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Kentucky comes in at No. 14 in CBS Sports’ updated preseason rankings

The way-too-early preseason basketball rankings are coming in hot, with the latest update coming from Gary Parrish of CBS Sports.

In Parrish’s new edition of his Top 25 And 1 – version 16.0, to be exact – Kentucky moved up a spot to No. 14 overall, good for second in the SEC behind only Tennessee (No. 12).

In his analysis, Parrish acknowledged the mass exodus the Kentucky program saw this offseason with all five starters leaving for the NBA Draft, but feels the top-ranked recruiting class led by five-star guards Terrence Clarke, BJ Boston, and Devin Askew will be enough to “overcome these departures.”

He also didn’t mention Wake Forest transfer Olivier Sarr as a key addition and noted that they could jump back into the top 10 with “some solid reinforcements,” meaning this No. 14 ranking is solely based on UK’s six high school signees, Creighton graduate transfer Davion Mintz, and returning Wildcats Keion Brooks Jr. and Dontaie Allen.

“The Wildcats are losing the top six scorers from a team that won the SEC by multiple games – most notably SEC Player of the Year Immanuel Quickley and projected first-round pick Tyrese Maxey. That’s rough,” Parrish said. “But if any program is built to overcome these departures, it’s the one set to enroll the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class featuring 5-star guards Terrence Clarke, BJ Boston and Devin Askew.

“Exactly what John Calipari will do to further enhance his roster remains unclear. But it’s possible the Wildcats could creep back into the top 10 of the Top 25 And 1 before the season begins if the UK staff secures some solid reinforcements.”

Notable players definitely gone: Immanuel Quickley, Nick Richards, Tyrese Maxey, Ashton Hagans, Nate Sestina, EJ Montgomery, Johnny Juzang
Notable players expected to also leave: N/A
Notable players expected to return: Keion Brooks
Expected additions: Terrence Clarke, BJ Boston, Devin Askew, Isaiah Jackson, Lance Ware, Cam’Ron Fletcher, Davion Mintz

Here is CBS Sports’ latest Top 25 And 1:

  1. Gonzaga
  2. Baylor
  3. Villanova
  4. Virginia
  5. Iowa
  6. Kansas
  7. Duke
  8. Creighton
  9. Houston
  10. Wisconsin
  11. Michigan State
  12. Tennessee
  13. West Virginia
  14. Kentucky
  15. North Carolina
  16. Ohio State
  17. Texas
  18. Texas Tech
  19. Oregon
  20. Rutgers
  21. Stanford
  22. UCLA
  23. Indiana
  24. Arizona State
  25. Florida State
  26. Arkansas

What do you think of Kentucky’s ranking? Fair?

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

13 Comments for Kentucky comes in at No. 14 in CBS Sports’ updated preseason rankings



  1. BowdenQB4ever
    4:08 pm May 26, 2020 Permalink

    His rankings are as generous as Goodman’s are antagonistic. This team will probably lose 9-12 games and finish somewhere between 16-22 in the rankings, fringe top 20. They’ll “figure it out”, have a nice run in nashville, overcome a bad draw to make it to the sweet 16 then flame out to a program that doesn’t face a yearly exodus to the G league.

    Then we’ll get to watch as another group of kids leave before they’re ready to play pro ball so their handlers and family can start burning through that rookie contact.



    • Cletis75
      4:22 pm May 26, 2020 Permalink

      You must be a millionaire, with your ability to read the future



    • 4everUKBlue
      5:22 pm May 26, 2020 Permalink

      Is that you mashbum? I only ask because mashbum can also predict the future.



  2. Cmart0907
    4:31 pm May 26, 2020 Permalink

    Ehhh it’s fair. I think more than fair



  3. KentuckyBoy
    4:47 pm May 26, 2020 Permalink

    I also think this is pretty generous. We have zero idea what our product will look like, or if Sarr will be eligible. I think the pieces are there to help, and make a late tourney run. Just need buy in from everyone.



  4. Mboro-kyfan
    5:26 pm May 26, 2020 Permalink

    All around we are loaded, so if ever there is a team that “figures” it out then we’re gonna be dangerous. We have platoons in the perimeter and more than enough down low especially is sarr is eligible which I believe he will be.



  5. VirginiaCat
    6:18 pm May 26, 2020 Permalink

    When you lose almost your entire team and bring in mostly freshman replacements, it’s a carp shoot. When we are able to retain a core of experience, we tend to do well. Without said core, we tend to have an up and down season and typically flame out in the post season. If I were to predict, I would say that we start the season slow as usual, have one or two embarrassing losses, improve in the regular season and have a good win or two, get a 2-5 seed in the tournament, and then lose to a lesser team with more experience in the Sweet 16 or Elite Eight. A preseason of 14 sounds about right.



  6. nocode96
    6:26 pm May 26, 2020 Permalink

    I don’t get why everyone, even our own fans are sleeping on this team. Yes, they’re young and it’s all new faces, but are we not used to that by now? Mintz and Askew will more than make up for Hagans, Boston and Clarke very well could be better than Maxey and Quickley and probably will be way better, if Brooks makes a jump that’s even 75% of what PJ did he’s going to be way better than EJ was. If the wake transfer gets to play, he’s likely going to give us minutes that are on par with Richards from this past season. Add the couple biggish dudes from the bench and I can’t see how anyone thinks we aren’t as good as last year at least.

    I know some of you are going to say that we were awful last year because god forbid, we lost a few games, but I would’ve taken us over anyone last year had we got to play in March and April.

    Point is, why sell Cal and our guys short? We know there will be bumps in the road, but we also know we will be as good as anyone playing come tourney time. Enjoy the ride and learn to appreciate what we have got going on in Lexington.



    • ukbradstith
      9:31 pm May 26, 2020 Permalink

      Because we’ve seen this lots before. We’ll lose 8-12 games, almost guaranteed. Get it together in March and make a solid run at the final four. Probably as good a chance as any to win it all. Any preseason ranking top 20 is generous though, as 3 of our freshmen at least won’t be stars right away (and shouldn’t), and we have little to no depth unless something changes. Askew is not a sure fire lock at point, so there will be growing pains.



  7. kpay2019
    10:33 pm May 26, 2020 Permalink

    Lol we have some weapons. And one of the deepest teams we’ve had. I think we will be better than what some think



  8. CahillsCrossingNT
    4:45 am May 27, 2020 Permalink

    They won’t beat Tennessee regardless. Their ceiling is probably the sweet 16. Kentucky is no longer a viable national championship threat.



    • KyZoneBlitz
      6:37 am May 27, 2020 Permalink

      Wont beat Tennessee???? I think this is probably the 4th/5th post in a row where you’ve given a negative comment. Doesn’t make sense… I think we sweep Tennessee this year, especially if Sarr is eligible, which I fully expect him to be, we should be one of the best defensive teams in the country with our length and speed, and also what makes me more optimistic about this squad, is the multiple sharp shooters coming in. Askew, Boston are both elite shooters,and Clarkes shot improved tremendously from his jr to Sr year. Not to mention home grown Dontai Allen will be healthy and ready to go, and most of the guys on last years team said he was the best shooter on the team. So weve got atleast 4 guys that should shoot a good to great % from downtown which on a Cal team is rare.notmally we’ll have 1 or 2, maybe 3 but that’s it.