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Check out CBB Review’s Top 100: 100-91, 90-81, 80-71, 70-61, 60-51, 50-46, 45-41, 40-36, 35-31, 30-26, 25-23, 22-20, 19-17
*All recruiting and transfer ratings from 247sports.com. All player and team statistics from sportsreference.com*
16. Florida State
2019/2020 Record: 26-5 (16-4 ACC)
Key Returns: MJ Walker (10.6 PPG, 1.7 RPG), Malik Osbourne (6 PPG, 4.9 RPG)
Key Losses: Devin Vassell (Draft), Patrick Williams (Draft), Trent Forrest (Graduated)
Key Recruits/Transfers: Scottie Barnes (5-Star Recruit)
Never distrust a Leonard Hamilton team. Hamilton always knows how to win a game, but will have to do so without two future lottery players in Devin Vassell and Patrick Williams. Florida State does bring a top 10 freshman in the country in Scottie Barnes, who is the perfect fit for the Seminoles system and is bound to contribute from opening night. With Duke and UNC being top teams once again, it will be a battle for the top, and don’t be surprised if FSU comes out victorious.
15. North Carolina
2019/2020 Record: 14-19 (6-14 ACC)
Key Returns: Garrison Brooks (16.8 PPG, 8.5 RPG), Armando Bacot (9.6 PPG, 8.3 RPG), Anthony Harris (6.8 PPG)
Key Losses: Cole Anthony (Draft), Brandon Robinson (Graduated), Tevian Jones (Transfer)
Key Recruits/Transfers: Caleb Love (5-Star Recruit), Day’Ron Sharpe (5-Star Recruit), Walker Kessler (5-Star Recruit), RJ Davis (4-Star Recruit), Puff Johnson (4-Star Recruit), Kerwin Walton (4-Star Recruit)
UNC are coming off one of their worst season in recent history, and losing one of the top point guards doesn’t help either, but the future is bright for the Tar Heels. Garrison Brooks is coming off a career year and is a potential All-ACC player, and Bacot is a former 5-star who can make the jump to star in his second season. Pair them with two top 15 recruits, and 4 top 50 players overall and this team is scary. It will be interesting to see how Roy Williams handles the front court with Brooks, Bacot, #15 recruit Day’Ron Sharpe and #22 recruit Walker Kessler all playing the power forward or center position.
2019/2020 Record: 23-8 (13-5 American)
Key Returns: Caleb Mills (13.2 PPG, 38.1 3P%), Quentin Grimes (12.1 PPG, 3.7 RPG), Fabian White Jr. (9.3 PPG, 5.5 RPG), DeJon Jarreau (9 PPG, 4.3 RPG), Marcus Sasser (8.1 PPG, 2.4 RPG)
Key Losses: Nate Hinton (Draft)
Key Recruits/Transfers: Tramon Mark (4-Star Recruit)
Houston brings back a lot of scoring from last year. Besides Hinton, their main core returns after winning the American and another year of experience doesn’t make it hard to believe they’re a top 15 team next season. Quentin Grimes was a top-10 player in his recruiting class, and started to show that’s the case last season and should be able to emerge into one of the best players in the American next season. Watch out for this Houston team as they can quietly sneak into the top 10 if their players break out.