College basketball's biggest stars from last season -- Zion Williamson, Carsen Edwards and Ja Morant, among many others -- have taken their talents to the NBA and forfeited their respective college eligibility. But like a human Whac-A-Mole, this season's crop of rising college stars could wind up being just as good. And for the first time in awhile, the top-end talent seems spread evenly. (Who am I kidding? Six of the top-30 prospects signed with either Kentucky or Duke.)
Still, an optimist could argue that to be true. The No. 1 overall recruit, James Wiseman, is at Memphis. The No. 2 overall recruit, Anthony Edwards, is at Georgia. And the No. 3 recruit, Isaiah Stewart, plays at Washington. You get my point. Kentucky and Duke haven't hoarded all the one-and-done caliber players. That should be good for parity throughout the sport and make for more enjoyable viewing across the board.
As we peek ahead to the 2020 draft, it should make for a more thrilling scouting process, too. The top four prospects from the Class of 2019 247Sports Composite rankings all signed with different schools from different conferences.