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CBS Ranks Incoming Freshmen, UK Does Not Have One in the Top Five

© Mark Zerof

© Mark Zerof

© Mark Zerof

There’s a deep pool of talent in the 2016 basketball class.  Kentucky signed the second-ranked recruiting class, yet none of those players are featured in the Top Five of Matt Norlander’s freshmen rankings, although there were plenty that made the Top 20.

6. De’Aaron Fox

Calipari has built quite the reputation for training point guards, and Fox could be one of the best.  “Fox’s talent and savvy as a lean point guard could have him crack the top four point guards Cal’s ever coached,” Norlander said.  “I think he’s that talented and that set up to succeed at UK.”

7. Bam Adebayo

Even though he was ranked No. 7 in his class, Bam could potentially be the No. 1 pick in next year’s NBA Draft.  The expectations are high — “at least 20 double-doubles” — but Bam could be the best forward in the nation before the season’s over.

12. Wenyen Gabriel

Like most people around the program, Norlander believes he will struggle at the start of the season, but by the end of the season he could be a Top 30 player in the country.

“I think he’s a guy who could unexpectedly have a 20-rebound, 20-point game on one night, then go for eight points and four boards the next.”

15. Malik Monk

Norlander questions Monk’s three-point shooting and defense, but knows that we’ll see at least 15-20 “WOW” moments this season.

[CBS Sports]

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 Comments for CBS Ranks Incoming Freshmen, UK Does Not Have One in the Top Five

  1. TimothyJinx
    12:15 pm October 11, 2016 Permalink

    Monk at #15 has to be one of most incompetent predictions I’ve seen in my lifetime.

  2. Shagaris Sock Puppet
    12:37 pm October 11, 2016 Permalink

    If you think that Malik Monk is the 15th best incoming freshmen, please give me a chance to steal your job as a writer/journalist. This guy by seasons end, will be in the discussion as a top 5 pick! We all know hes good, but this guy has an animal inside of him and hes going to set it free on college basketball very soon….

  3. Rauh Gauh
    12:46 pm October 11, 2016 Permalink

    3 Point shooting? He won the 3 Point contest for his class at the McDonalds All America showcase.

  4. Bluebloodtoo
    1:52 pm October 11, 2016 Permalink

    Good thing we play the championship at the end of the season, not the beginning….

  5. nicky
    4:18 pm October 11, 2016 Permalink

    Oh please let these guys see these rankings!

  6. somerset bill
    6:49 pm October 11, 2016 Permalink

    not sure why we still don’t have a system to rank sports journalists. a little number that would go in parentheses after their name. it could be a ranking or just a score, factoring in results of predictions, biases, popularity, notorious statements, intelligence of questions posed to athletes. something like monk at 15 would really stain this guy’s record.