CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander and Gary Parrish released their annual list of the Top 100 (and one) players in college basketball, and, as you might expect, Kentucky was well represented. Four Cats made the list, three in the top fifteen:
6. Bam Adebayo
11. Malik Monk
15. De’Aaron Fox
88. Isaiah Briscoe
“We’ve got a physical beast, a fun-loving player with dominant skills around both rims and an ability to bully guys out of his space,” Norlander says of Bam. “He’s not going to lead the nation in scoring or rebounding or blocked shots, but on the whole, Adebayo’s skill set and passion for the game have me thinking he’ll be Kentucky’s best overall player by the time we get to conference play.”
Meanwhile, Parrish gives Malik Monk some very high praise, and Kentucky fans an exciting scenario.
“Monk is a uniquely gifted athlete who should produce a highlight-reel dunk basically every other game, at worst. It’s not crazy to think he could be the leading scorer for a national-championship team.”
Why is Briscoe so low? Lingering concerns over his shot.
“He’ll lead Kentucky’s defensive charge, and Calipari reports that Briscoe’s shot is much improved,” Norlander says. “We’re taking the reports at their word. If Briscoe still can’t hit consistently from deep or create his own shot, hard to argue he’s a top-101 player.”
Prove ’em wrong, Zay. Check out the rest of the list, which includes five Duke players, over at CBSSports.com.