Sports Illustrated wanted to catch up with SEC basketball, which basically means that they spent about 700 words talking about Kentucky. Which is fine by us, really, especially when it’s the sort of talk that’s just super flattering.
While throwing some attention toward Florida, as a potential SEC challenger, and Tennessee, a darkhorse third-favorite, the bulk of the article was overwhelmingly Wildcats. Among the superlatives? Player to Watch (Julius Randle), Game Changer, and Current Favorite. What were the details?
Player to Watch
Julius Randle would be the consensus projected No. 1 overall in practically every season but this one, and many folks wouldn’t be shocked if there’s an eventual debate next spring about him vs. Andrew Wiggins. Even in Kentucky’s loaded freshman class, Randle is a level above the rest of the prospects. That’s how much promise the athletic 6-foot-9 power forward has.
Kentucky bringing in the best recruiting class in college hoops history has been a major national talking point from the moment the buzzer sounded on the Wildcats’ humbling first-round NIT loss at Robert Morris in March. … It’s one of the most fascinating stories in years.
Right now, it has to be Kentucky….
SI wrapped up by asking whether we could go ahead and put the “40-0 talk” to bed. While it’s easy to say that that particular goal is impossible, I’ll also point out that we haven’t lost yet. It’s like getting a strike in the first frame of a bowling game. You know you’re probably not gonna get the 300, but the dream is still alive until you leave an open frame. And it’s a personal dream of Cal’s, so until they drop the first game, who are we to say it can’t be done?