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North Carolina entered the season with high hopes of putting forth a couple of players into the 2018 NBA draft, but only one of those now looks to have a realistic chance. But that one player – senior point guard Joel Berry II – will be a massive loss to the Tar Heels. They will look to fill in that gap with point guard Coby White, a five star recruit out of Goldsboro, North Carolina.

White is a decent-sized guard, standing at 6-foot-3, and mostly operates by driving into the paint. Offering good speed up the floor, he’ll be a good addition to North Carolina’s transition game. White is able to get past defenders with his dynamic dribbling, but also possesses the ability to pull up from range once in a while.

The Tar Heels’ best recruit of 2018, small forward Nassir Little, will help White greatly. Little stands at a huge 6-foot-7 with a 7-foot-1 wingspan, while also possessing a massive body that’ll be able to outmuscle the best of inside men. Little has improved greatly on his jumper heading into college, meaning the combo-forward will offer North Carolina plenty of options.

Lastly, North Carolina has four-star small forward Rechon Black to look forward to. Black won’t make an immediate impact on the team, but his defensive rebounding talents, as well as offering a solid mid-range jumper, will offer North Carolina a good option off the bench and for the future.

Syracuse didn’t exactly make waves in the 2018 season, finishing 10th place in the ACC. But the Orange will return top players like guards Tyus Battle and Frank Howard, as well as adding top young talent in power forward Darius Bazley and shooting guard Jalen Carey.

Bazley is joined by Carey, a four star recruit who can put in some good minutes in the Orange’s rotation next season. Another athletic player, Carey is an impressive playmaking guard, able to dribble with both hands effectively and attack the basket off the bounce.

The Jayhawks are losing their best two guards this year in seniors Svi Mykhailiuk and Devonte’ Graham. Both should go in the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft, meaning whoever fills their spots has big shoes to fill. While the Jayhawks should return junior Lagerald Vick and redshirt sophomore Malik Newman, all eyes will be cast towards Kansas’ pair of incoming freshman guards – shooting guard Quentin Grimes and point guard Devon Dotson.

Kansas fans should expect a good showing from Grimes next year. Grimes is able to command an open floor, as well as find his teammates with his killer instinct passing. Not only does he offer offensive power, but he’s also an extremely aggressive and effective rebounder on both ends of the court.

Dotson will provide good competition to Kansas’ other competitor for the point guard spot in freshman Marcus Garrett. While perhaps not yet possessing the shooting ability that he’ll one day need, his incredible speed and ability to take hits will serve him well heading down the court and into the paint.

Kansas’ third big recruit of the 2018 class is center David McCormack. Coming out of Oak Hill Academy, McCormack offers another big body for Kansas inside, resembling a slightly smaller Udoka Azubuike. He will also most likely back up Azubuike, allowing freshman forward Silvio De Sousa to actually play the four spot and not be required to back up Azubuike.

The rollercoaster of Kentucky basketball continued in 2018, as it struggled to remain within the AP top 25 for a good majority of the season and finished 6th place in the SEC. But despite that, the Wildcats should still see three players picked in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft – Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Hamidou Diallo.

That leaves a lot of talent to fill, and Kentucky looks to do that in small forward Keldon Johnson, point guard Immanuel Quickley and shooting guard Tyler Herro. The trio slot right into Kentucky’s gaps, as Kentucky coach John Calipari looks to build up another freshman-studded star lineup.

Quickley will fill the spot of the departing Gilgeous-Alexander, able to dish the ball off extremely well due to his good decision making. He is able to keep an offense chugging along with his easy handling of the ball, and isn’t afraid of taking the ball on the defensive end either.

Herro may not be the standout player for Kentucky next year, but he would still walk on as the star player on many other teams. With an excellent jumper, Herro offers a good option from the perimeter thanks to his good size and ability to shoot off the catch and dribble, but he is also capable of getting inside and reaching the rim if need be.

Nobody comes close to Duke in the class of 2018. The Blue Devils should see four freshman, plus senior guard Grayson Allen, go in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft, which is near unprecedented. But that also means Duke will need a complete rebuild, and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski may have done just that.

Kansas fans will be well versed with power forward Zion Williamson, who considered Kansas among other schools. But eventually choosing Duke, the 272-pound big man brings absolutely devastating power and explosiveness. His massive size will be like a freight train plowing through the paint as he winds up for huge dunk after huge dunk.

The No. 3 recruit in the class is that of small forward Cam Reddish. While Krzyzewski can employ a four-guard line-up with Williamson inside, Reddish may play second fiddle to Barrett, at least for 2018-19. What Reddish does offer is excellent size for a perimeter player, at 6-foot-7 with a 7-foot-1 wingspan.

Lastly, point guard Tre Jones comes into Duke’s team as a potential leader. While still offering plenty of on-the-ball talent, his incredibly high basketball IQ and commanding voice can turn Jones into a leader for the team – right as Allen is graduating – for years to come.