It’s been less than 24 hours since the Baylor Bears capped off the 2020-21 college basketball season by dominating the No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs to claim the national championship.
But that never stops anyone from looking ahead.
Immediately after the Bears’ big win, the way-to-early preseason rankings for the 2021-22 season began flying out and none other than Stadium’s Jeff Goodman got an early jump on the competition.
While Gonzaga ultimately fell short this year and will be losing star guard Jalen Suggs to the NBA Draft and potentially Drew Timme and Joel Ayayi, Goodman expects the Bulldogs to once again be the top team in the country.
Goodman points to some incoming recruits and potential transfers as a reason Gonzaga can stay at the top.
Here is Goodman’s top five:
1. Gonzaga Bulldogs
2. Ohio State Buckeyes
3. UCLA Bruins
4. Purdue Boilermakers
5. Maryland Terrapins
“Suggs, Kispert and Ayayi are all expected to be gone while Timme and (Andrew) Nembhard are probably 50-50 regarding whether they return. In these rankings, we’re going under the presumption that both return to Spokane, and also that the Zags add at least one of incoming frosh Chet Holmgren or North Carolina transfer Walker Kessler,” Goodman wrote.
“There are also plenty of quality young guys that will have a chance to get minutes, and also a couple of talented freshmen. The key will be the backcourt, and the point guard position.”
You can check out the rest of his way-too-early preseason top five here.