The season has not started yet but there were winners and losers from this past week. I hope to make this a weekly post breaking down the college basketball landscape. Here are the winners and losers from the past week.
Michigan State was a huge winner this week in more than just college basketball. The Spartans beat the highly ranked Oregon Ducks in football in what was one of college sport’s biggest recruiting weekend. Multiple recruits for both football and basketball were in East Lansing for the big week including 5-star forward Miles Bridges who announced that Michigan State was in his top 3 along with Kentucky and Indiana. Michigan State gets the W for having such a big recruiting weekend before their team even hits the court.
Indiana and Thomas Bryant
There was a report that came out a couple of days ago that mentioned Thomas Bryant adding 9 inches to his vertical. If this is true and factual then Indiana gets a W for the week. Indiana is a school that prides themselves on player development so to hear Bryant add 9 inches to his max vertical is insane. Bryant will be relied on heavily for quality minutes down low and this new found spring in his step will help him to give the Hoosiers the rim protection they desperately needed last season. All Hoosier fans will be excited to see Bryant on the court for Hoosier Hysteria in a couple of weeks.
Kansas is considered a loser this week because there has been no word about Cheick Diallo’s eligibility. The NCAA is investigating Diallo and his former school but has not decided whether Diallo will be eligible for this season. If Diallo is not eligible it will be a huge blow for the reigning Big 12 champions. Diallo and Perry Ellis have the opportunity to be a crazy tandem down low for the Jayhawks this year if both players are on the court.
TJ Leaf’s decommitment was a few weeks ago but it has put Arizona’s 2016 recruiting class in the flux without the top 10 power forward. It looks like Leaf will attend UCLA leaving Arizona with a huge hole to fill in there lineup for the 2016 season. Sean Miller and company had Leaf’s name circled on their board since January so they have some ground to make up to recruit another post player to replace Leaf.