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NCAA Basketball: Arizona, Indiana, and Ole Miss rise in updated 2024-25 WTE power rankings

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8. Arizona Wildcats

When the season ended for Arizona, it was known that starting forward Keshad Johnson would go since he has no more eligibility. But who else would leave as well? The results have been a little surprising, with center Omuar Ballo and starting guard Kylan Boswell entering the transfer portal, along with backup big man, Dylan Anderson.

The Wildcats have landed a couple of pieces from the portal to replace them. That includes Trey Townsend, one of the biggest names. The 6’6 forward and Horizon League Player of the Year averaged 17.3 ppg and 8.1 rpg at Oakland, including 30 points in the NCAA Tournament matchup against NC State that put him on the national map. Former Tennessee center Tobe Awaka adds depth, while Motiejus Krivas and Henri Veesaar are due for larger roles.

As of now, Arizona has one of the top backcourts in all of NCAA Basketball for next season. Leading scorer Caleb Love (18.0 ppg) could be back, as well as 5th-year all-around guard, Pelle Larsson, who led them in assists. However, both are currently in the NBA Draft process, along with backup freshman guard, KJ Lewis.

If all three guards are back, Arizona will be worthy of a top-10 ranking next season. But unlike some of the teams coming up, there are some real questions as to who is returning. The next update will include what the trio decides to do.