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College basketball rankings: Oregon replaces Clemson in Top 25 And 1 after PJ Hall opts to remain in NBA Draft

The Ducks return half of their top scorers from a season ago and have added in key transfers

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Keytron Jordan, CBS Sports

Hunter Dickinson has already announced that he’s going to use a fifth year of eligibility to play one more season at Kansas. RJ Davis will do the same at North Carolina. Those are big developments that have the Jayhawks and Tar Heels sitting at No. 1 and No. 3, respectively, in the 2024-25 CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 college basketball rankings.

Clemson is less fortunate.

In the previous 17 versions of the Top 25 And 1, I’ve had Brad Brownell’s Tigers ranked based on the idea that PJ Hall would also use his fifth year of eligibility to play one more season in the ACC. But, on Friday, the all-league performer announced on social media that his intention is to remain in the 2024 NBA Draft, which is why the Tigers have been removed from Version 18.0 of the Top 25 And 1.

They’ve been replaced by Oregon.

The Ducks have added three heralded transfers over the past 10 days — Brandon Angel from Stanford, Ra’Heim Moss from Toledo and TJ Bamba from Villanova. All three averaged double-digits in points this past season. Their addition to the roster is why Oregon is the new No. 26 in the Top 25 And 1, which means there are now seven Big Ten schools in the Top 25 And 1.

(Yes, Oregon counts for the Big Ten now ahead of its official move this summer.)

The other Big Ten schools in the Top 25 And 1 are No. 12 Purdue, No. 14 Ohio State (which added Duke transfer Sean Stewart on Friday), No. 17 Indiana, No. 20 UCLA, No. 22 Rutgers and No. 24 Michigan State. 

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Kansas

This ranking is based on Bill Self’s Jayhawks returning three of the top six scorers – specifically Hunter Dickinson, KJ Adams and Dajuan Harris – from a team that secured a No. 4 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. The additions of AJ Storr (Wisconsin), Rylan Griffen (Alabama), Riley Kugel (Florida) and Zeke Mayo (South Dakota State) from the transfer portal, plus two top-50 high school prospects, will give Kansas the type of depth it lacked during this past season that was derailed by Kevin McCullar’s lack of availability. 23-11
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Houston

This ranking is based on Kelvin Sampson’s Cougars returning eight of the top 10 scorers – everybody besides Jamal Shead and Damian Dunn – from a team that won the Big 12 by two games and earned a No. 1 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. A backcourt of LJ Cryer, Emanuel Sharp and Oklahoma transfer Milos Uzan should make the Cougars among the favorites in the Big 12. 32-5
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N. Carolina

This ranking is based on Hubert Davis’ Tar Heels returning three of the top five scorers – specifically RJ Davis, Elliot Cadeau and Seth Trimble – from a team that won the ACC regular-season title and secured a No. 1 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. UNC is also adding a top-10 recruiting class highlighted by five-star prospects Ian Jackson and Drake Powell – plus Belmont transfer Cade Tyson – that should give the program a chance to make a 22nd appearance in the Final Four. 29-8
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UConn

This ranking is based on Dan Hurley’s Huskies returning five of the top nine scorers – specifically Alex Karaban, Hassan Diarra, Samson Johnson, Solomon Ball and Jaylin Stewart – from a team that won the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Transfers Aidan Mahaney (Saint Mary’s) and Tarris Reed (Michigan), plus five-star freshman Liam McNeely, are among the newcomers expected to keep UConn in contention for a third straight national championship. 37-3
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Iowa St.

This ranking is based on TJ Otzelberger’s Cyclones returning the top four scorers from a team that won 29 games and earned a No. 2 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Both Tamin Lipsey and Keshon Gilbert could compete for Big 12 Player of the Year honors and position Iowa State to maybe make what would be the program’s first trip to the Final Four since 1944. 29-8
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Duke

This ranking is based on Jon Scheyer’s Blue Devils returning two of the top six scorers — specifically Caleb Foster and Tyrese Proctor — from a team that secured a No. 4 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Duke also has the sport’s top-ranked recruiting class headlined by Syracuse transfer Maliq Brown, Purdue transfer Mason Gillis and five-star phenom Cooper Flagg, the last of whom is the consensus No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2024 and projected No. 1 pick of the 2025 NBA Draft. 27-9
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Gonzaga

This ranking is based on Mark Few’s Zags returning every rotation piece besides Anton Watson from a team that advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Graham Ike should be the preseason WCC Player of the Year and main reason Gonzaga makes the NCAA Tournament next March for 26th straight time. 27-8
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Alabama

This ranking is based on Nate Oats’ Crimson Tide returning two of the top five scorers — specifically Grant Nelson and Latrell Wrightsell — from a team that advanced to the 2024 Final Four. The addition of top-35 freshmen Derrion Reed and Labaron Philon – plus transfers Houston Mallette (Pepperdine), Chris Youngblood (USF) and Aden Holloway (Auburn) – should keep Alabama in the national conversation even if Mark Sears remains in the 2024 NBA Draft, which is the current projection here. 25-12
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Auburn

This ranking is based on Bruce Pearl’s Tigers returning three of the top five scorers – specifically Johni Broome, Chad Baker-Mazara and Denver Jones – from a team that secured a No. 4 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. The addition of five-star freshman Tahaad Pettiford and Furman transfer JP Pegues should have Auburn in contention to maybe make a second Final Four. 27-8
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Baylor

This ranking is based on Scott Drew’s Bears returning three of the top seven scorers – specifically Langston Love, Jayden Nunn and Josh Ojianwuna – from a team that secured a No. 3 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. The addition of a top-10 recruiting class headlined by Duke transfer Jeremy Roach and five-star wing VJ Edgecombe should help offset the departures and have Baylor in its sixth straight NCAA Tournament. 24-11
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Texas A&M

This ranking is based on Buzz Williams’ Aggies returning four of the top five scorers – everybody except Tyrece Radford – from a team that advanced to the second round of the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Wade Taylor could enter the season as the favorite to win SEC Player of the Year for the second straight season, and the addition of SMU transfer Zhuric Phelps should have Texas A&M in a third straight NCAA Tournament. 21-15
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Purdue

This ranking is based on Matt Painter’s Boilermakers returning six of the top eight scorers – everybody besides Zach Edey and Lance Jones – from a team that advanced to the title game of the 2024 NCAA Tournament. The Boilermakers have finished in the top 25 at KenPom.com nine straight years, and there’s no reason to think that streak won’t continue next season even without the two-time National Player of the Year. 34-5
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Arizona

This ranking is based on Tommy Lloyd’s Wildcats returning four of the top eight scorers — specifically Caleb Love, Jaden Bradley, KJ Lewis and Motiejus Krivas — from a team that won the Pac-12 regular-season title and secured a No. 2 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Arizona’s top-five recruiting class headlined by Oakland transfer Trey Townsend, Tennessee transfer Tobe Awaka and top-40 high school prospects Joson Sanon, Carter Bryant and Jarari Phillips should help make the program’s transition to the Big 12 go relatively smoothly. 1 27-9
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Ohio St.

This ranking is based on Jake Diebler’s Buckeyes returning two of the top seven scorers – specifically Bruce Thornton and Devin Royal – from a team that missed the NCAA Tournament but closed with an 8-3 record after Diebler replaced Chris Holtmann in February. The additions of South Carolina transfer Meechie Johnson, Kentucky transfer Aaron Bradshaw, San Diego State transfer Micah Parrish and Duke transfer Sean Stewart should help Ohio State be relevant again in Diebler’s first full season. 1 22-14
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Marquette

This ranking is based on Shaka Smart’s Golden Eagles returning every rotation player besides Tyler Kolek and Oso Ighodaro from a team that secured a No. 2 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Kam Jones’ announcement that he’ll return means Marquette will have a fourth-year guard who just averaged 17.2 points per game to build around. 1 27-10
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Tennessee

This ranking is based on Rick Barnes’ Volunteers returning two of the top five scorers — specifically Zakai Zeigler and Jordan Gainey — from a team that won the SEC regular-season title and secured a No. 2 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. The departures of Dalton Knecht, Jonas Aidoo and Josiah-Jordan James are huge, but Tennessee should still easily make the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight year thanks in part to the additions of Hofstra transfer Darlinstone Dubar, Ohio State transfer Felix Okpara and Charlotte transfer Igor Milicic Jr. 1 27-9
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Indiana

This ranking is based on Mike Woodson’s Hoosiers returning three of the top four scorers — specifically Malik Reneau, Mackenzie Mgbako and Trey Galloway — from a team that finished tied for sixth in the Big Ten. The additions of Myles Rice (Washington State), Oumar Ballo (Arizona), Kanaan Carlyle (Stanford) and Luke Goode (Illinois) from the transfer portal means Indiana is adding four experienced pieces, three of whom just spent a season starting in the Pac-12. 1 19-14
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Creighton

This ranking is based on Greg McDermott’s Bluejays returning three of the top six scorers – Ryan Kalkbrenner, Steven Ashworth and Mason Miller — from a team that advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2024 NCAA Tournament. The addition of Arizona State transfer Jamiya Neal provides an experienced double-digit scorer to help offset the losses of Baylor Scheierman and Trey Alexander. 1 25-10
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Florida

This ranking is based on Todd Golden’s Gators returning six of the top nine scorers – everybody besides Zyon Pullin, Tyrese Samuel and Riley Kugel – from a team that secured a No. 7 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. The transfer-portal additions of Alijah Martin (FAU) and Sam Alexis (Chattanooga) give Florida a pair of productive mid-major pieces, the former of whom helped Florida Atlantic make the 2023 Final Four. 1 24-12
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UCLA

This ranking is based on Mick Cronin’s Bruins returning four of the top five scorers – everybody except Adem Bona – from a team that finished fifth in the Pac-12. The additions of Skyy Clark (Louisville), Kobe Johnson (USC), Dominick Harris (Loyola Marymount), Eric Dailey Jr. (Oklahoma State), Tyler Bilodeau (Oregon State) and William Kyle III (South Dakota State) from the transfer portal suggests the Bruins will have a nice bounceback season. 1 16-17
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Texas

This ranking is based on Rodney Terry’s Longhorns returning two of the top six scorers – specifically Kadin Shedrick and Chendall Weaver – from a team that secured a No. 7 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. A top-25 recruiting class headlined by five-star guard Tre Johnson, Arkansas transfer Tramon Mark and Oregon State transfer Jordan Pope should be enough to get Texas to what would be a fifth straight NCAA Tournament. 1 21-13
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Rutgers

This ranking is based on Steve Pikiell’s Scarlet Knights only returning one double-digit scorer (Jeremiah Williams) from a team that finished below .500. But the enrollment of five-star prospects Ace Bailey and Dylan Harper — plus NEC Player of the Year Jordan Derkack and Eastern Michigan transfer Tyson Acuff — will give Rutgers enough talent to start the season with a number beside its name. 1 15-17
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Providence

This ranking is based on Kim English’s Friars four of the top seven scorers — specifically Bryce Hopkins, Jaden Pierre, Corey Floyd and Rich Barron — from a team that finished tied for sixth in the Big East. Bensley Joseph (Miami), Jabri Abdur-Rahim (Georgia), Christ Essandoko (Saint Joseph’s) and Wesley Cardet Jr. (Chicago State) are three incoming transfers who project as likely starters at Providence. 1 21-14
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Michigan St.

This ranking is based on Tom Izzo’s Spartans returning five of the top eight scorers – specifically Jaden Akins, Tre Holloman, Xavier Booker, Jeremy Fears and Carson Cooper – from a team that secured a No. 9 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Combine that with a recruiting class headlined by top-50 freshmen Jase Richardson and Kur Teng, plus Omaha transfer Frankie Fidler, and Izzo should extend his streak of NCAA Tournament appearances to 27. 1 20-15
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Xavier

This ranking is based on Sean Miller’s Musketeers returning three of the top seven scorers – specifically Dayvion McKnight, Trey Green and Dailyn Swain – from a team that finished tied for eighth in the Big East. The return of Zach Freemantle and Jerome Hunter from injuries, plus the enrollment of transfers Dante Maddox (Toledo), Ryan Conwell (Indiana State), John Hugley (Oklahoma) and Marcus Foster (Furman), should have Xavier in contention to improve as much as anybody from one season to the next. 1 16-18
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Oregon

This ranking is based on Dana Altman’s Ducks returning four of the top eight scorers – specifically Jackson Shelstad, Keeshawn Barthelemy, Jadrian Tracey and Kwame Evans – from a team that secured a No. 11 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. TJ Bamba (Villanova) and Brandon Angel (Stanford) are a pair of transfers who should slide right into Oregon’s starting lineup. NR 24-12

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