The NCAA Men’s Final Four is always an exciting event that caps off an amazing month of tournament basketball games. From John Wooden, who has won 10 National Championships, to Mike Krzyzewski, who is looking to bring home his sixth trophy this season, there has been a lot of shining moments during the Final Four. This upcoming season will be no different, with it sure to be remembered for freshman making impacts on their respective teams.
Duke Blue Devils
The first team that deserves to be in this prediction is the Duke Blue Devils. The team will be led by senior guard Grayson Allen, who already has experience winning a national championship. Allen has had some issues on the court with tripping incidents, but should now be able to bring himself together and try to lead a young team to a championship, just like Quinn Cook did a few years back.
The Blue Devils also are looking great with a stacked recruiting class coming in, featuring Marvin Bagley III, who reclassified a year early to join the team. Along with Bagley, the Blue Devils add three other five-star players and two four-star players to the team. With the depth that the Blue Devils are gaining, and the years of experience Coach Krzyzewski has, the team is definitely capable of bringing home their fourth title since 2000.
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Next in contention for winning the championship title is the Arizona Wildcats, a team that has a similar look to the Blue Devils. The team is bringing back experienced Junior guard Allonzo Trier to handle the ball. Trier was held to just 18 games over the 2015-16 season due to positive drug test results. The Wildcats are also bringing in DeAndre Ayton, the best ranked Center in the recruiting class. With Ayton, the team also adds four players who are all ranked as four stars. If Trier can stay off of performance-enhancing drugs, and the freshman can find their fit on the team, then the Wildcats should be contending for a championship.
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The Kansas Jayhawks want to make their presence known this season. With Devonte Graham replacing Naismith Award Winner and now Sacramento Kings point guard Frank Mason, this should be a smooth transition, and it is about time for Graham to shine. Along with Graham, the Jayhawks are impressively adding back many other key pieces from last season. Malik Newman, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, Lagerald Vick, and Udoka Azubuike are all returning. The team also brings two freshman to the family as they add Billy Preston, a power forward, and Marcus Garrett, both of whom are young players trying to establish a role with the team. Coach Bill Self also adds experience from the past as he tends to make some noise in March.
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Lastly, after much thought, Xavier is a team that could surprise a lot of people and end up in the Final Four. Last year, the Musketeers made it to the Elite Eight where they lost to the runner-up, Gonzaga. The team brings back elite perimeter shooters in Trevon Bluiett and J.P. Macura, who will both be entering their senior season. The team also adds a talented recruiting class featuring four players ranked as four stars and one three-star. The team also adds Graduate Transfer Kerem Kanter, who is the brother of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Enes Kanter. The Musketeers are going to need all the depth they can get if they want to find themselves in the Final Four. Coach Mack during the offseason had a lot of power five universities offering him coaching jobs, but Mack has some unfinished business with the Musketeers.
The following is from USA Today.
“I don’t think there’s any coach in the NBA, in college, in high school that can say, ‘Hey, I’m here forever.’ But when you have what we have at Xavier, it’s special. And I don’t take that for granted.”- USA Today
My timing for this house sale, well 😳. But we are moving to NKY. Love Xavier! Now, about that house we have to sell… any takers?
— Chris Mack (@CoachChrisMack) June 7, 2017