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There has never been a more difficult year to do a men’s college basketball Way-Too-Early Top 25. With over 1,200 players already in the transfer portal, uncertainty over returning seniors and upcoming NCAA rule changes, every roster is very much still in flux. Add in a pandemic that has kept coaches off the road recruiting for 13 months and disrupted seasons, and there are far more questions than answers about next season right now.

Despite all that, we’re going to give it a shot. These rankings may look far different in June, September and November. Think of these as a snapshot in time: what the rankings would look like if the 2021–22 season started tomorrow.

A few baseline rules used to make roster assumptions:

Let’s give this a shot!

Duke's Jeremy Roach, Michigan's Hunter Dickinson and Kansas's Jalen Wilson

1. Gonzaga

Multiple key decisions loom for the Zags to determine just how good the 2021–22 Bulldogs will be, but they feel like the safe choice at this point. The two biggest ones are whether star big man Drew Timme returns to school (for these rankings, he’s considered a Zag) and whether the country’s No. 1 recruit, Chet Holmgren, will head to Spokane as rumored. If even one of those two is on Gonzaga next year, this team will be special. Expect Andrew Nembhard to run point full-time with the expected pro departure of Jalen Suggs, but elite recruit Hunter Sallis should give this backcourt plenty of upside. And if Timme and Holmgren wind up sharing a frontcourt together? Watch out.

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