The Associated Press released the men’s college basketball preseason rankings on Monday and Duke found themselves sitting at No. 1.
There is no surprise that the Blue Devils are ranked the top team in the country. They are returning players like Grayson Allen, Chase Jeter, Amile Jefferson, and Luke Kennard. In addition to that, Duke’s strong freshman class that includes Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles, Frank Jackson, and Marques Bolden makes them even more dangerous.
The Blue Devils did take a major hit prior to the start of the season as Giles is out with a knee injury and Tatum recently suffered a foot sprain that will keep him out for two weeks. Despite that, this team is still good enough to be ranked at the top.
Kentucky was placed second as they expect to get a big contribution from their freshmen De’Aaron Fox, Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, and Malik Monk. Kansas sits at No. 3, while No. 4 Villanova and No. 5 Oregon rounds out the top five. Maryland is ranked No. 25 after being the No. 3 in last season preseason ranking. Below is the rest of the rankings.
6. North Carolina
12. Michigan State
17. Saint Mary’s
20. West Virginia
23. Rhode Island
24. Iowa State