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19. Creighton Bluejays

The Bluejays had arguably the best trio in all of NCAA Basketball last season, all averaging at least 17 ppg. Two of them are now gone, as Baylor Scheierman ran out of eligibility, while star guard Trey Alexander has left for the NBA Draft. The one left is starting center and 3-time Big East Defensive Player of the Year Ryan Kalkbreener, who averaged 17.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg, and over three blocks a game.

The frontcourt is largely staying intact, with forwards Mason Miller, Jasen Green, and Isaac Traudt all back. Backup big man Fredrick King originally had entered the transfer portal but recently decided to return to Creighton.

Who the Bluejays did get from the portal includes Alexander’s replacement, Pop Isaacs. He led Texas Tech with 15.8 ppg last season, earning All-Big 12 honors. Pairing him with returning point guard Steven Ashworth should work out well in the Big East. 

Replacing Scheierman on the wings will be Jamiya Neal, a 6’6 forward from Arizona State. He averaged 11.0 ppg and 5.4 rpg last season on 42% shooting from the field and 28% from deep. Neal isn’t the same kind of offensive threat as Scheierman but if Neal still is a double-digit contributor, the Bluejays will have a formidable lineup.