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April 9, 2014 at 3:26 AM

Morning links: Arizona early preseason favorite

Lots of comings and goings at Arizona, but point guard T.J. McConnell will return next season to guide the Wildcats. (Photo credit: Lance King - Getty Images)

Lots of comings and goings at Arizona, but point guard T.J. McConnell will return next season to guide the Wildcats. (Photo credit: Lance King – Getty Images)

Of course it’s too early to forecast the 2014-15 college basketball season with any type of clarity considering the rosters for most teams are still undetermined due to NBA defections and transfers.

Still that hasn’t stopped several news outlets from releasing not-so-creatively titled predictions dubbed way-too-early, crazy-early, and super-early preseason polls. Arizona is a popular pick to occupy the No. 1 spot when college basketball starts again in the fall.

Yahoo! Sports has the Wildcats at the top spot.

— ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan pegs Arizona as the team to beat. He also has UCLA and Oregon among his top 25 teams.

Gary Parrish at CBSsports.com puts Arizona at No. 2 on his preseason top 25, which also includes Stanford.

C.J. Moore at the Bleacher Report also has Arizona second in his preseason top 25, which includes Oregon.

WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:

— Oregon received good news when Joseph Young announced via Twitter that he’s returning for his senior season. In his first season with the Ducks, the 6-2 guard who transferred from Houston was voted a first team all-Pac-12 after averaging 18.9 points. It remains to be seen how his decision will impact sophomore Damyean Dotson whose performance dipped this season after Young’s arrival.

— After two years, Arizona State assistant Eric Musselman left the Sun Devils. He had been a two-time NBA head coach and it’s believed he’s pursuing opportunities to be a head coach again. ASU will hire Indian Hills Community College coach Barret Peery. Indian Hills guard Roosevelt Scott is part of the 2014-15 ASU recruiting class.

— California’s coaching search enters Week 2. A source tells San Jose Mercury-News’ Jeff Faraudo:  “Cal is not as good a job as it looks.” Faraudo writes: “The ‘home run’ would be snagging an A-list candidate such as Harvard’s Tommy Amaker, VCU’s Shaka Smart or Dayton’s Archie Miller. By all accounts, Cal has gotten nowhere with any of them.”

— It sounds as if Arizona’s Nick Johnson is leaning towards entering the NBA draft with a year of eligibility remaining.

— Freshman forward Ahmed Fields is transferring from Utah.

— In an op-ed piece for USA Today, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott writes the effort by Northwestern football players to form a union “is a terrible idea that will do nothing to improve college sports and may well destroy them.”

— Insightful story by Los Angeles Times’ Bill Dwyer who argues the real culprits behind the college corruption may not be the agents or NCAA bureaucracy, but rather the player’s parents.

Bud Withers had a few thoughts on Monday’s national championship game.

— After leading Connecticut to the NCAA tournament title, Shabazz Napier appears on the Sports Illustrated cover.

— Here’s a link to CBS’s ‘One Shining Moment’ video, which captures the highs and lows of the NCAA tournament.

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