Top teams from smaller leagues

Gonzaga is No. 1 in our 'best of the rest' power rankings for 2013-14

Updated: August 16, 2013, 11:54 AM ET
By Jeff Goodman | ESPN Insider

Kevin PangosStreeter Lecka/Getty ImagesKevin Pangos -- along with Gary Bell Jr. -- will anchor one of the nation's top backcourts.

We've taken you through all of the high-profile leagues with the Power Rankings, but that still omitted a few teams that could hold a spot in the preseason Top 25, and several other programs you'll be hearing about this season. We'll give you a head start right now with our ranking of the "best of the rest."


1. Gonzaga Bulldogs

The Zags lost a bunch of last season's team that earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Gone are Kelly Olynyk, Elias Harris and vastly underrated veteran wing Mike Hart. However, coach Mark Few will rely heavily on his backcourt of Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr., who have played together since they arrived in Spokane two seasons ago. The frontcourt duo of 7-footer Przemek Karnowski and Sam Dower should complement one another well, but the key for the Zags will come at the wing spot and whether Providence transfer Gerard Coleman or Louisville transfer Angel Nunez, who becomes eligible at the semester break, can fill a much-needed void. The other concern is frontcourt depth.


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