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Rivals Roundtable: Dan Hurley, Rivals150 refresh, bounceback teams

Another Friday means another roundtable at Rivals, as national analysts Rob Cassidy and Jason Jordan weigh in on three more topics related to college hoops and college hoops recruiting.

This week, our dynamic duo explores the flirtation between the Lakers and UConn’s Dan Hurley, the upcoming Rivals150 refresh and which college teams they expect to bounce back from disappointing seasons a year ago.

Related: What happens to UConn's top-10 class if Dan Hurley leaves for the Lakers?

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1. WHAT’S YOUR TAKE ON THE DAN HURLEY TO THE LAKERS HOOPLA?

Dan Hurley
Dan Hurley (© Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

Cassidy: I have no inside info on this because everyone I know remains either in the dark or tight-lipped, but I have a difficult time seeing Dan Hurley bolting for the Lakers at this juncture, not with the roster he’s assembled and the absolutely historic three-peat opportunity that lies before him. Add in the fact that he recently welcomed Alex Karaban back to campus despite the 6-foot-8 forward receiving mostly positive feedback after testing the draft waters, and there’s just too much tethering the beloved head coach to his post in Storrs.

Money is a hell of a motivator, however, so I’m not suggesting UConn fans should laugh this situation off. The threat seems very real. My gut just says Hurley will be signing a contract extension with the Huskies in the coming weeks.

Jordan: I genuinely can see it. He loves his position in Storrs and the Huskies are built to win next season, but the Lakers job doesn’t come around everyday. What I’m told is that they’re really trying to sell him on longevity in Los Angeles, beyond the LeBron James era, which likely stops in a few years. Hurley has been clear in the past about his NBA coaching aspirations and what more can he do in college? The move makes sense to me.

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2.THE RANKINGS FOR THE CLASSES OF 2025 AND 2026 WILL BOTH BE UPDATED NEXT WEEK. WHO DID YOU PUSH HARDEST FOR A BUMP AND WHY?

Braylon Mullins
Braylon Mullins (Eliot Clough/Rivals.com)

Cassidy: I loved what I saw from Braylon Mullins this spring and having watched his development up close, there’s no doubt in my mind that he’s a top-50 prospect in this class. Mullins currently sits on the No. 88 line, but that is set to change dramatically next week. An Indiana native, Mullins is a priority target for Hoosiers head coach Mike Woodson but has earned offers from heavy-hitters such as Kansas, North Carolina and UConn through his play on the adidas 3SSB Circuit this spring, so his recruitment promises to be as exciting as his quickly developing game.

Jordan: Definitely Kaden Magwood. I watched him a lot during the high school season and always felt his relentless approach and consistency would serve him well this summer. He’s maybe the most passionate player in the class and puts everything into every game. That desire is translating into dominance on the adidas 3SSB as he’s quickly showing up on the top line of coach’s tier lists.

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3. WITH MOST ROSTERS NOW CLOSE TO FINALIZED, WHICH TEAM THAT MISSED THE NCAA TOURNAMENT LAST YEAR SEEMS LIKE A LOCK TO MAKE IT THIS SEASON?

Jeff Capel
Jeff Capel (© Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Cassidy: I’ll ride with Indiana. I love what Mike Woodson has done in the portal, as he’s managed to change the perception of his roster dramatically since it briefly felt like the sky was falling in Bloomington a few months back. A backcourt comprised of proven transfers Myles Rice and Kanaan Carlyle is tantalizing to say the least. Add in the fact that Woodson also landed Arizona expat Oumar Ballo, one of the top bigs in the portal, and it’s difficult to imagine the 2024 NCAA tournament without the Hoosiers.

Just a few months back, people were shaking their heads at a program that failed to qualify for the field of 64 and lost marquee signee Liam McNeeley because of it, but the revamped roster has rightfully instilled renewed optimism.

Jordan: Pittsburgh. Let’s start by saying the Panthers should’ve been dancing this season, but I like the formation of Jeff Capel’s roster for best season and his chances with the personnel.

Bub Carrington and Blake Hinson will be tough holes to replace but bringing in Cam Corhen and Damian Dunn should fix their issues of scoring in the paint. Then 6-foot-8 Bosnian wing Amsal Delalic adds versatile scoring and playmaking ability in multiple spots in the floor. I’ve been told by more than one international scout that he’s a potential game changer.

Those additions combined with the nucleus should bode well for Capel next season.

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