UK fans have a love-hate relationship with most national sports media personalities outside of the triumvirate, for whom they have only a hate-hate relationship, and Gary Parrish is trying to tip his scales in the direction of love. Parrish has a vote for the Naismith Award, one of the top prizes for college basketball’s best player, and he has released his preseason watch list. Among the 50 names listed on it, you’ll find FIVE Kentucky Wildcats. Terrence Jones, Anthony Davis, Doron Lamb, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague are all in the early discussion as potential standouts this year.
The team with the next highest representation is North Carolina (Kendall Marshall, John Henson, Tyler Zeller, Harrison Barnes) with four. Ohio State (Jared Sullinger, William Buford, Aaron Craft) and Connecticut (Andre Drummond, Jeremy Lamb, Alex Oriakhi) both have three and Vanderbilt (John Jenkins, Jeffery Taylor) has two. Louisville (Peyton Siva) and Duke (Austin Rivers) both have one.
Gary Parrish, you get it. Keep those pro-UK articles coming and those tips well gelled.