North Carolina closed out the 2016-17 season by holding off upstart Gonzaga for its sixth national championship.

April seems so long ago now.

College basketball has undergone a major shift since the Tar Heels cut down the nets, most notably a federal probe into shady recruiting practices that ensnared several prominent programs.

The changes have come on the court, too, with teams losing key players, star freshmen filling their places, new coaches taking over prominent programs.

To get you ready for the season, which starts on Friday, here's a rundown of the top players and coaches for 2017-18:

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TOP PLAYERS

Miles Bridges, Michigan State

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Miles Bridges, Michigan State. Was one of college basketball's best last season. Should be better after skipping out on a shot at the NBA.

Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame

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Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame. Double-double machine will carry the Irish far.

Allonzo Trier, Arizona

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Allonzo Trier, Arizona. One of the nation's best scorers and clutch players.

Jalen Brunson, Villanova

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Jalen Brunson, Villanova. Scores, shoots, dishes, leads. Can't ask for much more.

Joel Berry II, North Carolina

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Joel Berry II, North Carolina. Last season's Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four will miss the start of the season after punching a wall and breaking his hand, but watch out when he gets back.

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THE FRESHMEN

Michael Porter Jr., Missouri

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Michael Porter Jr., Missouri. He's 6-foot-10, scores, shoots, gets to the rim, has NBA scouts following his every move.

Marvin Bagley III, Duke

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Marvin Bagley III, Duke. Graduated early to start college. The Blue Devils are thankful he did.

Deandre Ayton, Arizona

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Deandre Ayton, Arizona. He's 7-1, 260 pounds and an NBA-ready game that should translate well in the desert.

Mohamed Bamba, Texas

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Mohamed Bamba, Texas. Opposing shooters will need to be wary when the Longhorns' big man is around the basket.

Hamidou Diallo, Kentucky

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Hamidou Diallo, Kentucky. Enrolled last January in hopes of joining the Wildcats for the second half of the season. The extra practice time should help him have a huge impact on a team full of potential impact players.

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NEW COACHES

Archie Miller, Indiana

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Archie Miller, Indiana. Looks like the perfect fit to turn the Hoosiers around.

David Padgett, Louisville

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David Padgett, Louisville. Inherits turmoil with the firing of Rick Pitino, but has a talented roster to work with.

Cuonzo Martin, Missouri

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Cuonzo Martin, Missouri. Left Cal for Columbia. The addition of Porter will ease his transition.

Chris Holtman, Ohio State

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Chris Holtman, Ohio State. Did well at Butler. Takes over the reins in Columbus after Thad Matta retired.

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KEY NONCONFERENCE GAMES

No. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 Michigan State, Nov. 14 in Chicago. A 1-2 matchup this early is a great way to get the season rolling.

No. 4 Kansas vs. No. 5 Kentucky, Nov. 14 in Chicago. Talk about a marquee doubleheader nightcap in the Windy City.

No. 1 Duke at Indiana, Nov. 29. Blueblood battle in Bloomington.

No. 14 Notre Dame at No. 2 Michigan State, Nov. 30. Bonzie Colson vs. Miles Bridges? We'll take that every day.

No. 16 Louisville at No. 5 Kentucky, Dec. 29. Always epic.

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