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CBS Sports ranks Kentucky’s one-and-dones

It’s a question that defines the John Calipari era: Who are the best one-and-dones to come through Kentucky? CBS Sports’ Kyle Boone tackled the topic this afternoon, ranking all 25 Kentucky one-and-dones based on their college production. (That last part is important!)

His top four won’t raise any eyebrows, but from there, it’s up for debate. Here’s Boone’s top ten:

1. Anthony Davis
2. John Wall
3. DeMarcus Cousins
4. Karl-Anthony Towns
5. Brandon Knight
6. Julius Randle
7. Jamal Murray
8. De’Aaron Fox
9. Malik Monk
10. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

It’s not a bad list, and I know this is mostly based on numbers, but it just feels like MKG should be higher than tenth. Davis was undeniably the star of that team, but MKG was the heart and soul.

Check out the entire list at CBS Sports and then let us know your top ten in the comments.

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23 Comments for CBS Sports ranks Kentucky’s one-and-dones



  1. Charlie Waite
    5:03 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

    Ummm, how did they leave Booker off?….



    • (Aixelsyd)0505
      5:19 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

      Yea I don’t get that… how is he not top 6 on this list!



    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      5:22 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

      It’s only based on college production. Booker only averaged 10 points during his year at Kentucky.



    • michaelb
      8:42 pm August 15, 2018 Permalink

      James young should file in there too technically



    • Blue Jesus
      6:11 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

      I agree Booker shouldn’t be on there based on college production, but by that same logic I don’t think you can put Towns as high as four, either. Admittedly I haven’t read the article so maybe he gets into advanced statistics that defend the choice, but 4th seems too high for someone who (like Booker) averaged 10 points per game in college.

      That’s not a knock on Towns, of course–the minutes weren’t there because of the platoons. I suppose the rationale is he was the best player on a 39-1 team. And that’s fair.

      My bigger gripe is the same as yours, TT… MKG should be higher!

      Also I would like to see Noel higher, but I get his ranking… he didn’t play the whole season, and we lost Round 1 of the NIT. Still, he had an amazing season, and a couple of the best individual performances of the Cal era.



  2. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    5:04 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

    Brandon Knight does not get enough love.



  3. Duff86
    5:12 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

    Ummm Eric Bledsoe too???



  4. Bluebloodtoo
    5:15 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

    Bk>fox? Idk about that…



    • mm40
      5:28 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

      Knight is better and it’s not close.



  5. Bluebloodtoo
    5:17 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

    Oh yeah…Booker missing? And Bledsoe!? There aren’t enough spots in the top ten, better make it to 20.



  6. Bluebloodtoo
    5:21 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

    Ok, so there are 25 players on the list. Do we have to keep bringing up Orton, though?



  7. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    5:50 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

    FFS people, if you read the linked article, it lists everyone. Only the top 10 was posted here.



  8. Luether
    5:52 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

    If it’s only based on college production, them MKG should definitely be a little higher on the list…



    • michaelb
      8:39 pm August 15, 2018 Permalink

      Yea & James young – there’s a lot of ppl that are just forgotten about when it comes to this list – nerlens . I could go on



  9. dfleming
    7:13 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

    I predict six players from the current roster in the top 15 by this time next year.



    • michaelb
      8:40 pm August 15, 2018 Permalink

      Dam dog lol , I like that . Can I have some of those blue glasses ?



  10. Cincy Cayt
    10:22 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

    Read the entire list just for nostalgia. It’s hard to balance the “good for them” they did at UK and they “good for UK” they did at UK. If your year produced a banner in Rupp, then you get a huge boost in my book. For that, I would’ve put MKG, Lyles, Booker, etc. higher.



  11. mashburnfan1
    10:39 pm August 14, 2018 Permalink

    all that talent and just 1 title. Missed opportunites in 2010{how do you lose with Wall, Cousins and Blesoe} and 2015{perfect mix of returning experience and great FR} and NCAA stole one from us in 2011, we win it if Enes Kanter plays.



  12. TB112162
    2:15 am August 15, 2018 Permalink

    If Booker didn’t play in a platoon he would have averaged as much as Knight and Murray and Monk



    • katfan33
      8:21 am August 15, 2018 Permalink

      Perhaps, but he really only had about 3-4 weeks of good basketball at UK.



  13. michaelb
    7:43 am August 15, 2018 Permalink

    The formula of this should be easy just take their draft number and rank those and it will give you a bonefied order of this thought



  14. michaelb
    6:00 pm August 15, 2018 Permalink

    They threw this around the radio show forever and still left our nerlens Noel . Unbelievable