Evans Seven: Biggest storylines to follow in the 2020s

Corey Evans, Basketball Analyst
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The All-Decade week has come to a close here at Rivals.com and the 2020s are just a month away. In today's Evans Seven, we take a look at the biggest storylines to follow throughout the next decade.

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Rumors continue to swirl that by the time the 2022 NBA Draft arrives, high school seniors will directly enter the league without spending a year in college. Will NBA Commissioner Adam Silver push the button with the league and the NBPA so that the one-and-done rule is erased? If the one-and-done rule is eliminated, it will be interesting to see how much it changes the recruiting landscape and how it impacts the bluebloods.


Mike Krzyzewski turns 73 in February, Roy Williams turns 70 in August, talk continues to swirl around Bill Self’s longevity at Kansas and John Calipari will be 70 by the time the next decade completes. Ten years from now, Tom Izzo will be 74 and Jim Boeheim will be 85.

We could be entering a period of significant turnover at the most notable programs in college basketball. These jobs open up maybe once every decade or two, and by the time 2030 rolls around, it seems safe to say that the bluest of the blueblood programs will all have found a new head coach. Will these transitions be fluid or will the on-court product dip? Will programs look from within for their hire or try to catch a headline-grabbing, big fish?


We already have a general sense as to who will dominate the early portion of the next decade. In the 2020 class, Evan Mobley, Cade Cunningham and Jalen Green will grab a lot of attention. In the 2021 class, the focus will be on Jonathan Kuminga, Chet Holmgren and Jabari Smith. Emoni Bates is the name to watch in the 2022 class. He is currently viewed as one of the best high school prospects in recent memory, but will that reputation stick as time passes? Anthony Davis, Zion Williamson and Ben Simmons were some of the top names to know of the past decade. Who will dominate the next 10 years?

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