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Big 12 Basketball Very Early 2019-20 Predictions


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Oklahoma State has been at the bottom of the Big 12 for a long time. The 2012-2013 season was the last time that this team had ever been on top of the Big 12. In my opinion this is one of the best roster that Oklahoma State has had in a long time. They’re looking good. I would say that both of the Oklahoma teams have the chance of pushing their way to the top of the Big 12 in 2019-2020.

Texas and West Virginia are also looking better than the previous season. Texas need to win big this season. Coach Shaka Smart may find himself on the Hot Seat watch list if his team doesn’t get to the NCAA sweet sixteen or beyond. I don’t think that Texas Tech is going to be the same team that it was in 2018-2019. But you never know with Coach Beard, who is one the hottest coaches in division 1 basketball.
With that said, here is how we rank the Big 12 for the 2019-20 season:

1. Kansas Jayhawks

Even though Kansas didn’t win the Big 12 last season, they are still the team to beat in the Big 12. This Kansas team is deep. There will be over 30 points per game coming off the bench for this team. Kansas will get back Silvio De Sousa, who was suspended by the NCAA for violating rules. They will also get back Udoka Azubuike, who got hurt in the early parts of the 2018-2019 season. On top of three frequent starters returning, Kansas will be adding the best recruiting class in the Big 12 to the roster. Iowa's grad transfer, Isaiah Moss will add depth to this team. Expect Kansas to move deep into the NCAA tournament in 2019.

Projected Starting 5:

PG

Devon Dotson PG

SG

Ochai Agbaji SG

SF

Jalen Wilson PG #47

SF

Tristan Enaruna SF #44

C

Udoka Azubuike C

2. Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma will have two (2) out of the top three scorers returning in Kristian Doolittle and Brady Manek. With the two (2) on board Oklahoma finished in the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament in 2019. Oklahoma added top JUCO transfer, Alondes Williams, to help improve ball movement and scoring. Williams was one of the best all-around JUCO players in the nation. He can defend, pass, and score. Also watch out of top 50 recruit De'Vion Harmon. He is a quick point guard who loves to shoot the ball and can defend. This steam has all of the ingredients to compete for the top of the Big 12. Expect Oklahoma to improve in all categories in 2019-20.

Projected Starting 5:

SG

Alondes Williams SG (Triton)

SG

Jamal Bieniemy SG

SF

Kristian Doolittle SF

SF

Jalen Hill SF

PF

Brady Manek PF

3. Oklahoma State Cowboys

This Oklahoma State team has all five (5) starters returning from the 2018-2019 season. That may not be saying much for a team that went 5-13 in the Big 12 last season. But what does matter is that this team has the 4th best recruiting class in the Big 12 behind Kansas, Texas Tech, and Texas. When you combine the fact that they have a good class coming in along with their entire starting five from the previous season that makes this a dangerous team in the Big 12. What that means is that they have a bench that could also be a starting five (5). That also means that whoever plays this team is going to have to play to the full 40 minutes. I think that this Oklahoma State team is going to make some noise in the Big 12 this year.

Projected Starting 5:


Isaac Likekele PG

Thomas Dziagwa PG

Lindy Waters III SG

Cameron McGriff PF

Yor Anei PF

4. Texas Longhorns

Texas is bringing in the 3rd best recruiting class in the Big 12 and 19th best in the nation, according 247sports.com, which includes top 50 player in the nation, Will Baker.  He is a 7 footer who can shoot the ball very well. Kai jones is a small framed power forward who is quick on his feet and can defend in the paint. However, Texas' success is going to be dependent on the health of Shooting Guard Andrea Jones who was sidelined for a couple of seasons due to being diagnosed with leukemia. If he is 100% healthy this team could very well be a heavy contender for the top of the Big 12.

Projected Starting 5:


Matt Coleman III PG

Jase Febres SG

Andrew Jones SG

Kai Jones PF #58

Will Baker C #27

5.  TCU Horned Frogs

TCU has two (2) starters returning from a team that finished in the Semi-Finals of the NIT. Top scorers Desmond Bane and center Kevin Samuel started all 37 games for the 2018-2019 season. TCU will have the University of Texas Arlington's graduate transfer Edric Dennis on the roster for 2019-20. Dennis was the top scorer for UTA in his final season there. Dennis averaged 14.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game that season. This team may have to play small due to lack of size. TCU should remain competitive in the Big 12.

Projected Starting 5:


P.J. Fuller PG

Francisco Farabello PG

Desmond Bane SG

Edric Dennis SG (UTA)

Kevin Samuel C

6. West Virginia Mountaineers

After a ruff 2018-2019 season, West Virginia is ready to make a push back towards the top of the Big 12. West Virginia has one of the top 25 freshmen in the country on the roster in Oscar Tshiebwe. He is a 6' 8" power forward who is a scorer and a rim protector. West Virginia has also added some of the top scoring JUCO's in the nation to the roster. As a shooting guard Sean McNeil is the top scorer and shot blocker in the nation. Tajzmel Sherman was ranked the 4th best scorer in Junior College. He is also a very good ball handler. Expect West Virginia to much better than the previous season.

Projected Starting 5:


Jermaine Haley PG

Tajzmel Sherman SG (Collin)

Sean McNeil SG (Sinclair)

Derek Culver PF

Oscar Tshiebwe PF #25

7. Baylor Bears

Baylor will get back four (4) out of five starters from the 2018-2019 season. Chemistry should improve from the previous season. And unlike a lot of teams this season, there won’t be many new faces on the roster. Transfer point guard Macio Teague from UNC Asheville should take the place of guard Makai Mason. Teague averaged 16.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game in his final season at UNC Asheville. Baylor finished in the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament. Can Baylor go further in 2019-2020?

Projected Starting 5:


Macio Teague PG (UNC Asheville)

Jared Butler SG

Mark Vital SF

Mario Kegler SF

Tristan Clark PF

8. Texas Tech Red Raiders

There are going to be a lot of new faces on this team next season. Point Guard Divide Moretti will be the one starter returning from the 2018-2019 season. The rest are gone. However, Texas Tech has put together a good recruiting class for the 2019-2020 season. At the forefront of this recruiting class is the top 25 freshman in the nation, Jahmius Ramsey. This kid fits the Coach Beard system well because he can defend. Coach Beard is a defensive minded coach. Fortunately for Texas Tech this guy can also shoot.  He'll be joined by top 100 freshmen Tyreke Smith and Terrence Shannon. Returning role player, Kyler Edwards and Deshawn Corprew, should be asked to play bigger roles for the program. Both of them played limited minutes last season. The one reservation I have about this team for 2019-20 is depth. Let's see if Texas Tech could repeat their success from the 2018-2019 season.

Projected Starting 5:


Davide Moretti PG

Jahmius Ramsey SG  #14

Kyler Edwards SG

Deshawn Corprew SF

Tyreek Smith PF #101

9. Kansas State Wildcats

Kansas State's top three (3) scorers will be gone from the roster. However, this was a bad scoring team even with the three on the roster. Kansas State ranked 322nd in the nation in scoring last season. That's bad! Will top 100 freshman Dajuan Gordon and JUCO transfer David Sloan be enough to improve scoring is the Question? Kansas State may need rely on defense again to push their way to the top of the Big 12.

Projected Starting 5:


David Sloan PG (John A. Logan)

Dajuan Gordon SG #108

Cartier Diarra SG

Xavier Sneed SF

Makol Mawien PF

10.  Iowa State Cyclones

Iowa State has lost several players to either graduation or to the Pros, which includes their top three scorers Marial Shayok, Lindell Wigginton, and Talen Horton-Tucker. However, starters Tyrese Haliburton and Michael Jacobson will be returning. Other than that the remainder of the roster is made up of a bunch or support players who have never started in a game and a questionable injured player, Solomon Young, from the 2017-2018 season. I believe that this team is going to struggle a little this coming season.

Projected Starting 5:


Tyrese Haliburton PG

Terrence Lewis SG

Zion Griffin SF

George Conditt IV PF

Michael Jacobson PF

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