By Gary Parrish-

It’s time to start looking ahead.

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With that in mind, I got with my colleagues Jeff Borzello and Matt Norlander and tried to project a Top 25 (and one) by combining what we already know with what we think will happen in the coming weeks as it pertains to players’ decisions about turning pro or remaining in school. More than likely, we’ll be wrong about some of these projected rosters because surprises always happen. But the rosters we’ve projected below are based on the best information we gathered in recent days while talking to various coaches and industry sources. If we need to adjust down the road, we will.

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But for now, here you go.

This is the 2014-15 Ridiculously Early Preseason Top 25 (and one).

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  • Notable players definitely gone: Tyler Thornton, Andre Dawkins, Josh Hairston
  • Others expected to leave: Jabari Parker, Rodney Hood
  • Notable players expected to return: Quinn Cook, Rasheed Sulaimon, Amile Jefferson, Marshall Plumlee, Matt Jones, Semi Ojeleye
  • Notable newcomers: Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones, Justise Winslow, Grayson Allen
  • Notable players definitely gone: Jordin Mayes
  • Others expected to leave: Aaron Gordon, Nick Johnson
  • Notable players expected to return: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Brandon Ashley, T.J. McConnell, Kaleb Tarczewski, Gabe York, Elliott Pitts, Matt Korcheck
  • Notable newcomers: Stanley Johnson, Craig Victor, Parker Jackson-Cartwright, Kadeem Allen, Dusan Ristic


  • Notable players definitely gone: Ben Brust
  • Others expected to leave: None
  • Notable players expected to return: Frank Kaminsky, Sam Dekker, Nigel Hayes, Traevon Jackson, Josh Gasser, Duje Dukan, Bronson Koenig
  • Notable newcomers: Ethan Happ

  • Notable players definitely gone: Andrew Wiggins, Tarik Black
  • Others expected to leave: Joel Embiid
  • Notable players expected to return: Perry Ellis, Wayne Selden, Naadir Tharpe, Frank Mason, Brannen Greene, Jamari Traylor, Conner Frankamp, Landen Lucas
  • Notable newcomers: Cliff Alexander, Kelly Oubre, Hunter Mickelson
  • Notable players definitely gone: Scottie Wilbekin, Patric Young, Will Yeguette, Casey Prather
  • Others expected to leave: None
  • Notable players expected to return: Michael Frazier, Dorian Finney-Smith, Kasey Hill, Devon Walker, Chris Walker, Eli Carter
  • Notable newcomers: Chris Chiozza, Brandone Francis, Devin Robinson, Alex Murphy

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