Full Breakdown of the American Athletic Conference.

Memphis Tigers:

Look, I know last season was a disaster for the Tigers but that’s because of many different factors. James Wiseman left the team while on a suspension for receiving what was deemed improper benefits from Penny Hardaway when he was a coach at East High School in Memphis paid the Wiseman family $12,500 to move to Memphis and join East High School. Later Hardaway recruited Wiseman when he was named the coach of his college team. Besides that, they lose Precious Achiuwa to the NBA but most of the team is back. They add Moussa Cisse and De’Andre Williams (pending waiver). This is a huge season upcoming. Quinones will break out and show his elite scoring ability, and for a two-guard, he’s a very good ball-handler, he does a lot of things well. D.J. Jeffries is your prototypical wing, he’s very talented and was the 2nd best player for the Tigers before injuries ended his season. Between Lomax, Baugh, Ellis I’m not sure who takes the next step between those but I’d guess it’s Ellis, he’s a very good scorer but struggled last season

PG: Lester Quinones

SG: Damion Baugh

SF: D.J. Jeffries

PF: DeAndre Williams (Evansville, Needs waiver)

C: Moussa Cisse

Bench: Lance Thomas, Boogie Ellis, Jayden Hardaway, Alex Lomax, Isaiah Stokes, Malcolm Dandridge Jr

Houston Cougars:

I had Houston as a top-15 team 2 months ago, now I’m not sure what to think. Nate Hinton left for the NBA, Fabian White Jr tore his ACL both brutal blows. It’s hard to question Kelvin Sampson though, so they slot at 2nd for me. I like Caleb Mills a ton he’s a great shooter, and Quentin Grimes could be due for a big season but just consistency is the biggest key for both of them. The bigs are a question but they don’t use bigs much, they double the other teams big often with a much more athletic guy, like Nate Hinton but with him gone I’d like to see who takes his role, maybe Jarreaubut we’ll have to wait and see on that.

PG: Marcus Sasser

SG: Quinten Grimes

SF: Caleb Mills

PF: DeJon Jarreau

C: Brison Gresham

Bench: Cameron Tyson, J’Wan Roberts, Justin Gorham, Tramon Mack, Jamal Shead, Kiyron Powell

SMU Mustangs:

The Mustangs and Tim Jankovich received a gut punch to what could’ve been a historic season, losing star Isiaha Mike early to the NBA. They solved that issue a bit in adding Oklahoma State transfer Yor Anei, who left Stillwater following the news of the postseason ban. Tyson Jolly is the go-to scorer on this team, he could drop close to 20 points per game this season. Kendric Davis is a very talented point guard, below average size but he averaged nearly 15 a game along with 6 assists per game, he’s a very good facilitator, hed played at TCU previously so he’s experienced top tier competition. The bench isn’t great but Chargois and Bandoumel could be very good there for the Mustangs, 3rd is a fair finish for them right now.

PG: Kendrick Davis

SG: Darius McNeil (Cal)

SF: Tyson Jolly

PF: Ferron Hunt

C: Yor Anei (Oklahoma State)

Bench: Emmanuel Bandoumel, Ethan Chargois, Darius McBride, William Douglas, Jahmar Young Jr, Isiah Jassey

Cincinnati Bearcats:

Losing All-Time Bearcat great Jarron Cumberland is tough, he was great for 4 seasons for the Bearcats, they also lose Jaevin Cumberland his cousin. They do have pieces though, two talented guards in Adams-Woods and Harvey one of which being Adams-Woods who played a ton as a Freshman but Harvey didn’t although Harvey was a top-100 recruit. Harvey is known as a very good shooter and has a high ceiling. Keith Williams opting to return was massive, he’s a good defender and scorer, last year averaging 12 points per game, he should lead the Bearcats in points. Ivanauskas a transfer from Colgate is a solid get, he’s not much of a defender but a very good offense big. When Chris Vogt transferred to Cincy he hadn’t shown a ton on offense but this season he figured it out, averaging 11 points per game on 64% shooting from-the-field, being 7’1″ is something you’ll take, with solid defensive abilities he’s due for a big year. The Bearcats could make the tournament this season and it’s really in the realm of possibility. Adding David DeJulius to the rotation should also really help out, he’s not an elite guard but he’s a solid role player.

PG: Mika Adams-Woods

SG: Zach Harvey

SF: Keith Williams

PF: Rapolas Ivanauskas (Colgate)

C: Chris Vogt (Testing Waters)

Bench: David DeJulius, Tari Eason, Jeremiah Davenport, Prince Toiyambi, Gabe Madsen, Mike Saunders.

South Florida Bulls:

USF gets their star guard, David Collins back which a big move, he averaged 13.9 points per game last season and he’s a big strong guard. Last season when Alexis Yetna got hurt that ruined things for the potential of South Florida. He’s a 6’8″ stretch big who can shoot and defend, he will make Brian Gregory’s squad much better. At the 5 Michael Durr is a 7-foot guy who is a below-average offensive player but you can’t teach height. One of the top recruits in South Florida history is Caleb Murphy, what a big move for the team, he will play a huge role as a Freshman. This team could compete in the AAC.

PG: David Collins

SG: Caleb Murphy

SF: Justin Brown

PF: Alexis Yetna

C: Michael Durr

Bench: Xavier Castaneda, Ezacuras Dawson, Rashun Williams, Madut Akec, Jamar Chaplain, B.J. Mack, Prince Oduru (Mississippi State)

UCF Knights:

After a somewhat disappointing season, the Knights hit the transfer market this offseason to rebuild. They first added Louisville transfer Darius Perry, who will look to run the point guard spot this season. Freak athlete CJ Walker transferred in from Oregon this past season, he’s a 6’9″ forward that will almost certainly get a waiver to play this season. Walker along with Collin Smith should provide a formidable front court for the Knights this season.

PG: Darius Perry (Louisville)

SG: Darin Green Jr

SF: Brandon Mahan

PF: C.J. Walker (Oregon)

C: Collin Smith

Bench: Tony Johnson Jr, Isaiah Adams, Jamile Reynolds, Avery Diggs, Ibrahim Famouke Doumbia

East Carolina Pirates:

East Carolina has a long tack record of being terrible for a long period of time but that could change this season. They have a legitimate star in Jayden Gardner he averaged 19.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game last season as a forward. Now Sophomore, Brandon Suggs looks to be a high potential guy, he averaged 8.3 points per game as a Freshman. Someone else who was a Freshman last season Tristen Newton could be another high upside guy, he averaged 11 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game, while playing decent defense, the 6’5″ guard/ wing definitely could be a huge piece. Last season they were young and this season they have more experience. Noah Farrakhan had a good amount of power-5 offers is a very fast true pint guard who will play a lot this season. Joe Dooley could have his best squad in a very long time.

PG: Noah Farrakhan

SG: Brandon Suggs

SF: Tristen Newton

PF: J.J. Miles

C: Jayden Gardner

Bench: Logan Curtis, Derrick Quansah, Tremont Robinson-White, Ian Jones, Charles Coleman, Miles James

Wichita State Shockers:

Following ladt season the Shockers lost Erik Stevenson (Washington), Jaime Echinique (Graduation), Noah Fernandes (UMass), Jamarius Burton (Texas Tech), Ashjborn Mitgaard (Grand Canyon), and Grant Sherfield (Nevada). I get Gregg Marshall has a long history of being a good coach but there’s so many questions with this team. Scoring wise can you trust anyone outside of Tyson Etienne? Gilbert has been inconsistent and hurt at UConn. Dennis took a big step back on offense this past season only 34% from-the-field and 33% from three he left so much to be desired as a Sophomore. The thing that could be a huge X-Factor is Morris Udeze, he’s a great defender but defense isn’t the question, another Gregg Marshall squad with a good defense just worried about the offense.

PG: Alterique Gilbert (UConn)

SG: Tyson Etienne

SF: Dexter Dennis

PF: Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler

C: Morris Udeze

Bench: Trey Wade, Clarence Jackson, Josaphat Bilau, Craig Porter, Ricky Council IV, Chaunce Jenkins.

Tulane Green Wave:

Ron Hunter is building something special in the Bayou but not this season, they lost Teshaun Hightower who was arrested in connection murder and subsequently kicked off the team. Kevin Zhang is going overseas, have many transfers that received waivers. Last season, Jordan Walker averaged 8 points per game in his first season for the Green Wave, shot 37% from three with good defense, very high upside guy. Transfers like Gabe Watson who averaged 13 points per game at Southern Miss is a big get, he doesn’t have to be the guy for Tulane, he received a waiver to play this year. Getting Kevin Cross who was pretty terrible on a bad Nebraska team, maybe he can improve being in a better environment. Also former top-100 recruit, Jaylen Forbes from Alabama a talented scoring guard who never got a chance at Bama last season. Ron Hunter is changing the culture.

PG: Jordan Walker

SG: Gabe Watson (Southern Mississippi)

SF: Kevin Cross (Nebraska)

PF: Nobal Days

C: Ibrahim Ali

Bench: Jaylen Forbes (Alabama), R.J. McGee, Ben Callahan-Gold, Buay Koka, Jadan Coleman, Tylan Pope

Temple Owls:

Temple lost Quinton Rose, Nate Pierre-Louis (NBA), Josh Pierre Louis (UCSB), Alani Moore, Monty Scott (Portland State). Adding a talent like Khalif Battle is huge for any Mid-Major team, he’s a 6’5″ guard who was in the Big East, he adds a ton to this squad. And then another transfer in Tai Strickland from Wisconsin. It’s incredibly hard to replace All-Time Temple great, like Quinton Rose and a great defender in Nate Pierre-Louis. Jake Forrester only played half the season after transferring in from Indiana and having to sit half a season, he’s a high upside guy but needs to work on defense. I don’t love this team this season but they could surprise.

PG: Khalif Battle (Butler, needs waiver)

SG: Tai Strickland

SF: De’Vondre Perry

PF: J.P. Moorman

C: Jake Forrester

Bench: Damian Dunn, Jahlil White, Nick Jourdain, Jeremiah Williams, Arshama Parks, Quincy Ademokoya,

Tulsa Hurricanes:

They lost Jeriah Horne (Colorado), Lawson Korita (Graduation), and Martins Igbanu (Graduation) which hurts a ton since Horne and Igbanu were big scorers down low, Korita was a 3-point specialist. They return both lead guards, Elijah Joiner and Brandon Rachal they’ll both be spectacular again this season but it’s hard to imagine this team being good.

PG: Elijah Joiner

SG: Darien Jackson

SF: Brandon Rachal

PF: Josh Earley

C: Emmanuel Ugboh

Bench: Keshawn Williams, Reggie Jones, Curtis Haywood II

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