This week, FanHouse is taking a way too early look at the top teams heading into 2007 with a BlogPoll decided on by our college hoops bloggers. It's a time-honored filler for the off-season, and who are we to buck tradition? Today we look at teams 20 through 16.
Perhaps nobody lost more this offseason than the Texas A&M Aggies. Not only did the possible best player in school history (Acie Law IV) graduate, their superstar young coach (Billy Gillispie) took off for "bluer" pastures in Kentucky. As if Law and Gillispie weren't big enough losses, key contributors Antanas Kavaliauskas and Marlon Pompey graduated as well. So what on earth are the Aggies doing at #19 in our premature blogpoll? Gillispie left a lot in the cupboard for new coach Mark Turgeon, a quite capable coach in his own right. Turgeon is coming off an impressive run at Wichita State - that's why they're here.
Turgeon's biggest victory in his first year in College Station may have already happened - he convinced uberstud DeAndre Jordan to keep his commitment to the Aggies. Jordan is one of the elite players in next year's freshman class, a 7 foot beast who should provide an immediate impact in the post for A&M.
Alongside bruising forward Joseph Jones and fellow freshman Denzel Bowles, the Aggies could have one of the best frontlines in the entire country. Josh Carter and Dominique Kirk will provide the experience in the backcourt, and incoming freshman PG B.J Holmes will be looked upon to contribute as well. There's plenty of talent here for A&M to a contender in the Big XII yet again.