College basketball officially tips off on Friday, and the national media is celebrating by rolling out their season previews. Today, CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish published his SEC preview, and, as you might expect, Kentucky was all over it. The Cats were the CBS Sports crew’s unanimous pick to win the SEC, and De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, and Bam Adebayo all made the Preseason All-SEC Team. Kentucky swept the awards, with Monk winning SEC Player and Freshman of the Year and John Calipari winning SEC Coach of the Year.
“According to DraftExpress, UK has more projected picks in the 2017 NBA Draft than the rest of the SEC combined,” Parrish writes, noting that while Florida, Georgia, Arkansas, and Texas A&M all have potential to make the tournament, “Nobody in the SEC is built for excellence like Kentucky. My guess is that such will be obvious come January and, by March, the gap will be even wider. UK should win the SEC by multiple games.”
Despite Kentucky’s dominance in the league since Calipari took over, he’s only won the league’s Coach of the Year award three times (2010, 2012, 2015). Parrish argues that’s because voters don’t factor in recruiting, which is a mistake.
“I’ve never understood why coaches are penalized in Coach of the Year voting for recruiting too well because, let’s be honest, recruiting is a huge part of the job. To punish a coach for that is nonsensical. So, yeah, Kentucky will likely win the SEC because it has the best players, by far. Nobody could intelligently argue otherwise. But Calipari recruited those players. And he should be rewarded accordingly if he uses them to win a third straight league title.”
Sounds good to me. There’s a lot more where that came from, so to read more of CBS Sports’ SEC preview, follow the link below: