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CBS Sports named its 101 best players in college basketball

The Four Horsemen of the CBS Sports College Basketball Apocalypse — Matt Norlander, Chip Patterson, Bill Self’s good friend Gary Parrish and Kyle Boone — released their collective ranking of the 101 best players in college basketball and your University of Kentucky Wildcats didn’t get the love you probably think they deserve.

I was on honored to make the list at No. 3, but only four Kentucky players were named, the highest being Reid Travis at No. 18. Here are the four:

18. Reid Travis | Kentucky | Senior | Forward

It almost seems unfair, right? Kentucky already gets some of the top talent in the country out of high school, and here we’ve got the Wildcats also adding a first-team all-conference talent with two years of experience as a team’s primary scorer and rebounder as a graduate transfer. Travis’ Stanford career was prolific enough to stack him up against the program’s best, and now he’s set to be a double-double machine leading the youngsters in Lexington.

29. P.J. Washington | Kentucky | Sophomore | Forward

Washington debated going pro, would have probably been drafted, but came back. That’s a set of circumstances that normally doesn’t materialize for Kentucky freshmen. Washington’s a bit different from most, though. And he plays with great passion. Could be the team’s leader, and we think he’s going to be a monster alongside Reid Travis.

47. Keldon Johnson | Kentucky | Freshman | Guard

Effort, grit, intangibles and versatility are all what Johnson — a former five-star frosh — brings to the table for UK. He’s going to make for one of the most overqualified true freshmen glue guys in the sport next season — and potentially more

69. Ashton Hagans | Kentucky | Freshman | Guard

While he might not have a lot of stat-padding performances, Hagans could prove to be one of the most important pieces of Kentucky’s 2019 run. The 6-3 guard was the best player in the state of Georgia coming out of high school, but at Kentucky there’s a chance his most impactful contributions will be as a perimeter defender and primary ball handler on offense.

Duke’s RJ Barrett took the top spot. The rest of the list is rather laughable. See the whole thing here and then comment what you think about it.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

13 Comments for CBS Sports named its 101 best players in college basketball



  1. KYcats11
    6:15 pm October 17, 2018 Permalink

    No Herro?



    • mashburnfan1
      8:46 pm October 17, 2018 Permalink

      Well since none of the Freshman have played 1 second of real college basketball there is no way to know how good any of them are. Every year there are several that are highly ranked, can’t miss etc. that stink it up and there are several that are low ranked that are great. We have had both right here. Make this list in Feb/Mar and I will look at it.



    • Alex90
      10:45 pm October 17, 2018 Permalink

      See #1 on list….A FRESHMAN



  2. Papaw
    6:24 pm October 17, 2018 Permalink

    That’s ok keep overlooking Herro.



  3. a21CATSfan
    6:47 pm October 17, 2018 Permalink

    If RJ Barrett is number one, there is NO way there are 45 players in between him and Keldon Johnson. Don’t even give it a click; that’s the only reason they left Herro out. BBN has to start ignoring the disrespect. CATS



    • SuperTroy18
      11:25 pm October 17, 2018 Permalink

      Exactly my thoughts. Hopefully, Keldon sees this and makes a statement against Barrett.



  4. Aar
    7:30 pm October 17, 2018 Permalink

    Low promises leave more opportunities for over delivery



  5. kenny
    7:36 pm October 17, 2018 Permalink

    Did they do this preseason list skal’s freshman year?



  6. Kat4Life
    7:53 pm October 17, 2018 Permalink

    Are usually agree 100% with Drew, but in this case I think the list was actually pretty well constructed. Romeo Langford was clearly rated too highly, a few others were mid-ranked but at this stage of the season I was OK with it.



    • Kat4Life
      8:40 pm October 17, 2018 Permalink

      Sorry……talking into my phone doesn’t always translate well



  7. check
    8:23 pm October 17, 2018 Permalink

    I’m so looking forward to Nov 6!!! Herro will light it up. Keldon is going to slam on those guys. Reid, PJ, EJ, and Nick are going to keep their bigs busy. Our rotation and our defense is going to give them fits. Meanwhile we have the outside shooting we haven’t seen in a while. I love our whole team! Our guys are going to prove things the media have no idea they can do. Just. You. Wait.



  8. davis2319
    8:35 pm October 17, 2018 Permalink

    List is wayyyy off lol that’s all I have to really say about it. Didn’t expect much different. The pre season number 1 doesn’t have a top 15 guy? That’s fine. This team is going to be great and CBS can be thanked for the poster board material!



  9. UK Big Board Update
    9:53 pm October 17, 2018 Permalink

    No Quickley?