Originally posted on Hoops Manifesto  |  Last updated 9/26/12




Fall is here, and school is back in session, which means the good times are almost here - the start of college basketball season!  To get you ready for this upcoming season, The Hoops Manifesto presents to you its preseason top 25 team rankings, based on the input from our esteemed voting panel.  Next up #23: Memphis Tigers

Big thanks to our voting panel: Jeff Fox (@HoopsManifesto) from The Hoops Manifesto, Perry Missner (@PerryMissner) from RotoWire, Ray Bala (@CanBallReport) who writes The Can Ball Report on Raptors HQ, Adam Francis (@RaptorsHQ) from Raptors HQ, and Ian (@SoxAndDawgs) from SOX & Dawgs.




#23 - Memphis Tigers

2011/12: 26-9, lost NCAA Tournament Second Round


Key Returning Players:

Chris Crawford - Point Guard/Shooting Guard - Junior

9.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.8 spg, 51-130 3Pts

Joe Jackson - Point Guard/Shooting Guard - Junior

11.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.2 spg

Tarik Black - Power Forward/Center - Junior

10.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.5 bpg

Adonis Thomas - Small Forward - Sophomore

8.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 15-37 3Pts

Antonio Barton - Shooting Guard - Junior

6.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.6 apg, 30-75 3Pts


Key Newcomers:

Shaquille Goodwin - Power Forward - #44 ranked prospect (Rivals.com)

Damien Wilson - Small Forward - #160 ranked prospect (Rivals.com)

Geron Johnson - Shooting Guard - #1 ranked JUCO transfer (JucoRecruiting.com)


Top NBA Prospect:

Adonis Thomas - projected mid first round in 2013


Outlook:

Despite the loss of Conference USA Player of the Year Will Barton, there is still a lot to like about this season's Memphis Tigers.  They return five key members from last year's squad, including All-Conference USA Second Team honoree Tarik Black and Third Team member Chris Crawford.  Their most talented player, sophomore Adonis Thomas, has added an astonishing 30 pounds since the start of last season, but reports are that he still has retained his quickness and explosiveness.  Memphis has always had explosive guards (and this year won't be any different, with the returning players plus JUCO standout Geron Johnson on the roster), but this season they also have quality big men, led by Black and McDonald's All-American Shaquille Goodwin.  The Tigers look like they will go out with a bang this season in C-USA before bolting to the Big East.



 
Preseason Top 25

#24 - Notre Dame Fighting Irish
#25 - Texas Wildcats 


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