: Trey Weaver and Jack Raboin
Key Recruits/Transfers: Andre Lorentsson, Marten Linssen (Transfer from UNC Wilmington), and Francis Okoro (Transfer from Oregon).
Head Coach, Travis Ford has changed the Billikens team around as he is looking to make a push in his 4th year in St. Louis. Unfortunately for the Billikens, they were not active when it came to recruiting which led them to not have a better offseason, but they did get some transfers that could bring depth to their lineup. On the bright side, key players for the Billikens will provide more leadership for a better season ahead.
2019/2020 Record: 16-15 (9-11 Big 10)
Key Returns: Eric Hunter Jr, Isaiah Thompson, and Sasha Stefanovic
Key Losses: Jahaad Proctor, Evan Boudreaux, Tommy Luce, and Nojel Eastern
Key Recruits/Transfers: Ethan Morton, Jaden Ivey, and Zach Edey
Purdue Boilermakers have a very young team with six freshmen on the team. With their lack of veterans, the Boilermakers will have to make up for that with height. Edey is the tallest player on the team standing at 7-foot-3! They only have three players under 6-foot-5. Matt Painter will have a lot to work on in the paint with their aggressiveness on the inside.
36. San Diego State
2019/2020 Record: 30-2 (17-1 Mountain West)
Key Returns: Jordan Schakel, Matt Mitchell,
Key Losses: Yanni Wetzell, KJ Feagin, Nolan Narain, and Joel Mensah
Key Recruits/Transfers: Che Evans, Lamont Butler Jr, Keith Dinwiddie, Joshua Tomaic (Transfer from Maryland), and Terrell Gomez (Transfer from Cal State Northridge)
San Diego State had one of the best NCAA runs last year. With the edition of three 3 Star recruits, the Aztecs look to continue their run. Other than last year, SDSU has not been in first place in the Mountain West Conference since 2015. With key returns like Mitchell, the Aztecs will only be better. Mitchell is a senior and is ranked 27th on the Aztecs scoring leaderboards.
It’s official — Matt Mitchell (@iammattmitch11) just announced that he’ll return for his senior season. SDSU should be the Mountain West preseason favorite and could be a preseason Top 25 team. pic.twitter.com/DTDCdxNX28
— Jon Schaeffer (@jonschaeffer) July 31, 2020
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