Gary Parrish over at CBSSports.com updated his preseason rankings for next college basketball season and Kentucky dropped from No. 1 to his fourth-ranked team. The spring recruiting whiffs knocked the Cats out of Parrish’s top spot.
Here’s what he had to say:
- Notable players definitely gone: Karl-Anthony Towns, Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Trey Lyles, Devin Booker, Dakari Johnson, Willie Cauley-Stein
- Others expected to leave: None
- Notable players expected to return: Tyler Ulis, Marcus Lee, Alex Poythress, Derek Willis, Dominique Hawkins
- Others expected to join the roster: Skal Labissiere, Isaiah Briscoe, Charles Matthews, Mychal Mulder
Why the Wildcats are ranked here: It’s amazing that John Calipari missed on basically every high-level prospect he targeted over the past month. What’s also amazing is that he’ll still have a roster talented enough to make a fifth Final Four in six seasons.
North Carolina is Parrish’s new No. 1 team, followed by Maryland, Kansas, Kentucky, Iowa State, Duke, Virginia, Michigan State, Oklahoma and Gonzaga in the top 10.