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Kentucky is No. 4 in new CBSSports preseason rankings

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Mark Zerof | USA Today

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:

4. KENTUCKY

  • 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.

[UNC moves to No. 1 in Ridiculously Early Preseason Top 25 (and one)]

Article written by Drew Franklin

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