There’s not much sillier than these preseason rankings seven months ahead of the actual season but we’re crazy fans and we gobble this stuff up every time. (We are who we are.)
In the ESPN edition of the way-too-early 2017-18 rankings, your University of Kentucky Wildcats are ranked No. 1, ahead of North Carolina, Louisville, Villanova and Florida, in that order.
Here’s what ESPN had to say about the Cats:
1. Kentucky Wildcats
You know the drill here: Coach John Calipari is presumably sending a bunch of talented dudes to the NBA (De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Bam Adebayo) and replacing them with another bunch of talented dudes (five ESPN 100 prospects in ESPN’s No. 1-ranked 2017 recruiting class, plus redshirt freshman Hamidou Diallo) hoping to join their pro-bound predecessors forthwith. Whether those newcomers have the same star power as the players they’re replacing is up for debate, but if guard Isaiah Briscoe returns for another season and Wenyen Gabriel and Isaac Humphries ably take on bigger roles in the frontcourt, there’s no reason Calipari can’t mold up another national-title contender in the next 10 or so months. Broadly speaking, almost every top team will have a ton of turnover in 2017-18; why not settle on the one that thrives on turnover every spring?
Keep in mind, this is before John Calipari adds Mohamed Bamba, another guard, and hopefully Kevin Knox to the roster.
This is pointless and irrelevant, but it’s better than not being considered the best team entering next season, right?