The talent is still young, but even better this time around. With the college basketball season just underway, many teams view their young talent as key to their team’s success. This has been the trend of recent years and has no signs of changing anytime soon.
The defending champions, the Duke Blue Devils, have a stout recruiting class, and even though they were unable to pick up the top recruit, they still possess the number one recruiting class in the nation. This class includes a top notch front court player in Derryck Thornton and the highly anticipated North Carolinian Brandon Ingram (si.com).
The top recruit in this year’s freshmen class is going to be playing ball at somewhere one wouldn’t really expect. Ben Simmons, who led his high school Montverde to three national titles, committed to Louisiana State in late 2013. LSU is commonly referred to as a football school, but Simmons hopes to change that viewpoint with his performance on the court this year.
University of North Carolina has received the nod as number one in the preseason polls for this upcoming basketball season. This is due to both the induction of young talent into the roster as well as many returning players who were key components of last year’s squad, like Marcus Paige. The Tar Heels have disappointed in recent NCAA tournaments but hope to change that this year (espn.com).
Longtime Tar Heel fan Hayden Martin (’17) commented on his hopes for the season. “I’m really confident in our chances for success this year. I feel the ACC is very wide open because Duke lost many of their key players to the NBA, and our experience and leadership should be able to take us a long way.”
It is hard to predict the outcome of any athletic season, but it applies to college basketball more than any other. There is a reason why no one has ever correctly picked every single game in the NCAA tournament. Who knows, maybe you’ll have a perfect bracket this year.