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.