Early in the season, as Nik Stauskas morphed into an all-court killer, his father let slip that his son's sights were focused on the NBA. Stauskas had to deny it at the time, but there's little reason to pretend otherwise now: Stauskas' comprehensive offensive season (not just scoring but passing, ballhandling, you name it) have made him a bona fide lottery pick. NBA people have fallen head over heels. So where does that leave Michigan? It depends: Will Glenn Robinson III leave? What about Mitch McGary, who missed most of the 2013-14 season thanks to back surgery? If both are back, the Wolverines are the Big Ten favorite. If one or both are gone, things are more fluid -- but the return of Caris LeVert and the ongoing development of Derrick Walton Jr. and Zak Irvin will keep coach John Beilein's team in the mix.
Last week, coach Tom Izzo told reporters that star sophomore shooting guard Gary Harris was "torn" on the NBA draft. Izzo admitted it probably makes sense for Harris to enter the draft, and he probably will. Adreian Payne will be there already, and Keith Appling graduates this spring. Branden Dawson is reportedly 50-50. Izzo has one top-100 player inbound -- No. 15-ranked point guard Lourawls Nairn -- and a good backcourt in Travis Trice and Denzel Valentine. But if four of Michigan State's five starters go missing, 2014-15 may see the Spartans take at least a half-step back.
Coach Rick Barnes needed a quality campaign to shore up support in Austin, and he got exactly that this season. Next season holds the promise of much more. All five starters are returning -- including Cameron Ridley, Javan Felix and productive rising senior Jonathan Holmes -- while adding wing Jordan Barnett, who combines explosive athletic ability with 3-point shooting.
Oklahoma has been ahead of the typical rebuilding schedule almost from the moment Lon Kruger took over as coach. Next season, the Sooners have a chance to take another step. Buddy Hield, Jordan Woodard, Isaiah Cousins and Ryan Spangler all return to a team that finished in the top 20 in adjusted offensive efficiency, and the loss of second-leading scorer Cameron Clark should be offset by the addition of top-100 power forward Dante Buford and lanky four-star center Khadeem Lattin. The Sooners are adding a ton of size to a skilled offensive team. If they perk up even a smidge defensively, be forewarned.