College basketball rankings: Creighton slips in early Top 25 And 1 with expected loss of Ty-Shon Alexander


It’s rare for a program to be in a reasonable position to return all five starters from an excellent team. But heading into this offseason, Creighton was in that exact position because the Bluejays had just won a share of the Big East title while starting five underclassmen, none of whom are likely first-round NBA Draft picks.

That’s why Creighton was No. 3 in Version 1.0, Version 2.0, and Version 3.0 of the 2020-21 CBS Sports Preseason Top 25 And 1 college basketball rankings. But an announcement from Ty-Shon Alexander on Friday changed things considerably.

“After much prayer and numerous conversations with my family and coaches, I have made the decision to declare for the NBA Draft,” Alexander tweeted before subsequently suggesting he intends to remain in the draft. So it now appears Creighton will have to replace its leading scorer — someone who this season averaged 16.9 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 39.9% from 3-point range. It’s a significant loss, undeniably. And it’s why the Bluejays have dropped to No. 10 in Version 4.0 of the Top 25 And 1.

As previously noted, what I’ve done here is assume all consensus projected first-round picks will enter the NBA Draft, made educated guesses about other underclassmen, and projected relevant uncommitted prospects — like Greg Brown and Joshua Christopher — to enroll where 247Sports currently projects them to enroll. As always, when I need to adjust, I’ll adjust. But, for now, Mark Few’s Gonzaga Bulldogs remain No. 1 in the Top 25 And 1 based on the idea that everybody who can return from a team that finished 31-2 will return from a team that finished 31-2. If that happens, the Zags will be led by All-American Filip Petrusev, have three of their top five scorers back, and benefit from a top-10 recruiting class highlighted by 5-star guard Jalen Suggs.

Top 25 And 1 rankings

Top 25 And 1 roster analysis

1. Gonzaga

Coach: Mark Few

2019-20 record: 31-2

Notable players definitely gone: Killian Tillie, Ryan Woolridge, Admon Gilder
Notable players expected to also leave: N/A
Notable players expected to return: Filip Petrusev, Corey Kispert, Joel Ayayi, Drew Timme, Anton Watson, Pavel Zakharov, Martynas Arlauskas, Will Graves, Matthew Lang
Expected additions: Jalen Suggs, Julian Strawther, Dominick Harris, Oumar Ballo, Aaron Cook  

2. Kentucky

Coach: John Calipari

2019-20 record: 25-6

Notable players definitely gone: Tyrese Maxey, Ashton Hagans, Nate Sestina, Johnny Juzang
Notable players expected to also leave: Nick Richards
Notable players expected to return: Immanuel Quickley, EJ Montgomery, Keion Brooks
Expected additions: Terrence Clarke, BJ Boston, Devin Askew, Isaiah Jackson, Lance Ware, Cam’Ron Fletcher, Davion Mintz  

3. Baylor 

Coach: Scott Drew

2019-20 record: 26-4

Notable players definitely gone: Freddie Gillespie, Devonte Bandoo
Notable players expected to also leave: N/A
Notable players expected to return: Jared Butler, MaCio Teague, Davion Mitchell, Mark Vital, Matthew Mayer, Tristan Clark, Flo Thamba
Expected additions: Dain Dainja, LJ Cryer, Zach Loveday, Adam Flagler, Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua

4. Villanova

Coach: Jay Wright

2019-20 record: 24-7

Notable players definitely gone: N/A
Notable players expected to also leave: Saddiq Bey
Notable players expected to return: Collin Gillespie, Justin Moore, Jermaine Samuels, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Cole Swider, Brandon Slater, Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree, Bryan Antoine
Expected additions: Caleb Daniels, Eric Dixon  

5. Virginia

Coach: Tony Bennett

2019-20 record: 23-7

Notable players definitely gone: Mamadi Diakite, Braxton Key
Notable players expected to also leave: N/A
Notable players expected to return: Kihei Clark, Jay Huff, Tomas Woldetensae, Casey Morsell, Kody Stattman, Francisco Caffaro, Justin McKoy
Expected additions: Sam Hauser, Jabri Abdur-Rahim, Reece Beekman, Carson McCorkle, Kadin Shedrick

6. Houston

Coach: Kelvin Sampson

2019-20 record: 23-8

Notable players definitely gone: Chris Harris
Notable players expected to also leave: N/A
Notable players expected to return: Caleb Mills, Quentin Grimes, Nate Hinton, Fabian White, DeJon Jarreau, Marcus Sasser, Justin Gorham, Brison Gresham, Cedrick Alley
Expected additions: Tramon Mark, Jamal Shead, Kiyron Powell, Cameron Tyson, J’Wan Roberts

7. Iowa

Coach: Fran McCaffery

2019-20 record: 20-11

Notable players definitely gone: Ryan Kriener, Bakari Evelyn, Cordell Pemsl
Notable players expected to also leave: N/A
Notable players expected to return: Luka Garza, Joe Wieskamp, CJ Fredrick, Jordan Bohannon, Joe Toussaint, Connor McCaffery, Jack Nunge
Expected additions: Ahron Ulis, Tony Perkins, Josh Ogundele, Keegan Murray, Kris Murray

8. Kansas

Coach: Bill Self

2019-20 record: 28-3

Notable players definitely gone: Udoka Azubuike, Isaiah Moss
Notable players expected to also leave: Devon Dotson
Notable players expected to return: Ochai Agbaji, Marcus Garrett, David McCormack, Christian Braun, Silvio De Sousa, Tristan Enaruna, Mitch Lightfoot
Expected additions: Bryce Thompson, Tyon Grant-Foster, Gethro Muscadin, Latrell Jossell

9. Duke

Coach: Mike Krzyzewski

2019-20 record: 25-6

Notable players definitely gone: Vernon CareyTre Jones, Cassius Stanley, Alex O’Connell, Javin DeLaurier, Jack White
Notable players expected to also leave: N/A
Notable players expected to return: Matthew Hurt, Wendell Moore, Joey Baker, Jordan Goldwire
Expected additions: Jalen Johnson, Jeremy Roach, DJ Steward, Mark Williams, Jaemyn Brakefield, Henry Coleman

10. Creighton

Coach: Greg McDermott

2019-20 record: 24-7

Notable players definitely gone: Kelvin Jones, Davion Mintz
Notable players expected to also leave: Ty-Shon Alexander, 
Notable players expected to return: Marcus Zegarowski, Denzel Mahoney, Mitch Ballock, Jacob Epperson, Damien Jefferson, Christian Bishop, Shareef Mitchell, Jalen Windham, Jett Canfield
Expected additions: Antwann Jones, Ryan Kalkbrenner

11. Wisconsin

Coach: Greg Gard

2019-20 record: 21-10

Notable players definitely gone: Brevin Pritzl
Notable players expected to also leave: N/A
Notable players expected to return: Nate Reuvers, Micah Potter, Brad Davison, D’Mitrik Trice, Aleem Ford, Tyler Wahl, Trevor Anderson
Expected additions: Ben Carlson, Johnny Davis, Lorne Bowman, Steven Crowl, Jordan Davis

12. Michigan State

Coach: Tom Izzo

2019-20 record: 22-9

Notable players definitely gone: Cassius Winston, Kyle Aherns
Notable players expected to also leave: Xavier Tillman
Notable players expected to return: Aaron Henry, Rocket Watts, Gabe Brown, Malik Hall, Marcus Bingham, Thomas Kithier, Foster Loyer, Julius Marble
Expected additions: Joey Hauser, Mady Sissoko, AJ Hoggard

13. Tennessee

Coach: Rick Barnes

2019-20 record: 17-14

Notable players definitely gone: Jordan Bowden, Jalen Johnson
Notable players expected to also leave: N/A
Notable players expected to return: John Fulkerson, Yves Pons, Santiago Vescovi, Josiah-Jordan James, Olivier Nkamhoua, Uros Plavsic, Davonte Gaines
Expected additions: Jaden Springer, Keon Johnson, Corey Walker, Malachi Wideman, Victory Bailey, E.J. Anosike

14. West Virginia

Coach: Bob Huggins

2019-20 record: 21-10

Notable players definitely gone: Jermaine Haley, Chase Harler, Brandon Knapper, Logan Routt, 
Notable players expected to also leave: N/A
Notable players expected to return: Oscar Tshiebwe, Derek Culver, Miles McBride, Emmitt Matthews, Sean McNeil, Taz Sherman, Jordan McCabe, Gabe Osabuohien
Expected additions: Isaiah Cottrell, Taj Thweatt, Kedrian Johnson, Jalen Bridges

15. North Carolina

Coach: Roy Williams

2019-20 record: 14-19

Notable players definitely gone: Brandon Robinson, Christian Keeling, Justin Pierce
Notable players expected to also leave: Cole Anthony
Notable players expected to return: Garrison Brooks, Armando Bacot, Anthony Harris, Leaky Black, Andrew Platek, Jeremiah Francis, K.J. Smith
Expected additions: Day’Ron Sharpe, Walker Kessler, Caleb Love, Puff Johnson, R.J. Davis

16. San Diego State

Coach: Brian Dutcher

2019-20 record: 30-2

Notable players definitely gone: Yanni Wetzell, KJ Feagin
Notable players expected to also leave: N/A
Notable players expected to return: Malachi Flynn, Matt Mitchell, Jordan Schakel, Nathan Mensah, Trey Pulliam, Aguek Arop, Adam Seiko, Keshad Johnson, Joel Mensah
Expected additions: Che Evans, Lamont Butler, Keith Dinwiddie, Terrell Gomez

17. Michigan

Coach: Juwan Howard

2019-20 record: 19-12

Notable players definitely gone: Zavier Simpson, Jon Teske, David DeJulius, Colin Castleton
Notable players expected to also leave: N/A
Notable players expected to return: Isaiah Livers, Franz Wagner, Eli Brooks, Brandon Johns, Austin Davis
Expected additions: Joshua Christopher, Isaiah Todd, Hunter Dickinson, Zeb Jackson, Terrance Williams, Jace Howard, Mike Smith

18. Texas Tech

Coach: Chris Beard

2019-20 record: 18-13

Notable players definitely gone: TJ Holyfield, Chris Clarke
Notable players expected to also leave: Jahmi’us Ramsey
Notable players expected to return: Davide Moretti, Kyler Edwards, Terrence Shannon, Kevin McCullar, Clarence Nadolny, Avery Benson, Russsel Tchewa, Andrei Savrasov
Expected additions: Nimari Burnett, Micah Perry, Chibuzo Agbo, Joel Ntambe

19. Ohio State

Coach: Chris Holtmann

2019-20 record: 21-10

Notable players definitely gone: Andre Wesson, D.J. Carton, Luther Muhammad, Alonzo Gaffney
Notable players expected to also leave: Kaleb Wesson
Notable players expected to return: Duane Washington, CJ Walker, Kyle Young, E.J. Liddell, Justin Ahrens
Expected additions: Seth Towns, Eugene Brown, Zed Key, Justice Sueing

20. Texas

Coach: Shaka Smart

2019-20 record: 19-12

Notable players definitely gone: N/A
Notable players expected to also leave: N/A
Notable players expected to return: Matt Colemam, Andrew Jones, Courtney Ramey, Jericho Sims, Jase Febres, Gerald Liddell, Kai Jones, Donovan Williams, Kamaka Hepa, Royce Hamm, Will Baker, Brock Cunningham
Expected additions: Greg Brown

21. UCLA

Coach: Mick Cronin

2019-20 record: 19-12

Notable players definitely gone: Prince Ali, Alex Olesinski
Notable players expected to also leave: N/A
Notable players expected to return: Chris Smith, Jalen Hill, Jamie Jaquez, Cody Riley, Tyger Campbell, Jules Bernard, Jake Kyman, David Singleton
Expected additions: Daishen Nix, Jaylen Clark, Kenneth Nwuba

22. LSU

Coach: Will Wade

2019-20 record: 21-10

Notable players definitely gone: Skylar Mays, Marlon Taylor, Marshall Graves
Notable players expected to also leave: N/A
Notable players expected to return: Trendon Watford, Emmitt Williams, Javonte Smart, Darius Days, Charles Manning, James Bishop, Aundre Hyatt, Courtese Cooper
Expected additions: Cameron Thomas, Jalen Cook, Bradley Ezewiro, Eric Gaines, Mwani Wilkinson, Shareef O’Neal, Josh LeBlanc

23. Oregon

Coach: Dana Altman

2019-20 record: 24-7

Notable players definitely gone: Payton Pritchard, Shakur Juiston, Anthony Mathis
Notable players expected to also leave: N/A
Notable players expected to return: Chris Duarte, Will Richardson, N’Faly Dante, Addison Patterson, Chandler Lawson, C.J. Walker, Francis Okoro
Expected additions: Jalen Terry, Eric Williams, Eugene Omoruyi

24. Rutgers

Coach: Steve Pikiell

2019-20 record: 20-11

Notable players definitely gone: Akwasi Yeboah, Shaq Carter
Notable players expected to also leave: N/A
Notable players expected to return: Ron Harper Jr., Geo Baker, Jacob Young, Myles Johnson, Montez Mathis, Caleb McConnell, Paul Mulcahy
Expected additions: Cliff Omoruyi, Mawot Mag, Dean Reiber, Oskar Palmquist

25. Florida State

Coach: Leonard Hamilton

2019-20 record: 26-5

Notable players definitely gone: Devin Vassell, Trent Forrest, Dominik Olejniczak
Notable players expected to also leave: Patrick Williams
Notable players expected to return: M.J. Walker, Malik Osborne, RaiQuan Gray, Anthony Polite, Balsa Koprivica, Wyatt Wilkes, Nathanael Jack, Rayquan Evans
Expected additions: Scottie Barnes, Sardaar Calhoun

26. Arkansas

Coach: Eric Musselman

2019-20 record: 20-12

Notable players definitely gone: Mason Jones, Jimmy Whitt, Jalen Harris, Adrio Bailey
Notable players expected to also leave: N/A
Notable players expected to return: Isaiah Joe, Desi Sills, Reggie Chaney, Ethan Henderson, Jeantal Cylla
Expected additions: Moses Moody, KK Robinson, Jaylin Williams, Davonte Davis, J.D. Notae, Connor Vanover, Abayomi Iyiola, Vance Jackson, Jalen Tate





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