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Thursday, September 1, 2011
Super spectacular splendiferous seven

By Dick Vitale
ESPN.com

The college basketball landscape was changed when Andre Drummond decided to go to college this season. If you are a fan of the Connecticut Huskies, the addition of Drummond was incredible news!

The big man was projected as the top prospect for the class of 2012 and schools like Kentucky were very interested in him. Now, the fact that he will play this season is a major plus for UConn. To get a player of that stature at this time of the year changes my top 10.

Connecticut has to move up the ladder big-time with this addition.

I know many people say that the Huskies will drop because Kemba Walker is gone. Yes, he was a major factor, so magnificent as he pulled a Danny Manning in a way, pulling the club to the winner's circle. The Huskies won the gold trophy as the best of the best and there is a legit chance to repeat.

When you factor in Drummond up front with Alex Oriakhi and Roscoe Smith, plus Jeremy Lamb and Shabazz Napier in the backcourt, that is a pretty impressive lineup. Then add a few veterans off the bench, plus newcomers DeAndre Daniels and Ryan Boatright, and the Huskies are loaded, baby!

I believe Lamb could average around 20 ppg. He will be even better with Drummond around because the big man will draw a lot of attention. Also, Drummond is also known for his passing ability. He will be an impact player from day one.

My revised super seven has the Huskies moving all the way up to No. 3 from just outside the top seven! Here is my new super seven:


1. North Carolina: Roy Williams still has the team to beat with an NBA frontcourt of Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller and John Henson.

2. Kentucky: John Calipari has Terrence Jones returning, plus the top recruiting class in the nation. Anthony Davis, Michael Gilchrist and Marquis Teague will make the fans in Big Blue nation very happy.

3. Connecticut: See above!

4. Ohio State: Jared Sullinger is the best big man in America and William Buford can score from the perimeter. Thad Matta will have a legit contender.

5. Syracuse: Jim Boeheim welcomes back the likes of Kris Joseph and Scoop Jardine plus several newcomers to keep an eye on.

6. Vanderbilt: John Jenkins, Festus Ezeli and Jeffery Taylor all return as the Commodores challenge the Wildcats in a tough SEC race.

7. Duke: The Blue Devils looked good on a recent tour of China and UAE. Austin Rivers will be a PTP'er right away.