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Playing today, coaching tomorrow?

It's not that hard to imagine Matt Jones on a sideline coaching one day. He's not the only player we can see that as a future occupation. Lance King/Getty Images

The Way-Too-Early Top 25 rankings for next season in college basketball have been updated, and now that rosters are beginning to crystallize, it's time to get familiar with each team. We've already touched on the incoming freshmen to know, the future stars of reality TV, the top NBA prospect and each team's defining song. Now we look at the players who can lead, the ones who might someday become head coaches.

1. Duke Blue Devils: Matt Jones
The designated "dirty-work guy" of Duke's 2014-15 national title run has spent most of his career being overshadowed by the Blue Devils' increasingly terrifying collection of future NBA talents. He doesn't mind in the least. Now a rising senior, Jones is a consummate leader: selfless, understated and reliable. -- Eamonn Brennan

2. Villanova Wildcats: Kris Jenkins
If coaching is a learned trait, then Jenkins already has a leg up on the competition. His mother, Felicia, was a successful college coach at Division II Benedict College and is now a high school coach. His guardian, Nate Britt, Sr., not only helped his son, Nate Britt, and Jenkins succeed in summer-league ball, he once turned his son's soccer team from a ragtag bunch of community players into an undefeated travel squad. -- Dana O'Neil

3. Kentucky Wildcats: Dominique Hawkins
Coaching in 2016 requires a disciplined demeanor. So many egos to manage. Hawkins would not break under that pressure. He's a reserve for a Kentucky team that's recruited some of the most talented players in America. Hawkins never complained about his role as younger players earned minutes over him. He just established an example for others to follow in the locker room. Hawkins understands the game, he's competed against the best and he's always focused on the goals of the team. That's a great foundation for any coach. -- Myron Medcalf

4. Kansas Jayhawks: Tyler Self
He knows all the dramatic game stories and likely has watched the film of his dad taking Oral Roberts, Tulsa, Illinois and the Jayhawks to the postseason. Self could be one of those kids who is adamantly opposed to following in his dad's footsteps. Or maybe he's counting down the days until graduation when Bill Self could hire him in an entry-level position and he begins the long road to becoming a head coach. -- C.L. Brown

5. Virginia Cavaliers: London Perrantes
Just watch him play and you'll see why. Tony Bennett's floor leader just thinks the game and makes the correct play the majority of the time. He's the true quarterback of the team, and is an extension of Bennett on the court. This one is a no-brainer. -- Jeff Goodman

6. North Carolina Tar Heels: Joel Berry
The end of Marcus Paige's career was a farewell to one of the great "that guy will probably be an awesome coach one day" players of the past decade. Berry isn't the no-brainer Paige would have been for this category, but he is an insightful, and incisive, floor general in his own right. Failing that, [Theo Pinson's postgame press conferences would be amazing. -- Brennan

7. Oregon Ducks: Phil Richmond
So what if the redshirt junior and walk-on hasn't played much? His father is Mitch Richmond, who was a six-time NBA All-Star. Pop even played for Ducks head coach Dana Altman in junior college and at Kansas State, where Altman was an assistant. In other words, Phil was schooled in good hoops. And before he was a walk-on, Phil was a manager, which is about the same as being a basketball coaching intern. -- O'Neil

8. Wisconsin Badgers: Zak Showalter
Pedigree matters in coaching. The sons of successful coaches aren't guaranteed successful careers on the sidelines, but their knowledge of the game often boosts their chances. Showalter's father, Steve Showalter, turned Germantown High School (Germantown, Wis.) into a powerhouse that won three consecutive state championships from 2012 through 2014. He also played for Bo Ryan at UW-Platteville. Zak Showalter (7.5 PPG) is a good two-way player for a Badgers team that will demand a greater contribution from him during his senior season. Coaching would be a natural progression for the veteran after his career ends. -- Medcalf

9. Xavier Musketeers: Myles Davis
Davis is already a coach on the floor for Chris Mack. He led the Musketeers in assists last season with 4.1 per game and ranked fourth in the Big East in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.2. And let's talk pedigree for a minute: He's the cousin of former Pittsburgh guards Brandon and Brevin Knight. Davis knows the nuances of the game; he's ready to be on a sideline near you when his playing days are done. -- Brown

10. Michigan State Spartans: Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn
All you need to do is meet Tum Tum once to see why he'll be a great coach someday. He's got an outgoing, infectious personality in which he's almost always upbeat. He knows the game, and would be a fantastic recruiter sometime down the line. -- Goodman

11. Indiana Hoosiers: Collin Hartman
Hartman is undersized against most forwards and outrun by most wings. Yet, he has thrived at Indiana. Why? He can shoot it, sure, but mostly he grasps the nuances of the game -- angles, positioning, timing -- in ways few college players can. Throw in an inherent understanding of advanced analytics, and that sounds like a pretty good coach to us. -- Brennan

12. Arizona Wildcats: Kobi Simmons
Odds are the sensational freshman will be busy playing when his college career ends, but the highly sought-after point guard didn't just turn heads because he left high school as the all-time leading scorer (more than 2,000 points). He also led his team to more than 100 wins, two state titles and four championship game appearances. That's a guy who knows how to win as much as he knows how to play. -- O'Neil

13. Louisville Cardinals: Quentin Snider
As the world crumbled around his program following a sex-for-pay scandal, Snider never surrendered his poise. That's a critical trait for any coach. He made gains in his second season and evolved into a reliable weapon for a strong Louisville team. He also earned a spot on the all-ACC academic team for the second consecutive season. In 2016-17, Snider will add the role of team captain -- "quarterback of our team," Rick Pitino recently told reporters -- and most expect the junior to handle those duties with ease. He's in a tough situation due to the drama that surrounds the Cardinals. But this experience will help him if he faces challenges as a coach in the future. -- Medcalf

14. Purdue Boilermakers: Spike Albrecht

Spike Albrecht has yet to play a game for the Boilermakers, but the Michigan transfer was a two-time captain with the Wolverines and made the 2013 all-Final Four team. He's expected to step into the starting lineup at Purdue, which could use some stability at point guard. The 5-foot-11 guard has overachieved throughout his playing career, which tends to make for the best leaders. -- Brown

15. West Virginia Mountaineers: Tarik Phillip
The senior guard, who originally hails from Brooklyn, has a high basketball IQ and also is really good with the young kids on the team. He possesses quality leadership, and would be a quality coach someday. -- Goodman

16. Gonzaga Bulldogs: Przemek Karnowski
After a November back injury, Karnowski spent pretty much all of the 2015-16 season in street clothes on the bench ... which means he already has a year of coaching experience on his resume! (That's totally how coaching works, right?) -- Brennan

17. UCLA Bruins: Bryce Alford
In the Kevin Bacon scheme of things, Alford is only one step removed from Bob Knight, a guy who knew a thing or two about coaching. And, of course, Alford's father, Steve, pretty much has made a lifetime on the basketball court. Granted, Steve's run at UCLA hasn't been easy, partially complicated by coaching Bryce, but there again is another lesson for Bryce down the road. -- O'Neil

18. Maryland Terrapins: Melo Trimble
Trimble returns to Maryland as one of the best players in the country. Few competitors can match his ability to slash and score. But this is a season that will force Trimble to play a more vocal role in the locker room. That's not something he's had to do in recent years because he was surrounded by vocal leaders, such as Rasheed Sulaimon and Robert Carter. That's the only missing component for a potential future coach and young man who has managed talented rosters, on the court, throughout his career at Maryland. A more assertive Trimble could mature into a great coach one day. -- Medcalf

19. Saint Mary's Gaels: Emmett Naar
Naar is by far the most important player on the Gaels' roster. He already sees the game on a different level than most as he led the team in scoring and assists last season. When a play needs to be made, Saint Mary's turns to Naar to deliver. Those same leadership qualities would serve him well if he were the one in a suit and tie diagramming a play late in a close game. -- Brown

20. Creighton Bluejays: Isaiah Zierden
Has a great basketball mind, sees things others don't, knows how to manipulate the game. Plus, he is the son of a coach -- so he knows the life. -- Goodman

21. Rhode Island Rams: E.C. Matthews
Rhody's do-everything star guard would have been the obvious choice for this award last offseason, if only for his comprehensive -- and defense-oriented -- understanding of the game. After a season-ending injury in the 2015-16 opener, Matthews was forced to spend a year looking at, in his own words, "a different side of things -- the coaching side." -- Brennan

22. Cincinnati Bearcats: Troy Caupain
In a lot of ways, the senior-to-be already has been a coach for the Bearcats. Through the turmoil of Mick Cronin's illness and absence, Caupain's steadying presence was part of the reason that Cincinnati soldiered on without missing so much as a beat. Caupain's numbers have improved every year, his scoring and assists going up while the turnovers shrink backwards. -- O'Neil

23. Florida State Seminoles: Xavier Rathan-Mayes
Rathan-Mayes will return to a loaded Florida State squad that should rise in the ACC. His leadership will prove critical to the young roster. He boasts that rare combination of aggressiveness and selflessness. He averaged 11.8 PPG, a drop from the previous season, after freshmen stars Malik Beasley (15.8 PPG) and Dwayne Bacon (15.6 PPG) arrived last year. But he also finished 11th in assist rate in league play, per KenPom.com, and reduced his turnovers by nearly one per game from the previous season. Florida State adds elite prospect Jonathan Isaac this season. So Rathan-Mayes will again defer in some situations. He doesn't seem to mind. Every good coach needs that personality. -- Medcalf

24. Connecticut Huskies: Jalen Adams
Sophomore guard Jalen Adams seems to be the kind of player who could emulate coach Kevin Ollie's career. Adams may never lead the Huskies in scoring, but he has a knack for being in the right place. Need any proof, ask Daniel Hamilton. The two briefly argued over who should inbound the ball with 0.8 seconds trailing Cincinnati by three in triple overtime. Adams won the discussion, and promptly hit the buzzer-beating 3-pointer from 70 feet to force a fourth overtime. -- Brown

25. Syracuse Orange: Matthew Moyer
I'm not sure I've come across anyone as outgoing as Moyer -- the sweet-shooting wing who will be a freshman this season -- in a while. Moyer is unfazed going up to anyone, and that's a trait that is often a major asset in the coaching ranks. -- Goodman