ESPN Insider has a fun little series going on right now called the Future Power Rankings, in which a panel of analysts predict what will happen in the sport over the next three years. The panel includes Paul Biancardi, Jay Bilas, Fran Fraschilla, John Gasaway, Jeff Goodman, Seth Greenberg, Andy Katz and Miles Simon, and today’s topic is which teams will have the most success over the next three seasons (2013-2014, 2014-2015, and 2015-2016). They ranked each team on a 1-10 scale in five different categories: coaching (25%), current talent (25%), recruiting (25%), program power (15%) and stability (10%). How did Kentucky fare? They came in at #2, behind Duke:
1. Duke (95.19)
2. Kentucky (94.88)
(UK’s section is behind a paywall, so I’ll just give you a taste of it as to not piss off the Worldwide Leader.)
The bar graphs reflect the average rating given by the voters for each category. Category averages are weighted by importance to generate overall score.
Why they’re here: The pairing of John Calipari and the support in Lexington, Ky., both from the fan base and the administration, is a high-powered combination — and it has helped produce a current roster that ranked No. 1 in the talent category of these rankings. It’s also no shock that Calipari checked in first in the recruiting category. Two issues kept UK from edging Duke for the No. 1 overall spot: Calipari ranked sixth in the coaching category, while Krzyzewski tied for first, and the Wildcats ranked a little lower in stability, largely due to the regular turnover caused by players leaving early for the NBA. The past two seasons have shown us how relying on young talent can produce vastly different outcomes. –Jeff Goodman
3. Kansas (94.31)
4. Louisville (93.44)
5. Florida (92.31)
Interestingly, Seth Greenberg thinks there’s a chance that James Young sticks around another year, which is just too exciting of a prospect to think about for too long.
If you’re an Insider, check out the full list here: