College basketball rankings: Arthur Kaluma boosts Texas as Longhorns give SEC most selections in Top 25 And 1 (2024)

The transfer from Kansas State adds to a roster with NCAA Tournament expectations next season

By Gary Parrish

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College basketball rankings: Arthur Kaluma boosts Texas as Longhorns give SEC most selections in Top 25 And 1 (2)

A two-day NBA Draft with suspense at the top and LeBron James' son near the bottom has a way of overshadowing other basketball news. But there wasotherbasketball news that happened right in the middle of last week's festivities — specifically, Arthur Kaluma announcing a commitment to Texas. The development gives the Longhorns a 6-foot-7 forward who averaged 14.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 34.5 minutes per game last season at Kansas State.

It's a nice addition for coach Rodney Terry, the 56 year-old Texas native who has guided the Longhorns to each of the past two NCAA Tournaments and appears to have a roster capable of making the 68-team bracket again. Kaluma is the sixth Division I transfer to commit to the program since the end of last season. He's the reason the Longhorns are up to No. 20 in Version 29 of the 2024-25 CBS Sports preseason Top 25 And 1 college basketball rankings.

Kansas remains No. 1.

Texas is one of seven SEC schools — yes, Texas is now competing in the SEC, weird as that still sounds — in Version 29 of the Top 25 And 1. The others are No. 2 Alabama, No. 10 Auburn, No. 11 , No. 13 Arkansas, No. 14 Tennessee and No. 22 Florida. The Big 12 ranks second among conferences with six schools in the Top 25 And 1. The Big East and Big Ten have five each. The ACC has two. The WCC has one.

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1 Kansas This ranking is based on Bill Self's Jayhawks returning three of the top six scorers - specifically Hunter Dickinson, KJ Adams and Dajuan Harris - from a team that secured a No. 4 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. The additions of AJ Storr (Wisconsin), Rylan Griffen (Alabama) and Zeke Mayo (South Dakota State) from the transfer portal, plus two top-50 high school prospects, will give Kansas the type of depth it lacked during this past season that was derailed by Kevin McCullar's lack of availability. -- 23-11
2 Alabama This ranking is based on Nate Oats' Crimson Tide returning three of the top five scorers -- specifically Mark Sears, Grant Nelson and Latrell Wrightsell -- from a team that advanced to the 2024 Final Four. The addition of top-35 freshmen Derrion Reed and Labaron Philon - plus transfers Clifford Omoruyi (Rutgers), Houston Mallette (Pepperdine), Chris Youngblood (USF) and Aden Holloway (Auburn) - should have Alabama competing for back-to-back trips to the Final Four. -- 25-12
3 Houston This ranking is based on Kelvin Sampson's Cougars returning eight of the top 10 scorers - everybody besides Jamal Shead and Damian Dunn - from a team that won the Big 12 regular-season title by two games and earned a No. 1 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. A backcourt of LJ Cryer, Emanuel Sharp and Oklahoma transfer Milos Uzan should make the Cougars among the favorites in the Big 12. -- 32-5
4 N. Carolina This ranking is based on Hubert Davis' Tar Heels returning five of the top eight scorers - specifically RJ Davis, Elliot Cadeau, Seth Trimble, Jae'Lyn Withers and Jalen Washington - from a team that won the ACC regular-season title and secured a No. 1 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. UNC is also adding a top-10 recruiting class -- one highlighted by five-star prospect Ian Jackson, five-star prospect Drake Powell, Belmont transfer Cade Tyson and Vanderbilt transfer Ven-Allen Lubin -- that should give the program a legitimate chance to make a 22nd appearance in the Final Four. -- 29-8
5 UConn This ranking is based on Dan Hurley's Huskies returning five of the top nine scorers - specifically Alex Karaban, Hassan Diarra, Samson Johnson, Solomon Ball and Jaylin Stewart - from a team that won the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Transfers Aidan Mahaney (Saint Mary's) and Tarris Reed (Michigan), plus five-star freshman Liam McNeely, are among the newcomers expected to keep UConn in contention for a third straight national championship. -- 37-3
6 Iowa St. This ranking is based on TJ Otzelberger's Cyclones returning the top four scorers from a team that won 29 games and earned a No. 2 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Both Tamin Lipsey and Keshon Gilbert could compete for Big 12 Player of the Year honors and position Iowa State to make what would be the program's first trip to the Final Four since 1944. -- 29-8
7 Baylor This ranking is based on Scott Drew's Bears returning three of the top seven scorers - specifically Langston Love, Jayden Nunn and Josh Ojianwuna - from a team that secured a No. 3 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. The addition of a top-10 recruiting class headlined by Duke transfer Jeremy Roach, Miami transfer Norchad Omier, Cal transfer Jalen Celestine and five-star wing VJ Edgecombe should help offset the departures of RayJ Dennis and Ja'Kobe Walter and have Baylor in a sixth straight NCAA Tournament. -- 24-11
8 Gonzaga This ranking is based on Mark Few's Zags returning every rotation piece besides Anton Watson from a team that advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Graham Ike should be the preseason WCC Player of the Year and main reason Gonzaga makes the NCAA Tournament next March for the 26th straight time. -- 27-8
9 Duke This ranking is based on Jon Scheyer's Blue Devils returning two of the top six scorers -- specifically Caleb Foster and Tyrese Proctor -- from a team that secured a No. 4 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Duke also has the sport's top-ranked recruiting class headlined by Syracuse transfer Maliq Brown, Purdue transfer Mason Gillis, Tulane transfer Sion James and five-star phenom Cooper Flagg, the last of whom is the consensus No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2024 and projected No. 1 pick of the 2025 NBA Draft. -- 27-9
10 Auburn This ranking is based on Bruce Pearl's Tigers returning three of the top five scorers - specifically Johni Broome, Chad Baker-Mazara and Denver Jones - from a team that secured a No. 4 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. The addition of five-star freshman Tahaad Pettiford and Furman transfer JP Pegues should have Auburn in contention to compete for a trip to a second Final Four under Pearl. -- 27-8
11 This ranking is based on Buzz Williams' Aggies returning four of the top five scorers - everybody except Tyrece Radford - from a team that advanced to the second round of the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Wade Taylor could enter the season as the favorite to win SEC Player of the Year for the second straight season, and the addition of SMU transfer Zhuric Phelps should have Texas A&M in a third straight NCAA Tournament. -- 21-15
12 Purdue This ranking is based on Matt Painter's Boilermakers returning five of the top eight scorers - specifically Braden Smith, Fletcher Loyer, Trey Kaufman-Renn, Myles Colvin and Camden Heide - from a team that won the Big Ten regular-season title and advanced to the championship game of the 2024 NCAA Tournament. The Boilermakers have finished in the top 25 at KenPom.com nine straight years, and there's no reason to think that streak won't continue next season even without two-time National Player of the Year Zach Edey. -- 34-5
13 Arkansas This ranking is based on John Calipari's Razorbacks returning one player (Trevon Brazile) from a team that finished 16-17 under Eric Musselman. Arkansas is still building but has already done enough to crack the top 15 of these rankings by securing commitments from transfers Johnell Davis (FAU), DJ Wagner (Kentucky), Jonas Aidoo (Tennessee), Adou Thiero (Kentucky) and Zvonimir Ivisic (Kentucky), and heralded freshmen Boogie Fland, Karter Knox and Billy Richmond. -- 16-17
14 Tennessee This ranking is based on Rick Barnes' Volunteers returning two of the top five scorers -- specifically Zakai Zeigler and Jordan Gainey -- from a team that won the SEC regular-season title and secured a No. 2 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. The departures of Dalton Knecht, Jonas Aidoo and Josiah-Jordan James are huge, but Tennessee should still make the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight year thanks in part to the additions of North Florida transfer Chaz Lanier, Hofstra transfer Darlinstone Dubar, Ohio State transfer Felix Okpara and Charlotte transfer Igor Milicic Jr. -- 27-9
15 Ohio St. This ranking is based on Jake Diebler's Buckeyes returning two of the top seven scorers - specifically Bruce Thornton and Devin Royal - from a team that missed the 2024 NCAA Tournament but closed with an 8-3 record after Diebler replaced Chris Holtmann in February. The additions of South Carolina transfer Meechie Johnson, Kentucky transfer Aaron Bradshaw, San Diego State transfer Micah Parrish and Duke transfer Sean Stewart should help Ohio State be relevant again in Diebler's first full season. -- 22-14
16 Arizona This ranking is based on Tommy Lloyd's Wildcats returning four of the top eight scorers -- specifically Caleb Love, Jaden Bradley, KJ Lewis and Motiejus Krivas -- from a team that won the Pac-12 regular-season title and secured a No. 2 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Arizona's top-25 recruiting class headlined by Oakland transfer Trey Townsend, Tennessee transfer Tobe Awaka, Campbell transfer Anthony Dell'Orso and top-30 high school prospect Carter Bryant should help make the program's transition to the Big 12 go relatively smoothly. -- 27-9
17 Marquette This ranking is based on Shaka Smart's Golden Eagles returning every rotation player besides Tyler Kolek and Oso Ighodaro from a team that secured a No. 2 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Kam Jones' decision to return means Marquette will have a fourth-year guard who just averaged 17.2 points per game as the centerpiece of its offense. -- 27-10
18 Indiana This ranking is based on Mike Woodson's Hoosiers returning three of the top four scorers -- specifically Malik Reneau, Mackenzie Mgbako and Trey Galloway -- from a team that finished tied for sixth in the Big Ten. The additions of Myles Rice (Washington State), Oumar Ballo (Arizona), Kanaan Carlyle (Stanford) and Luke Goode (Illinois) from the transfer portal means Indiana is adding four experienced pieces, three of whom just spent a season starting in the Pac-12. -- 19-14
19 UCLA This ranking is based on Mick Cronin's Bruins returning four of the top five scorers - everybody except Adem Bona - from a team that finished fifth in the Pac-12. The additions of Skyy Clark (Louisville), Kobe Johnson (USC), Dominick Harris (Loyola Marymount), Eric Dailey Jr. (Oklahoma State), Tyler Bilodeau (Oregon State) and William Kyle III (South Dakota State) from the transfer portal, plus Class of 2024 standout Trent Perry, suggests UCLA should have a nice bounce-back season. -- 16-17
20 Texas This ranking is based on Rodney Terry's Longhorns returning two of the top six scorers -- specifically Kadin Shedrick and Chendall Weaver -- from a team that secured a No. 7 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. A top-25 recruiting class headlined by five-star guard Tre Johnson, Arkansas transfer Tramon Mark, Kansas State transfer Arthur Kaluma and Oregon State transfer Jordan Pope should be enough to get Texas to a fifth straight NCAA Tournament. 2 21-13
21 Creighton This ranking is based on Greg McDermott's Bluejays returning three of the top six scorers - Ryan Kalkbrenner, Steven Ashworth and Mason Miller -- from a team that advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2024 NCAA Tournament. The addition of Arizona State transfer Jamiya Neal and Texas Tech transfer Pop Isaacs provides two experienced double-digit scorers to help offset the losses of Baylor Scheierman and Trey Alexander. 1 25-10
22 Florida This ranking is based on Todd Golden's Gators returning six of the top nine scorers - everybody besides Zyon Pullin, Tyrese Samuel and Riley Kugel - from a team that secured a No. 7 seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. The transfer-portal additions of Sam Alexis (Chattanooga) and Alijah Martin (FAU) give Florida a pair of productive mid-major pieces, the latter of whom helped Florida Atlantic make the 2023 Final Four. 1 24-12
23 Rutgers This ranking is based on Steve Pikiell's Scarlet Knights only returning one double-digit scorer (Jeremiah Williams) from a team that finished below .500. But the enrollment of five-star prospects Ace Bailey and Dylan Harper - plus NEC Player of the Year Jordan Derkack (Merrimack) and Eastern Michigan transfer Tyson Acuff - will give Rutgers enough talent to start the season with a number beside its name. -- 15-17
24 Xavier This ranking is based on Sean Miller's Musketeers returning three of the top seven scorers - specifically Dayvion McKnight, Trey Green and Dailyn Swain - from a team that finished tied for eighth in the Big East. The return of Zach Freemantle and Jerome Hunter from injuries, plus the enrollment of transfers Dante Maddox (Toledo), Ryan Conwell (Indiana State), John Hugley (Oklahoma), Marcus Foster (Furman) and Cam Fletcher (Florida State) should have Xavier in contention to improve as much as anybody from one season to the next. -- 16-18
25 Cincinnati This ranking is based on Wes Miller's Bearcats returning five of the top seven scorers - specifically Dan Skillings Jr., Simas Lukosius, Day Day Thomas, ji*zzle James and Aziz Bandaogo - from a team that finished 39th at KenPom.com. That's the type of roster-retention - when combined with the addition of multiple impactful transfers, most notably former five-star recruit Dillon Mitchell - that should have Cincinnati back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2019. -- 22-15
26 Providence This ranking is based on Kim English's Friars returning four of the top seven scorers -- specifically Bryce Hopkins, Jaden Pierre, Corey Floyd and Rich Barron -- from a team that finished tied for sixth in the Big East. Bensley Joseph (Miami), Jabri Abdur-Rahim (Georgia) and Christ Essandoko (Saint Joseph's) are three incoming transfers who project as likely starters at Providence. -- 21-14

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