Saturday, February 16, 2019

Press Virginia lands spot in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Top 25

Preseason rankings hold absolutely no value, but it’s always a positive to see WVU back on the nation’s radar amongst the best competition in NCAA basketball.

ESPN has ranked Bob Huggins’ ‘Press Virginia’ program 15th overall in their latest Way-Too-Early NCAA Men’s Basketball Top 25 despite a disappointing first round loss to 14-seed Stephen F. Austin in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, as well as the loss of big man Devin Williams who declared for the NBA Draft before entering what would have been his senior season.



According to the rankings, the loss of Williams’ and seniors Jaysean Paige and Jonathan Holton will lead the Mountaineer program to “undergo its most rigorous stress test yet,” ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan said.

Only one other Big 12 team was named to the Way-Too-Early Top 25 — the reigning conference champion Kansas Jayhawks — who rank fourth overall.

The full Way-Too-Early Top 25:

  1. Duke Blue Devils
  2. Villanova Wildcats
  3. Kentucky Wildcats
  4. Kansas Jayhawks
  5. Virginia Cavaliers
  6. North Carolina Tar Heels
  7. Oregon Ducks
  8. Wisconsin Badgers
  9. Xavier Musketeers
  10. Michigan State Spartans
  11. Indiana Hoosiers
  12. Arizona Wildcats
  13. Louisville Cardinals
  14. Purdue Boilermakers
  15. West Virginia Mountaineers
  16. Gonzaga Bulldogs
  17. UCLA Bruins
  18. Maryland Terrapins
  19. Saint Mary’s Gaels
  20. Creighton Bluejays
  21. Rhode Island Rams
  22. Cincinnati Bearcats
  23. Florida State Seminoles
  24. Connecticut Huskies
  25. Syracuse Orange

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