I doubt anyone here is questioning it, but CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish felt the need to explain why he and his fellow writers put Kentucky first in their 2013-2014 preseason poll. Parrish said that putting Kentucky first was the easiest decision the group made, and was based on the Cats returning Alex Poythress, Willie Cauley-Stein, and Kyle Wiltjer and the undeniable quality of their incoming freshman class.
About that recruiting class…ready for some accolades?
I think some fans have grown so accustomed to annually reading about “Kentucky’s top-ranked recruiting class” that they’ve failed to grasp, on some level, just how gifted and deep this recruiting class is. If you fall into that group, know this: What Calipari is enrolling is literally the best collection of prospects anybody has ever enrolled. Ever. In history.
So let the haters hate. Parrish says that based on “experience, depth, the most talent by a wide margin and a coach who has proved capable of guiding a team to a title,” Kentucky is the definitive #1 team in the nation. In fact:
“But next season’s team isn’t going to be anything like this season’s team. I mean, the question isn’t whether UK is capable of winning it all as much as it’s if UK has a chance at completing a season without losing at all.”