Just when you thought they couldn’t come up with any more, the fine folks at CBSSports have released another set of preseason rankings! Today, Jeff Goodman and his merry men ranked the best big men in the country, with three Cats showing up in the Top 50:
3. Nerlens Noel, Kentucky
A shot-blocking freak. That’s what Noel will bring with him to Lexington. Think of a young Bill Russell in terms of body frame and ability to send shots packing. Noel still has a long ways to go, especially on the offensive end, but he’ll be an immediate force on the defensive end. — J.G.
14. Alex Poythress, Kentucky
There is some talk that Poythress could make the biggest impact of any of the Kentucky freshmen. With his inside-outside offensive ability and relentlessness on the backboards, that could end up being true. A truly superb talent. — J.B.
44. Kyle Wiltjer, Kentucky
Wiltjer is the only relevant holdover from last season’s title team. He’ll get major minutes this season and post nice numbers, particularly from the 3-point arc. — G.P.
Something tells me that Willie Cauley-Stein will be on this list by the end of the season.