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NCAA Basketball: Top 30 pending "covid-year" players decisions to make for 2024-25

Mar 28, 2024; Los Angeles, CA, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard RJ Davis (4) reacts in the second
Mar 28, 2024; Los Angeles, CA, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard RJ Davis (4) reacts in the second / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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The last few years in NCAA Basketball has been somewhat confusing from a roster analyzing standpoint. When the pandemic shut down college sports a few years ago, the NCAA allowed players to gain an extra year of eligibility. So players who joined for the 2020-21 season who able to get a 5th year if they so choose.

This upcoming offseason will be the last of the "covid year" for most college players, as next season's 4th-year seniors won't have a 5th year available. So that means a ton of "seniors" will be leaving NCAA Basketball a year from now.

But right now, there are still plenty of talented players who'll have decisions to make. Will they go pro or could they return for a 5th year? We already know the biggest decision, as likely two-time National Player of the Year big man Zach Edey has announced before that he will be going pro after the conclusion of the NCAA Tournament.

There are plenty of other teams that'll have to wait on key decisions that will determine which will be the teams to beat for the 2024-25 season. Here's a ranking of the 30 guys to watch.

Honorable Mention: Matt Cross - UMass Minutemen

Now-former UMass Josh Cohen may have led the team in scoring but Cross was arguably the team MVP, averaging15.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg, and 3.0 apg. With Cohen gone, the Minutemen would rely on the versatile forward even more next season, which will be their last in the A-10.

HM: Rienk Mast, Brice Williams and Juwan Gary - Nebraska Cornhuskers

None of these three individually would make the list but without leading scorer Keisei Tominaga, Nebraska is hoping to get all three double-digit scorers back for an extra year. Their moves will play a role in whether the Huskers can try for back-to-back NCAAT appearances.

HM: Ty Berry - Northwestern Wildcats

Before he suffered a season-ending injury, Berry was averaging a career-high 11.6 ppg, shooting over 43% from three-point range. Northwestern badly needs him back since they're losing both star guard Boo Buie and potentially key starting guard, Ryan Langborg.

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