Around the Big 12, it seems big changes are afoot.
Buddy Hield has left Oklahoma. Georges Niang is gone from Iowa State, a year after coach Fred Hoiberg left for the NBA. Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and TCU will have new coaches.
Even Perry Ellis, the ageless Kansas forward, will be nowhere to be found.
Then again, some things never change in the Big 12 — Kansas is leading the way.
The Jayhawks will go for 13 conference titles in a row this season, a streak of league titles that is only matched by John Wooden’s UCLA teams.
KU will face its share of turnover — the departure of Ellis, for starters — but the Jayhawks don’t appear to have the challengers they’ve had in recent years. Even the league’s better teams — Iowa State, Texas, Baylor and West Virginia — are in various stages of rebuilding.
All Big 12 predictions and a full preview of each team in the conference can be found in the Athlon Sports 2016-17 Preview Magazine, available in our online store and on newsstands everywhere.
Big 12 Superlatives
Player of the Year: Josh Jackson, Kansas
Best Defensive Player: Khadeem Lattin, Oklahoma
Most Underrated Player: Matt Thomas, Iowa State
Newcomer of the Year: Josh Jackson, Kansas
First-Team All-Big 12
G Monte Morris, Iowa State
G Frank Mason, Kansas
G Josh Jackson, Kansas
G Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State
F Johnathan Motley, Baylor
Second-Team All-Big 12
G Jordan Woodard, Oklahoma
G Devonte Graham, Kansas
G Jevon Carter, West Virginia
F Wesley Iwundu, Kansas State
F Jarrett Allen, Texas
Third-Team All-Big 12
G Andrew Jones, Texas
G Phil Forte, Oklahoma State
G Naz Long, Iowa State
G Daxter Miles, West Virginia
F Carlton Bragg Jr., Kansas
1. Texas: The Longhorns could soon become a real contender after signing two five-star and two four-star recruits in Shaka Smart’s first full recruiting cycle.
2. Kansas: Kansas has another top-10 class, powered by small forward Josh Jackson, Scout’s No. 1 player overall, and center Udoka Azubuike, the No. 34 player.
3. Oklahoma: Kameron McGusty, Scout’s 35th-ranked player, is a versatile, quick shooting guard. Lon Kruger also signed in-state three-star power forward Kristian Doolittle.
4. Baylor: Four-star power forward Mark Vital is a dangerous combo forward who joins pick-and-roll nightmare Tyson Jolly.
5. Oklahoma State: Four-star shooting guard Lindy Waters and three-star power forward Cameron McGriff are a deadly duo from beyond the arc.
6. TCU: The Horned Frogs welcome Jaylen Fisher, the top point guard recruit in Tennessee, who has a high basketball IQ and sound court vision.
7. Iowa State: Cameron Lard, an athletic three-star forward, should fit perfectly in Iowa State’s fast-paced system.
8. West Virginia: Maciej Bender, a stretch-4, chose the Mountaineers over Ole Miss, Arizona State and others.
9. Kansas State: The Wildcats bring in a quality small forward in three-star Xavier Sneed. Guard Brian Patrick can fill it up from the perimeter.
10. Texas Tech: Tubby Smith took one of Tech’s top recruits (three-star point guard Keon Clergeot) with him when he left for Memphis.