With Virginia firmly in the record books as 2019 national champions, it is time for the VBDI (Vitale Bald Dome Index) to look into the future.
It is very difficult to pick next year's top teams. A number of stars have already declared for the NBA draft and will likely stay in the pool. There are the grad transfer rules that clearly change everything. Kentucky already landed a prize transfer in Nate Sestina, formerly of Bucknell.
There are several name recruits and jucos who remain undecided.
So while it is a challenge, I have come up with my own, ridiculously early top 10. Obviously this is subject to change.
My first crack at the 2019-2020 Top 10:
2. Kentucky Wildcats
John Calipari got some good news when Ashton Hagans decided to return to Lexington. Now if he get Tyler Herro to return to Big Blue Nation. It will not be easy to replace PJ Washington and Keldon Johnson, though he has a pair of top 15 recruits in Kahlil Whitney and Tyrese Maxey.
3. Virginia Cavaliers
Tony Bennett is basking in the glory of the championship, but he would like to be the first back-to-back winner since Billy Donovan and Florida in 2006 and 2007. Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome are expected back. If De'Andre Hunter spurns the NBA draft, watch out.
5. Gonzaga Bulldogs
Mark Few has a top-notch class coming in. Veterans Zach Norvell Jr., Killian Tillie and Corey Kispert could all be back. Few is a sure Hall of Famer in my eyes. I suspect he will land a transfer or two in the off-season to bolster the squad.
10. Villanova Wildcats
While Phil Booth and Eric Paschall are gone, the cupboard is not bare. Collin Gillespie, Jermaine Samuels, Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree and Saddiq Bey are returning. Jay Wright has a great class, led by 6-5 Bryan Antoine, coming in. Wright should be in the Hall too!
There you have it, an early look ahead, baby!