29 Apr

Duke slips in Top 25 And 1 after Jeremy Roach enters transfer portal, NBA Draft

Jeremy Roach started 108 games over the past four years at Duke — the first two seasons under Mike Krzyzewski, the second two under Jon Scheyer. And the 6-foot-2 point guard was projected to start at Duke for a fifth straight year next season and play a prominent role for a blue-blood program that FanDuel has made the favorite to win the 2025 NCAA Tournament.

He’s taking a different path, though.

“I’ll be declaring for the 2024 NBA Draft while maintaining my college eligibility and entering the transfer portal,” Roach announced Tuesday.

What that statement implies is that Roach will either play professionally or at another school next season — but that he’s done at Duke. Odds are, Scheyer will simply replace Roach with a similarly talented lead guard from the transfer portal — perhaps one who isn’t even in the transfer portal yet. Obviously I’ll adjust for that when it happens. But, for now, the Blue Devils are reduced to being a team set to return just two of its top seven scorers — and that’s why Duke is down to No. 7 in Version 6.0 of the 2024-25 CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 college basketball rankings even though the program is enrolling the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class headlined by five-star phenom Cooper Flagg.

Houston remains No. 1 in the Top 25 And 1 based on a projection that has the Cougars returning eight of the top 10 scorers — everybody besides Jamal Shead and Damian Dunn — from a team that won the Big 12 by multiple games and secured a No. 1 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Put another way, Kelvin Sampson’s program is bringing back four starters and adding Milos Uzan, a 6-foot-4 transfer from Oklahoma who started 56 games for the Sooners over the past two seasons. So there’s no reason to think Houston will be anything other than one of the sport’s best teams once again.

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