@footballfan16 This is based off of my power rankings where I went week by week with each teams schedules trying to guess what their end of the year record would be. It is on the site, I tried to put the url in the description, but it wouldn't save.
@Punk Ass Jerry My order is based off the power rankings I did for this site. I tried to put the url in the description, but it won't save. As for the Bucs they play a sort of difficult schedule also I think the defense will take a bit of a dip without Lovie Smith. Also I suspect Winston will have a sophomore slump like so many quarterbacks in recent seasons. I also just don't trust them outside of a Super Bowl run more than 10 years ago they have been a dysfunctional mess their whole history. We just saw Ramsey go top 5 and he is probably best as a safety so why not find one for the Bucs who has Chris Conte starting in one spot....ew. I don't believe that a there is a certain order to who should go where smart teams take the guy they want no matter where they pick. If he works out no one will care where he was picked 3 years from now.
PF: Dwight Powell (So)/Jack Trotter (Sr)/Andrew Zimmerman (Sr)/Andy Brown (So)
SF: Anthony Brown (So)/Josh Huestis (So)
G: Chasson Randle (Fr)/Gabriel Harris (Jr)
PG: Jarrett Mann (Sr)/Aaron Bright (So)
Gone: SG-Jeremy Green
Giving Johnny Dawkins a 2-year contract extension was a vote of confidence that the former Blue Devil has the Stanford Cardinal basketball program heading in the right direction. Dawkins has recruited well since arriving in Palo Alto, but his team is still a year or two away from being a true contender in the Pac-12.
The arrival of highly touted freshman Chasson Randle should provide the Cardinal with a major boost and scorer to replace Jeremy Green who left early for the NBA Draft, but was not among the sixty players selected. Randle is a scoring combo guard who will likely be paired with last year's starting point guard Jarrett Mann in the backcourt. Mann is more of a distributing floor leader and not a real threat to put up a lot of points, so the two should compliment each other well.
Aaron Bright saw significant playing time off the bench last year as a freshman and will be in the same situation this year, while Gabriel Harris will try to work himself into what figures to be a three-man rotation at guard.
Anthony Brown was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team last year and will start at the three. He played for the USA U-19 team at the World Championships this summer, but didn't see much court time. Still, that experience should pay dividends for his development. Sophomore Josh Huestes will serve as his back-up and is also capable of playing some four if Dawkins goes with a smaller, quicker line-up.
Josh Owens and Dwight Powell were effective last season, but form a somewhat under-sized starting frontcourt. Andy Brown returns from back-to-back, season-ending ACL injuries and will attempt to work himself into a crowded frontcourt, which also features John Gage, Jack Trotter, and Andrew Zimmerman who all saw decent minutes a year ago. Stefan Nastic, 6-11, adds some needed to size to the fold. He turned down an invite to try out for the Serbian U-19 team as he continued to recover from a foot injury that forced him to redshirt last season.
Entering his third season at Stanford, Dawkins is starting to bring in his own recruits and create an identity. The Cardinal figure to be in a similar standing as a year ago, but could surprise some people if the young pieces blend together sooner than expected.
Player to Watch: Chasson Randle, G
At 6-1, Randle's true position at Stanford will eventually be the point, but he arrives with more of a scorer's mentality. That actually fits perfectly considering the Cardinal have an experienced point guard and need to find someone to replace Green's point production. Eventually, Randle will need to become more of a true floor leader, but for now, he can learn from Mann while doing what he does best; scoring the basketball.
Key Non-Conference Games:
11/14 vs. Fresno State (Pre-Season NIT)
11/16 vs. Colorado State (Pre-Season NIT)
11/23 vs. Oklahoma State (Pre-Season NIT)
11/25 vs. Syracuse/Virginia Tech/George Mason (Pre-Season NIT)