The Bengals’ signing of Barkley to be the new No. 2 and the project of Woodside suggests Marvin Lewis and Bill Lazor are locked into the Red Rifle, even though Dalton already has hit his ceiling at age 30.
This is an interesting remix to put a little heat on Flacco, throwing it back to when Taylor was being developed behind him. Griffin gets another chance to stick as a reserve and would help himself by being a mentor to Jackson, too. The big questions are if, when and how quickly Jackson can tap into his massive athletic upside and truly challenge Flacco.
Boller frustrated the Ravens with his lack of efficiency, consistency and durability. He never matched the mental aspects with his obvious physical talent, and a turf toe added to his woes in 2005.
CJ Walker’s decision to transfer hurts FSU’s prospects, but there is still a respectable ceiling for this team, which deserves more hype after its Elite Eight run.
Virginia Tech lasted for only a game in the ACC and NCAA tournaments, which was not the ending Buzz Williams anticipated. In wins over Virginia, North Carolina and Duke last season, however, the Hokies showcased their potential. Now it’s time to ask whether they can take the next step after last year’s 10-8 finish in the ACC.
Justin Robinson (14.0 PPG, 40 percent from the 3-point line) is back, along with three of the top four scorers from last season’s squad. Williams has another strong team that should continue progressing in the ACC.
Dana Altman lost Troy Brown, a first-round NBA prospect, but multiple key players, including top scorer Payton Pritchard (14.5 PPG), return. Plus, Altman welcomes in the No. 4 recruiting class, which includes five-star prospects Bol Bol and Louis King. Bol was only four blocks short of a triple-double in the Nike Hoop Summit this month. The 7–2 athlete and top center prospect in his class is a breathtaking talent.