Last week, TOM released our first set of preseason individual national rankings at the DI-level, which in-turn produced team rankings, in a tournament setting. After perusing the top-25 (actually 26, since Central Michigan and Purdue tied at 25), there were some notable teams absent from the list. We’ve picked out five schools that missed the initial rankings, yet have the potential to easily make their way into the top 25 during the 2019-20 season.
Campbell - There aren’t many teams in the nation with nine former national qualifiers on their roster, but that’s what Cary Kolat can boast at Campbell. Now because of the availability of redshirts, all nine are not projected in the Camel lineup for 2019-20, but it’s more of an indictment of the kind of depth Kolat has assembled in Buies Creek. The big point scorer for Campbell should be their big man Jere Heino. Jere returns to the lineup after redshirting the 2018-19 season. When he last suited up for Campbell, Heino was a match shy of the national podium. Last year, while redshirting, Jere majored Iowa super-freshman Anthony Cassioppi and downed an eventual Round of 12 finisher Ian Butterbrodt (Brown) at the Midlands. Heino starts the year ranked seventh, but could definitely exceed that number. Remember, in tournament-scoring, it is heavily dependant on All-American’s and going from say, seventh to fifth, is a huge deal.
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