Big surprise seeing Seth Davis put Houston this high. Errored in having Gorham returning. Has Memphis at 21 also.
Key departures: DeJon Jarreau, 6-5 Sr.
Top returnees: Quentin Grimes, 6-5 Sr.; Marcus Sasser, 6-1 Jr.; Tramon Mark, 6-5 So.; Justin Gorham, 6-7 Sr.; Reggie Chaney, 6-8 Sr.; Fabian White, 6-8 Sr.
Incoming: Ja’Vier Francis, 6-8 Fr.; Ramon Walker, 6-5 Fr.; Robbie Armbrester, 6-6 Fr.; Josh Carlton, 6-11 Sr.
Houston fans should enjoy seeing Grimes’ name among the returnees, because I expect him at least to test the NBA Draft waters. Even without him, the Cougars will be the heavy favorites in the AAC once again, especially with the recent addition of Carlton, who is transferring from UConn. Francis and Walker were both top-200 recruits per 247Sports, so they fit the profile of players in this program who stick around and develop over time.