With the college basketball season coming to an end last night as North Carolina defeated Gonzaga in the National Championship, many people have already started to look towards next season. Many sites have released their “way-too-early” Top 25’s for next season and the reigning NIT Champions have been getting a lot of love.
Next season, the Frogs will be returning their 6 top scorers from this season’s roster, including all 5 starters. A lot will be expected from some of the key players such as NIT MVP Kenrich Williams, Vladimir Brodziansky, and Alex Robinson. Vlad was even ranked as one of the Top 25 college basketball players for 2017-2018 by ESPN. He came in at #24 and was the 3rd-highest ranked player from the Big 12.
TCU will also be hoping that Jaylen Fisher can quickly get back from injury and that strong NIT performances from JD Miller and Desmond Bane are a sign of great things to come for those two.
The highest preseason ranking comes from Yahoo! Sports, which put the Frogs at #17 for next season. Other polls that had TCU ranked include USA Today, which has the Frogs at #22, and Sports Illustrated, which ranks TCU #24. The Frogs also earned an Honorable Mention in ESPN’s way-too-early Top 25.
One player who seems to be excited about the rankings is Alex Robinson:
No doubt will there be high expectations for this team next season, but they will be more than capable of living up to them. There’s no reason TCU can’t pull off next season what South Carolina accomplished this season.
Not only has TCU been named as a potential Top 25 team going into next season, but ESPN’s Bracketologist Joe Lunardi also seems to like the Frogs’ chances, currently projecting them as an #8 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Yes, it is very early for all of this to be coming out, but there’s no reason not to be excited about what can happen in Jamie Dixon’s 2nd year at the helm. Go Frogs!