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This month is all about the future of a basketball program. We have the entire fall to look at next season's rosters and break down strengths and weaknesses; let's take it a step further than that, though. The teams in the way-too-early Preseason Top 25 are clearly in good shape for the next eight months, but for the next three weeks, every coach in the country will be preoccupied with the next wave of talent. It's all about recruiting.
So which of next season's teams are off to a good start in the 2019 class and which have a lot of work to do between now and the end of July?
1. Kentucky: Post playerJohn Calipari is already off to a strong start in 2019, nabbing five-stars Tyrese Maxey and D.J. Jeffries in the spring. And despite the talent on the roster, there's a good chance Calipari won't need to go out and get four or five guys next spring. There are enough perimeter reinforcements even if a couple of players leave early, but Kentucky likely will need frontcourt help. Reid Travis has only one season in Lexington, while PJ Washington is likely leaving for the NBA after next season. Fortunately, Kentucky's top target is No. 1 prospect James Wiseman, and the Wildcats are also after No. 2 Vernon Carey Jr. -- both centers.
2. Kansas: Frontcourt helpAs the roster stands, Kansas has only one scholarship for 2019, but that's likely to change. Quentin Grimes could be a one-and-done guard, while Dedric Lawson and Udoka Azubuike also could be gone after the coming season. The Jayhawks have plenty of perimeter options, and they are in the mix for several guards -- but the more pressing need would be the frontcourt if Lawson and Azubuike both depart. Bill Self is in pursuit of several 2019 forwards, including five-star Matthew Hurt and top-30 prospect Jeremiah Robinson-Earl.
The latest batch of college stars heard their names called in the NBA draft. Who will replace them at the nation's top programs?