A pair of major publications provided Kentucky with a little more pre-season hype today.
Fox Sports released their pre-season college basketball awards this afternoon and, not surprisingly, the Cats found themselves figuring prominently into the predictions. But, in addition to Patrick Patterson being named as a Second Team All-American, John Wall found himself as the pre-season Player of the Year. The piece, penned by Jeff Goodman, cites Calipari’s success with point guards in the past and Wall’s superior talent level as the reason he’ll be earning POY honors. As for Patterson, he’s behind a pair of goobers in Luke Harangody and Kyle Singler, as well as freshman Derrick Favors on the All-American rankings.
Also, Athlon Sports, pictured above, released their pre-season magazine with Coach Cal on the cover and gives UK a pre-season ranking of sixth. Also, the magazine named Patrick Patterson to their All-American First Team and John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins as their “Super Freshmen”.