Kentucky is going to have to lean on youth more than usual this season, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t receiving less preseason praise.
Over at his College Hoops Today blog, Jon Rothstein answered some glaring questions regarding the league’s top teams then broke out his Preseason SEC predictions along with which freshmen and transfers he believes will make the biggest impact this season. As you might have expected, the ‘Cats were a popular topic, with Rothstein tabbing BJ Boston to the Preseason SEC First-Team and picking Keion Brooks as one of his 10 breakout players. Kentucky was picked second to win the conference behind Tennessee.
THE ROTHSTEIN FILES:
SEC Preseason Preview
– 5 Key Questions
– Preseason Power Rankings
– Preseason Awardshttps://t.co/3DTZXGuHVQ
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) October 5, 2020
Of the six incoming freshmen, Rothstein projected five of them–Boston, Terrence Clarke, Devin Askew, Isaiah Jackson, and Lance Ware–as “15 Impact Freshman”. Cam’Ron Fletcher was the lone first-year player who did not make the cut. Under his list of “15 Impact Transfers”, Davion Mintz, a graduate transfer who came over from Creighton, was one of the players Rothstein is putting preseason stock in.
Joining Boston on Rothstein’s Preseason SEC First-Team are 14th-year guard John Petty (Alabama), Trendon Watford (LSU), Keyonate Johnson (Florida), and John Fulkerson (Tennessee). Watford was chosen as the Player of the Year.
Rothstein addressed five questions, as well, starting with the status of Olivier Sarr and how his transfer approval from the SEC (the NCAA has reportedly passed the approval) will have a significant impact on the top of the conference. “It’s a decision that could ultimately determine the ceiling for the SEC as a conference,” Rothstein wrote about Sarr.