CBS Sports releases new Top 25 and 1
It’s been a big week in the transfer portal, and one that should impact college basketball rankings for the season ahead. Two Big Ten players with All-America ability – Kofi Cockburn and Marcus Carr – made their decisions, Cockburn returning to Illinois for his junior season and Carr choosing to spend what will likely be his last college season in Austin, before being transferred to Texas.
These have helped to shake up the ranking. Illinois without Cockburn might not have made it to the top 25 teams; even those raised on the Fighting Illini had Illinois on the sidelines. Then there is Texas. The Longhorns bring back two starters from a year ago, but have come out of the portal better, landing a number of potential starters for Chris Beard’s first season as a head coach. That includes Carr, who appears to be filling Texas’ last need for an experienced, top-level playmaker who could help take advantage of a talented squad.
With that move – and more – CBS Sports writer Gary Parrish released its updated Top 25 and 1 rankings, selecting the best college basketball teams for the 2021-22 season.