CBS Sports college basketball writers Gary Parrish, Matt Norlander and Reid Forgrave spent much of July on the road in cities across the country, covering the live recruiting periods. The internet has been populated with writers' rankings for 2017-18 since, literally, the morning after North Carolina Tar Heels defeated Gonzaga Bulldogs in the national championship game. You're reading up on college basketball content the desert of the offseason that is mid-August, so we know you care about the sport and are aware of the teams that are considered strongest as we head toward the 2017-18 season. Here are the top five vote-getters -- the teams expected by college coaches to do best this season.
Time will tell if the TV-delivered and sustained myth that Duke basketball is a high-integrity, uncompromising program that produces championships and legitimate student-athletes will persist this season. In the flooded cesspool that drives college basketball and NCAA TV contracts, Duke, we’ve so often been told, succeeds where Don Quixote and Pollyanna failed. Duke, last week, landed the nation’s top recruit, 6-foot-11 Marvin Bagley III, the kind of does-it-all player for whom coaches and colleges sell their souls to even briefly call theirs. Technically a high school senior, he’s hoping the NCAA will grant him “re-classification” status so he can play this season at Duke then enter the draft.
Ohio State commit Josh Proctor delivered a fantastic stiff-arm giving us excuse to look back at some of the best from last season.