2009-2010 Outlook: The Jayhawks will return everyone from this season’s Sweet Sixteen squad, and they also add an abundant amount of talent. Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich will be the leaders of the team, but incoming recruits Xavier Henry, Elijah Johnson, and Thomas Robinson will all contribute at some level.
•2. Kentucky - Assumed Players Leaving Early: None
2009-2010 Outlook: Things are starting to come together for Kentucky, and all that is left to be settled is the fate of Jodie Meeks and John Wall. I am assuming Meeks returns, and even if Wall goes someplace else the Wildcats will most likely stay at number two for the time being, but my guess is that he ends up in Lexington.
•3. Michigan State - Assumed Players Leaving Early: None
2009-2010 Outlook: The Spartans had some young talent last year, and now those players have a Final Four run under their belts. Michigan State will be centered around Kalin Lucas and Raymar Morgan, but they will be surrounded by a talented group players capable of playing with poise.
•4. North Carolina - Assumed Players Leaving Early: Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington
2009-2010 Outlook: Even with the losses of Lawson and Ellington to the NBA Draft, UNC remains a legit threat to repeat for back-to-back titles. Without Hansbrough overshadowing them anymore, Deon Thompson, Ed Davis, Tyler Zeller, and incoming recruit John Henson form arguably the deepest and most talented frontcourt in the nation. Marcus Ginyard will be a redshirt senior, and Larry Drew is in a position to have a breakout season in the backcourt.
•5. Villanova - Assumed Players Leaving Early: None
2009-2010 Outlook: The Wildcats lose three frontcourt starters in Dante Cunningham, Dwayne Anderson, and Shane Clark, but Antonio Pena and incoming recruits Mouphtaou Yarou and Isaiah Armwood should look to reload down low. Scottie Reynolds, Corey Fisher, Corey Stokes, and Reggie Redding all return to the backcourt along with recruits Dominic Cheek and Maalik Wayns, who will add more depth and talent as well.
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