Jarron Cumberland: One of the biggest names coming back for the 2019-2020 season has to be the American Conference Player of the Year, Jarron Cumberland. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll be voted as a Preseason All-American by just about everybody this Fall. This is a huge return for the Bearcats as they’ll try to make the transition from Mick Cronin to first year head coach John Brannen. Having watched this kid play in high school, he will terrorize the opponent’s defenses with his ability to get to the basket and his pull up jumper. The Bearcats will rely heavily on him as they look to return to the NCAA tournament for the 10th year in a row.
Jordan Nwora: The ACC’s Most Improved Player last season will be returning to the Louisville Cardinals next season. Nwora is almost a lock to be voted to the Preseason All-ACC Team. With another solid season and some little improvements, he’ll end up as a first round pick in next year’s draft. A huge boost for the Cardinals, as Chris Mack will bring a very enticing team to the table to compete in one of the NCAA’s toughest conference. Look for the Cardinals to be title contenders in March.
Myles Powell: This guy is good, very good. Big East player of the year Myles Powell will return for his senior season with the Seton Hall Pirates and the rest of the Big East is very nervous. Averaging 23 points per game last season you should not be surprised to see this team go to the Sweet 16 or even further come next Spring. He’s another guy that should be a lock to be a Preseason All-American and I challenge you to come up with five guys who would deserve it more than him.
Kaleb Wesson: This is a big boost for the Buckeyes next year. Wesson is a likely candidate to be a member of the Preseason All Big 10 team. Wesson will provide some much needed experience for a Buckeye team that doesn’t have a lot of veterans. Ohio State is a potential dark horse in the Big-10 and should be on everyone’s radar come conference time.
Mamadi Diakite: College basketball fans probably remember hearing this name often during Virginia’s National Championship run this past season. A defensive menace that will again be a vital part of this Cavaliers team. Head coach Tony Bennet is reloading and they’ll definitely be in the picture come March.
Kerry Blackshear Jr.: A big time player at Virginia-Tech last year. Right now it’s unclear on where he’ll be playing ball next year as Blackshear is eligible to transfer and play immediately if he chooses. He’s a very talented big man and if he does decide to transfer there will be a lot of coaches on his doorstep.
Xavier Sneed: The Kansas State junior will return to the Wildcats for his senior season. Look for K-State to be players in the Big-12 again this season. Sneed has some NBA upside but again, this is a win-win situation for Sneed and K-State for him to come back.
Obi Toppin: A name that some fans may not be familiar with. Toppin was a leader with the Dayton Flyers this past season and will be returning for his sophomore campaign in the Fall. With his return, I think the Flyers again become a player in the A-10 and will look to make a return to the tournament. Toppin worked out with five NBA teams before deciding to return to school. NBA scouts obviously see something special in him and Toppin is definitely a name that could make some noise this coming season.
Skylar Mays: With all of the controversy surrounding LSU’s head coach Will Wayde this past Spring, Mays is a big bright spot for the Tigers. Mays will return for his senior season giving a big boost to a very talented roster. Teammates Emmit Williams and Marlon Taylor will also be returning to the school adding experienced depth. This team has a great chance to win back-to-back SEC Regular season titles.
Devon Dotson: A huge impact player for Kansas as he will be a pivotal leader this upcoming season. With the recent loss of one of the top rated prospects, RJ Hampton earlier this week, this should bring a smile to Jayhawk fans. The point guard started every game for the Jayhawks last season and will end up on one of the Preseason All Big-12 teams.
EJ Montgomery: A Kentucky freshman coming back? Montgomery will look to have a much bigger impact for the Wildcats next season after only playing about 15 minutes per game last season. He didn’t quite meet expectations but another year to grow under coach Calipari is a win-win situation. Look for Montgomery to be in the conversation for the SEC Most Improved Player next spring.
The full list of players who are staying in the draft and a list of those who withdrew can be found here.