5 teams to improve significantly during the 2022-23 season

It’s never too early to start looking forward!

Check below our list of 5 teams that should improve dramatically during the 2022-23 college basketball season.

Not in any particular order:

Oregon: Many programs will celebrate the 15-20 season that ended at Posteason NIT. Don’t say that to Dana Altman. The veteran coach was disgusted last spring with Oregon’s performance after defeating both UCLA and USC on the road in January. Expect the ducks to return in a major way in 2022-23. All-Pac-12 guard Will Richardson returns for season five with a pair of Quincy Guerrier and N’Faly Dante veteran front pieces. Oregon also added two overseas perimeter transitions in Jermaine Quesnard (South Carolina) and Kishon Barthelemy (Colorado), who should contend for the starting position after averaging double figures last season. Meanwhile, the 7-foot-tall Kel’el Ware is a predicted 2023 lottery pick and the best long-term opportunity in the Ducks program. Expect Oregon to compete for the Pac-12 regular season title and high suit at the 2023 NCAA Championships.

Butler: Many Big East coaches think the Bulldogs are the sleepy team in the conference. It is difficult to argue when analyzing their current situation. Thad Matta’s second round of work at Hinkle Fieldhouse has begun to solidify his bases and focal points thanks to two transfers – Eric Hunter Jr. (Purdue) and Manny Bates (NC State) – with Energy Conference Experience. The 6-11 Bates averaged 2.7 blocks two seasons ago and she should be one of the most influential newcomers in the Big East. Akron Ali Ali’s transfer (13.9 points) is also considered in the mix for a springboard in forward strength. Butler also brings back several pieces from last season’s 14-game winning team under Laval Jordan, most notably three players from Ocean — Chuck Harris, Jayden Taylor and Simas Lucosius — who averaged 6.8 points or more. Don’t be shocked if Butler is a bubbles team – or better – in 2023.

George Town: A 21-game losing streak and a win-free record in the Big East play have raised questions about Patrick Ewing’s job security. He answered with great reinforcements. Transfers Brandon Murray (LSU), Qudous Wahab (MD), Jay Heath (Arizona), and Akok Akok (Okun) all made their way to Georgetown as potential rookies who were among the top 100 recruits a few years ago. Hoyas is currently awaiting a Heath eligibility waiver for the 2022-23 season. The Duquesne Primo Spurs transfer is also expected to make a huge impact at the base, as Hoyas already owns junior Dante Harris (11.9 points, 4.1 assists, 3.6 rebounds), who was the MVP in the Big East Tournament in 2021. He may not be It’s realistic for Georgetown to triple his win total after a season of six wins, but Ewing has enough talent on his roster to flirt with a record total of .500 and in the middle of the conference standings.

San Diego: Toreros’ first year under Steve Lavigne comes with concrete expectations after San Diego added two Pac-12 rookies — Jaiden Delaire (Stanford) and Eric Williams (Oregon) — from the transfer gate. San Diego also brought back the only two scorers – Marcellus Erlington and Jesse Townsend – from last season’s team that finished 15-16 and seventh in the Senior World Championships. Lavigne succeeded in recruiting the elite, leading UCLA and St. He collected enough talent to press for a place in the top half of the WCC standings in his first season in San Diego.

George Mason: After completing 14-16 in his first season as head coach, Kim English has the Patriots well-positioned to move toward the Atlantic Top 10. Veteran forward Josh Oduro (17.7 points, 7.5 rebounds) tops the talent list, which features a high-quality blend of returning experience. and talented newcomers. In addition to Oduro, Gaines “Ticket” and DeVon Cooper are back as double scorers while three transfers—Victor Bailey (Tennessee), Saquan Singleton (New Mexico), and Jenica Ojiaku (Virginia Tech)—are queuing for important roles. Top 100 freshman Justin Fernandez and 6-9 freshman Elvis Njie are also important members of the Patriots rotation. Don’t be shocked if this is the best team in the Atlantic 10 after St. Louis, Dayton and VCU.


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