The college basketball season ended over a month and a half ago, yet we’re still awaiting the downtime.
The coaching carousel had nearly stopped spinning … then John Beilein took the Cleveland Cavaliers job and left Michigan looking for a replacement. That slot was filled when Juwan Howard accepted the job Wednesday, but the NBA early-entry withdrawal deadline is coming up May 29 and a number of notable high school seniors and graduate transfers are still on the market. Before our next edition of the Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25 drops in the first week of June, the majority of the following decisions should be made. Here are the biggest names on our radar:
1. R.J. Hampton, uncommitted
Hampton is the top-ranked 2019 prospect still uncommitted, and his presence would have a massive impact on any of his final three schools: Kansas, Memphis or Texas Tech. Kentucky was recently cut from his list, but Hampton has been considered a Kansas lean — presuming Rayjon Tucker enrolls at Memphis (more on him in a bit). Hampton would immediately vault each of his final three schools up a couple of spots in the top 25.