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I think Boston U could easily be the preseason pick for #1 next year for all of the reasons you cite.   It has helped them that they were able to land players like Maurice Watson – who Bucknell and Penn had to drop due to AI issues – who they won’t be able to recruit going forward.   However they should be able to stay in the top part of the PL even in 2014-15 since they have a pretty good basketball track record, an attractive location, and a coach who has experience in recruiting players under an AI.

I think Loyola will have a significant drop-off next year, even though Cormier is very good.    Losing Etherly, Olson, Winbush, and Brooks is huge.    Going forward, I doubt they will be a power.  Most of Patsos’ recruits and transfers would never be admissible with the AI.   In fact, I expect him to leave for a school with no academic standards within the next 14 months, since I doubt he will be very effective in recruiting players with good academic credentials.