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2012/13 Preseason NCAA Top 25: #22 – Saint Louis Billikens

Fall is here, and school is back in session, which means the good times are almost here – the start of college basketball season!  To get you ready for this upcoming season, The Hoops Manifesto presents to you its preseason top 25 team rankings, based on the input from our esteemed voting panel.  Next up #22: Saint Louis Billikens

Big thanks to our voting panel: Jeff Fox (@HoopsManifesto) from The Hoops Manifesto, Perry Missner (@PerryMissner) from RotoWire, Ray Bala (@CanBallReport) who writes The Can Ball Report on Raptors HQ, Adam Francis (@RaptorsHQ) from Raptors HQ, and Ian (@SoxAndDawgs) from SOX & Dawgs.

#22 – Saint Louis Billikens 

2011/12: 26-8, lost NCAA Tournament Third Round

Key Returning Players:

Kwamain Mitchell – Point Guard – Senior

12.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.3 spg

Dwayne Evans – Small Forward – Junior

7.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg

Mike McCall Jr. – Point Guard/Shooting Guard – Junior

7.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.2 spg

Jordair Jett – Shooting Guard – Junior

6.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg

Cody Ellis – Power Forward – Senior

10.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 69-181 3Pts 

Key Newcomers:

Jared Drew – Small Forward – Indianapolis

Top NBA Prospect:

None

Outlook:

This projection for the Billikens might be a bit too lofty now that it’s been revealed that head coach Rick Majerus will be taking this season off for medical reasons.  But there is still plenty for Saint Louis fans to be hopeful for.  From last year’s team that knocked off Memphis in the NCAA Tournament and lost a close one to Michigan State, five key players return.  Leading the list is Third Team All-Atlantic 10 member Kwamain Mitchell, as well as All-Defensive team stalwart Jordair Jett.  The Billikens are talented, and more importantly, experienced, which should serve them well this season without Majerus guiding them.

 
Preseason Top 25

#23 – Memphis Tigers
#24 - Notre Dame Fighting Irish
#25 - Texas Wildcats

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