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On3 ranks Tide Hoops No. 1 in ‘way too early’ preseason top 25

Nate Oats and company are having a pretty good last couple of weeks.

After receiving news that Grant Nelson would be returning to school for his final year of eligibility, the Tide landed Clifford Omoruyi out of the transfer portal to plug its need at the center position.

With a potential return of Mark Sears looming, who has until the end of May to pull his name out of the NBA Draft pool, people are buying the hype on what the Tide can be in 2024-25.

In its “way-too-early” top-25 rankings for college basketball, On3 ranked the Crimson Tide as the No. 1 team in the country headed into next year.

Following an offseason where the Tide landed Aden Holloway, Labaron Philon, Chris Youngblood, Houston Mallette, and now Omoruyi while retaining Nelson and Latrell Wrightsell, Oats is poised to have the most talented roster he has ever had.

The Auburn Tigers came in ranked at No. 9 on the same list while Texas was No. 12, Florida was No. 17, Tennessee was No. 20, Texas A&M was No. 22, and Ole Miss was No. 24.

Things are shaping up for another phenomenal basketball season in the SEC.

Michael Brauner is a Senior Sports Analyst and Contributing Writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @MBraunerWNSP

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