Busting Brackets

NCAA Basketball: Biggest roster needs for each WTE top-25 team for 2024-25 season

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21. Rutgers Scarlet Knights - Starting center

The Knights did a lot of work in the portal, landing notable guards Tyson Acuff and Jordan Derkack. Add 5-star freshman guards Dylan Harper and Ace Bailey and they have one of the better backcourts in NCAA Basketball. But the frontcourt depth is very limited, outside of 6’7 Princeton transfer Zach Martini. Without Cliff Omoruyi around, Rutgers still is in big need of a center that can play at a high level in the Big Ten. Or else, they’ll need the guards to play extremely well.

20. Florida Gators - Another ball-handler

Florida is one of the key teams to watch when it comes to NBA Draft decisions, as leading scorer Walter Clayton Jr. is still in the process. Whether he comes back or not, they still need to consider the starting point guard position, as Zyon Pullin has no eligibility left, leaving Denzel Aberdeen as the only veteran ball-handler left. Adding another guard who can run the offense is important, especially if Clayton opts to go pro.

19. Creighton Bluejays - 3-point specialist 

Two of the four key starters (Steven Ashworth and Ryan Kalkbrenner) are back but they’re going to miss stars Trey Alexander and Baylor Scheierman, two elite pure scorers and shooters. Their replacements from the portal are Pop Isaacs and Jamiya Neal, two good starters but aren’t the same kind of pure shooters as the former Bluejays. Outside of Ashworth, there are concerns about how good this team is from deep. One more guard that can shoot will help unless one of the incoming freshmen becomes a surprise.