College Basketball Updates Including Some Teams’ Predicted Starters

College Basketball’s Jon Rothstein Posts with My Thoughts

Have I ever told you that one of the best follows in College Basketball is Jon Rothstein? It’s almost mandatory in order to stay up on College Basketball news in the spring and summer. We are less than 23 weeks away from the return of College Basketball. Jon Rothstein is breaking things all day long. However, for you looking for just one update then this is it for you. Here’s what has happened since May 17th.

Assistant Coaches Hired

Central Florida’s Johnny Dawkins has promoted Jaycob Ammerman to Director of Basketball Operations. Ammerman was previously in the Video Coordinator role.

Cleveland State’s Daniyal Robinson has hired Jay Shunnar as an Assistant Coach. Coach Shunnar was on staff at Butler last season.

Fairleigh Dickerson’s Tobin Anderson has hired Jack Castleberry, Tom Bonacum, and Kam Murrell as Assistant Coaches. Coach Castleberry was on staff at The Citadel last season. Coach Bonacum and Coach Murrell worked for Coach Anderson at STAC (Division II).

Longwood’s Griff Aldrich has hired Graham Bousley as Special Assistant to the Head Coach. Coach Bousley was on staff at George Washington last season.

Maine’s Chris Markwood has hired veteran Peter Gash as an Assistant Coach per their press release.

Ole Miss’ Kermit Davis has hired Robert Kirby as an Assistant Coach. Coach Kirby was on staff as an assistant coach at Georgetown last season.

Texas Tech’s Mark Adams has hired Steve Green as an Assistant Coach, per a press release. Coach Green was previously the head coach of South Plains College (JUCO).

Wagner’s Donald Copeland has hired Pete Lappas, Kevin Jones, and Scott Rodgers as Assistant Coaches. Coach Lappas worked at FDU last season while Coach Jones comes from Morgan State. Coach Rodgers has been promoted after serving as Director of Player Development.

Contract Extensions

Kennesaw State’s Amir Abdur-Rahim has received a contract extension through the 2026–27 season per the press release.

Ohio State’s Chris Holtmann has received a three-year contract extension through the 2027–28 season, per the press release.

Alabama’s 2022–23 Predicted Starting Five:

Jaden Bradley, Mark Sears, Brandon Miller, Noah Gurley, and Charles Bediako

Arizona’s 2022–23 Predicted Starting Five:

Kerr Kiriisa, Pelle Larsson, Adama Bal, Azuolas Tubelis, and Oumar Ballo

Arkansas’ 2022–23 Predicted Starting Five:

Davonte Davis, Nick Smith, Anthony Black, Jordan Walsh, and Jalen Graham

Baylor’s 2022–23 Predicted Starting Five:

LJ Cryer, Adam Flagler, Keyonte George, Jalen Bridges, and Flo Thamba

Creighton’s 2022–23 Predicted Starting Five:

Ryan Nembhard, Trey Alexander, Baylor Scheierman, Arthur Kaluma, and Ryan Kalkbrenner

DePaul’s 2022–23 Predicted Starting Five:

Jalen Terry, Umoja Gibson, Caleb Murphy, Javan Johnson, and Nick Ongenda

Georgetown’s 2022–23 Predicted Starting Five:

Dante Harris, Brandon Murray, Aminu Mohammed, Akok Akok, and Qudus Wahab

Illinois’ 2022–23 Predicted Starting Five:

Skyy Clark, Terrance Shannon Jr., Matthew Mayer, Coleman Hawkins, and Dain Dainja

Indiana’s 2022–23 Predicted Starting Five:

Xavier Johnson, Tamar Bates, Jalen Hood-Schifino, Race Thompson, Trayce Jackson-Davis

Kentucky’s 2022–23 Predicted Starting Five:

Sahvir Wheeler, Cason Wallace, Chris Livingston, Jacob Toppin, and Oscar Tshiebwe

Providence’s 2022–23 Predicted Starting Five:

Jared Bynum, Devin Carter, Noah Locke, Bryce Hopkins, and Ed Croswell

San Diego State’s 2022–23 Predicted Starting Five:

Lamont Butler, Darrion Trammell, Matt Bradley, Keshad Johnson, and Nathan Mensah

Seton Hall’s 2022–23 Predicted Starting Five:

Kadary Richmond, Al-Amir Dawes, Tray Jackson, Alexis Yetna, and Tyrese Samuel

TCU’s 2022–23 Predicted Starting Five (Returning Five Starters): 

Mike Miles, Damion Baugh, Chuck O’Bannon Jr., Emmanuel Miller, and Eddie Lampkin

Texas’ 2022–23 Predicted Starting Five:

Tyrese Hunter, Marcus Carr, Dillon Mitchell, Timmy Allen and Christian Bishop

USC’s 2022–23 Predicted Starting Five:

Boogie Ellis, Drew Peterson, Reese Dixon-Waters, Kijani Wright and Vince Iwuchukwu

Wyoming’s 2022–23 Predicted Starting Five:

Ethan Anderson, Xavier DuSell, Hunter Maldonado, Max Agbonkpolo, and Graham Ike

Foreign Tours

Alabama will take a foreign tour this summer to Spain and France per the press release.

North Carolina State will take a foreign tour to the Bahamas from August 6th-11th, per Kevin Keatts.

The University of Virginia will take a foreign tour to Italy and play four exhibition games between August 10th-20th, per the press release.

Big East/Big 12 Battle

Matchups for the 2022 Big East/Big 12 Battle are set, according to sources.

November 29th: Baylor at Marquette

November 30th: Providence at TCU

November 30th: Georgetown at Texas Tech

November 30th: Kansas State at Butler

December 1st: Creighton at Texas

December 1st: Seton Hall at Kansas

December 1st: Oklahoma State at UConn

December 3rd: Oklahoma at Villanova

December 4th: WVU at Xavier

December 4th: St. John’s at Iowa State

December 17th at the United Center

According to multiple sources who told College Hoops Today, Dayton will play Wyoming and North Carolina State will face Vanderbilt as part of a new annual event on December 17th at the United Center in Chicago, IL. The event could also feature one to two more games, but those matchups have not been finalized.

2022 Maui Invitational

This is a HUGE week for resume building for Arkansas, Arizona, Cincinnati, Creighton, Louisville, Ohio State, San Diego State, and Texas Tech. These eight teams will be playing in the 2022 Maui Invitational.

2022 Empire Classic

Richmond, St. John’s, Syracuse, and Temple will headline the 2022 Empire Classic on November 21st and 22nd.

2023 Empire Classic

According to multiple sources, Indiana, Louisville, Texas and UConn will be playing in the 2023 Empire Classic.

Creighton Blue Jays

Creighton will be playing on December 10th in Las Vegas against BYU then they will play Arizona State in a neutral site game in Las Vegas on December 12th according to multiple sources.

Jon tweeted that Creighton’s fans will be able to travel to both Maui and Las Vegas in the 2022–23 season before Christmas to see their team play multiple games. It’s tremendous marketing for what has a chance to be the best team of the Coach Greg McDermott era.

I’ve already told you to get your 25/1 Creighton Blue Jays for the National Championship ticket. We’ll be getting some others, but this is the first bet I’ve made on it so far. The Big East will be running through Omaha this season and that will be another bet we are making when it comes out.

Creighton has never been higher than a three-seed in the NCAA Tournament. This will change this next season I believe. With the return of Baylor Scheierman, the Blue Jays will be a powerhouse this season.

Their current 2022–23 non-conference schedule for Creighton has the Maui Invitational, a game at Texas, a game with Nebraska and against BYU in Las Vegas.

Players Staying in The 2022 NBA Draft

Appalachian State’s Adrian Delph

Arizona’s Dalen Terry

Arkansas’ Jaylin Williams

Belmont’s Grayson Murphy

Belmont’s Nick Muszynski

Buffalo’s Ronaldo Segu

DePaul’s Javon Freeman-Liberty

Fordham’s Chuba Ohams

Illinois’ Austin Hutcherson

Kansas’ Christian Braun

Kentucky’s Shaedon Sharpe: This is just based on potential only. Not sure about it. 

Louisiana Tech’s Kenneth Lofton Jr.: Per his Twitter page

Memphis’ Josh Minott: Per his uncle

Murray State’s Tevin Brown

Nebraska’s Trey McGowens

New Mexico State’s Teddy Allen

Northern Colorado’s Bodie Hume

Oregon State’s Maurice Calloo

Rutgers’ Jaden Jones

Rutgers’ Ron Harper Jr.

Santa Clara’s Jalen Williams

Toledo’s Ryan Rollins

USC’s Isaiah Mobley: Averaged 14.2 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game last season

UT-Arlington David Azore: Averaged 19.8 points per game last season.

UT-San Antonio Dhieu Deing: Averaged 13.6 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game last season.

Wake Forest’s Jake LaRavia

Players Withdrawing From the 2022 NBA Draft

Malachi Smith: He also told Jon Rothstein that he is in the transfer portal after playing last season at Chattanooga

Akron’s Xavier Castaneda

Auburn’s Dylan Cardwell

Auburn’s Johni Broome

Baylor’s Adam Flagler

Bethune-Cookman’s Joe French: Averaged 15.8 points per game last season

Boise State’s Emmanuel Akot: Averaged 12.4 points per game last season

Boise State’s Marcus Shaver: Per his IG page

Boston College’s DeMarr Langford

Butler’s Eric Hunter Jr.: Averaged 6.2 points per game last season.

Creighton’s Baylor Scheierman: Per his agent, Austin Walton

Dayton’s Toumani Camara: Averaged 10.9 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game last season

DePaul’s Caleb Murphy: Transfer from South Florida

DePaul’s Umoja Gibson: Transfer from Oklahoma

DePaul’s Nick Ongenda

Florida’s Kyle Lofton

Fresno State’s Isaiah Moore

Georgetown’s Bryson Mozone: Transfer from USC Upstate

George Washington’s James Bishop

Gonzaga’s Rasir Bolton

Hofstra’s Aaron Estrada

Illinois’ Jacob Grandison: Undecided where he’s going to play College Basketball next season. He has one year of college eligibility remaining after playing the last two years at Illinois.

Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis

Iowa State’s Osun Osunniyi: Averaged 11.3 points per game, 7.5 rebounds per game, and 2.9 blocks per game.

Jacksonville’s Osayi Osifo: Averaged 7.9 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game last season.

Kentucky’s Jacob Toppin per his IG page

Long Beach State’s Joel Murray

LSU’s KJ Williams

Maryland’s Jahmir Young

Memphis’ Kendric Davis

Miami’s Nijel Pack: Transfer from Kansas State

Missouri State’s Isiaiah Mosley

Nebraska’s Emmanuel Bandoumel

North Carolina State’s Terquavion Smith: Per Draft Express

Northern Colorado’s Daylen Kountz

Oregon’s Quincy Guerrier

Providence’s Jared Bynum

Saint Louis’ Yuri Collins: Averaged 11.1 points per game, 7.9 assists per game (Led Nation), and 4.1 rebounds per game last season

San Diego’s Jaiden Delaire: Transfer from Stanford

San Diego State’s Nathan Mensah: Per press release

San Francisco’s Khali Shabazz: Averaged 13.7 points per game last season

San Jose State’s Omari Moore

Stanford’s Harrison Ingram

St. Peter’s KC Ndefo

Stony Brook’s Tykei Greene: Averaged 14 points per game last season

TCU’s Damion Baugh: Per his Twitter page

Temple’s Kahlif Battle: Per his father

Tennessee’s Josiah-Jordan James: Per his brother

Texas’ Dylan Disu

Tulane’s Jalen Cook

UC-Santa Barbara’s Andre Kelly

USC’s Boogie Ellis

UT-Martin’s KJ Simon: Averaged 16.9 points per game last season

Wake Forest’s Daivien Williamson: Averaged 11.8 points per game last season

Western Kentucky’s Jairus Hamilton

Wofford’s B.J. Mack

Wyoming’s Hunter Maldonado

Xavier’s Souley Boum

2021–2022 Transfer Portal Breakdown: 

378 Division I Freshmen Players are still in the Portal. 698 Total Freshmen went in.

221 Division I Sophomore Players are still in the Portal. 439 Total Sophomores went in. 

233 Division I Junior Players are still in the Portal. 488 Total Juniors went in.

According to this breakdown, 54.7% of the freshmen, sophomores and juniors who entered the transfer portal didn’t have a new school as of six days ago.


Efe Abogidi, Patrick Baldwin, Jr., AJ Green, Mohamed Gueye, Pete Nance, Emmanuel Akot, Courtney Ramey, Malachi Smith, and Isiaiah Mosley remains in the transfer portal.

Baylor transfer Matthew Mayer has committed to Illinois

Cal transfer Andre Kelly has committed to UC-Santa Barbara.

Charlotte transfer Jahmir Young has committed to Maryland

Davidson transfer Michael Jones has committed to Stanford per his IG page. He averaged 11.8 points per game last season. This is Stanford’s first transfer since 2009 and first ever graduate transfer.

Dayton transfer Elijah Weaver has committed to Chicago State per his IG page. He started his career at USC.

East Carolina transfer Tay Mosher has committed to Bryant.

Illinois State transfer Mark Freeman has committed to Morehead State

Iowa State transfer Tyrese Hunter has committed to Texas per his Twitter page

JUCO transfer Lavell Brodnex has committed to Wagner

Kansas State transfer Maximus Edwards has committed to George Washington, per his Twitter page.

Kansas State transfer Nijel Pack has committed to Miami

LSU transfer Xavier Pinson has committed to New Mexico State, per his IG page.

Maryland transfer Qudus Wahab has committed to Georgetown per his release.

Marquette transfer Greg Elliott has committed to Pittsburgh.

Missouri transfer Jarron “Boogie” Coleman has committed to Ball State. He started his career at Ball State.

Morehead State transfer Johni Broome has committed to Auburn.

Murray State transfer KJ Williams has committed to LSU. He averaged 18 points per game and 8.4 rebounds per game last season.

North Carolina transfer Anthony Harris has committed to Rhode Island, per his IG page.

Notre Dame transfer Elijah Taylor has committed to Quinnipiac.

Oklahoma transfer Umoja Gibson has committed to DePaul, per his Twitter page.

Oklahoma State transfer Rondel Walker has committed to TCU, per his IG page.

Princeton’s Ethan Wright has committed to Colorado.

Prairie View A&M transfer Jeremiah Kendall has committed to Wagner.

Purdue transfer Eric Hunter Jr. has committed to Butler.

Seton Hall transfer Brandon Weston has committed to Rhode Island, per his Twitter page.

SMU transfer Emmanuel Bandoumel has committed to Nebraska

South Carolina transfer Keyshawn Bryant has committed to South Florida per his IG page

South Florida transfer Caleb Murphy has committed to DePaul, per his Twitter page

Southern Miss transfer Isaiah Moore has committed to Fresno State. He previously also played at St. John’s.

St. Bonaventure transfer Dom Welch has committed to Alabama, per his IG page.

St. Bonaventure transfer Kyle Lofton has committed to Florida.

St. Bonaventure transfer Osun Osunniyi has committed to Iowa State

St. Peters transfer KC Ndefo has committed to Seton Hall.

Stanford transfer Jaiden Delaire has committed to San Diego.

Temple transfer Jake Forrester has committed to Saint Louis.

Tennessee Tech transfer Austin Harvell has committed to Alabama A&M.

Texas State transfer Nate Lacewell has committed to Morehouse College (Division II).

Texas Tech transfer Kevin McCullar has committed to Kansas per his Twitter page.

Texas Tech transfer Mylik Wilson tells Jon Rothstein that he has committed to Houston.

Villanova transfer Bryan Antoine has committed to Radford.

Virginia Tech transfer John Ojiako has committed to George Mason. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

UMass transfer Dibjaji Walker has committed to Appalachian State.

USC Upstate transfer Bryson Mozone has committed to Georgetown.

UTEP transfer Souley Boum has committed to Xavier. He averaged 19.8 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game last season.

Wofford transfer Austin Patterson has committed to Sacramento State.

Yale transfer Jalen Gabbidon has committed to Colorado per his IG page. He averaged 11.3 points per game last season.

Late Commits

2022 prospect Arda Duraklar has committed to Jacksonville State.

2022 prospect Mouhamadou Cisse has committed to Saint Louis, per his Twitter page. He initially committed to SMU.

2023 prospect Jason Jackson has committed to Texas Tech.

2022–23 Waivers

Bryant’s Antwan Walker has received a waiver from the NCAA and is immediately eligible for the 2022–23 season. He is a two-time transfer who previously played at both Rhode Island and Georgetown.

Bryant’s Miles Latimer has received a waiver from the NCAA and is immediately eligible for the 2022–23 season. He previously played at both Bucknell and Stony Brook.

Leonard Miller

Leonard Miller announces that he is no longer considering college basketball and is still weighing his professional options, per his IG page. He has until June 13th to decide if he’s going to stay in the 2022 NBA Draft or to go to G-League Ignite.

Auburn and USC

The start of the next season’s home and home series between Auburn and USC will be on Sunday, December 18th at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Baylor and Gonzaga

Gonzaga and Baylor will play a neutral site game at the Sanford Pentagon on December 2nd, per their press release.

Bryant and Cincinnati

Cincinnati’s game against Bryant next season will be on December 4th at Fifth Third Arena.

Butler and Cal

Butler and Cal will begin a home and home series on December 10th in Berkeley. The return game will take place in 2023–24 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Colorado and Nebraska

Colorado will host Nebraska in a Charity Exhibition on October 30th in Boulder, Colorado. The return game was last season.

Davidson and Purdue

According to multiple sources, Purdue and Davidson will play a neutral site game on December 17th at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN.

Florida and UConn

The return game of the home and home series between UConn and Florida will be on December 7th in Gainesville, FL.

George Mason and Toledo

Toledo and George Mason will start a home and home series next season in Fairfax, Virginia. The return game will take place in 2023–24 at Toledo.

Georgetown and Syracuse

Next season’s game between Syracuse and Georgetown will be played on December 10th at the JMA Wireless Dome.

Kentucky and Louisville

According to multiple sources, Kentucky and Louisville is set to be played on December 31st at Rupp Arena.

Minnesota and Mississippi State

The return game of the home and home series between Mississippi State and Minnesota will be on December 11th in Minneapolis.

Northern Iowa and Toledo

Toledo and Northern Iowa will begin a home and home series next season at Northern Iowa. The return will take place in 2023–24 at Toledo.

Oakland and Oklahoma State

Oakland will host Oklahoma State on Sunday, November 13th as part of its 2022–23 non-conference schedule

Oakland and Syracuse

Syracuse will host Oakland on Tuesday, December 6th, per the press release.

Radford and VCU

Virginia Commonwealth will host Radford as part of its 2022–23 non-conference schedule. The game is set for December 14th in Richmond.

Saint Mary’s and Wyoming

Wyoming and Saint Mary’s will play a neutral site game on December 10th at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona according to multiple sources.

San Diego State and Stanford

Stanford and San Diego State will start a home and home series next season in Palo Alto according to a source. The return game will take place in 2023–24 at Viejas Arena.

Temple and VCU

Temple and Virginia Commonwealth will start a home and home series in Philadelphia according to sources. The return game will place in 2023–24 at VCU.

Toledo and Vermont

Toledo and Vermont will start a home and home series in Burlington, Vermont. The return game will take place in 2023–24 at Toledo.

USC and Vermont

USC will host Vermont as part of its 2022–23 non-conference schedule.

Xavier and WVU

Xavier’s game against West Virginia in the Big East-Big 12 Battle has been moved to December 3rd at the Cintas Center.

Rothstein 45

Jon Rothstein ranks the Top 45 for the Preseason. What were some of the new developments in his Top 45?

Four Big 12 teams: Baylor, Kansas, TCU and Texas are in his top 12. SEVEN Big 12 teams in the Rothstein 45.

Baylor has averaged 27 wins per season over the past three years. Expect more of the same this season. With the return of Adam Flagler, the Bears are 8th.

Current Big Ten rankings: Indiana (13), Michigan (14), Purdue (19), Michigan State (20), Ohio State (27) and Illinois (35).

Coach Brad Underwood’s Illinois may have as many as four new starters next season, but they will have Baylor transfer Matthew Mayer.

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Indiana has a legitimate chance next year to win its first Big Ten regular-season title since 2016. With the return of Trayce Jackson-Davis, they are 13th in Jon Rothstein’s 45.

TCU cracked the top 10 with the return of Damion Baugh.

Arkansas falls to number 11 with the loss of Jaylin Williams

San Diego State checked in at number 25

Seton Hall moved up to number 27.

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