03 May

Does Ohio State or Georgia face more pressure in 2024 season after falling short of expectations?

Two teams stand above the rest of college football entering the 2024 season with a strong case to rank No. 1 in the preseason polls. Both Ohio State and Georgia play spring games on Saturday with major focus on their programs.

Georgia’s quest for a three-peat fell short in last season’s SEC Championship Game, but the Bulldogs exorcised those demons with a 63-3 evisceration of Florida State in the Orange Bowl. A handful of key playmakers are off to the NFL, but Georgia is focused on setting the tone for 2024 despite missing out on a trip to the national championship.

Conversely, Ohio State limped into the offseason after an embarrassing 14-3 loss to Missouri in the Cotton Bowl. In response, coach Ryan Day quickly set his eyes on the most important offseason of his career. His strategy will decide everything.

The 2024 season also marks a demarcation in the history of the sport. The SEC and Big Ten grow by a combined six members, bringing 24 new claimed national championships to the leagues. The path to a national championship also gets more difficult as the College Football Playoff expands from four to 12 teams. Including a conference title game, winning a national championship could involve winning as many as four consecutive games against top-eight opponents.

With both programs facing pivotal offseasons, which program faces the most pressure in 2024?

Georgia’s pressure: Taking advantage of a post-Saban SEC
For all the success Georgia has put together over the past seven years under Kirby Smart, it’s amazing to think the ‘Dawgs only beat Alabama once: the 2021 CFP National Championship to capture their first title in 40 years. The Bulldogs dodged the Crimson Tide during the second national title run the following year and shockingly lost to them as an undefeated to miss the College Football Playoff and ruin a three-peat bid last season.

Now, Nick Saban is gone and college football is Georgia’s for the taking. The Bulldogs return the best quarterback in college football for the first time in more than 15 years, Carson Beck, who projects as a potential No. 1 pick in 2025 after throwing for nearly 4,000 yards as a junior. Transfers Benjamin Yurosek, London Humphreys and Colbie Young join receiver Dominic Lovett and tight end Oscar Delp to create one of the deadliest passing games in college football. Of course, the defense should continue to be a soulless killing machine, the kind that’s become Smart’s signature.

Needless to say, Georgia is a serious national championship contender in 2024, but after Saban’s retirement, more is on the table. Saban set the highest bar in the history of the sport, but Smart towers above all who remain. Only three active coaches have won national championships: Mack Brown, Dabo Swinney and Smart. Swinney’s titles came more than five years ago, while Brown’s lone national title came nearly two decades ago.

Discussions started during the waning years of the Saban era about whether Georgia has surpassed Alabama as the sport’s signature program. The talk should only get louder this season. At only 48 years old, Smart has an opportunity to take over this sport.

Ohio State’s pressure: Going all-in with rebuilt program
After Ohio State lost a third straight game against Michigan for the first time since 1997, Day did anything but rest on his laurels. Instead, he turned to the portal with urgency to try and fill holes. Out is starting quarterback Kyle McCord, rotation running back Chip Trayanum and receiver Julian Fleming. In comes All-American safety Caleb Downs (Alabama), top quarterbacks Will Howard (Kansas State) and Julian Sayin (Alabama), and star running back Quinshon Judkins (Ole Miss).

Perhaps the biggest power move was going to future conference-mate UCLA and stealing coach Chip Kelly to run the offense after Bill O’Brien took the Boston College job. Day has been vocal about wanting to find an offensive coordinator, but landing Kelly was beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.

Combined with a couple of key retentions on defense – including potential first round defensive linemen J.T. Tuimoloau and Jack Sawyer – the Buckeyes are on track to rank No. 1 in the preseason polls. If Ohio State captures the top preseason slot, it would be the first time since 2015.

The roster comes not a second too soon as frustration builds around Day. Since quarterback Justin Fields departed after the 2020 season, Day has not won a Big Ten championship. An eight-game winning streak against Michigan was snapped in 2021, and then Day became the first coach since John Cooper in 1997 to lose three straight to the Buckeyes’ top rival. Against teams ranked in the top five of the CFP Rankings – teams that should be program peers – Day is 1-6.

Like Georgia, the Buckeyes’ boogeyman is gone: Jim Harbaugh departed for the Los Angeles Chargers after leading Michigan to its first title in the BCS/CFP era. First-year coach Sherrone Moore was on the sideline for the Wolverines’ victory over Ohio State last season, but the vast majority of production left with Harbaugh. But in many ways, Michigan taking a temporary step back only adds pressure for Ohio State. There’s no time to waste.

Who faces more pressure?
Georgia and Ohio State face differing quests in 2024, but each brings a unique spotlight and opportunity. For one, the goal is clawing back to national contention. At the other, the focus is wrenching away longterm control of the sport.

Circling above both programs are the winds of realignment. The Big Ten championship race over the past three years has essentially been one game: Ohio State vs. Michigan. But now national contender Oregon joins the league. Washington played in the national championship just months ago. Lincoln Riley’s USC factors into the lineup, too. Penn State faces a critical year after a star-studded 2022 recruiting class. In the SEC, Georgia adds Texas to a schedule that already included Alabama, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Clemson.

But while plenty of attention faces Georgia as the Bulldogs face one of their toughest schedules of the Smart era, the pressure on Day and Ohio State hits fever pitch. On paper, there’s plenty to like about Day’s 56-8 record and 39-3 mark in Big Ten play. But at Ohio State, winning regular-season games only gets you so far.

If Georgia fails to win a national championship next season, the Bulldogs will be back and a favorite once more in 2025. If Ohio State loses early in the College Football Playoff – or, God forbid, loses to a reloading Michigan squad – Day might not get another shot.

Saturday marks the debut of Ohio State’s most important team in a decade. The spring game, amazingly, will be broadcast on network television (Fox, noon ET). A quarterback battle remains open and holes need to be filled, but the roster has everything Ohio State needs to win a national championship. Now, it just has to do it.

03 May

Schedule, TV, live streams, start times, dates for Power Four conferences

Spring games are right around the corner, and these scrimmages will give college football fans a first glimpse at what will be a completely different landscape. Waves of change will be implemented during the 2024 season: The College Football Playoff is expanding to 12 teams with a new auto-bid structure surrounding conference champions, the Pac-12 is operating with just two teams and the remaining power conferences — the SEC, Big Ten, ACC and Big 12 — will each be introducing new members.

More than 40 programs have officially announced dates and times for spring games, while each conference has placed the majority of television and streaming options to watch. As it stands, Alabama is the only team in the country to place its spring game on basic cable, but for good reason because it’ll be a fascinating one to watch. Following the retirement of legendary coach Nick Saban, Kalen DeBoer will lead his Crimson Tide squad onto the field for the first time on ESPN.

The Big Ten’s spring games will air on Big Ten Network, while the Big 12, ACC and SEC will all show up on ESPN streaming. It should also be noted that the Pac-12’s dissolution does not go into effect until July, so the conference still stands at 12 member institutions throughout the spring. As such, Pac-12 spring games will be aired on the Pac-12 Network — potentially for the last time ever.

You can view all the Power Four spring game dates and times below. For convenience, schools have been grouped into the conference in which they’ll be competing in the 2024 season. So, for example, USC and UCLA are included with the Big Ten schools.

This article will be updated as more programs announce dates.

03 May

Washington RB Tybo Rogers arrested on rape charges, suspended from Huskies program

Washington running back Tybo Rogers was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of rape, according to King County court documents. He was released the same day after posting a bond of $150,000. The investigation remains open.

Washington suspended Rogers indefinitely following the arrest. The charges allege two separate incidents of assault, one of which was directly reported to the Washington Title IX office and led to a temporary suspension in December, ESPN reports. Both coach Kalen DeBoer and athletic director Troy Dannen have left the program since the incident.

“The University of Washington Intercollegiate Athletics Department is aware of the arrest of a football student-athlete by the Seattle Police Department,” Washington said in a statement. “The student-athlete has been suspended from all team activities until further notice. The UW will continue to gather facts and cooperate with law enforcement, as requested.”

ESPN reports the first assault is alleged to have occurred in October 2023 and involved a student at Seattle Central Community College. Weeks later, a University of Washington student reported an assault to the university’s Title IX department on Nov. 28.

According to documents obtained by ESPN, Rogers was suspended in late November. He he did not appear on the travel roster for the Pac-12 Championship Game. However, Rogers was active for Washington’s run in the College Football Playoff. The university did not confirm the suspension was due to the alleged assaults.

The alleged suspension would have occurred under DeBoer, who left the program in January to take over for Nick Saban at Alabama. In a written statement, DeBoer said he couldn’t comment on specifics due to federal privacy laws, but asserted that Rogers’ case was handled in accordance with “institutional policies”.

“While I am not able to comment specifically on the situation involving an individual at my former institution because of federal privacy laws and the ongoing criminal matters, I do want to make it clear that I take any allegation of sexual misconduct very seriously,” his statement read. “I always have and always will follow established institutional policies and procedures to ensure prompt reporting and proper handling of allegations by the appropriate authorities.”

New Washington coach Jedd Fisch said his staff was unaware of the allegation until the arrest.

“As soon as we found out about any allegation, we suspended him immediately from the program,” Fisch told reporters.

Rogers played in 11 games as a freshman out of Bakersfield, California. He rushed for 184 yards on 44 carries for the Huskies, and received six carries in the College Football Playoff after his suspension.

29 Apr

Four-star Justin Pippen, son of Scottie Pippen, first to commit to Dusty May

Four-star combo guard Justin Pippen, the son of NBA Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame player Scottie Pippen, announced his commitment to Michigan on Friday during a ceremony broadcast on the 247Sports YouTube channel. He chose the Wolverines over fellow finalists Florida, Stanford, Cal, and Texas A&M.

A product of Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth, California, Pippen ranks as the No. 62 overall player and the No. 9 combo guard in the 2025 cycle. Pippen is the first high school or transfer portal commit for new Michigan coach Dusty May, who left his post at FAU to succeed former coach Juwan Howard.

Pippen also marks the highest-ranked high school recruit in the 247Sports database that May has landed in his coaching career. May recruit three-star guard Elijah Elliott to FAU from the 2024 recruiting cycle before leaving for Michigan.

Pippen has been a late riser in the 2025 recruiting cycle. He debuted in the 247Sports rankings last fall as the No. 191 overall player in his class and has rocketed up the rankings since. Justin’s older brother, Scotty, played three seasons at Vanderbilt from 2019-22 before heading to the NBA.

“He’s grown nearly two inches in the last eight months while also continuing to improve and expand his skillset both as a scorer and playmaker,” 247Sports National Basketball Analyst Travis Branham wrote. “Pippen is a naturally talented guard with instincts for the game. He is very comfortable with the ball in his hands to score from all three levels and also set the tables for those around him. As he continues to grow and fill out his frame, Pippen can become a highly impactful high major guard, much like his brother did at Vanderbilt before him.”

29 Apr

Robbie Avila, one of the biggest names in the transfer portal, following Josh Schertz to Saint Louis

One of college basketball’s must-see players is following his coach to a new destination. Former Indiana State star Robbie Avila committed to Saint Louis on Saturday. The move was expected ever since Josh Schertz left ISU to coach SLU earlier this month.

Avila became a cult hero-type figure in college basketball this past season for his outstanding skillset combined with his everyman physique. Nobody else in college basketball quite looked or played like Avila, who by early March had become one of the most recognizable faces in the sport — all while doing so for a seldom-good program out of the Missouri Valley.

Avila — whose nicknames have ranged from Larry Nerd to Steph Blurry to Cream Abdul-Jabbar — is ranked 12th among all guys in the portal, per our David Cobb. He averaged 17.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists and shot 39.4% from 3-point range. Saint Louis is getting an outstanding player and, if his ascent continues, a potential All-American next season. If Avila’s game continues to improve and the Billikens can be a team competing to make the NCAAs, he’s got a shot at being one of college hoops’ biggest stars.

Avila isn’t the only big Billiken get here. He’s not even the only former Indiana State player committing to Schertz. Guard Isaiah Swope, who was Indiana State’s second leading scorer behind Avila, is also heading to SLU, per a source. Swope averaged 15.9 points and will be a vital scoring presence under Schertz at Saint Louis.

With Avila and Swope set to follow Schertz, the Billikens can claim to be one of the biggest mid-major winners of the portal this cycle. Avila’s game highlights led him to stardom on social media over the prior three months. Few men’s players generated attention on TikTok, Instagram and X/Twitter the way he did. Listed a 6-foot-10, 240 pounds, Avila effectively played point center for the Sycamores, who made it to the NIT championship game after barely missing on the NCAA Tournament.

The Sycs finished 32-7, marking the program’s second-best season — in terms of win total — in school history. The Larry Bird-led 1978-79 team won 33 games and lost in the national championship to Michigan State and Magic Johnson. This team would have made the NCAAs as an at-large if not for so many bid thieves taking automatic bids in conference tournaments.

Schertz was hired at Saint Louis on April 6 on a five-year deal that will pay him north of $2 million annually, sources previously told CBS Sports. With Avila and Swope in the fold — and more transfers expected to commit in the next couple of weeks — the Billikens are poised to be a major factor in the A-10 in Year 1 under Schertz.

29 Apr

Ohio State moves up in early Top 25 And 1 after adding key transfers

When Ohio State fired Chris Holtmann on Valentine’s Day, not many people believed Jake Diebler would turn his interim tag into the permanent job.

But he did.

Diebler flipped the season, went 8-3 down the stretch (with wins over Purdue, Nebraska and Michigan State) and just generally did enough to gain the confidence of OSU’s administration. So he got the job. Still, you never really know how these things will go until they start going. But there’s no denying Diebler is off to a great start — first by showing himself to be a competent game-manager over the final six weeks of the season, then by recruiting at a level that suggests Ohio State should be a factor in the Big Ten again soon.

In the first few weeks of April, Diebler kept All-Big Ten guard Bruce Thornton and added All-SEC guard Meechie Johnson from South Carolina and former five-star recruit Aaron Bradshaw from Kentucky. Then, this weekend, he also added Micah Parrish, the 6-foot-6 guard who averaged 9.3 points and 4.1 rebounds as a starter at San Diego State this past season.

Now a possible OSU lineup looks like this:

G: Bruce Thornton
G: Meechie Johnson
G: Micah Parrish
F: Devin Royal
F: Aaron Bradshaw
On paper, that’s nice — and why the Buckeyes are up to No. 15 in Version 8.0 of the 2024-25 CBS Sports preseason Top 25 And 1 college basketball rankings. Other developments that created change in Version 8.0 are Duke adding Syracuse transfer Maliq Brown, Alabama adding Auburn transfer Aden Holloway, Baylor adding Duke transfer Jeremy Roach, Clemson adding Boston College transfer Jaeden Zackery, Florida adding FAU transfer Alijah Martin, Indiana adding Stanford transfer Kanaan Carlyle and Providence adding Chicago State transfer Wesley Cardet Jr. The Blue Devils, Crimson Tide, Bears, Tigers, Gators, Hoosiers and Friars are now ranked No. 6, No. 9, No. 10, No. 13, No. 17, No. 20 and No. 23, respectively, in the Top 25 And 1.

29 Apr

Purdue’s Mason Gillis commits to Blue Devils out of transfer portal

Duke landed its second commitment from the transfer portal on Monday in Purdue sharpshooter Mason Gillis. The 6-foot-6 forward played a critical role in the Boilermakers reaching the Final Four earlier this month for the first time since 1980. He could find himself positioned to earn a starting role with the Blue Devils after coming off the bench during the 2023-24 campaign.

The news of Gillis’ commitment comes days after Duke landed a pledge from Syracuse forward Maliq Brown.

The Blue Devils have lost seven players to the transfer portal: Jeremy Roach, Mark Mitchell, TJ Power, Jaylen Blakes, Christian Reeves, Jaden Schutt, and Stewart. Duke stars Kyle Filipowski and Jared McCain declared for the 2024 NBA Draft earlier this month. Both players are in the conversation to be lottery picks this summer.

Year 3 of the Jon Scheyer at Duke will look drastically different. The Blue Devils returned four starters ahead of the 2023-24 campaign and reached the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the post-Mike Krzyzewski era. With the top-ranked recruiting class arriving, expectations for the Blue Devils will remain sky-high.

Duke’s starting backcourt during the 2024-25 season is shaping up to be a pair of returners in Tyrese Proctor and Caleb Foster. Proctor bypassed the 2023 NBA Draft to return to school for his sophomore season and decided to return for another season to raise his stock ahead of next summer’s draft.

Foster was a highly touted recruit in Duke’s 2023 recruiting class that ranked No. 2 in the 247Sports rankings behind Kentucky. With McCain and Roach no longer with the program, the door is open for Foster to take on a larger role ahead of next season.

CBS Sports is tracking the status of the Duke roster and recruiting class in real time. Here’s where every current Duke player and commit currently stand.

Incoming transfers
Mason Gillis (Transfer from Purdue)
GP: 39 | GS: 0 | PPG: 6.5 | RPG: 3.9

Gillis was one of the more underrated players in the transfer portal. Gillis could have a chance to start next to Proctor, Foster, Flagg, and Maluach. Gillis ranked as the No. 64 overall player in the CBS Sports Transfer Portal Rankings. Gillis shot 46.8% from distance on 3.2 attempts per night. He will provide valuable shooting for Duke after McCain departed the program for the NBA.

Maliq Brown (Transfer from Syracuse)
GP: 32 | GS: 18 | PPG: 9.5 | RPG: 7.2

After spending the last two seasons at Syracuse, Brown entered the transfer portal and committed to Duke shortly after. Brown started 18 games this past season for the Orange and should be a valuable rotation piece this upcoming season. Brown, Gillis and Proctor are currently the only upperclassmen on the Duke roster.

Duke players expected to return
Tyrese Proctor
GP: 32 | GS: 25 | PPG: 10.5 | APG: 3.7

Proctor will be the most experienced player on the Duke roster next season (pending any veteran additions via the transfer portal). Proctor had an up-and-down season, which included missing a handful of games due to various injuries. Proctor came off the bench seven times in his 32 total appearances and will play a key role in merging experience with the six first-year players on the roster.

Caleb Foster
GP: 27 | GS: 15 | PPG: 7.7 | RPG: 2.4

The No. 23 overall player in the 2023 recruiting class showed flashes of his four-star billing last season. Foster was ruled out of the NCAA Tournament due to a stress fracture in his ankle and missed the previous five games with the same injury. Foster is the only player (currently) remaining from Duke’s star-studded 2023 recruiting class.

Duke players not expected to return
Jared McCain (Declared for NBA Draft)
GP: 36 | GS: 36 | PPG: 14.3 | RPG: 5.0

McCain was Duke’s best 3-point shooter this past season. He finished the season connecting on 41.4% of his shots from distance on 5.8 attempts per game. While McCain could be considered undersized at the combo guard position, he makes up for it with his tenacious rebounding ability. McCain recorded at least five rebounds in 19 of the 36 games he played in. He projects as a lottery/mid-first-round pick this summer.

Kyle Filipowski (Declared for NBA Draft)
GP: 36 | GS: 36 | PPG: 16.4 | RPG: 8.3

Filipowski proved to be a steady presence for Scheyer during his two seasons in Durham. He started all 72 games for the Blue Devils and earned ACC Rookie of the Year as a freshman and second-team All-American honors from CBS Sports this past season. Filipowski is another player who projects as a lottery/mid-first-round pick this summer.

Jeremy Roach (In transfer portal)
GP: 35 | GS: 35 | PPG: 14.0 | APG: 3.3

Roach spent the first four seasons of his college career with Duke and was a key contributor on Duke’s last Final Four team during the 2021-22 season. After averaging a career-high 14 points per game on 42.9% shooting from distance, Roach elected to enter the transfer portal and play his final season elsewhere. There should be plenty of suitors for his services.

Mark Mitchell (Committed to Missouri)
GP: 33 | GS: 32 | PPG: 11.6 | RPG: 6.0

After starting 67 games over the last two seasons with the Blue Devils, the former five-star recruit entered the transfer portal. Mitchell ranked as the No. 6 player in the CBS Sports Transfer Rankings and should help Missouri bounce back from an 0-18 showing in SEC play.

TJ Power (In transfer portal)
GP: 26 | GS: 0 | PPG: 2.1 | RPG: 0.7

The former No. 17 overall recruit in the 2023 cycle appeared in 26 games during his first season with Duke. Power entered the transfer portal earlier this week.

Sean Stewart (In transfer portal)
GP: 33| GS: 0 | PPG: 2.6 | RPG: 3.2

The former No. 22 overall recruit in the 2023 cycle appeared in 33 games during his first season with Duke. He entered the transfer portal on Friday.

Jaylen Blakes (In transfer portal)
GP: 31| GS: 1 | PPG: 1.8 | RPG: 0.8

Blakes spent the first three seasons with Duke and made 31 appearances in consecutive seasons. Blakes ranked as a three-star recruit from the 2021 cycle.

Christian Reeves (In transfer portal)
GP: 3 | GS: 0 | PPG: 1.7 | RPG: 1.7

Reeves spent the first two seasons with Duke and made 16 total appearances. Reeves ranked as a three-star recruit from the 2022 cycle.

Jaden Schutt (In transfer portal)
GP: 0 | GS: 0 | PPG: 0 | RPG: 0

Schutt used a redshirt season after undergoing knee surgery. He averaged 2.1 points in 14 total games as a freshman.

Ryan Young (Out of eligibility)
GP: 36 | GS: 2 | PPG: 2.8 | RPG: 3.4

The former Northwestern transfer is out of eligibility. Young spent the last two seasons with Duke and was a key backup center for the team.

Duke’s incoming recruiting class
Duke’s 2024 recruiting class is loaded. It all starts with five-star forward Cooper Flagg, who is considered one of the best high school prospects in quite some time. The Blue Devils have six first-year players arriving on campus, which includes four five-stars and five players inside the top 20 of the 247Sports rankings. Five-star center Khaman Maluach, the No. 3 overall player in his class, committed late in the cycle from NBA Academy Africa to give the Blue Devils even more firepower. Flagg and Maluach should start in the frontcourt next to Proctor and Foster.

Here is a look at Duke’s incoming recruiting class with 247Sports rankings.

No. 1 Cooper Flagg
Flagg is the best two-way prospect in the country and the top overall high school player in America regardless of class or position. Flagg should fit in right away with the Blue Devils because he is an engaged defender that uses his size to block shots around the rim and he crashes the boards hard on both ends. On offense, Flagg has shown he can be a three-level scorer and has a killer instinct that makes him one of the more intriguing prospects in some time.

No. 3 Khaman Maluach
The latest commitment from Duke’s recruiting class could be in line to start at center this season. The 7-foot-1, 250-pound big man committed to Duke over Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA, and more. Maluach should pair exceptionally well next to Flagg in the frontcourt because they can both do a little bit of everything.

No. 12 Isaiah Evans
With a spot in the starting lineup open (assuming Proctor, Foster, Flagg, and Maluach are the other starters), Evans could have a chance to be the fifth and final starter. The five-star wing committed to Duke over Florida State, Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Memphis, and Tennessee.

No. 17 Kon Knueppel
The five-star forward should get consideration to start at SF, depending on how Duke elects to fill the remaining spots on the roster. The top-ranked player from the state of Wisconsin committed to Duke over Wisconsin, Alabama, Virginia, and Marquette.

No. 18 Patrick Ngongba ll
Ngongba signed with Duke over UConn, Kansas State, Kentucky, Michigan, and more. The five-star center was sidelined earlier in his high school season after having successful foot surgery in November. He projects as a potential backup to Flagg and Maluach.

No. 51 Darren Harris
Harris was the first player from the 2024 recruiting cycle to commit to Duke. The 6-foot-6 wing is known for his 3-point shooting. He committed to the Blue Devils over George Mason, Georgetown, Maryland, Virginia Tech, and more.

29 Apr

Colorado’s Cody Williams turns pro, could join brother Jalen Williams as a lottery pick

Colorado forward Cody Williams is entering the NBA Draft after earning Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honors, he announced on Monday. The younger brother of Oklahoma City Thunder star wing Jalen Williams projects as a certain lottery selection because of his versatility as a two-way player.

At 6-foot-8, Williams is the prototypical modern NBA wing. He started in 18 games for the Buffaloes this season and lived up to his five-star billing coming out of high school. Williams received buzz earlier this cycle as a potential candidate to be the No. 1 overall pick in this summer’s draft.

Williams missed seven games earlier this calendar year because of a wrist injury. Williams was sidelined for the final four games of the regular season due to an ankle injury suffered on Feb. 24 against Utah. Williams returned for the Pac-12 and NCAA tournaments and came off the bench. Colorado finished the season 26-11 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to No. 2 seed Marquette.

Cody Williams’s NBA Draft projection
Williams will likely be a top-10 pick when it’s all said and done. He may go higher in the draft because of the uncertainty around the top prospects. Williams is a high-ceiling prospect that NBA teams will covet come draft time because of his size and versatility. It also helps that his older brother, Jalen, went through the draft process and went from a late-lottery pick to one of the top-rising stars in the NBA.

“His upside is undeniable,” Colorado coach Tad Boyle told CBS Sports before the Pac-12 Tournament. “That fact that he’s the younger brother of Jalen, who has had a tremendous impact early in his NBA career. They come from the same family, have the same body type and they’re wonderful people with humility and work ethic. You know that he’s going to keep getting better and better.”

In the 2024 NBA Draft Prospect Rankings from CBS Sports, Williams checked in at No. 6 as the third-highest-ranked college prospect behind Kentucky’s Rob Dillingham and Reed Sheppard. Williams landed at No. 9 in a recent mock draft from Kyle Boone and landed at No. 5 in Gary Parrish’s most recent mock draft.

“The younger brother of rising OKC Thunder star Jalen Williams, Cody caught the eye of NBA teams this season with his size and skill as a playmaking wing,” Boone wrote. “He’s shooting above 40% from 3-point range on modest volume this season as a freshman and flashed in a number of roles with the Buffaloes this season.”

Impact on Colorado
Losing Williams was expected for Colorado, but it’s still a loss. Williams was the highest-ranked player to sign with the Colorado program, and he helped elevate his team to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2021. Boyle will have holes to fill ahead of the Buffaloes joining the Big 12 this summer.

Colorado guard J’Vonne Hadley and big man Eddie Lampkin entered the transfer portal, and guard KJ Simpson is undecided on his future. Colorado star Tristan da Silva projects as a first-round pick this summer and is likely to depart. Four-star combo guard Andrew Crawford headlines Colorado’s incoming recruiting class. Crawford could take on a key role early if Boyle can’t fill the holes on the roster via the transfer portal.

29 Apr

Duke lands Purdue transfer Mason Gillis, makes big jump in early Top 25 And 1

Duke has lost a lot since the end of the season — specifically eight of its top 10 scorers, including each of the top four. I don’t care how heralded your recruiting class is, or how great Cooper Flagg might be, that’s a lot to lose from one year to the next. So, obviously, Jon Scheyer really needed to restock via the transfer portal, and — just a couple of days after landing Syracuse transfer Maliq Brown — the third-year coach took another step in the right direction Monday by securing a commitment from Mason Gillis, a 6-foot-6 forward who started 63 games at Purdue over the past four seasons while helping the Boilermakers reach the title game of the 2024 NCAA Tournament.

Gillis is a sensible addition.

He’s a fifth-year player who shot 46.8% from 3-point range this past season while serving as a floor-spacing forward beside two-time CBS Sports National Player of the Year Zach Edey. As my colleague Seth Davis would say, Gillis is a quintessential glue-guy — the type of experienced piece who should be an important role player for a Duke program whose goal is to win the 2025 NCAA Tournament. His commitment is among the reasons the Blue Devils are up to No. 3 in Version 9.0 of the 2024-25 CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 college basketball rankings.

Kansas remains No. 1 in the Top 25 And 1. Houston is still No. 2. Iowa State is one spot below Duke at No. 4. And North Carolina is down to No. 5 after my colleague Jon Rothstein reported Monday that Harrison Ingram intends to remain in the 2024 NBA Draft even though there’s no guarantee he’ll be selected. That means UNC is now set to lose three of the top five scorers from this past season’s team that secured a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. But the expected return of RJ Davis, Elliot Cadeau, Jae’Lyn Withers and Jalen Washington — plus the enrollment of five-star freshmen Ian Jackson and Drake Powell — should keep UNC near the top of the ACC standings.